Medical Marijuana Act in the Michigan Court of Appeals

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In People v Green, a recent Michigan Court of Appeals case, the court held that it was not illegal for medical marijuana patients to transfer marijuana to each other, providing the amount transferred was under 2.5 ounces. The facts of the case were undisputed. On September 7, 2011, defendant gave Al Thornton marijuana. The transfer of marijuana occurred in Nashville, …

Michigan Courts Side with Gun Owners

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In People v DeRoche, a recent case in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the court held that it was a violation of the Second Amendment to charge a person with possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol when the possession occurred in the person’s home and was not coupled with any other illegal activity. The statute in …

Nessel And Kessel Law Announces Arguments To Be Held In Michigan Gay Marriage Case

In Blog by Chris Kessel

A case that originally started as a challenge to Michigan’s prohibition to same-sex second parent adoption, but that has now turned into a fight for the rights of gay and lesbian couple to marry, has reached another milestone. On March 7, 2013, Judge Bernard A. Friedman will hold a motion hearing so that he may hear arguments as to why …

New Rights for Immigrants

In Blog by Chris Kessel

A recent Supreme Court ruling now gives immigrants who are facing criminal charges new rights. On March 31, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Padilla vs. Kentucky that defense attorneys must properly counsel their noncitizen clients of the deportation risks that result from a guilty plea. In other words, defense attorneys must advise their noncitizen clients that …

What are the Drug Trafficking Laws for Detroit Michigan?

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Citizens accused of drug trafficking in Detroit, Michigan generally can face some of the harshest penalties of the law. This is because drug trafficking – delivery or distribution of illegal substances – usually carries stiffer penalties than: drug manufacturing or growing, and possession or use. Typically those accused of drug trafficking are carrying large quantities of illegal drugs, such as …

You Have the Right to Protect Yourself In Your Home

In Blog by Chris Kessel

If you are unsuspectingly put into a horrific situation where you and your family face bodily harm that could result in death, severe injury or rape, Michigan law allows you to defend yourself and your family through the use of deadly force. In various instances where an intruder is breaking into your home, business or automobile while you are present, …

New Concealed Weapons Law Effects Second Amendment Rights

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In a recent decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals, the possession of a taser or stun guns is now considered to be a right protected by the U.S. and Michigan constitutions.  The decision bars the prosecution of suspects arrested in Bay and Muskegon counties. The three-judge appeals panel cited a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving handguns which “guarantee(s) …

Attorney Chris Kessel Law is Your Best Choice for Drunk Driving Cases in Michigan

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Attorney Chris Kessel is your best defense if you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Michigan. I realize that drunken driving arrests are an extremely traumatic and humbling time for anyone accused of a DUI. But you’ll find yourself in compassionate and understanding hands with OWI attorney Chris Kessel. DUI accusations in Michigan are a very serious offense and DUI attorney Chris Kessel will …

New Ruling Protects The Rights Of Medical Marijuana Patients

In Blog by Chris Kessel

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Michigan medical marijuana patient cannot be prosecuted for illegal drug possession, despite not having proof of his or her registration at the time of arrest. However, the court did say police were within their rights to arrest the patient, identified in court records as James RG Nicholson of Ottawa County, because …

Nessel and Kessel Law Assists Gays and Lesbians Seeking to Adopt

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Starting a family can be one of the most difficult and time consuming processes you will ever undertake. Despite all the hard work and effort, the journey should also give way to a feeling of great joy and satisfaction. Unfortunately, as a gay or lesbian individual or a same-sex couple, the process is often times more difficult because of the …