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Early Termination of Federal Supervised Release – Exceptionally Good Behavior

February 6th, 2015|

What is Supervised Release? There are two different types of Federal Supervision - probation and supervised release.  Probation is given to people who are not sentenced to prison but are still required to abide by conditions set by the Judge and report to a United States probation officer for a period of time. Supervised release is a term of supervision served after you are released from prison.  The court imposes [...]

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August 21st, 2014|

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Rights People Lose and Consequences if Convicted of a Felony in Michigan

August 18th, 2014|

Every criminal offense has a maximum penalty which defines whether its a misdemeanor or a felony. In Michigan, a felony is a crime that is punishable by two years or more. If you have been convicted of an offense that has a maximum penalty of two years or more you are considered a felon. Examples of common felonies include assault with a weapon, third offense drunk driving, second offense possession [...]

Your Digital Fourth Amendment Rights: Police must get warrant to search your phone

August 1st, 2014|

Because your cell phone is such a pervasive and insistent part of your daily life the United States Supreme Court in Riley v. California ruled that, absent an emergency, the police must have a warrant before searching one.  The Court decided that because the cell phone of today has such immense storage capacity that searching through it would reveal more details of your personal life than searching your entire home. [...]

Barton Morris completes third American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography Course

July 4th, 2014|

An attorney who represents persons accused of drunk and drugged driving cannot do it effectively unless they have the specialized education and experience with chemical testing. Almost every case involves a breath test measurement of bodily alcohol or a blood test for the presence and measurement of drugs. What we are talking about is science which many attorneys are afraid of or simply think they do not need to learn. [...]

Metro Detroit Criminal Defense Attorneys Read the Declaration of Independence

July 4th, 2014|

   In celebration of Independence Day, on July 3, 2014 the Law Office of Barton Morris organized a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Spirit of Detroit Monument in downtown Detroit. 10 criminal defense attorneys took turns reading portions of the writing that signifies the independence of the United States of America in in 1776, shortly after the revolutionary war began. The event was a [...]

America's Newest Disease: The OxyContin® and OPANA® Express to Heroin

June 30th, 2014|

OxyContin® is a semi-synthetic brand name pharmceutical drug and commonly prescribed analgesic (pain reliever) that is made from the natural drug morphine. While this may come as a shock, users of OxyContin® can attest to its powerful effects on relieving all severities of pain. In addition to the painkiller characteristic, OxyContin® can affect ones mood. Many users report a euphoric state of mind, accompanied by reduced anxiety. This pill appeals to not [...]

Barton Morris Brings Tradition to Metro Detroit

June 27th, 2014|

On July 3rd, 2014 Barton Morris will bringing a tradition to the Metro Detroit area. For years, attorneys have gathered around the country to recite the words written by our founding fathers, the Declaration of Independence. The event was created by a group of Criminal Defense attorneys in Texas with the hope of reminding all about the importance of the Declaration. This year, Mr. Morris has taken the lead to [...]

How to Get off Probation Early or Defend a Probation Violation

June 12th, 2014|

HOW TO DEAL WITH PROBATION Probation is the most common program used by criminal judges to rehabilitate an individual convicted of a crime. In fact it is the most used program in the criminal justice system. Probation is also called community supervision and roughly one in every 45 people in the United States is under some form of probation. Federal, state and municipal judges across the country use probation as a [...]

How accurate is the EtG test? How far back in time does EtG test for alcohol? How do I handle false positives?

June 3rd, 2014|

The EtG test, properly known as Ethyl Glucuronide is a metabolite produced from drinking alcohol and is used to detect alcohol levels in urine.  It is being used by courts and probation departments as a way of testing if people are drinking.  The EtG has earned a bit of a reputation regarding its validity in being both reliable if not a bit inconsistent depending on which side of the fence [...]

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