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April 2016 Archives

SCOTUS considers whether refusals can be criminal matters

Michigan motorists may want to follow a pair of cases currently being considered by the Supreme Court of the United States. The cases, which were combined into one for hearing before the court, involve laws in Minnesota and North Dakota that make it a separate crime for a person who is suspected of having driven while under the influence to refuse to submit to a breath, blood or urine test when the police officer does not have a search warrant.

Ignition interlocks for first-time DWI offenders

Michigan drivers might be interested in learning that Maryland just passed a law mandating ignition interlock systems for anyone convicted of driving while over the legal limit, including those for whom it is a first-time offense. There are now 26 states that require the device for first offenders, and several others are considering such legislation.

5 people charged after drug raid

On April 7, Michigan police officers conducted a search and seizure at a home in Houghton and charged five people with various drug offenses. The officers were part of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, a law enforcement team that targets people from urban cities who travel to the Upper Peninsula to sell drugs. UPSET was set up to stop drug trafficking activities by dealers looking for higher profits and less competition in the Upper Peninsula.

Man sentenced on drug charges

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison and 12 years on supervised release for selling heroin in Michigan. The Gogebic-Iron Area Narcotics Team, also known as GIANT, had been investigating him for some time. In February 2015, they bought heroin from him. The following day, he was taken into custody for domestic violence but gave a false name and produced a fake ID. He made bond, and police lost track of him. They then discovered who he was and that he was on supervised release in Minnesota and was not supposed to leave the state due to a federal drug conviction in 2008.

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