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What Does Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Mean?

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the highest standard of proof in the American legal system. Requiring that a prosecutor prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is a fundamental concept in American law that is intended to ensure that onl… Read More
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Protecting Your Fourth Amendment Rights

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and part… Read More
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How Should You Handle Police Encounters?

Encounters with the police generally fall into one of three categories: (1) in a public place; (2) in a private place; or (3) in a car. Police encounters can be tricky, especially because police are trained to notice things other observers may not. T… Read More
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Categories: Police
Michigan Theft Charges

Michigan Theft Charges

Michigan criminal statutes refer to theft crimes as “larceny.” A person commits criminal larceny in Michigan if they steal property that belongs to another person. The severity of a Michigan theft crime depends on the value of the property stolen… Read More
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Categories: Theft
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What You Should Know About Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

A Personal Protection Order (PPO), also known as a restraining order, is a court order that is put in place to protect people who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Personal Protection Orders are a type of injunction that… Read More
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Categories: Domestic Violence
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Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may experience difficulty finding a job, renting an apartment, or getting into college or technical school. You may even have had to forfeit some of your rights, such as the right to possess a firearm, to se… Read More
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Drug Charges in Michigan

Drug Charges in Michigan

Michigan drug charges can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. The severity of the charge will vary depending on the type and amount of the drug in your possession, and whether you were in possession of an amount of drugs that indicate an inten… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes
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Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Justice

Charges of resisting arrest or obstruction of justice are serious, and the penalties can be severe. There are defenses available, but these cases can be complex and the stakes are high. If you have been charged with resisting arrest or obstruction of… Read More
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Can You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

If you are stopped under suspicion of drunk driving, can you refuse a Breathalyzer test? The short answer is “yes – you can.” But, like many things, it’s not that simple. What Is a Breathalyzer Test? If you are stopped in Michigan under s… Read More
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Categories: Drunk Driving / OWI
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What Is the Penalty for Vehicular Manslaughter?

In Michigan, you can be charged with vehicular manslaughter for causing someone’s death while operating a motor vehicle. The most common situation that results in a charge is when someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OW… Read More
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Admitted to practice law in 2014, Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney Robert Elmen defends people accused of crimes such as assault and battery, domestic violence, sex crimes, drug crimes, and drunk driving / OWI / DUI. His caring approach towards his clients sets him apart from other lawyers as he recognizes that people come to him during their darkest hours, looking for help, and for hope. Robert is a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and draws on his martial arts training to help himself and his clients remain calm in the face of what may seem like insurmountable odds.

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