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University of Michigan “ECRT” Hearings

The University of Michigan has created a department called the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office (ECRT) to handle sexual and gender-based misconduct cases that occur on its campus or by its members (students and employees). The University of… Read More
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How Do I Select the Best Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney for My Case? 

Gone are the days where each town only had 1-2 general practice attorneys who could reasonably handle criminal cases. The concept that attorneys only advertise in areas in which they practice is also gone. Internet marketing allows attorneys from al… Read More
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What is an “Advice of Rights” Form for Criminal Cases? 

When a person is charged with a criminal offense in Michigan, they typically have two options:  litigate or negotiate. The majority of criminal cases don’t go to litigation or trial, but resolve with a plea of some sort (either a plea or sentence… Read More
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Can You Be Discharged Early from Probation?

Michigan has seen many changes to its criminal justice system over the past year. Part of that is due to the research and findings of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, which was created in 2019 by Governor Whitmer. Th… Read More
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Can the police obtain my private medical or hospital records following an OWI arrest?

For many people, a drunk driving arrest occurs after they’re pulled over for a “routine” traffic offense like speeding or weaving. Others, regrettably, might be involved in a traffic accident after drinking alcohol. For these people, the conse… Read More
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What Exactly is an “Expungement” in Michigan?

In the last year, there has been a lot of “buzz” about expungement of criminal records in Michigan. In 2020, Michigan passed a series of “clean-slate” initiatives which expanded eligibility for people to seek expungements, and in many cases,… Read More
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What Exactly is “Cross-Examination?”

Every day, in courtrooms throughout Michigan (and even on Zoom screens during the COVID pandemic), cases are won or lost based on the effective or ineffective cross-examination of witnesses.  What is cross-examination?  It is the questioning of th… Read More
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Should I Hire an Attorney for a First Time OWI/DUI Arrest?

You’re leaving a holiday party after consuming a few beers, and suddenly you hear sirens behind you. The fear, panic and anxiety start to kick in; am I over the legal limit? Am I going to jail? Will I lose my driver’s license?  After spending t… Read More
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Can I Still Have a Criminal Trial During a Pandemic?

Courts in Washtenaw County and throughout Southeastern Michigan had to reinvent themselves and figure out how to handle busy criminal dockets despite a health pandemic and various governmental shutdowns. Courts couldn’t simply cancel criminal dock… Read More
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When a person is charged with a felony offense in Washtenaw County or throughout Michigan, he or she often receives a court notice for a “Probable Cause Conference,” or PCC.  While some appearances are obvious just by their titles (i.e., Trial… Read More
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