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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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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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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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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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erasing the past

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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