Firearm Charge Dismissed

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Chris Kessel was able to convince and judge and a prosecutor that all charges against his client should be dismissed.  Yes, you read that correctly…I convinced the Macomb County Prosecutor to dismiss charges against my client.   My client was charged with Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property – Firearm, which is a 10 year felony.  To sustain this charge the prosecutor must …

Michigan Passes New Marijuana Law

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The new marijuana law that passed in the election Earlier this month, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana by individuals aged 21 and older. Marijuana is currently legal for both medical and recreational use in nine states and legal for medicinal purposes in twenty-one additional states. 56% of voters approved the new law, making …

What Are Michigan’s Stand Your Ground Laws?

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The laws regarding self-defense vary from state to state. In Michigan, individuals are allowed to use deadly force to protect themselves if they believe their life is in danger. Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” law states that an individual has no duty to retreat if they feel unlawfully threatened by another. This is true no matter where they are. This is …

One Client, Three PPO Dismissals

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I recently had the distinct pleasure to represent a client who had actually been the subject of a conspiracy against her by a number of other people. My client was served with PPO’s by her ex-husband’s new wife, her ex-husband’s ex-girlfriend, and her son. I know what you’re thinking…sure the other women may have it out for my client, but …

Our Top Legal Blog Posts of All Time

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Over the years, we’ve provided information on a wide range of legal topics through our blog. Some of these topics are of particular interest to Michigan residents. The following are our top legal blog posts. Operating While Intoxicated VS Operating While Impaired Drunk driving is one of the most common charges in the State of Michigan. The number of residents …

Assault by Strangulation Charge Dismissed

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Michigan criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel struck another blow for justice today in Wayne County Circuit Court by convincing the court to dismiss the charge of Assault by Strangulation/Suffocation.  The offense itself is a newly defined crime in the State of Michigan.  The law actually went into effect April 1, 2013.  It was alleged that the client put his hands around the neck of the complainant …

Spousal Support FAQs in Michigan

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Many people worry about their future after divorce. This is especially true for individuals that depend on their spouse for support. These individuals often wonder if they will be eligible for alimony or spousal support. For the party responsible for paying spousal support, they might wonder whether or not they will have enough money leftover to support themselves. It’s important …

Driving Intoxicated vs. Driving Impaired

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a term used to describe impaired or drunken driving. In Michigan, DUIs are known as OWIs or Operating While Intoxicated. Drivers face serious consequences if convicted of a DUI/OWI. Understanding the Difference Between Intoxicated and Impaired Driving Penalties for OWIs are determined based on blood alcohol content (BAC), which is typically measured by breath …

ACLU Sues Michigan Faith-Based Agencies for Turning Away Gay Couples

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The United States has a growing need for families to foster and adopt children. In Michigan alone, there are an astounding 13,000 children in the foster care system. Many of these children will never get the opportunity to live with a family. Sadly, there just aren’t enough people willing or able to foster or adopt. Michigan’s Child Welfare Services Are …

What you Need to Know About Your PPO Termination Hearing

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A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is meant to protect the Petitioner from threats or violence. While having a PPO against you does not give you a criminal record, it can severely affect your freedom. A PPO can prevent you from visiting certain locations or communicating with certain people. Violating a PPO can lead to serious criminal charges and arrest. A …