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…

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

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…

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

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.  Michigan has a broad definition for firearms, where the Federal definition excludes antique firearms, a/k/a black powder firearms.  The two tools to restore gun rights are conviction…

Motion Regarding Change of Domicile or Legal Residence in Michigan

Motion Regarding Change of Domicile or Legal Residence in Michigan

In this article, I will discuss a motion to change 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 sole…

How to get your implied consent suspension dismissed
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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

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 who 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, and their goals, can be deduced from the statute.  The Legislature intended to prevent the dangers associated with driving a motor vehicle while drunk.  We all know what these dangers are—reckless driving that kills innocent motorists…