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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Fight is On to Put Legalization of Marijuana on the Michigan Ballot

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Michigan Cannabis Attorney Joshua Covert - Where Did We Get 420 Anyway?

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Josh Covert: Hash Bash More Than Marijuana; Science, Medicine and Policy Came Together

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Want to Find Out What It Means to Be Committed to Results? Josh Covert Gets 2 Dismissals In Battle Creek and East Lansing in 1 Day

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Attorney Josh Covert: Several Michigan Municipalities Join the Legalization Movement

Categories: Drug Crimes, Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 The trend to make marijuana legal continued in Michigan this November. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Movement Now Becomes Legalization Movement: Hazel Park and Oak Park Join Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 Citizens in two Michigan cities, Oak Park and Hazel Park, voted August 5th to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana provided that an adult possesses it and it is possessed on private property.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Testing Positive For Marijuana While On Probation Does Not Mean Use Was Recent

Categories: Drug Crimes, Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 Does testing positive for marijuana while on probation mean a violation?

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Caregiver Has Charges Dismissed After Motion To Present An Affirmative Defense Is Argued

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 “The outcome of this case illustrates why it is important to MMMA patients and caregivers to stand up for their rights as cardholders, my client had been offered many plea offers during the process but every time she stood firm and refused to admit that she did anything to violate the MMMA and ultimately after several months her case was dismissed weeks before trial” 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Motion Granted and Evidence Is Suppressed Nichols Law Firm Client's Constitutional Rights Protected

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 Attorney Joshua M. Covert recently appeared before Judge Ball of the 54-B district court to argue a motion to suppress evidence collected after a unconstitutional traffic stop.  

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Newly Drafted Medical Marijuana Bills Stuck In Legislative Committee

Categories: Medical Malpractice, Josh Covert

 Just a few months ago medical marihuana patients were pleased to see two medical marihuana bills introduced and approved by the Michigan House of Representatives.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Nichols Law Firm Attorney Represents Enbridge Protester And Takes On Both the Government and Petroleum Industry

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 Attorney Joshua M. Covert of the Nichols Law Firm recently appeared before the 30th Circuit Court to argue a motion requesting the court to dismiss felony charges that four environmental protesters are facing.  

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good News and Bad News for Michigan Health Care Patients Who Need Marijuana: Senate Approves Pharmaceutical Sales but with Strings Attached

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 On Wednesday the Michigan Senate passed senate Bill 660 which could allow medical marijuana patients to obtain their medicine from pharmacies.   

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Friday, November 15, 2013

When Kidnapping Isn't Criminal

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 A Young Michigan Medical Marijuana Attorney Stands by His Principles and Teaches Child Protective Services How to “Just Say No” to Government Abuse

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Charges of Operating with the Presence of Marijuana Dismissed

Categories: Drunk-Driving, OWI, Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

 Nichols Law Firm client facing criminal charge for second offense of driving while under the influence of drugs receives a reckless driving instead

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Attorney Joshua Covert Defends Parents Whose Daughter Was Taken Away From Their Home Because Of Their Medical Marihuana Use

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 Attorney Joshua Covert Defends Parents Whose Daughter Was Taken Away From Their Home Because Of Their Medical Marihuana Use

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recent Court Of Appeals Opinion Drastically Alters The Landscape Of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

Last week the Michigan Court Of Appeals issued an opinion in People v Carruthers that limits the types of medicine that can be possessed by medical marihuana patients. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Nichols Law Firm Client Goes to Trial On a Minor in Possession of Alcohol Charge and is Found Not Guilty.

Categories: Drunk-Driving, Josh Covert

A young man in Mason County was arrested for allegedly possessing alcohol while under the age of 21.  He was riding in a car with 4 friends when the car was pulled over. 

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Michigan Medical Marihuana Patients No Longer Protected By Section 4 Of The MMMA When Transferring Medicine To Another Patient

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

Last Week the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order in People v Green which reversed an earlier ruling by the Michigan Court Of Appeals. 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PBT Suppressed Due to Constitutional Violation

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Mr. Covert began his oral argument reminding the court that the burden of proof was on the prosecutor to show that the search was reasonable

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A New Device Using Breath Samples To Detect Drugs May Be On The Horizon But The Question Remains Is It Reliable?

