Getting a Good Paying Job is Hard Enough

I get a lot of calls regarding expungement. I usually ask why the caller is looking to set aside his or her conviction and the number one reason is that it is next to impossible to get a job or second, that it effects their professional licensing.
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Sometimes You Just Have to Pay the Price

I was recently talking with a prosecutor and said that sometimes I wished I was on his side of a case. In particular, I was talking about a client who walked into a fast food restaurant with a sawed off shotgun, pointed it at the manager and several other employees and demanded money.
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Tell Your Lawyer the Truth

A detective once told me that people, when questioned by the police, usually tell only about 90% of the truth. They lie or hold back about the other 10% of the story. Everyone wants to look better than they really are so they don’t reveal certain information that they think makes them look bad or confirms their guilt.
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Writing About the Same Thing

It seems like I am always writing about the same thing; then again, people keep doing the same thing like not keeping their mouths shut. The most important thing you can do when confronted by a police officer is not to do their job for them.
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The Truth About Lawyering

When you think about it, what other profession ends with generally a clear winner and clear loser.
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In Jail? Stop Talking.

I have written this before. You have no expectation of privacy while in jail.
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Probation- Setting You Up to Fail

I was in the 48th District Court last Thursday, and as I waited for my case to be called, I watched the Judge send six different Defendants to jail for violating probation.
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Landlord/Tenant

While most of my practice is criminal, from time to time, I handle other cases.
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Right of Privacy

The Court has ruled that the US Constitution guarantees each person the “right of privacy” Read More...

Your Phone May Be Your Enemy

According the recent studies, 90% of all US adults have a cell phone. While cell phones have become must have items and certainly make our lives more convenient they also have a downside in that everything we do, look at, text or even say is accessible to others, especially the police.

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Monday Morning Criminal Call

I was in court the Monday after Easter and what struck me was the number of people who appeared before the Judge charged with Operating While Intoxicated.
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American Justice

I get clients from other countries who are living here, working here, or just visiting and who have been accused of minor crimes such as retail fraud, (shoplifting) or drunk driving.
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Smile, You're on Camera

I recently read an article in the newspaper that reported that in 2013 more pictures and videos were taken in that one year then in all the preceding years in the history of man. In fact, it seems that there were not just a few more pictures but 1000’s of times more pictures.
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Don’t Threaten a Witness

I have a client who is in jail for domestic violence 3rd degree. He beat up his girlfriend a couple of times and was incarcerated with a $5,000 cash surety bond. In other words, using a bail bondman, he could have paid about $500 to get out. This is a man who had several other convictions for domestic violence, which is why the bond was set so high.
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Being a Lousy Criminal

I often tell my clients that if they are going to be a criminal, then they better be real good at it. The fact that they have to call me in the first place is, generally proof positive, that they aren’t real good at it.
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The Preliminary Exam

If you are charged with a felony, under Michigan Law, you are entitled to a preliminary exam. This exam is a Probable Cause exam to determine if there is probable cause that a crime was committed and probable cause that you committed the crime. If the Judge determines there is PC, then your case will be bound over to Circuit Court.
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Driving Drunk in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, etc.

If you are arrested for Operating While Intoxicated in an community where the
jurisdiction resides in the 48
th District Court, you have a good chance of going to jail. Read More...

The Police, a PBT, a Datamaster Breath Test and Criminal Procedure

I have written about his before but it needs repeating. Often times the police will pull you over just so they can smell you Read More...

Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation

I recently represented a young woman who received a speeding ticket for doing 91mph on a 70mph Highway. The Officer wrote on the ticket, that she claimed that she had set her cruise control to 70 but it malfunctioned. Read More...

Do's and Dont's if You are Arrested

If you are arrested or questioned by the police, here is a list of do’s and dont’s. The police have a lot of training and learning this list could save you from a conviction or a harsher penalty. Read More...

Don’t Mess with a Witness

I had a client who was charged with two counts of Domestic Violence 3rd Degree. These offenses are 5-year felonies, but to make matters worse, he was still on probation from the same charge he had received one year earlier.
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If You are Going to Talk, Talk to a Lawyer

I was in the warrant prosecutor’s office last week where a police officer was obtaining an arrest warrant.
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Everyone Has Their Own Job

Many of my callers ask if the Judge can dismiss the charges against them. Well the short answer is no.
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