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Expired CPL License?

If you are a concealed pistol license holder in Michigan take a look at your CPL and mark its expiration date in your calendar. Carrying a concealed pistol with an expired license is a five your felony in Michigan. You can be charged under the carrying a concealed weapon statute.

Michigan's Resisting Arrest Law Doesn't Apply to Reserve Officers

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that the Michigan resisting and obstructing statute does not apply to reserve police officers.

Disclosure of K1 Visa Petitioner's Criminal History Under IMBRA

Most of the topics I write about are based on inquiries from clients or prospective clients. Today I received an email from a foreign national who was concerned about her U.S. citizen boyfriends criminal record because they were considering applying for a K1 fiance visa. While a criminal record can, in some circumstances, create an insurmountable obstacle for an intending immigration or K1 visa applicant, the criminal record of the U.S. citizen petitioner, on its own, cannot be grounds for the denial of a K1 visa.

Selective Service Registration Requirements for U.S. Immigrants

The U.S. immigration laws contain within them many provisions which can act as traps for the unwary and come back to haunt applicants for immigration benefits such as naturalization. One such provision of law is the requirement that naturalization applicants establish that he is a "person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States." INA §316(a).

Any Amount of Illegal Drug Use May Lead to Inadmissibility

The Immigration & Nationality Act (“INA”) lists several categories of persons who are inadmissible to the United States as immigrants or non-immigrants. One category of inadmissibility which often catches both prospective immigrants and practicioners by surprise is INA §212(a)(1)(A)(iv).

Can an Individual with a Suspended or Revoked License Operate a Moped in Michigan?

In the last year I have heard several people claim that in Michigan, an individual with a suspended or revoked driver's license can still legally operate a moped. It seemed absurd to me that a person whose license had been suspended or revoked for drunk driving or anything else could obtain a license to drive a moped. However, I knew that the licensing requirements for mopeds were different from those applying to cars and motorcycles and I had never researched this specific question.

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Two Immigration Cases in Last Month of 2015 Term

In the final month of it's 2015 term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases related to immigration law. The first case, Reyes Mata v. Lynch addressed appellate rights of immigrants in deportation proceedings. The second case, Kerry V Din, addressed whether a United States citizen's has a right to have a consular decision to deny her husband an immigrant visa reviewed by an appellate court.

The Newly Amended Holmes Youthful Trainee Act

The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, commonly referred to as HYTA, is a Michigan law which was designed to give young criminal offenders a second chance. HYTA, which was originally enacted in 1966, currently applies to criminal defendants between the ages of 17 and 21.

Is it Illegal to Run from the Police in Michigan?

In the wake of the Freddie Gray tragedy, a newspaper article posed the question “Is it Illegal to Run from the Police in America?” The answer to that question in Michigan is yes.

The Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements for Naturalization

In order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen an applicant must meet both the continuous residence and physical presence requirements. The continuous residence requirement means that the applicant must have, after acquiring lawful permanent residency, continuously resided in the United States for a period of three or five years. The physical presence requirement provides that the applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one half of their three or five year residence.