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.
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.