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How to Post Bail in Michigan: 5 Things to Know

If you’re reading this, you might have been arrested, or someone you know is in police custody. When you’re sitting in jail, the first thing on your mind is how to get out. This is usually accomplished by posting bail. Bail is an insurance bond t… Read More
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What Is the Presumption of Innocence?

The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle upon which the American criminal legal system is built. It is part of your right to a fair trial and means that anyone accused of a crime is assumed to be innocent until they are proven to be gu… Read More
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Under 21? Underage Drinking in Michigan

Underage drinking poses a prevalent social issue both in Michigan and across the United States. It is not uncommon for young individuals, driven by curiosity and peer pressure, to engage in alcohol experimentation during their teenage years. From par… Read More
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Understanding Your Right to Remain Silent In Michigan

As a criminal defense lawyer, perhaps the best piece of advice I can give a prospective client is: don’t talk to the police. If you ever find yourself being questioned by law enforcement officers, you should politely but firmly tell them that you a… Read More
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OWI Conviction With a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL)

Drivers who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are held to higher standards than other people on the road. This is particularly apparent when it comes to drunk driving charges. As a professional driver charged with a Michigan OWI, you face se… Read More
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Understanding Your Criminal Case - What To Expect in a Criminal Trial

After a suspect is arrested, the court will schedule the arraignment and other pre-trial hearings. During these hearings, your lawyer will try to negotiate a favorable plea bargain or even outright dismissal of your case. If the prosecutor is unwilli… Read More
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Understanding Your Criminal Case (Part 1) - Arrest and Pre-Trial Procedure

The criminal legal process can be confusing. And if you’ve been charged with a crime, the confusion will only add to your stress. To demystify the criminal legal process, I created this guide to pre-trial criminal procedure, which explains the crim… Read More
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How Do I Get Off The Sex Offender Registry In Michigan?

The sex offender registry is a publicly accessible list of people convicted of state or federal sex crimes in Michigan. Under the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), if you were convicted of a sex offense after October 1, 2005, you are req… Read More
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Public Defender vs. Private Attorney

In the United States, you have the constitutional right to an attorney if you have been accused of a crime. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can ask the court to appoint one for you. Many people consider asking for a public defender instead of a… Read More
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What to Do When There’s a Warrant for Your Arrest

Finding out that there is a warrant for your arrest can be distressing. You may feel like you have nowhere to turn and that there is no way out. But when you work with Elmen Legal, I will guide you through the criminal legal process and help you deci… Read More
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