MICHIGAN CRIMINAL LAWYERS

RECENT RESULTS OBTAINED BY OUR FIRM

* Vulnerable adult abuse charges dismissed.  Our client was employed as a caretaker at a group home.  It was alleged that she assaulted a patient during the course of her employment.  Our firm investigated the incident and it was shown the vulnerable adult was the aggressor and our client’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances. Once the prosecutor reviewed our evidence the case was dismissed.  52-3 Judicial District Court, City of Rochester Hills.

*Criminal contempt charges acquitted at trial. Our client was charged with a second personal protection order violation. The Petitioner prosecuted our client for criminal contempt and sought to have him incarcerated. At trial our office made a creative legal argument concerning third party police contact (numerous welfare checks) is not a violation under the PPO. The court agreed, and found our client not guilty of criminal contempt. 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County.

* Operating While Intoxicated charges dismissed. Our client, who was a CDL holder, was charged with OWI after performing poorly on field sobriety tests and submitting to a preliminary breath test with a result of .09. Our office filed a motion to suppress all evidence obtained in the case because of the officer(s) numerous mistakes made during the arrest. On the day of the motion hearing our client was offered a civil infraction that carried a $205.00 fine. No criminal conviction, no CDL consequences, criminal case dismissed. 52-1 Judicial District Court, City of Novi.

*Indecent Exposure Charges dismissed. Our client, a tenured college professor, was charged with indecent exposure while walking near his home. After providing additional information to the prosecutor concerning our client’s medical condition, the case was taken under advisement and dismissed within 60 days. 19th District Court, City of Dearborn.

*Felony Forgery Charges dismissed. Our client was charged with forgery of registration in regard to the purchase of a vehicle. After numerous discovery violations by the Prosecutor’s Office our motion to dismiss was granted. 36th Judicial District Court, City of Detroit.

*Negligent Discharge of Firearm charges dismissed. Our client was putting his firearm in a safe when it accidentally discharged with the bullet going through his home and the neighbor’s garage nearly striking the neighbor. It was shown the firearm at issue was a poor design prone to “slam fire”. A delayed sentence was achieved with a case dismissal in six months. 40th District Court, City of Saint Clair Shores.

*Probation violation case closed. Client charged with numerous violation(s) of probation concerning a drug offense and continued use of illicit substances. Our office convinced the court more likely than not our client’s failed drug tests came from ingesting a product marketed to assist with insomnia. The Court closed the file over the probation departments recommendation to jail our client. 52-4 District Court, City of Troy.

*Two Felony convictions set aside (expunged). Our client was previously convicted of two felony counts (obtain a controlled substance by fraud). After our passionate plea highlighting our client’s extraordinary efforts to turn her life around the Court granted our request to set aside both felony convictions. 6th Circuit Court, Oakland County.

*Offer to Engage in the Services of Prostitution dismissed. Our client’s citation was improperly written. Our motion to dismiss was granted over the prosecutor’s motion to amend the complaint. 36th District Court, City of Detroit.

*Domestic Violence charge dismissed. Our client was accused of assaulting his girlfriend after she became angry with him over a Facebook post. Our client denied the allegations and set the matter for trial. The complainant contradicted herself numerous times at the time she provided a statement to the police. Ultimately, she failed to show up for trial and the case was dismissed. 16th District Court, City of Livonia.

*Client charged with second probation violation (original conviction a felony) for leaving the State of Michigan and failing to complete a court ordered class. The probation department recommended (60) days jail and revocation of suppressed case status. Our office convinced the Court to impose no jail sentence AND to keep the matter suppressed from public record. 16th Circuit Court, Macomb County.

*Probation violation dismissed. Our client was accused of violating his probation a second time by ingesting marijuana. Probation department recommended (15) days in jail. After considering our evidence to the contrary, the violation was dismissed. 52-3 District Court, City of Auburn Hills.

* Felony fleeing and eluding charges dismissed.  Our client was wrongfully accused of fleeing police.  After review of the police video, cell phone records, and GPS information, our office challenged the case early on and proved the police falsely identified our client as the driver of the fleeing vehicle.  46th Judicial District Court, City of Southfield.

