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Statute of Limitations in Michigan Criminal Cases

The statute of limitations sets specific time limits for the government to bring criminal charges against a suspect. Depending on the type of offense, the Michigan statute of limitations may be six, 10, 15, or 25 years. Some crimes, like murder, have… Read More
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What to Expect at a Criminal Pre-Trial Conference

A pre-trial conference is a critical step in any criminal case. It comes after a criminal defendant has been arraigned, but before the case goes to trial. The goal of the pre-trial conference is to bring the prosecutor and the defense attorney togeth… Read More
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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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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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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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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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What Is a Misdemeanor?

If you’re facing criminal charges in Michigan, the crime is classified as a felony, a misdemeanor, or an infraction. The difference between a felony, a misdemeanor, and infraction is largely in how severely the crime is punished, and the extent to… Read More
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What Is Involuntary Manslaughter?

Manslaughter is a serious crime that occurs when someone is unlawfully and unintentionally killed. Manslaughter can be voluntary or involuntary, depending on the circumstances that led to the killing. For example, involuntary manslaughter occurs when… Read More
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Preparing for Your First Court Appearance

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given a whole lot of thought about what to do if you have to appear in court. What should you wear? Where do you stand? What will happen? Will you be expected to talk? What should you say? Is there… Read More
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