New Michigan Cyberbullying Law – Definition, Sentencing, and Resources

Unfortunately, cyberbullying is nothing new. Many tragic cases have arisen recently from these types of situations. And while every state, including Michigan, has some sort of cyberbullying law on the books, a new Michigan cyberbullying law went into effect at the end of 2018 which makes cyberbullying a crime punishable by jail time. Attorney Bryan Waldman recently appeared on WLNS Legal Edge to explain more.

New Law Defines Cyberbullying in Michigan

The new law accomplishes three things:

  1. Defines cyberbullying
  2. Makes cyberbullying a crime
  3. Sets penalties for those committing this crime

Proponents of this new law wanted a specific definition for cyberbullying, which excludes rudeness and ...

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Sinas Dramis Law Firm Expands Its West Michigan Personal Injury Practice

Announcing the Opening of Our New Kalamazoo Office and Expansion of Grand Rapids Office

We are proud to announce that Sinas Dramis Law Firm is expanding our West Michigan personal injury practice to better serve our clients. While our Grand Rapids office relocated and expanded in late 2018, this year began with the highly-anticipated opening of a brand new office in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

While we have served clients across the state for nearly 70 years, we believe these expansion opportunities will better serve West Michigan residents with improved accessibility to superior legal representation in personal injury law.

Kalamazoo Personal Injury Office

Highly-experienced attorney, ...

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Snowy Sidewalks, Cars, and the Michigan Snow Removal Law

Michigan winters are notorious for harsh conditions, mounting snow, frigid temperatures, and ice. Knowing how to handle these conditions not only saves lives but can also save you money since snowy sidewalks often incur hefty fines. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, appeared recently on Fox 17 “Know the Law” and explained the Michigan snow removal law.

Michigan Snow Removal Law and Snowy Sidewalks

Michigan laws defer snow removal to local governments. Smaller communities throughout the state have their own ordinances when it comes to removing snow. However, larger areas in the state, such as Lansing and Grand Rapids, enforce ...

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AirPods Live Listen – Hearing Aid or Secret Spy Tool?

Most likely by now, you’ve heard about it in the news or seen it in your Facebook feed. The world is currently buzzing about people turning their Apple products into intricate spying devices, secret agent style. With a reputation for streamlining technology, Apple’s new “hearing aids,” AirPods, offer the freedom to listen to music and media wirelessly via Bluetooth. To do so, a new feature, known as AirPods Live Listen, is needed. Apple describes the feature as:


You’re probably thinking what we’re thinking. That sounds… dangerous! Although the AirPods Live Listen feature sounds great (pun intended) in theory, ...

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Car Accident Without Insurance – Michigan Assigned Claims Plan

While purchasing uninsured motorist coverage is optional, it’s something our Michigan auto accident attorneys highly recommend. Uninsured motorist coverage takes care of people who are injured in accidents with vehicles that aren’t covered by a no-fault auto insurance policy. Typically, the injured person first turns to their own auto insurance policy for the payment of no-fault benefits. Sometimes, however, there are instances they would file a claim against the other driver’s policy.

But what happens when there isn’t another policy? What happens when there’s a car accident and no insurance provider to turn to at all? With roughly 21% ...

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Flight Delay Compensation and Other Airline Passenger Rights

With spring break approaching, many of us will take advantage of a week off school to travel someplace warm. Because travel increases so much this time of year, it’s important to anticipate minor setbacks and to understand airline passenger rights, including flight delay compensation and lost baggage reimbursement. Personal injury attorney, Tom Sinas, shared more on Fox 17 Know the Law.

Flight Delay Compensation

In response to a few recent airline incidents, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enacted some new rules that outline an airline passenger’s rights, one of which is flight delay compensation or “bumping.” Bumping happens when ...

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First Step Act – Reforming the Criminal Justice System

The United States has a nationwide imprisonment crisis. Federally, there is mass and incarceration with over 2 million people in federal prison. The First Step Act is the first stride to make a change that the country needs. While Bryan Waldman dedicates the majority of his practice to personal injury claims in Michigan, he also acts as Cooperating Attorney for ACLU of Michigan and as such, has co-counseled a number of civil rights cases. He recently appeared on WLNS Legal Edge and explained the First Step Act, which attempts to reform the criminal justice system regarding low-level drug ...

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

Update: May, 2019, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 2 and House Bills 4001 and 40002 into law. These bills prohibit law enforcement from forfeiting seized assets (under $50,000 in value) from crimes involving controlled substances without a conviction or plea agreement, or unless the property owner relinquishes the property.

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 ...

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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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