Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan – What it is and Why it’s Controversial

Civil forfeiture is a hotly debated topic right now across the U.S. In fact, recently the Supreme Court heard a case out of Indiana which led to questioning the legality of forfeiture. Bryan Waldman recently appeared on WLNS 6 Legal Edge to explain the legal implications of civil asset forfeiture in Michigan, what it is, when it’s allowable, and what it means for people suspected of crimes, regardless of guilt.

What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

For those unfamiliar with this term, civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement to take and keep personal property suspected to be involved in a crime. ...

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Can Electric Scooters Ride in Bike Lanes?

The answer is yes, and no, it all depends on where you live.

While a lot of us probably assume that the best place for riding an electric scooter is in a bike lane solely based on their similar speeds, the truth isn’t so straightforward. In fact, a number of Michigan municipalities have issued citations or tickets to people for doing just that. This reaction by law enforcement comes as a surprise, as this seems like the safest place for them. While some states allow it, many Michigan residents are still wondering, “can electric scooters ride in bike lanes on Michigan ...

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Dram Shop Law – Social Host Liability and Liability for Retail Licensees

When hosting parties and serving alcohol, you always have to be careful. Michigan’s dram shop law identifies liabilities for social hosts and retail licensees with regard to serving alcohol. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, shares everything you need to know before throwing your next big event.

 

Michigan’s Dram Shop Law

When talking about these types of laws, there are two categories: retail licensees and social hosts.

Retail licensees include bars and restaurants, or those who obtain a retail license to serve alcohol at a one-time event. This group is prohibited from serving alcohol to not only minors but also those ...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Obtain Significant Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Settlement

Grand Rapids car accident attorney, Thomas Sinas, and Lansing auto accident lawyer, Steve Sinas, dedicated a large portion of 2018 assisting one Michigan family with their complex wrongful death settlement and multiple personal injury claims. We are pleased to announce a major result of $7,775,000 on behalf of our clients.

Despite best intentions, sometimes tragedy simply can’t be avoided. This is the case for one particular Michigan family who has spent the last several years navigating the overwhelming aftermath of a serious automobile accident. The results of this accident included numerous traumatic injuries, psychological trauma, ...

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Michigan Snowmobile Laws -Keeping Riders Safe This Winter

Michigan winters can oftentimes last for what seems like forever. However, there’s still tons to do outside in Michigan during the winter. For those who enjoy recreational winter activities, such as snowmobiling, this is a time of year we look forward to. Though snowmobiling is a fun activity, it’s important to know the Michigan snowmobile laws that help keep you safe. Michigan State Police reported 14 deaths the 2017-2018 snowmobiling season, which is actually a lower fatality rate compared to previous years.

Before you hop on your snowmobile this winter, get up to speed on Michigan snowmobile laws and snowmobile safety information. ...

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Lame Duck Session – What Michiganders Should Know Right Now

When talking about “lame duck,” we aren’t referencing a bird. Michigan is just one of ten other states with legislators working an entire year – January through December. Michigan lame duck session refers to the four week period of time after Election Day when leaving legislators, and in some cases governors, are still presiding over legislation. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, explains the significance of the Michigan lame duck session occurring right now in the state.

Why Michigan Lame Duck Session is Important

Since Michigan has a full year legislative calendar, previously elected officials are still working. These ...

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Sinas Dramis Announces Corporate Law Firm Name Change

We are pleased to announce that, in order to reflect our current leadership and best serve our clients, we have changed our formal corporate name from Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, P.C. to Sinas, Dramis, Larkin, Graves & Waldman, P.C. In all aspects other than legally and formally, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm remains unchanged. We continue to operate exactly as we have for the last seven decades, offering unparalleled legal representation in the areas of personal injury and family law.

Under our new law firm name change, we honor our partners and senior-most attorneys who have dedicated the vast majority ...

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Kent County Legal Assistance Center – Passing of the Torch

As one Sinas Dramis attorney completes a distinguished three-year run in leadership positions at Kent County Legal Assistance Center, another picks up the torch to continue ensuring fair access to justice for West Michigan residents, regardless of resources.

Over his three years at Legal Assistance Center, Tom Sinas has provided support and leadership in various roles. As of  December 6, 2018, his term has come to an end. At a final gathering, Tom received a commemorative plaque in recognition of the time, talent, and skills he dedicated in service of those who otherwise may not have received the justice they ...

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Super Lawyers Honors George Sinas with High Recognitions

We are pleased to announce that Sinas Dramis managing partner, George Sinas, is not only included in this year’s Michigan Super Lawyers list in the category of plaintiff’s personal injury law, he was also listed as one of Michigan’s Top 100 Super Lawyers. While he has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2006, George is the only Lansing area attorney specializing in plaintiff personal injury litigation that was named Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2018 in Michigan.

Inclusion in the Super Lawyers list itself is an incredible distinction, and receiving this additional inclusion is uniquely ...

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Drive Safe Michigan – Private Property Stop Signs and Emergency Vehicle Passing

Update: New emergency passing law goes into effect on February 13, 2019.

Anyone who’s taken a driver’s training class knows the basic laws that govern Michigan roads. But most of us fail to keep ourselves up-to-date as these regulations change. As part of our commitment to helping Michigan residents better understand the law, we’re starting Drive Safe Michigan. This campaign focuses on sharing traffic law information in an effort to improve Michigan roads and driving.

Michigan car accident attorney, Steve Sinas, recently appeared on Fox 47’s Morning Blend to kick off the campaign. He covered two very relevant and timely ...

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