Client found not guilty of all charges in Michigan

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

Yesterday, at the Third Circuit court in Detroit, our client let out a sigh of relief as the jury foreperson read the verdict.  Our client was found not guilty of felony assault, a 4 year felony, and malicious destruction of property, a misdemeanor.  The complaining witness was actually the uncle of our client, with whom the entire family has been …

Marijuana Suppressed – Case Dismissed

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

At a hearing in the Third Circuit Court, after argument by defense attorney Chris Kessel, Judge Bruce Morrow declared that the actions of the Taylor Police Department violated Mr. Kessel’s client’s constitutional rights and then suppressed evidence recovered by the officers.  The end result of the ruling was that the charges against Mr. Kessel’s client were dismissed. Attorney Chris Kessel …

Client Found Not Guilty Of All Charges

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

Criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel patted his client on the back as she in tears while the jury foreperson read the verdict.  After what must have seemed like an eternity (approximately 4 months), the nightmare was finally over.  Our client had been found not guilty on charges of Felonious Assault, Domestic Violence, and two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property.  It …

Defense Attorney Chris Kessel Files Motion and Gets Case Dismissed

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

A Third Circuit Court judge agreed with criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel that a Highland Park police officer violated his client’s 4th Amendment rights, thereby causing the case t be dismissed.  The client was thrilled when she realized that the charged against her were to be dropped because the prosecutor no longer had any evidence to support the charges.  The …

Drivers License Restored

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

Last week, after a hearing before an officer of the Secretary of State’s, Chris Kessel helped to secure the restoration of full driving privileges for a client.  What made this result particularly pleasing was that the hearing officer, instead of sending her ruling out via US mail, granted full driving privileges on the spot! The client had three drunk driving (OUI) offenses …

The Right to Same-Sex Marriage… And Divorce

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

Even as I sit down at my keyboard today, writing this seems counterintuitive to that which the attorneys of Michigan’s Nessel & Kessel Law, and their clients are traveling to the nation’s capital next week to argue, but the more I think, and the more I type, the more I realize the issues are one, and the same. For years …

Detroit Attorney Convinces Judge to Terminate PPO

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

In a hearing at Third Circuit Court in the City of Detroit, attorney Chris Kessel was able to convince a judge to terminate a PPO in place against his client.  The PPO (Personal Protection Order) was ordered ex parte, meaning at the time the PPO was ordered the client had no chance to contest the allegations.  The Petitioner claimed that the  PPO was necessary …

Local College Student’s Nightmare Ends

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

In November of 2014, Nessel and Kessel Law began our representation of a local college student who felt he was being targeted because of his homosexuality.  Briefly, the facts of the case are as follows; the week before the incident in question Mr. McMurray had been assaulted by a number of other students.  After the assault, Mr. McMurray called the police …

The OWI Trial and the Not Guilty Verdict

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

If you ask any criminal defense attorney, they will tell you that Operating While Intoxicated – OWI charges are some of the toughest to beat.  The witnesses are, almost always, police officers.  The physical evidence is often scientific in nature; i.e. blood tests or BAC measurements that were conducted by machines.  And generally, people detest people who drive drunk.  Yet …

Gay Marriage to be Heard by the Supreme Court?

In Recent Cases by Chris Kessel

As most of you have heard by now, the trial court’s ruling in our marriage equality case, DeBoer v Snyder, was overturned by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The original opinion of the trial court, written by Judge Bernard Friedman, held that Michigan’s ban on same sex marriage was violative of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.  Predictably, Attorney General Bill Schuette, appealed …