August was a good month for white collar crime clients of the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC. In Monroe County, a client's felony embezzlement charges were dismissed when the Circuit Court granted Mr. Freeman's motion to quash the information. In agreeing with Mr. Freeman's motion, the Circuit Court judge found that the prosecutor's evidence at the preliminary examination failed to demonstrate probable cause that the client committed a crime. Therefore, the District Court judge abused his discretion in binding the case over to the Circuit Court.
Also in state court, a young client with multiple priors for marijuana and alcohol received another chance. Rather than sentencing the client to 30 days incarceration as the Probation Department requested, Mr. Freeman convinced the 52-4 District Court in Troy, MI to place the client on probation. If the client successfully completes probation, the criminal charges will be dismissed.
In Federal Court, Mr. Freeman represented a client who pled guilty to Tax Fraud. Despite sentencing guidelines calling for 12 to 18 months in federal prison, Mr. Freeman successfully argued for a straight probation sentence in front of a tough federal judge with a reputation for incarcerating defendants. This case is a prime example of how effective advocacy can convince the Court to disregard the sentencing guidelines - which are merely advisory in the federal system - and exercise discretion in imposing a fair and just sentence.
Although the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC cannot guarantee you a particular result in a white collar crime case (nor can any honest and ethical criminal defense attorney), if you become a client of the firm, we will work diligently to help you in your time of need. If you, a family member, or a friend were arrested, charged, or are under investigation in Detroit, Troy, Monroe, Flint, Macomb, Ann Arbor, or throughout Michigan, contact the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC today for a free consultation.