Serving Southeast Michigan For Over 30 Years.

Ordinance Prosecution

For more than 45 years, our firm has been preparing and updating local ordinances for municipal clients. We have unique expertise in subjects such as the Michigan Vehicle Code, the Uniform Traffic Code, the Motor Carrier Act, the Medical Marihuana Act, the Liquor Control Act, the Penal Code, the Property Maintenance Code, the International Fire Code, and the Michigan Building Code. O'Reilly Rancilio government attorneys are familiar with state laws, technical codes, and administrative regulations from which municipalities borrow many of their local ordinances.

In addition, our Michigan lawyers have been at the forefront of innovation regarding topics of unique interest to individual municipalities, such as creation of the first Corridor Improvement Authority, licensing of hotels and motels, regulating pawnbrokers, regulating body art facilities, licensing massage establishments, and regulation of the use and sale of fireworks under the Fireworks Safety Act. We have handled regulation of potentially dangerous animals, implementing a false alarm recovery ordinance, creation of a model film permit ordinance, requiring computerized reporting of secondhand goods transactions and fire alarm inspections, requiring electronic reporting of dog vaccinations by veterinarians, and implementation of a model voluntary curbside recycling program.

Beyond drafting these carefully researched ordinances and dealing with violations of ordinances, we have also served as ordinance prosecutors for many municipalities, currently including Sterling Heights, the village of Armada, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Ile and Macomb Township. We have successfully prosecuted hundreds of trials and defended innumerable motions and evidentiary hearings. We train and prepare police officers for the unique experience of testifying at such proceedings, and we maintain a voluminous "brief bank" covering nearly every ordinance prosecution topic imaginable. We know and understand all of the nuances of police work, including the community caretaking doctrine, the police team theory, probable cause, search warrants, administrative warrants, and the administrative rules governing blood and alcohol testing.

In addition to criminal ordinances, we have also prepared model ordinances allowing municipalities to "decriminalize" certain violations through the use of municipal civil infractions. We have also created a model nuisance abatement process, which ensures the efficient handling of property maintenance and other nuisance conditions within the community without the need for issuing citations and proceeding slowly through the court process.

The experience of the firm's attorneys in drafting and prosecuting local ordinances is unparalleled, and the firm is uniquely qualified to serve any and all ordinance-related legal needs that may arise.

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