While bail is a common practice in the criminal justice system to ensure a defendant's appearance in court, there are situations where bail might not be set or might be set at $0 (also known as being released on personal recognizance). Learn some of the factors that come into play when bail is set.
What Do “Points” On My Driver’s License Actually Mean?
In Michigan, the term "super drunk" refers to a specific charge related to drunk driving offenses. It is an offense that involves operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 or higher. The legal limit for intoxication in Michigan is 0.08, so being "super drunk" means having a BAC more than twice the legal limit.
Should I just pay my traffic ticket or fight it in court?
Michigan’s automatic expungement law, also known as the “Clean Slate” law, allows certain criminal records to be automatically expunged or cleared from your criminal record without the need for a court hearing or petition. Expungement means that the conviction is “set aside,” and in most cases, it is as if the conviction never happened. The record of the conviction is sealed from public view, although law enforcement agencies and certain other organizations may still have access to it.
What 4th Amendment privacy rights does my minor child have at school? What if the police are involved? The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” from the State, including public schools. Generally, students have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their personal [...]
Can a DUI/OWI be expunged in Michigan? As of February 19, 2022, drinking and driving cases can finally be expunged from your criminal history. A drunk driving case is not something that will come off of your record by itself. You have to take affirmative action in order to take advantage of the new law. There are caveats of who qualifies and there [...]
Your Legal Toolbox: How to Obtain Your Criminal History For Michigan criminal records: Michigan has a tool called the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) that allows you to obtain a copy of your criminal history. Link: https://apps.michigan.gov/. There is a $10 fee, and upon submitting the fee, you will have access to your records for seven days. Your record is not [...]
How do I clear an arrest warrant? There are many reasons why you might have a warrant out for your arrest. Sometimes, you do not find out about it until you have been pulled over for a routine traffic stop! It is extremely stressful because stakes are high – the ultimate factor of stake being your freedom. One of the most common [...]