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Police Department Training Update

March 23, 2012 / in

Self-Defense Chemical Spray Law Amended

Michigan police departments should be aware of a very subtle, yet significant, change in the law related to self-defense chemical spray. An amendment to Michigan Compiled Law Section 750.244d was signed into law on December 22, 2010 by former Governor Granholm. The amendment allows for a higher concentration of oleoresin capsicum in self-defense “pepper” sprays or foam. The law previously allowed for only 2% of a solution containing oleoresin capsicum. The new law allows for a solution containing not more than 10% of oleoresin capsicum.

“Michigan residents will now have access to a greater variety of self-defense products that are not lethal and easy to purchase to protect themselves and their property,” said Rep. Hugh Crawford (R-Novi) who introduced the legislation in the state House. “Allowing a higher concentration of this chemical in pepper spray devices makes these products safer for users, and gives a person more options instead of using physical force for protection.”
Officers throughout the state need to be aware of this subtle change in the law so enforcement can be accurate and effective. Beier Howlett welcomes your questions about this change in the law and is prepared to provide any assistance to your police agency as may be needed on this issue.

For more information, contact Mike Salhaney by email at or call (248) 645-9400.


News From The Firm

March 23, 2012 / in

Beier Howlett is now on facebook! For regular updates, news and information from the firm, we invite you to “Like” us on our facebook page.

After serving for more than four decades on the bench of the Oakland County Probate Court, the Honorable Eugene Arthur Moore (left) will return to our firm as an attorney of counsel.

Peter Gojcaj has been named Partner at the firm. He is a member of the business law practice group, and a founding member of the newly formed Albanian American Chamber of Commerce.

The Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook is now available online at Jeff Haynes served as co-editor and contributing writer for the Deskbook (second edition). As a free service

of the State Bar of Michigan, it provides up-to-date legal analysis of environmental law issues and hyperlinks to environmental statutes, rules and cases.


Beier Howlett has been named to the inaugural edition of the U.S. News Best Law Firms rankings.

Three firm attorneys were also selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®:

Tim Currier, CEO of the firm, was named in the field of municipal law;

Jeff Haynes was named in the field of environmental law;

Stephen Jones was named for probate and estate planning.

Stephen Jones of the firm’s probate & estate planning practice has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager by HOUR Detroit and dBusiness magazines. Less than 7% of metro Detroit wealth managers are named to this list. Jones specializes in taxation and will preparation.

Tim Currier, CEO, along with partners Jeff Kragt and Frank Galgan, have been named to the annual Super Lawyers list. Only 5% of Michigan attorneys are included in this list. This is Currier’s fifth consecutive inclusion on the list, and Kragt’s second.