Driving Intoxicated vs. Driving Impaired

In Blog by Chris Kessel

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

In Blog by Chris Kessel

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

In Blog by Chris Kessel

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 …

What is Grand Theft Auto in Michigan?

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Grand theft auto is when a vehicle is taken without permission with the intent to permanently deprive the owner from accessing it. Grand Theft Auto In most states, crimes involving theft are split into two categories: petty theft and grand theft. Petty thefts are generally misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail. Grand thefts are felonies, punishable by …

How To Begin The Child Support Process In Michigan

In Blog by Chris Kessel

When parents separate, they often wonder how they will provide adequate emotional and financial support for their child. It’s important that both parents are actively involved in this process. What Is Child Support? Child support is a court-ordered payment to help with the costs of raising a child. Child support can include payments for a variety of expenses such as …

New Michigan Laws That Lawyers Need to Know About

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Laws are constantly changing. It can be difficult for lawyers to keep up. However, it’s extremely important for attorneys to fully understand the law including any changes, as they can impact cases and the advice that lawyers are able to provide. Since July 1st, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed approximately 25 new laws. Michigan lawyers should know and understand …

Joint Custody Now Required for Divorced Couples in Michigan

In Blog by Chris Kessel

A new bill passed the House Judiciary Committee last month requiring divorced couples in Michigan to share joint custody of their children. The bill removes discretion from judges in child custody cases. Opponents of the Bill Opponents of the bill include judges, advocates against domestic violence, family court employees and the entire family law section of the State Bar of …

Hiring a Lawyer in Michigan Requires Planning & Research

In Blog by Chris Kessel

A lawyer isn’t someone whose name you pick from a simple Google search result and ask, “Where do I sign?” No. Just as you would plan and research any major investment, so too should you carefully vet any Michigan lawyer for hire to serve your case. When faced with family litigation or criminal charges, consider the following steps to hiring …

Self Defense and Deadly Force

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Last night in the City of Detroit, a store owner shot and killed a man who reportedly attempting to commit a robbery inside the store.  There was no weapon recovered from the victim of the shooting.  I was asked a number of questions about the shooting by a young attorney when I was in court today, which made me realize …

“The police didn’t read me my Miranda rights?”

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Many times when a client first walks through the door of Nessel and Kessel Law and we begin to discuss their case, I’m often asked “how can they charge me, the police read me my rights?!”  As some of the top Detroit criminal defense attorneys, I can tell you that this question comes from too many people watching too much Law & Order …