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Attorney & Former Prosecutor

Michigan Criminal Defense Legal Blog

A serious defense is necessary if facing serious federal charges

There are certain types of criminal charges that represent a grave threat to a Michigan defendant’s future. Federal charges can bring penalties that can change the course of someone’s life, including time behind bars, loss of personal reputation and much more. Even a...

Underage Michigan driver facing drunk driving charges

The penalties associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be steep. They can be especially severe for a Michigan driver who is under the legal drinking age. A teenager was recently arrested in Oakland County for drunk driving and causing a...

An overview of federal drug scheduling laws

While Michigan has its own laws on drug crimes, federal law also addresses certain drug crimes. When it comes to federal drug crimes, the penalties one may incur depend on what “schedule” the drug falls under. The following is a brief overview of federal drug...

What are some common defense strategies for a drunk driving arrest?

Everyone makes a mistake at some point in their life. Farmington Hills area residents understand that no one is perfect and that mistakes are common. Sometimes a mistake can be serious and greatly affect a person’s life. A drunk driving conviction is one of those...

Felony drug charges filed against Detroit man

A drug-trafficking sting in Traverse City led to the arrest of a 24-year-old from Detroit. He was arrested for possessing a large amount of fentanyl and allegedly delivering some to a local resident.  The report from the drug operation says there was evidence of...

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A serious defense is necessary if facing serious federal charges

There are certain types of criminal charges that represent a grave threat to a Michigan defendant’s future. Federal charges can bring penalties that can change the course of someone’s life, including time behind bars, loss of personal reputation and much more. Even a...

Officers must have probable cause to arrest driver for drunk driving

When an officer performs a routine traffic stop, they must have reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver of the vehicle was breaking the law. However, to arrest a driver on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer must have probable cause to believe that...

Underage Michigan driver facing drunk driving charges

The penalties associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be steep. They can be especially severe for a Michigan driver who is under the legal drinking age. A teenager was recently arrested in Oakland County for drunk driving and causing a...

An overview of federal drug scheduling laws

While Michigan has its own laws on drug crimes, federal law also addresses certain drug crimes. When it comes to federal drug crimes, the penalties one may incur depend on what “schedule” the drug falls under. The following is a brief overview of federal drug...

What are some common defense strategies for a drunk driving arrest?

Everyone makes a mistake at some point in their life. Farmington Hills area residents understand that no one is perfect and that mistakes are common. Sometimes a mistake can be serious and greatly affect a person’s life. A drunk driving conviction is one of those...

Felony drug charges filed against Detroit man

A drug-trafficking sting in Traverse City led to the arrest of a 24-year-old from Detroit. He was arrested for possessing a large amount of fentanyl and allegedly delivering some to a local resident.  The report from the drug operation says there was evidence of...

Bloomfield Hills woman facing embezzlement charges

Sometimes a Farmington Hills person gets themselves in a situation where they are over their head. Money is often a situation that can get out of control if a well-meaning person makes a mistake. Embezzlement is a common occurrence in Michigan and it is often...

Michigan driver facing drunk driving charges after accident

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can come with serious legal repercussions for Michigan drivers. A conviction for drunk driving can result in consequences that may include loss of driving rights, time behind bars, expensive fines and much more. The...

When can the arrest process itself lead to additional charges?

Being arrested in Michigan is no joke. You may think your arrest is unfounded and that you did nothing wrong. However, your behavior during an arrest could lead to additional charges, including resisting arrest. What constitutes resisting arrest? It is important to...

Law enforcement continues campaign to fight drunk driving

Michigan law enforcement will continue a campaign that is focused on increased monitoring of intoxicated driving throughout the state. The annual campaign is called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and it will continue through July 19. As part of this drunk driving...

Can I commit embezzlement if I’m partial owner of the funds?

Many people in Michigan may have heard on the news of people being charged with embezzlement. For example, a cashier may have stolen from the register or an accountant may have misappropriated funds. In general, embezzlement is a theft crime in which someone in a...

Michigan considering laws to combat drunk driving

When a driver is behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she is significantly more likely to cause an accident. To lower the chance of collisions that could leave innocent people hurt or killed, a lawmaker from Michigan has proposed laws...

Eyewitness confirms that defendant “did it:” Is that unassailable?

In response to the above-posed blog headline, we know that our readers in the Detroit metro area and across Michigan will reasonably note that every piece of material evidence in a criminal law case is subject to closest scrutiny and must be proved beyond a reasonable...

Drunk driving charges filed against experienced prosecutor

Michigan laws are tough on drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a driver is caught with a BAC over the legal limit or causes an accident because of intoxication, it can result in serious criminal charges and the potential...

Breathalyzer tests in Michigan may have been inaccurate

When a person notices flashing lights in their rear view mirror and is pulled over for a suspected DUI, they can feel scared and nervous about what’s to come. A DUI is a serious offense that in Michigan carries severe penalties. Because the penalties for a DUI...

Experience matters when facing criminal charges

A criminal charge has the potential to change a Michigan defendant’s life. Depending on the nature of the charge, it’s possible a conviction could bring consequences such as time behind bars, penalties and more. There are also other consequences, such as loss of...

Different types of assault in Michigan

Michigan compiled laws Section 750.81 sets out 13 different types of possible assault charges within the state of Michigan, along with their sentencing guidelines and fines. It should also be noted that even though assault and battery are often heard together, they...

