Is MIP really a civil infraction in Michigan? What you need to know

The law on Minor in Possession of Alcohol, also known as MIP, in Michigan was recently changed and goes into…

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Open Intox aka Drinking in Public in Ann Arbor

It is illegal in Ann Arbor to drink alcohol, beer, wine, spirits, or what the government called “intoxicating substances” while…

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What is Retail Fraud in Michigan? Shoplifting

What is Retail Fraud in Michigan? Retail fraud is commonly referred to as shoplifting in Michigan.  In other words it…

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Can you get HYTA more than once in Michigan?

In Michigan, there is a statute called the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act also known as HYTA .  This statute can…

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Fake ID in Ann Arbor

It’s a Friday night and Rob’s friends want to go to the bar.  Rob tells them that he is not…

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Are noise violations in Ann Arbor really criminal misdemeanors?

The short answer is yes.  Ann Arbor has several noise ordinances including: 9:362 and 9:363. The first of these is…

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What is HYTA? Can I get HYTA in Michigan?

HYTA is a Michigan Law that gives first time offenders a chance to avoid criminal convictions.  It stands for the…

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Bond Types in Michigan Criminal Courts

There are a few main types of bond.  They include personal recognizance, cash, surety, or 10 percent. Personal recognizance bond…

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Misdemeanor Arraignment and Bond Hearings in the 15th District Court

When someone is arrested for a crime, they have to appear in front of a judge or magistrate.  The first…

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