In 2016, 97.3% of defendants in the federal criminal justice system conceded guilt. This means that less than 3% of defendants exercised their constitutional right to trial. The vast majority of a criminal defense attorney's time is dedicated to plea bargaining - we negotiate with prosecutors to reach an acceptable outcome for clients. Plea negotiations are an important tool for defendants. However, when a defendant wishes to go to trial, is he or she punished for doing so?
In The Justice System, the federal government recently announced that it will be adding approximately 300 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) nationwide. This increase marks the largest in decades. The government intends to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce immigration laws, and help address the devastating opioid crisis.
One of the best ways to pursue criminal organizations, white collar crime, and terrorist groups is to follow the money. That's why the FBI is prioritizing investigations of third-party money laundering facilitators. Money laundering is when alleged criminals turn "dirty money" into "clean money" by making it seem like it has derived from legitimate sources. It allows alleged criminals to hide and accumulate ill-gotten wealth, avoid prosecution, evade taxes, and multiply profits through reinvestment. It's also a major crime in large part because it helps to fund more major crimes. However, this doesn't mean the FBI is just going after secretive Swiss banks, corrupt foreign governments and shadowy virtual currencies. Instead, the Bureau has found targets closer to home: attorneys, accountants, investment managers, trust companies, and real estate professionals.
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.
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.
After decades of criticism from members of the Justice System, Congress has decided to create a task force to reform the federal criminal code. The task force will consist of five Republicans and five Democrats, and it will be known as the House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013.
In The Justice System, it is obvious that state and federal felony charges can have serious consequences, including substantial incarceration, parole, probation, fines and costs, attorney fees, and non-citizen deportation.
If you find yourself in the justice system on the wrong end of a police investigation, particularly a federal investigation, law enforcement may be prepared to offer you great promises of leniency and preferential treatment in order to obtain your cooperation. In addition to the complicated fact that the police cannot promise you anything in exchange for a confession, but they are permitted to lie to you to get a confession, this is a very dangerous situation, particularly if you are not represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Protecting your rights is becoming more difficult for Michigan Criminal Defense lawyers. It seems like every other week we're picking up the newspaper or listening to the evening news about a new way the government infringes on a person's privacy rights. As technology improves, not only do we need to worry about internet hackers, stalkers and identity thieves, but now we have to worry about the government as well.
Notwithstanding the fact that White Collar Crime includes election fraud, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has stated it is unlikely that fromer Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will face criminal charges after it was discovered that four of his former staff members allegedly faked ballot petition signatures. Unfortunately for the staffers, they are not quite as lucky. Attorney General Schuette apparently did not have enough evidence to link McCotter to the fraud scheme, but his four staffers are currently being accused of crimes including forgery and conspiracy. All four currently have pending criminal charges against them in several different courts.