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The State Laws of Michigan

The State Laws of Michigan


Due to the fact that individual state laws are constantly subject to change, individuals are encouraged to consult an attorney prior to engaging in any activity, action, or event in which the expressed legality may come into question. Furthermore, individuals interested in attaining information with regard to individual state legislature are also encouraged to perform independent research in order to substantiate the relevancy and current state(s) of specific legislation.  If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Michigan lawyers.

Michigan Abortion Laws

•    Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion in Michigan: Drug, substance, instrument, or device employed with intent to terminate pregnancy for a purpose other than to increase probability of a live birth, to preserve the health of the child, or to remove a dead fetus. Partial Birth Abortion: Unlawful except to save the life of a mother endangered by physical illness, physical injury, or physical disorder when no other medical procedure will suffice

•    Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion: After viability, when necessary to preserve life of mother

•    Penalty for Illegal Abortion: Felony: fine to $2,000 and/or imprisonment to 4 years; if mother dies, manslaughter, fine to $7,500 and/or imprisonment to 15 years; violation of parental consent requirement is a misdemeanor.

Michigan Marijuana Laws

•    Possession: Misdemeanor with penalty of 1 yr. and/or $2000

•    Sale: Felony: less than 5 kg. or 20 plants: up to 4 yrs. and/or $20,000; 5-45 kg. or 20-200 plants: up to 7 yrs. and/or $500,000; Over 45 kg. or over 200 plants: up to 15 yrs. and/or $10,000,000; Sale to minor or near school property: up to double penalties

Michigan DWI and DUI Laws

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while under the influence (DUI) charges exist in the event that an individual ingests illegal drugs, alcohol, or controlled-substances, which may impair their respective ability to safely operate a motor vehicle; the following DUI and DWI laws exist within the state of Michigan:

•    Zero tolerance laws exist in the event that an individual below the legal age permissible to consume alcohol is suspected to be unlawfully operating a motor vehicle; within the state of Michigan, the Zero Tolerance Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) cannot exceed .02%

•    The BAC limit for individuals operating motor vehicles may not reach .08%; this can constitute a DUI or DWI offense

•    In Michigan, there currently exist no supplementary penalties incurred due to BAC levels exceeding the expressed, legal limit

•    Implied consent is a legal instrument that is employed within the realm of a DUI Arrest that entails a verbal or written contract resulting from the willing participation in a regulated activity, such as the operation of a motor vehicle; within Michigan, law enforcement agents are permitted to act in accordance with implied consent laws

•    Upon a DUI or DWI conviction, and individuals is subject to undergo the loss of driving privileges for a period of no less than 90 days’ time;  penalties can range upwards of 1 year in addition to the installation of an ignition interlock device

Michigan Gun Laws

•    There is no waiting period for the acquisition of firearms in Michigan

•    Illegal firearms in Michigan: Machine gun; automatic or semi-automatic weapons; silencers; mufflers; armor-piercing ammunition

•    Who may not own firearms in Michigan: 1. Under 18 yrs.; 2. Committed felony; 3. Insane and not restored to sanity by court order or under order for commitment due to mental illness; 4. Must answer 70% of answers correctly on Basic Pistol Safety Questionnaire in order to purchase gun

Michigan Adoption Laws

In the state of Michigan, an individual who has been deemed as a law-abiding citizen who is of sound mind and moral character is permitted to adopt a child:

•    Within the state of Michigan, and individual must maintain residence for a period of no less than 6 months

•    Any individual may be adopted; children above the age(s) of 14 must express consent with regard to a potential adoption

•    Within the state of Michigan, the Family Independence Agency administers all adoption

•    Any person may adopt; if married, the spouse may join

Michigan Employment and Labor Laws

•    Within the state of Michigan, the minimum wage is 7 dollars and 15 cents awarded per hour of labor

•    State Holidays are listed as: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, and President’s Day result in the closing of public institutions only upon the decision set forth by the local board of trustees and government

•    Within the state of Michigan, an individual’s employ cannot be terminated in the event that they report a violation or hazard taking place with regard to their respective employment – or place of employment

Michigan Divorce Laws

Within the state of Michigan, a divorce is defined as the termination of a marriage, which can occur upon a decision set forth by one or both partners involved in the marriage:

•    A divorce must be filed subsequent to 60 days residence within the state of Michigan; in the event that an individual –or individuals – were married in Michigan and lived there on a continuous basis, a time constraint for filing does not exist

•    ‘No Fault’ divorce does exist on the grounds of irreconcilable differences

Michigan Death Penalty Laws 

•    Michigan does not practice capital punishment.

Michigan Gambling Laws

Within the state of Michigan, Gambling is defined as the purposeful risking of any or all assets, property or monies with the intention of gain; a primary stipulation exists that expressed that the individual retains no control of peripheral outcome(s) with regard to any wagers set forth:

•    Horse racing wagering is legal

•    Dog racing wagering is legal

•    Licensed casinos are allowed and gaming on Native American land governed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is permitted

Michigan Child Laws

Within the state of Michigan, the following stipulations with regard to child laws and child custody are recognized:

•    Joint custody is permitted

•    The rights implied within  grandparental visitation are recognized

•    The wishes of any or all children involves are taken into consideration with regard to a custody decision