Drunk Driving is a serious problem. Michigan judges and law enforcement officials are encouraging drivers not to drink and drive and to use a designated driver this Labor Day weekend through the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. But due to the recent addiction epidemic that is engulfing communities nation-wide, one Macomb County district judge has also introduced a program designed to help those suffering from addiction.
What should you consider when hiring a Michigan criminal defense attorney in Detroit or the suburbs for protecting your rights? The following are some of the factors: years of experience, former employment, professional memberships, academic success, standing in the legal community, and client satisfaction.
In The Justice System, Prosecutors have an enormous amount of discretion in a criminal case. As a former prosecutor in the State of New York, and the Federal System in Detroit, I had the ability to decide who should be charged with a crime, what felony and misdemeanor charges should be filed, and when charges would be filed. Like all prosecutors, I also had the ability to negotiate plea bargains, dismiss charges, and recommend downward departures at sentencing. However, prosecutors cannot engage in conduct that amounts to selective or vindictive prosecution. For ethical prosecutors, this is not a problem. Unfortunately, some prosecutors cross the line. A recent google search for "prosecutorial misconduct cases" yielded over 150,000 results in .28 seconds.
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.
The immigration consequences of a conviction for state misdemeanors can be severe. However, as it often plays out in the numerous District Courts in Michigan, people often do not worry much about anything more than the immediate consequences of a misdemeanor offense. People think that as long as they take care of the court costs, fines, and probation everything will be fine.