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Legislation creates new criminal offenses for manufacturing meth

New criminal penalties are now in place for those who solicit the sale of ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine or who manufacture meth near libraries or schools, under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Taking these steps to reduce the production and sale of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine is essential to protecting the lives and futures of our children and the safety of Michigan families,” Snyder said.

Senate Bills 409-410 and House Bills 4864 and 4769, sponsored by state Sens. Margaret O’Brien and Tom Casperson and state Reps. John Kivela and Ed McBroom, respectively, make changes to penalties and guidelines relating to the solicitation of methamphetamine.

SB 409 authorizes up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine for attempting to persuade a person to purchase ingredients that will be used to manufacture methamphetamine. It is now Public Act 125 of 2016.

SB 410 establishes sentencing guidelines for the penalties proposed by Senate Bill 409. It is now PA 126.

HB 4864 imposes a five-year “stop sale alert” on individuals convicted of attempting to persuade a person to purchase ingredients that will be used to manufacture methamphetamine. It is now PA 127.

HB 4769 increases the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine near a school or library. It is now PA 128.


29th annual Law Day returns with carnival atmosphere June 4

On Saturday, June 4, Michigan’s biggest free legal aid clinic rolls out the red carpet with their annual family-friendly outdoor event.

Law Day 2016 is celebrating 29 consecutive years. In that time they’ve donated 5,000 free legal consultations and 10,000 free bike helmets.

This year’s event ramps up with 30 attorneys and two radio stations broadcasting live. Plus 500 free bike helmets, 1,000 free hot dogs, and a chance to meet Detroit Tigers’ mascot “PAWS”
The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 999 Haynes near Maple & Woodward in Birmingham.

Thirty attorneys covering every area of law with free legal advice will be in attendance.

Prizes will be handed out, including Detroit Tigers tickets, four new bicycles, CDs, DVDs, and more.

Detroit Tigers mascot “PAWS” will be available from 1-3 p.m. for photos.

Free hot dogs, ice cream, live music, and giant inflatables for unlimited bouncing are among the attractions.

Radio personalities from WMUZ-FM and WEXL-AM will be broadcasting live.

Law Day is at the Goodwin & Scieszka Law Center at 999 Haynes in Birmingham, just south of Maple (15 Mile) and east of Woodward behind Walgreens. Info at 888-GOODWIN.

Founding partner Scott Goodwin says, “Some of the area’s top attorneys donate their time to help local families. It’s a great way to give back to our community.” Goodwin is immediate Past President of the Michigan Association for Justice. Awards include Lawyer of the Year in 2004, Leader of the Law 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and Top 100 by Super Lawyers.