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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HEROIN NOW BEING CUT WITH ELEPHANT TRANQUILIZERS CAUSING AN EXPLOSION OF DEATHS


When drug dealers started cutting Heroin with Fentanyl the death toll from overdoses rose sharply. And, as this was not bad enough, the escalation of the stakes just rose again with the introduction of a new opiod analog called carfentanil.

It's an elephant tranquilizer.

It is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Carfentanil is the strongest opiod used on the comercial market.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

COULD OPIOID/PAINKILLERS BECOME A PROBLEM IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD?


According to a recent study, you are more likely to become a long-term opioid/painkiller user if  you are treated by a doctor who regularly prescribes those drugs.

Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long term opioid use even after just one prescription from an ER doctor who regularly prescribes these painkillers. According to the study, patients who are treated by frequent prescribers also are 30 percent more likely to develop long term use over the next year.

One out of forty-eight people newly prescribed an opioid will become a lone term user. If a person visits a high prescribing doctor his/her chances of getting an opioid prescription are three times higher.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

SMOKING YOUR OWN OR SHARING; MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY??


I cannot tell you how many police reports I have read that read something like this..."I was just taking this joint over to share with a friend" or "we were smoking a joint and then..


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges In Michigan


Were you aware that in Michigan there are different penalties for misdemeanor marihuana charges depending on who the arresting agency is? That's right, if you happen to get pulled over by a State Trooper or County Sheriff , your penalties are going to be different than if your run-in is with a local city, township or village police officer (eg. Flint, Burton, Grand Blanc, etc...).


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Changes in Michigan Drug Sentencing Laws Could Lead to New Sentence for Detroit’s Infamous ‘White Boy Rick’

Is there recourse for people wrongfully convicted of drug offenses, or unfairly sentenced because of convictions at a young age?

Over the past year, the U.S. Supreme Court, along with several state courts, renewed the constitutional debate over sentencing thresholds as pertaining to juveniles sentenced to life behind bars. On the federal level, the Supreme Court held in 2012 that judges could not sentence anyone under age 18 with an absolute sentence of life without the possibility of parole – even if convicted of first degree murder. Since then, however, it has been unclear whether the decision was to apply retroactively, and states like Michigan began making landmark strides to settle the issue.

In one historic case, a teenaged Detroit drug trafficker was sentenced to life without parole after being found with hundreds of pounds of cocaine nearly 27 years ago. Since then, the Supreme Court’s ruling has shed new light on the equality of such a sentence – especially when the defendant’s only crimes were drug-related and did not involve charges of homicide.

The former trafficker, known as ‘White Boy Rick’, was just 14 years old when he began pedaling major quantities of drugs throughout the Detroit area. Despite cooperating with federal authorities while in prison, he was denied parole in 2003, 2007, and 2012. Now, in 2015, the offender now known as Richard Wershe, Jr. has been granted an opportunity for a new sentence after a judge determined that recent changes to juvenile sentencing guidelines imposed the necessity of a new opportunity for Mr. Wershe.

According to data, there are approximately 50,000 Americans serving a sentence of life without parole – 2,500 of whom were sentenced as minors.

The defendant in this case has already served 27 years behind bars, and is now in his early forties. A statement by the nonprofit Sentencing Project , which works to reduce the imposition of life sentences without parole, reads as follows: “We do know there are many people who have changed substantially after a couple decades of incarceration and don’t present nearly the public safety risk they did at the time of their crime.”

If you are facing a recent drug charge  or feel you have been unfairly convicted or sentenced, and would like to help protect or regain your freedom, please contact Martin T. Lievois, Attorney at Law. Proudly serving clients in Troy, Flint, and surrounding areas of Michigan, he can be reached at : 248-419-1566 or 810-250-4550.


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