Michigan Court of Appeals: A Traffic Stop Based on Insurance Information in LEIN is Valid

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The Michigan Court of Appeals decided police can conduct a valid traffic stop based on a driver's insurance status in the Law Enfrocement Information Network ("LEIN"). The court said: stopping to check for valid insurance was reasonable; that the insurnace information entered into LEIN from the Michigan Secretary of State was not improper; and that the infromation in LEIN is updated frequently enough for officers to rely on its accuracy. 

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Drunk Driving as a Felony in Michigan

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Under what's known as Heidi's Law, a 3rd drunk driving offense in a lifetime can be charged as a felony. Pursuant to MCL 257.625(9)(c), it doesn't matter how much time has elapsed between convictions, and the penalties can be as steep as a $5,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment. 

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No-fault Divorce in Michigan

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Michigan is considered a no-fault divorce state. This means a court is not required to establish fault before dissolving the parties' marriage in divorce. (See MCL 552.6). That said, fault in divorce can be relevant to certain aspects of divorce, such as spousal support and the division of marital property. 

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Spousal Support in Michigan

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Michigan courts apply an 11 factor test when determining whether spousal support should be award and what the amount should be. 

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Michigan Court of Appeals Weighs In on "Wet Marijuana"

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Possession of "wet," or unsuable is now unlawful under a recent Michigan Court of Appeals opinion. The possession of unusable marijuana, in any quantity, will disqualify an individual from invoking immunity under § 4 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).  

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