Every day new laws and bills are drafted for approval in and effort to improve the various communities around the country. Some laws are passed and have tremendous positive impacts on the way people are able to live their lives and thrive within their neighborhoods, and some seem to only benefit the people who alreadyRead More
New Year Means New Laws in 2016
New Year’s always brings new laws to the State of Michigan. Harris Law has put together a list of the new laws that will be going into effect this year. Hard copies of proof of insurance will no longer be needed when drivers are pulled over. Drivers will now be permitted to show proof electronicallyRead More
Is My Record Really Expunged?
Michigan laws have relaxed in 2015 regarding criminal expungement. You may be eligible in certain cases to have a criminal conviction erased from public records. Having a clean slate on your public arrest record can be very beneficial for a number of reasons. Many applications for work, college, public assistance and even grant money, willRead More
Driver Responsibility Fees Going Away
As we mentioned in our previous article in July, some of the most significant changes in Michigan laws this year are those relating to driver responsibilities. In September 2013, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation allowing drivers with unpaid driver responsibility fees to settle their debt with community service. In June 2014, Snyder signed legislation toRead More
Is 80 MPH to Fast for Michigan Freeways?
Michigan lawmakers are exploring the possibility of raising the speed limit to 80 miles per hour on rural freeways. The legislation to consider increasing the speed limit on rural freeways from 70 to 80 is once again being introduced to the Michigan House. The proposal was denied in 2014, but is once again making newsRead More
Entrapment Versus a Trap
You have likely heard it before, a suspect of a crime is captured doing something illegal by undercover police officers. Is this entrapment? The short answer is, it depends. When dealing with difficult cases, police often utilize undercover officers to catch the alleged offender doing something illegal. While this type of action is legal inRead More
Interlock Ignition Devices – What They Are and How Not to Get Them
In Michigan and many other states across the country, some drinking and driving related offenses require not only that the defendant pay a fine and/or serve time but that they receive an interlock ignition device for their vehicle as well. A common question is what actually is this device? An interlock ignition device or IIDRead More
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To honor this month and the thousands who have been injured or died due to distracted driving, we invite you to take a look at the facts, the laws and the other issues you need to consider before you drive distracted. According to the CDC, each day moreRead More