Michigan Criminal Justice Reform Continues

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In 2020, the Michigan Legislature passed a number of bills that would help to make it easier for citizens to have their records cleared or keep them from having a record at all.  In fact, there were over 36 different bills that were passed…which is pretty impressive considering that it is almost never good politics to be seen helping “criminals.”  …

Michigan Criminal Justice Reform

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It’s always good to see the legislature looking for ways to reform the criminal justice system in a way that doesn’t crease more penalties. Recently the Michigan House and Senate have passed bills (18 of them!) that will address things like license suspensions, pretrial incarceration, and mandatory minimum sentencing. This is definitely a good day for all Michiganders…not just potential …

Motion for Early Release

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I have recently been getting phone calls from the families of inmates at various county jails, asking me if there is a way to get their loved out of jail early because of the COVID-19 crisis. We know that the close quarters and lack of cleaning materials and medical care create a special risk for those incarcerated at this time. …

Gov. Whitmer issues stay-at-home order.

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Today at 11 o’clock, the governor issued an order requiring all Michiganders performing non-essential work functions to stay home. The order goes into effect at 12:01am Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The order is set to last 3 weeks (until April 13). The order, which can be found here, requires the close of businesses that are not essential. This does not …

Smell leads to Search

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February 13, 2020, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that even when a driver has a valid medical marijuana card, the smell of marijuana can give an officer probable cause to search a vehicle. However, the smell of marijuana must also be accompanied by some facts/circumstances that would cause the officer to “reasonably believe” that the amount of marijuana he …

Another PPO Terminated

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After a hearing at the Wayne Court Circuit Court, a judge dismissed what can only be described as yet another bogus PPO. My client and the petitioner had previously been in a relationship (stop my if you’ve heard this before…). The relationship did not end particularly well, with hard feelings on both sides. To make matters more difficult, both parties …

Not Guilty of Aggravated Stalking

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That was the verdict in a recent trial at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. This was a particularly satisfying win for Chris Kessel Law. Don’t get me wrong, all wins are satisfying…but this one was extra special. My client had been accused, by her ex-husband, of repeatedly violating a PPO (personal protection order) that he put in place against …

New Expungement Law

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It’s always very upsetting when I speak with a prospective client about having their conviction(s) set aside…only to find out that they aren’t eligible because of an extra misdemeanor driving conviction or multiple low level felony convictions. I usually end the conversation telling the person that there is very likely a chance that the law will change and make things …

You have the right to remain silent for a reason…

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Last month I had a trial on the west side of the state. Unfortunately, the jury returned a verdict of “guilty” against my client. The evidence against my client was, to put it bluntly, overwhelming. But in a situation where they offer my client a plea agreement for a 50 year sentence, there really isn’t much harm in going to …

Be Careful Out There

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Everyone should watch out while taking the Lodge (including me). The police are out there and clearly they’re working very hard…I can tell you I’ve seen them out there in force. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/msp-issue-more-than-200-tickets-clock-driver-going-97-mph-during-lodge-freeway-crackdown