Two felony forgery of license plate charges dismissed.  Our client was arrested for two felony forgery counts then later released.  These offenses carry a minimum 1-5 year prison term.  Over three years later our client was formally charged.  Our office challenged the case on speedy trial grounds.  Both felony cases were dismissed.  52-4 Judicial District Court, City of Troy.

* Discharge firearm at a building (10-year felony), and Felony Firearm (mandatory 2-year prison term) dismissed.  Client was accused of intentionally firing an assault rifle at his neighbor’s home.  Our office challenged the evidence in this case early on.  After days of testimony it was proven more likely than not our client was engaged in target practice and suffered from mental health issues.  Ultimately, our client pleaded guilty to a 1-year misdemeanor (careless discharge of a firearm) and was given five years probation with the appropriate mental health care.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County.

* Client charged with 5th probation violation (10 prior technical violations) given no jail time. Our client was facing a 1-year jail sentence. Our office convinced the Court not to impose a jail sentence over the probation departments recommendation for jail time. Because our client followed our advice we were able to persuade the Court to extend his probation. 52-3 Judicial District Court, City of Rochester Hills.

*Assault and Battery charge dismissed. Client was accused of assaulting his mother’s boyfriend at a family gathering. Our office provided additional information to the Prosecutor’s office that showed more likely than not our client’s actions were reasonable. 41-A Judicial District Court, Shelby Township.

* Possession of methamphetamine (felony) dismissed.  The Prosecutor dismissed the charges upon receiving our motion to suppress evidence and reviewing the police video and audio which demonstrated out client was threatened and coerced into consenting to a search of his home.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Client charged with larceny over $1,000.00 (felony) while on parole.  The Prosecution could not meet their burden at the preliminary exam stage. The case was dismissed with no violation of parole consequences. 50th Judicial District Court, City of Pontiac
 
*Client charged with felonious assault (stabbing) case was dismissed at the preliminary exam stage.  Prosecutor wrongfully attempted to rely on the victim’s statements made at the hospital contrary to our client’s constitutional confrontation clause rights.  The court granted our motion to dismiss.  43rd District District Court, City of Madison Heights.

* Fleeing and eluding (felony) dismissed. Our client was accused of fleeing the police during a traffic stop.  Our office provided additional information surrounding the stop and after further review the felony charge was dismissed.  Client pleaded guilty to a traffic misdemeanor and was given a $600.00 fine and no probation.  37th Judicial District Court, City of Warren.

* Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense (felony) dismissed. Our client had two prior felony convictions (habitual 3rd offender), two prior OWI convictions, and had a blood alcohol content over three times the legal limit. After our client followed our precise plan our office was able to convince the Prosecutor’s office leniency was in the interest of justice. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor OWI, no jail time, and a term of probation. The probation department recommended a (90) day jail sentence. Our office convinced the court to not follow the recommendation. 41-A, Judicial District Court, Shelby Township.

* Two felony counts of B/E with intent (10-year felonies) dismissed.  Our client was implicated in multiple breaking and entering cases in the City of Troy business district (captured on surveillance video).  After demonstrating our client’s struggle with alcohol and cancer played a significant role in his behavior he was offered a misdemeanor plea and given a term of probation.  52-4 Judicial District Court, City of Troy

* Felony carrying a concealed weapon (firearm) dismissed.  Our office convinced the Wayne County Gun Board to accept our diversion proposal.  Client pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm (misdemeanor).  3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County.

* Domestic violence and second count of assault and battery dismissed.  Client was involved in a heated family argument and was accused of attacking family members.  Our office interviewed and produced an independent witness who provided new information to the Prosecutor’s office.  After review of this new information our client accepted a plea offer to disorderly conduct and given six months non-reporting probation and a $350.00 fine.  52-1 Judicial District Court, Milford Township

* Felonious assault with a firearm (felony) dismissed.  Our office challenged the case early on in the District Court.  The Prosecutor could not meet his burden at the preliminary exam hearing.  Our motion to dismiss was granted.  37th Judicial District Court, City ofWarren

* Felony larceny in a building charges dismissed.  Plea reduction to a misdemeanor reached after it was proven a third party was more likely responsible for forcing entry into the dwelling than our client.  45th Judicial District Court, City of Oak Park

* Client charged with operating while impaired high BAC -injury accident.  Client’s BAC was almost three times the legal limit.  Client violated her probation on two separate occasions.  Our office used a polygraph test to demonstrate our client more likely than not unknowingly consumed alcohol while on a alcohol tether device.  Client’s probation continued over the probation department’s recommendation for jail time.  39th Judicial District Court, City of Roseville.

