Michigan has a hold on your driver’s license
Driver's License Restoration

Michigan has a hold on your driver’s license

In this blog, I will discuss what to do when the State of Michigan has a hold on your driver’s license. This “hold” causes an out of state resident to become ineligible for a driver’s license in their new home state. A clearance must be obtained from the State of Michigan. The typical fact pattern…

Criminal Law

A Traverse City criminal lawyer talks about sentencing errors in the 86th District Court

What is in this video In every criminal case, before the judge renders a sentence, the defendant and his attorney have an opportunity to speak to the judge in court.  In this video, I discuss what a defendant should and shouldn’t say to a judge during a sentencing hearing.  A defendant that makes sentencing errors…

A Traverse City criminal lawyer talks about the 86th District Court
Criminal Law

A Traverse City criminal lawyer talks about the 86th District Court

I have been practicing law since 2001, most of my trial experience is in the 86th district court. As a Traverse City criminal lawyer, I grew up in the 86th District Court and believe I know this court system well. I have represented over 800 clients in the 86th District Court.  The Big Three Crimes…

Four Tips to Get Your Driver’s License Back In Michigan
Driver's License Restoration

Four Tips to Get Your Driver’s License Back In Michigan

In this blog, I explore four tips to get your driver’s license back.  Understanding these topics will increase the likelihood of restoring driving privileges after two or more drunk driving convictions in Michigan.   Witness Sobriety Letters and the Driver’s License Restoration Case  Some people just want their driver’s license back, and they will lie…

Gun Rights Restoration

Michigan Restoration of Gun Rights. I Can’t Purchase a Gun.

Once Michigan gun rights are restored, why can’t I purchase a gun? There are two bodies of government, State and Federal laws. Both bodies of government pass laws that prohibit a convicted felon from possessing a gun. Michigan’s laws are far more forgiving than the Federal government’s laws. Michigan has automatic restoration of gun rights,…

Case Studies for Restoration of Gun Rights in Michigan
Gun Rights Restoration

Case Studies for Restoration of Gun Rights in Michigan

In this blog, I wanted to discuss several fact patterns related to restoring gun rights in Michigan.  This blog illustrates how federal law and Michigan law interact together.  In Michigan, fewer felony convictions result in loss of gun rights.  On the Federal level, more felonies result in the loss of gun rights.  Michigan has a…

How to Remove a Criminal Conviction in Michigan
Criminal Law | Remove Criminal Conviction

How to Remove a Criminal Conviction in Michigan

Removing a criminal conviction in Michigan has received a lot of press lately. Not that long ago there was expungement week, a national campaign that provided free legal clinics across the country, and with marijuana legalization in Michigan, legislators are eager to remove moot marijuana convictions from the past. The media quotes a University of…

Motion Regarding Change of Domicile or Legal Residence in Michigan
Family Law

Motion Regarding Change of Domicile or Legal Residence in Michigan

In this article, I will discuss a motion to change of domicile or legal residence in Michigan.  MCL 722.31 is the statute.  This is the motion that must be filed when people subject to a custody order want to relocate to another city.  This article covers co-parents with joint legal custody.  If a parent has…

How to get your implied consent suspension dismissed
Criminal Law | Driver's License Restoration

How to get your implied consent suspension dismissed

I have represented many people facing a drunk driving charge.  Within the general pool of first offense, drink drivers are the people that refuse a chemical test after being arrested.  In Michigan, once arrested, the police read a standardized form explaining the client’s chemical rights.  This usually occurs once the client is placed under arrest…

Letters for a Driver’s License Restoration Case
Driver's License Restoration

Letters for a Driver’s License Restoration Case

The letter requirement associated with Michigan SOS 257/258 “Request for a hearing” is the most screwed up element I see on a regular basis.  The driver’s license restoration letter is more difficult than it appears.  I have not represented a client yet that was able to provide good letters on the first try.  Yes, I…