Letters for a Driver’s License Restoration Case

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…

Implied Consent Violation and Hardship Appeal in Traverse City

  Basics of an Implied Consent Violation Michigan’s Implied Consent Law comes into play when a driver is pulled over for drunk driving, arrested, and the driver refuses the DataMaster Breathalyzer test or a consensual blood draw. Refusing the breath or chemical test will result in an implied consent violation and a one-year driver’s license…

What is operating a vehicle | sleeping it off | Michigan Law

What is operating a vehicle | sleeping it off | Michigan Law

In law school, every lawyer learns that each law is passed for a purpose.  The intent of the legislature, their goals, can be deduced from the statute.  The intent of the Legislature was to prevent the dangers associated with driving a motor vehicle while drunk.  We all know what these dangers are—reckless driving that kills…

Removal from Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry. The Romeo and Juliet crime

This is a difficult topic to discuss.  Prosecutors and Politicians have successfully labeled sex offenders as evil living among us.  The truth is there are degrees of wrong associated with sex crimes.  For years, politicians added more and more criminal offenses that required the defendant to sign up on the sex offender registry.  In 2011,…

Evasive interrogatory answers and the motion to compel discovery in Michigan
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Evasive interrogatory answers and the motion to compel discovery in Michigan

Every attorney that has litigated a case in court has dealt with this issue:  The attorney submits interrogatories to the opposing party and receives incomplete or evasive interrogatory answers.  When this happens, there is a decision to be made, file a motion to compel answers or not.  Every attorney in this situation is bothered by…

Firearm Rights Restoration in Michigan after a felony conviction

Firearm Rights Restoration in Michigan after a felony conviction

A conviction for a serious crime has consequences, incarceration, fines, restitution, and the loss of gun rights.  Some, but not all, felony convictions result in the defendant effectively losing all their firearm rights.  What exactly happens?  There are two governmental bodies associated with gun rights, the federal government and state government, federal gun rights and…

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My car will not start. Ignition Interlock Device Emergency

In Michigan, the process to restore driving privileges after two or more drunk driving convictions is long and arduous. License restoration represents a change in lifestyle for the petitioner. The old drinker is gone, replaced with a sober and more complete person. However, the Michigan Secretary of State and AHS do not issue driver’s licenses…

Major & Minor violations – driving with an ignition interlock device in Michigan

The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is a device that measures the alcohol level of the operator of an automobile. In Michigan, most drivers seeking to restore their driver’s license have to drive an automobile with an ignition interlock device for a minimum of a year. Over the years, the BAIID has become more…

Parental Discipline in Michigan, a Powerful Criminal Defense

Parental Discipline in Michigan, a Powerful Criminal Defense

I am a litigator; the courtroom is where I am at my best.   This week I tried my third case of domestic violence, or domestic assault, MCL 750.81(2), charged against a parent, where I achieved an acquittal through the Parental Discipline affirmative defense.   Parental Discipline is an affirmative defense.   When an affirmative defense is utilized…