* Felony probation violation dismissed.  Our client was ordered to pay substantial restitution.  The probation officer accused our client of not making a substantial effort to pay down the restitution in her case.  At the probation violation hearing we demonstrated our client had made a good faith effort in making her payments and had an inability to pay the full amount prior to her case being closed.  The court agreed and the violation was dismissed.  22nd Judicial Circuit Court, Washtenaw County

* Our client was wrongfully accused of having inappropriate contact with his daughter’s friend during a sleep over at his home.  Our office investigated the allegations and interviewed all the witnesses.  Our office gave the investigator additional information that demonstrated the complainant lied in her statement.  No charges filed.  Washtenaw County.

* Malicious destruction of property charges dismissed. After firing her previous attorney, our client made the wise decision to retain our firm to represent her at trial. After conducting our own investigation it was shown the complaining witness lied when he submitted his complaint to the police. And that our client was actually the victim of an assault committed by the so called complainant. The charges were dismissed on the day of trial.  18th Judicial District Court, City of Westland

* Domestic violence charges dismissed.  Client involved in a family argument that became physical.  After reviewing our additional information the State Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case so that our client would be eligible to enter military service.  16th JudicialDistrict Court, City of Livonia.

* Larceny in a building charges dismissed. At the preliminary exam stage the prosecutor could not prove our client was ever inside the building where the alleged offense occurred.  46th Judicial District Court, City of Southfield

* Carry Concealed Weapon (felony) dismissed.  Our client was stopped by the police while carrying a loaded firearm.  His concealed pistol license had recently expired and he was charged.  Our office convinced the Prosecutor’s office to reduce the felony to a civil infraction (equivalent of a speeding ticket).  52-4 Judicial District Court, City of Troy.  

* Minor in possession of alcohol third offense charges dismissed. Our client was on probation for two previous MIP offenses in the Novi District Court.  Our client was charged with a 3rd MIP in the City of Detroit. The officer improperly cited the statute. The court granted our motion to dismiss based on the officer’s failure to properly cite the statute.  No conviction, no probation, and most importantly no probation violation consequences in the Novi District Court.  36th Judicial District Court, City of Detroit.  

* Hardship license appeal granted.  Our client was charged with a 3rd operating while intoxicated offense.  Her license was revoked for her denial to take a breath test under the implied consent statute.  Her appeal to the Driver’s License Appeal Division was denied however, her appeal to the Circuit Court was granted.  Our client was granted a restricted license and no interlock device was installed in her vehicle.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Felony retail fraud charges dismissed.  Our client was misidentified as the getaway driver involving a retail fraud theft ring.  Client’s air tight alibi proved he was not the perpetrator of the crime.  6th Judicial Circuit, Oakland County

* Felony nonpayment of child support charges dismissed.  Client owed over $95,000.00 in back child support.  Attorney General’s Office sought to have our client extradited from Missouri to Michigan to face felony charges.  After extensive negotiation, the charges were dismissed upon our client paying 10% of his arrears.  No conviction, no probation, our client didn’t step foot inside a courtroom.  3rd Judicial Circuit Court, Wayne County.

*Client charged with operating under the influence 3rd offense (felony, actual 7th OUIL conviction). Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury in the years before her addiction. After extensive negotiation with the Judge a COBBS plea deal was reached for probation with intensive treatment. Client later violated her probation due to seven “walk aways” while on her tether. Through our client’s medical records it was shown she aggravated her preexisting brain injury when she fell at her home. Our office presented these mitigating factors and convinced the Judge to not send her to prison, or even a jail sentence. Probation and tether were continued. 6th Judicial Circuit, Oakland County

* Fail to register as a sex offender charges dismissed.  Our client who was previously convicted of a sex crime (consensual sex with his fifteen year old girlfriend when he was eighteen years of age) was accused of failing to register as a sex offender.  The officer in charge of the case failed to interview the residents of our client’s home and instead took the word of an (80) year old man with dementia who was obviously not lucid.  After our office interviewed ALL the witnesses and secured their presence for court proceedings the charges were dismissed.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Aggravated stalking charges dismissed (felony).  The prosecutor could not prove our client had actual notice of the personal protection order that prohibited contact with the complainant.  Felony dismissed at the preliminary exam.  41-B Judicial District Court, Clinton Township

* Probation violation charge dismissed.  The probation officer in this case wrongfully accused our client of violating his probation by failing to submit to the proper number of monthly drug tests.  After reviewing our client’s records, and taking testimony from the probation officer, the court found our client not guilty.  16th Judicial District Court, City of Livonia.