Michigan prosecutor accused of embezzlement

Money flows to and among individuals and businesses. This flow can be rather simple; however, it can get rather complex with multiple transfers and exchanges. Thus, when one is faced with a financial crime, one needs to develop a defense that is attentive to these...

A tough defense for serious federal charges

Criminal charges range in severity depending on the nature of the allegations a defendant is facing. Federal charges typically involve grave criminal offenses, and the penalties reflect the serious nature of these crimes. A conviction of a federal offense can result...

Why Michigan drivers should fight first-time OWI offenses

It’s overwhelming to face drunk driving charges, even for a first offense. A Michigan driver may be unsure of what to do next, and some assume it’s easiest simply to plead guilty and move on. There is often a significant benefit in fighting back against an OWI and...

Michigan driver facing drunk driving charges

A Michigan man is facing serious legal consequences after an arrest for intoxicated driving and other criminal offenses. When he was stopped by law enforcement for suspected drunk driving, he was driving along a portion of I-75 that was closed at the time. He was also...

Can I be charged with DWI if I’m below the legal limit?

Most people in Michigan already know that if they are pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving, and their bodily alcohol content is 0.08 or higher, they can be charged with drunk driving. However, this is not the only way it is illegal to drive while...

What is embezzlement?

People who are entrusted with keeping an organization’s funds and assets safe, such as bankers, accountants and store clerks, are also entrusted with making sure those funds are used for their intended purpose. However, sometimes a person in such a position purposely...

Marijuana crimes in the Wolverine State

Some states in the nation have legalized marijuana for personal use. However, in Michigan it is still illegal to possess certain amounts of marijuana and to sell marijuana. The following is a brief overview of these crimes that marijuana users in the...

2 Michigan men arrested at hotel, now facing drug charges

After receiving reports of alleged drug activity at a hotel, Michigan police arrested two men for their role in a drug operation they were supposedly operating from their room. The drug charges they are both facing include possession of fentanyl for sale and...

Drug evidence may be suppressed if the police act illegally

A lot of drug charges start off with a traffic stop. The police might claim that you failed to use your blinker, that you were drifting into other lanes, or that you were speeding. The officers then use this stop to try to gain access to your vehicle, whether through...

Prosecutor facing embezzlement charges given $100,000 bond

A prosecutor from Macomb County is facing serious white-collar criminal charges. He is accused of taking money from drug and alcohol forfeiture funds over the course of several years. He was given a $100,000 personal bond, as was his former chief of operations. The...

Eyewitness confirms that defendant “did it:” Is that unassailable?

In response to the above-posed blog headline, we know that our readers in the Detroit metro area and across Michigan will reasonably note that every piece of material evidence in a criminal law case is subject to closest scrutiny and must be proved beyond a reasonable...

The many proponents of sentencing reform aren’t going to like this

It wasn’t long ago that federal attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice were busy crafting rules and guidelines to rein in the known excesses and many aberrational outcomes linked with the so-called War on Drugs. In fact, criminal sentencing reform in the federal...

IRS under adverse spotlight with its asset-forfeiture program

If you’re the owner of a small business in the metro Detroit area or elsewhere in the United States, you likely make frequent runs to your local bank to deposit funds received. And if you are at all representative of a prototypical shop, store, retailer or other type...

Focus on FATCA: Any chance this tax-fraud law could be repealed?

To its adherents (chiefly tax officials and government bureaucrats looking for ways to increase incoming revenues), it is winning legislation of the highest order. To those who oppose it, though (a broad-based amalgam of business groups, legislators, privacy-rights...

Adding up the numbers re criminal commutations: a busy president

One of the last official acts of outgoing President Barack Obama last week could hardly be termed trivial. Indeed, the former chief executive took unprecedented action last Thursday, on the eve of the incoming Trump presidential administration, by commuting the...

What are pyramid schemes?

In the United States, fraud can take many forms. The United States Treasury Department is continually designing and printing new bills to prohibit and minimize counterfeiting. With the advances in technology, internet fraud is wreaking havoc to thousands of Americans...

2nd VW executive arrested in emissions case after 1 pleads guilty

According to the Justice Department, employees of Volkswagen and VW of America were actively involved in perpetrating the emissions fraud VW has admitted took place. In October, a VW engineer pled guilty to a single count of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government...

Accused of a RICO violation? Why you need a proven lawyer

Prior to the passage of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1978, state and federal prosecutors often complained of their inability to meaningfully penetrate organized criminal groups and punish upper-echelon wrongdoers who were the true...

Indeed, words have legal ramifications: consider the term ‘willful’

OK, we all know well enough that federal and state taxes comprise a tough and sticky realm in the United States. Filing a tax return has seldom been an easy slam dunk for a resident of Michigan or any other state, given the complex nature of our tax system, which is...

White collar federal crimes: health care fraud focus

Any reference to federal crimes applies to a truly broad universe of possibilities, given the scope of federal authorities over many criminal matters and charging possibilities. Those include things like organized crime activities, ranging from interstate drug...

All underpayment isn’t tax fraud

The government expects you to fill out your tax forms properly. You’re supposed to pay the full amount that you owe, and underpayment is illegal. That said, any underpayment isn’t going to lead to an arrest, jail time, and huge fines. It’s not all tax fraud. If you’re...

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