Not Guilty on Weapons and Assault Charges

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Usually the number of charges at the beginning of a trial is the same number of charges at the end of a trial…not this time. There is a rarely used court rule that allows a prosecutor to add charges in the middle of a trial. In fact, in my 10+ years as a trial attorney I’ve never seen it used. …

PPO filed against neighbor terminated.

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“Sir, PPO’s are not put in place because someone is rude to you.”  These were the words spoken by a Wayne County judge last week at the conclusion of a PPO termination hearing.  It was just another example of using precise cross-examination to show the judge that this PPO was bogus. My clients were neighbors of the person who filed …

Felony Weapons Charges Dismissed

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The best advice I can ever give anyone contemplating purchasing a firearm is to make sure you know the laws regarding that firearm BEFORE you purchase it. I say this in light of my most recent case, where my client legally purchased a firearm but was not aware of the laws regarding transporting that firearm. My client was driving in …

Multiple Misdemeanors Dismissed.

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My young client’s future is still bright thanks to some fast negotiating on the part of his attorney. He was originally charged with possession of marijuana and given a ticket for not having proof of insurance. He was issued the marijuana ticket after the legislation legalizing marijuana had passed but before it had gone into effect. While many jurisdictions have …

When a dismissal isn’t enough.

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Recently a client contacted me about an old case of his.  He was originally charged with solicitation (aka propositioning a woman for sex) and his attorney at the time secured a resolution where the prosecutor agreed that the charges would be dismissed after a period of probation.  Sounds good, right?  Wrong.  The problem for the client is that when a …

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 …

Bogus PPO terminated.

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The purpose of a PPO is to protect someone from being stalked, harassed, threatened, etc. The purpose of a PPO is not to get back at a former lover who you feel has wronged you. That was the lesson taught in the Macomb County Circuit Court last week. In October my client was served a PPO from his ex-girlfriend, claiming …

Client avoids one year license suspension.

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Being charged with Operating While Intoxicated carries its own set of complications. One major possible complication comes when you refuse to take a Datamaster at the police station. This refusal can result in your license being suspended for an entire year. This is a situation that people find themselves in all too often, and, it was the situation my client …

Client Acquitted of Assault by Strangulation

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It’s amazing how quickly an altercation that would normally be classified as a misdemeanor can turn into a altercation that results in felony charges, especially when there is no physical evidence to back up the escalated charges. That was the case for one of my recent clients. He was involved in what amounts to a wrestling match with a man …

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 …