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Police Do’s and Dont’s

July 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Criminal Defense   |   0 Comments

Knowing your rights when it comes to authorities may be very helpful to you one day. Our Grand Rapids criminal attorneys can provide you with some simple tips about your rights. To learn more, read below.

Possession of Firearms by Convicted Felons in Michigan

April 29, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

If you are a convicted felon, you must abide by strict rules regarding possessing and carrying firearms. In fact, a Grand Rapids gun possession lawyer may let you know that you are prohibited from carrying a firearm altogether. The rules for possessing a firearm typically differ depending upon the type of felony you were convicted of. And as the penalties are very severe for unlawful possession, you...

Carrying a Firearm With Unlawful Intent

April 29, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

If you are accused of carrying a firearm with unlawful intent, you will need the assistance of a gun crime attorney in Grand Rapids. In Michigan, someone convicted of this offense faces very serious penalties. Elements of the offense Generally, prosecutors must prove the following two elements to convict someone of carrying a firearm with unlawful intent: Carry a Dangerous Weapon. This means that...

Bank Fraud in Michigan

April 29, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

Bank fraud includes many different crimes that are committed against banks and financial institutions. These crimes are serious offenses and can be considered felonies in Michigan so it’s important to consult a Grand Rapids bank fraud lawyer to help you with your defense. Generally, bank fraud means that someone intentionally uses fraud to steal money from a bank or bank customer. Bank fraud is distinguished...

Michigan Possession with Intent to Distribute Laws

April 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

If you have been charged with the crime of intent to distribute drugs, you face very serious penalties and will need the assistance of a Grand Rapids drug crimes lawyer. Drug possession with intent to distribute generally means that someone is charged with possession of drugs and there is additional evidence that the defendant intended to distribute, such as possessing a large quantity of the drug...

Michigan Mortgage Fraud Laws

April 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

Mortgage fraud is now criminalized in Michigan and someone convicted of the crime can face up to 20 years in prison. That’s why if you are charged with mortgage fraud, it is important that you work with a Grand Rapids mortgage fraud attorney. Generally, mortgage fraud is defined as the following intentional and knowing acts occurring during the mortgage lending process: Making a false statement,...

Michigan Drug Conspiracy Laws

April 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comments

Drug conspiracy is one of the most common charges a Grand Rapids drug crimes defense attorney will deal with. The crime is especially severe because the evidence gathered against all the participants in the alleged conspiracy can be used against an individual defendant. How to Prove a Drug Conspiracy A conspiracy can be difficult to prove. Prosecutors generally have to prove the following elements: Two...

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...

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. ...