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The data used in the study is based on a small sample size and relies on self-reporting which are both cause for concern

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Several Changes To The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) Take Effect April 1, 2013

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

The new laws help by clearing up some of the confusing sections of the MMMA by defining some terms like "locked and enclosed facility" and "bona fide physician patient relationship" but at the same time the laws add to the confusion by criminalizing the illegal transport of useable marihuana without providing adequate direction to those who transport useable marihuana. 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

United States Supreme Court Upholds The Fourth Amendment And Declares A Drug Dog Sniff Is A Search

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“It appears that this case will be far reaching.  The court’s opinion isn’t just limited to drug dog searches.  The court mentioned metal detectors and binoculars as other objects that may put an officer’s otherwise lawful presence in violation of the Fourth Amendment”

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Michigan Legislators Looking To Exempt 911 Calls from Freedom of Information Act

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In January Michigan legislators introduced a proposed bill (HB 4011) that would exempt 911 calls from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

A Client of Nichols Law Firm Originally Charged With Restricting and Obstructing and Operating While Intoxicated With an Occupant Less than 16 Receives No Jail or Probation at Sentencing

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This was a great resolution for the client as he was originally facing up to 15 years in prison and walked from the court house with no further obligations to the court.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Attorney Joshua M. Covert Gets Client Back On The Road After Many Years Without A Driver’s License

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A man has his life back after Joshua Covert helped him to successfully get his driver’s license restored.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court Rules That Medical Marihuana Patients Cannot Legally Transfer Marihuana To Other Patients

Categories: Josh Covert, Medical Marijuana

This means that it would be within the MMMA to receive marihuana if you are a patient but not to give or sell the medicine to another patient.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

PROBLEMS WITH THE MICHIGAN SENATE INTOXICATING SUBSTANCES BILL

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“The proposed statute really opens the door for law enforcement officers to broaden the net they use to catch intoxicated drivers”

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

MOBILE VIDEO RECORDERS AND THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE

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 Michigan State Police patrol car was not equipped with MVR technology

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Monday, November 12, 2012

SEARCH WARRANTS, COMPUTER FORENSICS AND THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

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 A United States District Court in the Central District of Illinois recently released an opinion that has far reaching fourth amendment applications. 

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Monday, August 20, 2012

SIXTH CIRCUIT RELEASES OPINION THAT ADDRESSES “IMPERMISSIBLE DOUBLE COUNTING”

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. . .defendant who was being charged with possession of marijuana as well as discharging a firearm during the execution of a search warrant. . .

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

IF A TSA OFFICIAL SEARCHES YOUR LUGGAGE FOR PURPOSE OTHER THAN DETECTING A SECURITY THREAT THE SEARCH MAY BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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The United States Ninth Circuit Court recently held that baggage searches conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) must be consistent with the TSA’s mission in order to be considered a reasonable search as is required by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

FIREWORKS ON THE 4TH OF JULY CAN LEAD TO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN MICHIGAN WITH A NEW LAW THAT MAKES EVEN MORE ACTIVITIY ILLEGAL

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New Statute Criminalizes Use of Fireworks While Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Controlled Substances.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MICHIGAN POLICE AGENCIES ARE REPORTING MEDICAL MARIHUANA USERS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Several Michigan police agencies are now reporting any interactions they have with medical marihuana patients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

I REFUSED THE CHEMICAL TEST AND NOW THE OFFICER WANTS TO SUSPEND MY LICENSE: IS THERE HOPE?

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Attorney Joshua Covert recently won an implied consent hearing on behalf of a Nichols Law Firm client.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

NEW BILL MAY REQUIRE INMATES TO REIMBURSE MUNICIPALITIES FOR INCARCERATION EXPENSES

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Governor Snyder recently signed Public Act 136 of 2012 which now allows all municipalities to collect reimbursement from inmates for the cost of their incarceration. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

COLORADO LEGISLATORS DO NOT APPROVE PER SE IMPAIRMENT THRESHOLD FOR THC. WHY DO WE HAVE ONE IN MICHIGAN?

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“The studies preformed to date do not establish a reliable threshold for predicting impairment due to THC blood levels.”

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IS THE LATEST TO BE TOLD BY THE COURT OF APPEALS THAT HIS USE OF THE PROTECTIONS OF THE LAW IS ILLEGAL

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The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released an unpublished opinion in which the court shut down a medical marijuana user’s right to the protection of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

STATEMENTS MADE TO CLERGY MAY BE CONFIDENTIAL

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If you are charged with a crime because of something you said to a minister, pastor, priest or other religious figure, it is important that you hire an attorney who understands the relevant statutes governing the confidentiality of such statements

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.