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We are now using Trial Director

October 17, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

We are now using Trial Director to present information and evidence in jury trials, sentences and motions.  Trial Director allows us to present pictures, videos, police reports, and other information in media form.  A POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE TOOL to present YOUR story!  In Kent County Michigan the Prosecutor in our most recent case had no such software or presentation – our presentation proved...

Concurrent Verses Consecutive: 18 USC 3584 VS 5G1.5

January 24, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

The 6th Circuit attempted to address concurrent sentences verses consecutive sentences in its recent opinion United States v Harris, 11a0709n.06, filed October 12, 2011. Defendant Harris was convicted in State court of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and as a habitual offender.  He was there after sentenced to 17 to 27 years.  Fifteen years later Defendant Harris pled guilty...

You Must Be Crazy

January 23, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

Dealing with a criminal client can often be difficult at best; however, dealing with a criminal client that is exhibiting mental illness can be down right impossible.  Further complicating matters, often times a client’s mental illness is masked by substance abuse, physical and/or emotional abuse sustained as a child, or cultural differences making it impossible for his/her attorney to quickly and...

Once Upon A Time…

January 22, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

In McNeill v United States the United States Supreme Court affirmed McNiell’s sentencing and status as an armed career offender.             McNeill was charged and pled to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. §841(a)(1) and possession of a firearm by a felon, 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(1).  The question arose regarding McNeill’s prior criminal history: two violent...

Mapping the Federal Criminal Case.

January 21, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

Most Federal offenses are more serious than crimes charged under the State statutes, and most federal offenses involve far more serious and harsher penalties.  And for many, understanding the Federal Court System is confusing and intimidating.  Below is brief definitions of some of the proceedings and events in a federal criminal case to help you have a surface understanding. Pre-Indictment Letter. ...

Acceptance of Responsibility

January 20, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

Acceptance of Responsibility:  United States v Genschow                                                 No. 09-1946 Facts: Mr. Genschow, Sr. was charged and convicted after a bench trial of destroying trees on the Ontonagon Reservation in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1853, and stealing tribal property for his own use in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1163. One...