* Three counts of criminal sexual conduct second degree acquitted by jury trial. The client was going through a bitter divorce and wrongfully accused of criminal sexual conduct. At trial it was shown that the “victim” was inappropriately influenced by the State forensic interviewer, and evidence potentially helpful to the defense was destroyed by the officer in charge of the case.  6th JudicialCircuit Court, Oakland County.

* Malicious use of communication device charges dismissed. On the day of trial the prosecutor was shown that the complainant lied in her initial statement to the police. The prosecutor motioned for a dismissal that was granted by the trial court.  47th Judicial District Court, City of Farmington Hills.

* Breaking and entering charges dismissed.  At trial it was shown the State’s star witness was not credible.  He repeatedly lied to the police when he implicated our client in a crime that he did not commit.  Once these lies were brought to light the Prosecutor motioned to dismiss the matter.  47th Judicial District Court, City of Farmington Hills

* Felonious assault charges dismissed. The State failed to meet their burden at the preliminary exam stage and the charges were dismissed. 43rd Judicial District Court, City of Ferndale

* Possession of narcotic paraphernalia charges dismissed. Our office negotiated a delayed sentencing agreement whereupon the offense would be dismissed contingent upon successful completion of probation terms.  The probation department’s presentence report recommended nine months probation, extensive drug testing, community service, and a drug awareness class.  After hearing our allocution on behalf of our client (senior college student who resided in Ohio searching for employment nationally) the court decided to dismiss the case upon paying fines and costs totaling $375.00.  No probation, no conviction, no drug testing, no community service, and no drug awareness class.  52-2 Judicial District Court, City of Clarkston.

* Felony possession of analogues (drugs with a similar chemical structure to illegal drugs) dismissed. Our client was stopped for a minor traffic infraction and was found to be in possession of vicoden that was prescribed to him several years prior for an old back injury. The client’s physician, who resided in another state, provided our office with notes in the client’s medical chart indicating the diagnoses and most importantly a notation for a prescription for vicoden. In spite of the years that passed since the prescription date the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charges at the preliminary exam stage.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Felony theft of scrap metal charges dismissed. The State failed to meet their burden at the preliminary exam stage and the charges were dismissed.  36th Judicial District Court, City of Detroit.  

* Client implicated in over one hundred acts of health care fraud and later charged with multiple felony counts.  No contest plea deal reached to one felony count (may later be expunged); restitution reduced to one third of the original amount; no jail time; non-reporting probation; and client allowed to return to work in the insurance billing industry over the probation department’s recommendation that our client be banned from the industry.  22nd Judicial Circuit Court, Washtenaw County

* Client was charged with felony probation violation where the underlying conviction was operating while intoxicated 3rd offense.  It was alleged that our client consumed alcohol and tampered with his alcohol tether.  The Prosecutor argued for a prison sentence.  After our passionate plea to the court and our supportive medical records showing our client suffered a heart attack prior to this incident.  His heart attack required heart surgery and likely compromised his cognitive decision making, the court extended his probation without any jail sentence 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County.  

* Larceny under $200 charges dismissed.  Client had a dispute with the owner of a dry cleaning business and allegedly removed clothing items from the location.  The business owner could not identify the missing clothing.  A deal was reached where the criminal matter was dismissed and the client pled responsible to a civil infraction “excessive noise” (noncriminal offense), no probation, no criminal conviction, only a $200.00 fine.  41-B Judicial District Court, Clinton Township

* Client was charged with felony probation violation where the underlying conviction was operating while intoxicated 3rd offense.  It was alleged that our client appeared for her scheduled breath test intoxicated.  Our client blew a .12 and was observed driving away in her vehicle.  The Prosecutor and Probation department argued for a prison sentence.  After our passionate plea to the court and our supportive medical records showing our client was off her psychiatric medication because her doctor could not see her during the two week period that this incident took place.  The court agreed there were mitigating circumstances and our client’s probation was extended without imposing any jail sentence 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County.

