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Brantley and Comer: Challenging the Post-Sentencing Imposition of Lifetime Electronic Monitoring in Michigan CSC Cases

Under Michigan’s first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) statutes, courts must sentence a defendant to lifetime electronic monitoring. MCL 750.520n provides that a person convicted of CSC first or second degree “committed by an individual 17 years old or older against an individual less than 13 years of age shall be sentenced to lifetime electronic monitoring.” […]

Penalties for 1st Offense Drunk Driving in Muskegon Michigan

This past week, a client had a sentencing in Muskegon, MI, after pleading guilty to drunk driving (DUI / OWI) first offense.  It was a pretty routine DUI overall.  My client had never been in trouble before and his/her BAC was over the legal limit but well-below a high-BAC.  The only aggravating factor was that […]

Grand Rapids DUI Attorney Pokes Holes in Deflate Gate

The scandal du jour in the N.F.L. is “deflate gate,” the recent allegation that the New England Patriots may have under-inflated their footballs in the N.F.C. championship game in order to gain some type of tactical advantage, i.e., better grip on the ball in cold, wet weather.  After listening to the breathless chatter about deflate […]

Marijuana Drug Charges in Grand Rapids in a State of Flux

In November 2012, voters in Grand Rapids approved a city charter amendment that essentially decriminalized the possession of use and marijuana within the city of limits of Grand Rapids…sort of.  The charter amendment makes the possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction (the equivalent of a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor. The […]

Sexual Assaults on Campus

This morning I stumbled upon a great piece on the unfair legal process being employed in sexual assault investigations and adjudications on college campuses, when I was reading one of my favorite op-ed writers, David Brooks of the New York Times.  Every year he gives out awards for the best online articles, called the “The […]

Muskegon County Jail Makes More Room at the “Inn”

Just a quick update from my visit to Muskegon yesterday.  The expansion of the Muskegon County Jail appears to be making progress. According to Mlive, the new jail is supposed to be completed in June of 2015 and cost over $37 million and is expected to house over 500 additional inmates.  This will undoubtedly make […]

Ludington Michigan’s New Felony Court Judge Sworn-In

Ludington Michigan’s Circuit Court Judge-Elect Susan Sniegowski was officially sworn-in as Mason County’s Circuit Court Judge, the first female Judge in Mason County history.  Sniegowski’s term officially begins January 1st, 2015, though a swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday, December 22, 2014.  Click here for more coverage from the local media, including a video of […]

Feds Continue Crackdown on Health Care Fraud/Drug Diversion Schemes

The US Attorneys Office in Grand Rapids continues to crack down on health care related/drug diversion schemes (click here for article).

Drunk Driving (DUI OWI OUIL OUID) in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids

If you been arrested for or are charged with drunk driving (dui owi ouil ouid)  in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, or anywhere else in West Michigan, check out our guide on how to analyze a drunk driving/dui case.  This video provides a step-by-step analysis of how our criminal defense attorneys / lawyers defend drunk […]

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer in West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, etc.): How to Choose the Best Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer for Your Criminal Case

If you are facing criminal charges in state or federal court, it is imperative that you have the best criminal defense attorney you can find to handle your case.  The stakes are high, as a conviction may lead to jail or prison, fines/costs, probation/parole, restitution, public registration in certain sex offenses, unemployment or difficulty finding […]