Criminal Defense Civil Lawsuits Property Litigation

Criminal Defense Civil Lawsuits Property Litigation

Criminal  Law – I defend  citizens of Michigan against criminal prosecution. When you have been charged with a criminal offense you need an advocate who is committed to you. I have experience representing people who have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors, and I comprehend the legal framework that guarantees your rights. The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you against unreasonable searches of your home and person. The 5th Amendment guarantees your right to not incriminate yourself.  The 6th Amendment guarantees your right to legal counsel.

The seminal case on the rights of the accused is Miranda v. Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Miranda requires that when police arrests a suspect they must inform him of his right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during the interrogation. Police may honor this obligation by having a person sign a waiver of rights. When the suspect tells police that he does not want to talk, police must stop questioning him. The Supreme Court wrote, “Once warnings have been given, the subsequent procedure is clear. If the individual indicates in any manner, at any time prior to or during questioning, that he wishes to remain silent, the interrogation must cease.” (384 U.S. 436, 474)

While Federal cases can be the key to protecting your rights, Michigan decisions also uphold the rights of criminal defendants.  In 2010, I  handled a case involving the charge of Sex Offender Registry Failure to Register. My client was facing up to 7 years in prison. I had the charge dismissed and my client walked out of the court room a free man. How did I do this? By applying the law. To put it simply — I know the law. By applying Michigan v. Dowdy 484 Mich 855 I convinced a circuit court judge to dismiss the charge. Instead of years in prison, my client now has the chance to work and care for his family. While the law on registration has changed since 2010, I continue to use my research and litigation skills to protect clients. 

 

I understand how these rights can affect your case. My goal is to secure the best possible result for my client.

Constitutional Law – The United States Constitution and the Michigan Constitution serve as the foundation of your rights as a citizen. The provisions in these documents are not just words; they are your rights.  The 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution is designed to protect your right to speak and publish on political matters and to express yourself in an artistic medium. While political speech is generally afforded strong protection, artists can still face prosecution for violating the community standards that prevail in their communities. Miller v. California 413 U.S. 15 (1973) defines the standard for determining what is considered obscene. If you are an artist whose work offends people, it can still be protected speech.
The right to free exercise of religion is one of the most cherished rights in our nation. This right is protected by the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution.  While the right is enshrined in the Constitution, many public universities have adopted speech codes that can interfere with this right.
University speech codes can interfere not only with the free exercise of religion, they can trample political speech. Sometimes the codes are so vague that it is not possible to determine what behavior they prohibit. The code may state that “harassment” is not allowed, but not define what constitutes “harassment.” Some universities penalize the “offensive use of the masculine pronoun” in academic writing.
 
 Privacy is also protected by the Constitution. Recent United States Supreme Court cases have extended protection in this area. Lawrence v. Texas U.S. 123 (2003) protects the realm of privacy when the actors are adult and their behavior is private and consensual.  However, your interests may still be threatened. Behavior that is labeled “commercial” by the government does not enjoy legal protection. If you believe that the government is interfering with your privacy, you need to secure legal counsel.

 

 Personal Injury — If you have been injured by another person, you need a litigation lawyer. I handle a variety of different causes of action, including  assault, negligence, employment, defamation, fraud, and real estate. 

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