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The Felony Box on a Job Application Might Soon be a Thing of the Past

Dan Artaev, Esq.

"Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"

Everyone has seen this question on a job application. It's a piece of information that many people can simply check 'no' on and move on. For some though, it's often an obstacle that can stop the application process cold.

If a Loved One Dies with a Life Insurance Policy, You'd be Notified, Right?

Breeda O'Leary-Brassfield

Not necessarily. Life insurance policies often go unclaimed for a variety of reasons, including the company's failure to notify a potential beneficiary of a policy's existence.

Individuals purchase a life insurance policy to cover the costs of a funeral and burial and to ensure that their loved ones are financially secure in the event of their passing. Often times though, it can be hard for a beneficiary of the policy to ascertain whether a loved one had a policy, and where or how to claim the benefits.

Macomb County Judge Charged in Hit-and-Run Crash

Mark Mandell, Esq.

The judge in question is Judge Catherine Steenland of the 39th District Court in Roseville. The first charge is failure to stop at the scene of a personal accident injury, which includes a one year misdemeanor. The second charge is failure to report an accident, a 90-day misdemeanor.

Online and Out-Of-State Retailers Must Now Pay Sales Tax for Michigan Transactions

Dan Artaev, Esq.

In the past, one could avoid Michigan sales tax by shopping online, but no more.

Starting October 1, 2018, the Michigan Treasury Department will be enacting a new policy that requires the standard 6 percent sales tax on all transactions even those from retailers with no physical presence, such as online orders. The Treasury estimates this will bring in more than $200 million in the first year it is in place.

New Michigan MIP Law

Mark J. Mandell

Underage drinking has proven to be a concern in young America for decades. Not only does it lead to dangerous situations, but alcohol also affects two vital parts of the brain that are still developing throughout the teenage years. These effects can result in irreversible brain changes that impact decision making, personality, memory and learning abilities.

The 35th District Court's Sobriety Court Program

Mark J. Mandell

In the Plymouth, Canton, and Northville area alone, there are over 1,200 alcohol and drug-related arrests per year. The majority of these offenses are as a result of drunk driving. Depending on the severity of the offense, alternatives to jail time are available. In an effort to combat the issue in a productive way, the 35th District Court of Plymouth offers a Sobriety Court program for persons convicted of a drinking and driving offense. This program is intensive, involving supervision from a Sobriety Court Probation Officer, mandatory treatment, random testing, community service, education programs, and frequent appearances in front of a District Court Judge. Below is a further breakdown of the different parts of the program. Moving forward to another path involves completing the prior path. Path One is the base of the program.

Myths About Blood Alcohol Content Levels

Mark J. Mandell, Esq.

How much alcohol you drink, your weight, sex, and age determine your blood alcohol content levels. The more you drink, the higher your BAC levels and the higher your levels, the more severe the consequences are for a DUI conviction. An experienced defense attorney like Mark Mandell knows the ins and outs of the fines and penalties surrounding a DUI charge. When you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI you want a qualified attorney in your corner to relieve the burden and assist you through the legal process.

Blockchain Technology Moves Forward

Jim Fausone, Esq.

Proposed legislation in Ohio looks to join the state with Arizona and potentially Tennessee, Florida, and California in recognizing smart contracts and electronic records that are stored using blockchain technology. Matt Dolan, a republican senator in Ohio, introduced legislation that would amend the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Supreme Court Resolves Fourth Amendment Battling Precedent

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Recently the Supreme Court has been a strong defender of the Fourth Amendment's privacy protections regarding unreasonable searches and seizures. Several years ago, the high court ruled that police must obtain a warrant in order to search outside a private home. However, the Fourth Amendment generally exempts automobiles from warrant policies because they can quickly flee.

Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Agreements are Enforceable

Jim Fausone, Esq.

This month the Supreme Court released a significant employment law decision that may impact future employer-employee disputes. In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis the high court ruled in favor of the employer. The issue originated from a group of employees wishing to litigate employment disputes through collective actions in federal court. Upon employment, the employees entered into a contract providing for individualized arbitration proceedings to resolve employment disputes between the parties. The court was charged with determining whether or not individualized arbitration agreements, which prevent employees from bringing collective actions against their employer, are enforceable.

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