* In spite of client’s third felony drug offense charge, his failure to successfully complete drug rehab prior to sentencing, and testing positive on his drug screen two days prior to sentencing, our firm convinced the court to suspend the client’s jail sentence for drug treatment.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Our client, a convicted felon, was charged with his third possession of marijuana offense.  Another conviction of possessing marijuana would have resulted in a loss of his driver’s license and his job. Our office convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the marijuana offense in a plea deal to a misdemeanor (that carried no drivers license sanction), and, at the time of sentencing convinced the Judge to impose no jail time or even a term of probation just a $400 fine.  37th Judicial District Court, City of Center Line.  

* Client was charged with felony fleeing and eluding 3rd degree, and driving while license suspended 2nd offense.  Our office contested the so-called voluntary Miranda Rights waiver where the Prosecutor attempted to rely upon our clients verbal statement identifying him as the driver of a vehicle that eluded officers.  Ultimately, a plea deal was reached our client pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense, and the driving while license suspended 2nd offense was dismissed.  Our office convinced the court to impose no jail time, no probation, only a $500.00 fine.  38th Judicial District Court, City of Eastpointe.

* Client was accused of embezzling funds from a credit union where she was employed for fourteen years. Our firm got involved before charges were filed and negotiated a resolution on her behalf. No charges were filed, no probation, no conviction, our client didn’t step foot inside a courtroom.  Grand Rapids Michigan.  

* Client failed to appear for her pretrial in regard to driving while licensed suspended (DWLS).  She was later charged with tampering with a telecommunications device (felony).  To make matters worse she failed to appear for a second ((DWLS) offense and was arrested yet again for (DWLS) and resisting and obstructing an officer.  Our client didn’t know where to begin.  Final result:  no felony conviction, all misdemeanor charges were reduced (allow an unlicensed driver and disorderly conduct), and no probation or jail time.  Our office was successful in stressing to the court(s) our client suffered from severe anxiety and was in psychotherapy for her disorder.  The court agreed that in light of all our client’s circumstances she deserved leniency.  41-A Judicial District Court, 34th Judicial District Court, and the 52-1 Judicial District Court.  

* Client, who was not a U.S. citizen, was implicated in 26 separate counts of prescription pill fraud at her employers office and later charged with three felony counts.  After lengthy negotiation with the Prosecutor’s Office a favorable deal was reached. Our client received probation, and was allowed to return to her job where the alleged theft of medications occurred.  Due to the way our office structured the plea deal our client was not deported and is now a U.S. citizen.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County

* Client failed to appear for sentencing for driving while license suspended charge.  She later received a second driving while license suspended charge in the same court.  To make matters worse she received a third driving while license suspended charge, failed to appear for arraignment, and then received a fourth driving while license suspended charge in yet another jurisdiction.  Our client was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to begin.  After retaining our firm all matters were handled within (6) weeks, all charges were reduced to allowing an unlicensed driver, not one day in jail or a term of probation.  Our firm convinced the court(s) that our clients battle with cancer and the stress of a nasty divorce were mitigating circumstances that warranted leniency.  18th Judicial District Court, 16th Judicial District Court, and 33rd Judicial District Court. 

‚Äč*Client charged with two felony counts of failure to pay child support in excess of $60,000. After extensive negotiation, a delayed sentencing agreement was reached where the client would pay $200 a month for one year.  Upon a year of timely payment both felony charges would be dismissed, no probation, no jail, no criminal record.   3rd Judicial Circuit, Wayne County

* Client while on probation out of the Troy District Court was issued a misdemeanor citation for failure to stop at property damage accident (six point violation on driving record). After our firm became involved charge reduced to improper backing (a civil infraction two point violation) and no violation of probation consequences.  43rd District Court, City of Ferndale

* Client while free on a conditional bond release had prohibited contact with the complainant. Client was charged with felony home invasion. Our firm interviewed the complaining witness prior to the preliminary examination and she was repeatedly impeached during her testimony. After receiving our motion to quash in the circuit court our client was offered a misdemeanor plea deal. Our client accepted, and subsequently avoided the felony conviction and the possibility of prison time.  6th Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County.

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