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New Year’s Fireworks Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Jan 02, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Legal Blog

For many Michiganders, no New Year’s or Fourth of July celebration is complete without a raucous display of fireworks. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the festivities. If you were cited for making too much noise after permitted hours or using New Year’s fireworks in an illegal…

Battle Over Sex Offender Restrictions

Dec 16, 2016 in Legal Blog, Sex Crimes

In 2006, Michigan passed a law that prohibited sex offenders from living, working, or loitering within 1,000 feet of school property. In 2011, they added the requirement that sex offenders be divided into tiers according to the crimes they committed, as opposed to individualized assessments….

ACLU Suing Michigan Over Juvenile Life Sentences

Dec 09, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Legal Blog

Michigan has more people serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed in childhood than any other state in the nation except Pennsylvania. In all, 39 states have abolished life sentences without parole for minors. However, in Michigan, the law still requires mandatory life sentences…

Michigan Bail Reform Efforts

Dec 02, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Legal Blog

Michigan’s cash bail system may get overhauled. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack is leading an informal working group to consider reforms to the state’s pretrial release system. The working group, which includes judges, state justice department officials, and several advocacy organizations, is looking…