What does the Boston Marathon Bombing tell us about Protecting Your Rights?
Unsurprisingly, one of the leading Teenage and Juvenile Crime involves alcohol. Although illegal at the time, teenage drinking for those of us who grew up in the 1980s was hardly the big deal it is in today's criminal justice system. "Back in the day", police officers exercised discretion and either poured it out, or (I assume) took it back to the station for after the shift. If you were really unlucky in the 80s, the police took you home and you had to face your parents.
Last week, Mr. Freeman helped a client walk out of Oakland County Circuit Court with his family instead of potentially facing months incarcerated. The client was charged with home invasion and the prosecution requested jail time. Mr. Freeman convinced the Judge to agree to give the client a chance to prove himself and sentenced the client under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). HYTA is a program that gives a defendant an opportunity to prove to the court that he does not deserve to have a criminal record. HYTA is available for defendants 17 to 20 years of age, and for charges that do not carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, major controlled substance offenses, or traffic offenses.
A retired Utica, Michigan, teacher who was recently convicted of possession of child pornography has been sentenced in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan in Detroit to 20 years. The sentence was the maximum faced by the man after he pleaded guilty to the federal charge last year.
May 7 - IONIA, MIClient is charged with three felony counts of fleeing the police during a high speed chase on a motorcycle. Client was originally held in Ionia County on 50K cash/surety bond, no 10% alternative. Monday, in 64A District Court, Mr. Freeman conducted a bond hearing and successfully convinced the court to lower the bond to $20K with a 10% cash alternative. After surrendering his driver's license and posting $2,000 cash, the client was released. A preliminary examination is scheduled in late-May.
When we think of jury trials the scenes from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men probably comes to mind. Well traditionally those images were probably pretty accurate-a room full of jurors some believing the defendant is guilty within minutes of deliberation and others advocating for his innocence. Well a recent case in Macomb County shows that the modern jurors may not be so open to discussion.
Facebook is supposed to be a fun way to stay connected to your family and friends, right?
A recent article in the Macomb County Bar Journal by attorney Beth Gemellaro addressed the issue whether medical marihuana patients can legally purchasing firearms.
In a recent Detroit Free Press article, Attorney John Freeman commented on the Skelton plea deal.
According to a recent article by the Detroit Free Press, Detroit has become a major supplier of OxyContin - also known in the street as Blue, Kicker, and Hillbilly Heroin - to states as far away as Maine. According to a veteran Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, who works in the same office that Mr. Freeman worked in from 2000 to 2007, Detroit has been a source of supply of OxyContin down the I-75 corridor.