Man in handcuffs charged with drug crime.

What to Do If You've Been Charged with a Drug Crime

As someone who has spent years defending people who have been charged with drug crimes, I know that it is difficult to know what to do, where to turn, and who to trust. Being placed under arrest is a scary and stressful experience, and the stakes are… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes
Placed Under Arrest? Do you know your Marianda Rights?

What Are My Miranda Rights and Why Are They Important?

Miranda Rights – You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the… Read More
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Bond and Bail Gavel, handcuffs and money.

What is the Difference Between Bond and Bail?

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may be able to negotiate your release from jail by posting bail or obtaining a bond. While the terms “bail” and “bond” are often used interchangeably, even in Michigan statutes, there ar… Read More
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Male driver chased by police. He is thinking can the police search my vehicle without a warrant?

Can the Police Search My Vehicle Without a Warrant?

There are some circumstances in which police can lawfully search your car without a warrant. However, during most traffic stops, the police must ask for your permission before searching your vehicle. If you do not give them permission and there are n… Read More
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pleading guilty

Do I Need a Lawyer Even If I am Pleading Guilty?

When facing criminal charges, many people wonder whether hiring a lawyer is worth the time and expense, especially if they plan on pleading guilty. Some people think they should just enter a guilty plea, take their punishment, and move on with their… Read More
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juvenile tried as adult

Juvenile Tried as An Adult in Michigan

In Michigan, if you are 17 years of age or older and are charged with a crime, you will be tried as an adult. If you are under age 17, you will be charged as a juvenile, unless the charges are very serious. Children under the age of 14 are rarely cha… Read More
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simple assault charges

What is Simple Assault, and What Are the Penalties?

Assault is one of the least understood and most misused words in the American language. When people hear the word assault, they often think of a brutal beating. But in Michigan, the crime of simple assault occurs when someone attempts to cause physic… Read More
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Categories: Assault
Police Lineups

Police Lineups and Eyewitness Identifications

Eyewitness testimony is powerful evidence. Because eyewitness testimony can be so influential, courts have established strict guidelines that must be followed when police conduct a lineup to identify a suspect and when prosecutors seek to admit eyewi… Read More
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Categories: Police
social media and the courts

Does Social Media Negatively Impact My Criminal Case?

If you are facing criminal charges or think you were involved in potentially illegal activity, you may be tempted to post about your exploits, ask friends for advice, or discuss updates in your case online or on your social media platforms. Don’t.… Read More
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hunting and fishing

Are DNR Hunting and Fishing Violations Criminal Offenses?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for maintaining and protecting natural resources such as state parks, forests, and recreation areas. Their jurisdiction includes enforcing hunting and fishing violations. Violations of… Read More
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