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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: can a traffic stop be conducted or started after I have exited my vehicle in front of my own home

I was stupidly drifting on my road and after I parked in front of my house and exited my vehicle and proceeded to walk to my door a police cruiser then came around the corner flashed his lights and stepped out of his vehicle to conduct a traffic stop can an officer conduct a traffic stop after I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Very fact-dependent, but short answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Is a cease and desist warranted for someone who is attempting to blackmail you?

Good afternoon. I have someone who is attempting to blackmail me. She has repeatedly stated that I must send her money in order for her to get to and from work; if I didn’t, or if she was not satisfied with whatever resulted in what she asked for, she has threatened, on numerous occasions, to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

Potentially, this is extortion. Is there any truth to what she's saying? Their power lies in the secrecy of what they have or know about you. Even if you get this person charged with a crime, he or she could still release the information, leaving you with a similar outcome as if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Do they need to present search warrant before entering home

They raided a resident due to vehicle being insured with house but the person of interest lived elsewhere. From the warrant as they insisted, a control buy was conducted at a resident that’s in person of interest name but never searched and they went somewhere else. Never presented warrant prior... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

No, they do not need to present search warrant prior to entry; especially in a raid situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: I did not accept my plea and requested a jury trial for CSC charges. The judge refused a jury trial and charged me.

The judge charged me with what the plea was, then told me in open court that I was very naive. Is it legal for him to refuse a jury trial?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 26, 2023

You should have a lawyer. From how you phrase the question, there has to be a misunderstanding of what's going on somewhere and you would benefit greatly from a lawyer's explanation.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Michigan on
Q: I live in Michigan and my divorce was finalized December 15th. I was awarded all property, does that include firearms?

I was awarded all property in my possession and that includes his 2 firearms, which were obtained during the marriage. He is asking for them, but shouldn't they be included in the property settlement? He was supposed to sign over ownership of property in my possession within 30 days as well.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 23, 2023

Without looking at the judgment of divorce, I'd say you're in the pole position on this issue. Question though should be whether it's worth your time, effort, and possibly money, should he file a motion over items you apparently know he wants.

If you have no personal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a question pertaining to law enforcement surveillances What rights does the subject have regarding privacy?

Subject has not committed or been charged with any infractions or violation. Noticed drone tracking

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 23, 2023

Lots of questions before there can be any answers. 1) how do you know the drone is tracking you? Generally speaking, even if the drone is tracking you - presumably from the air - you don't have a privacy right walking or driving down the street. Things get trickier if a drone is hovering close... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan is it legal for a public school to release a minor child to someone they were distinctly told not to

He was released to his grandparents that work for the school district even after I told the high school staff not to it took me 3 weeks to get him back

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 23, 2023

Really depends on your legal status to the child, the other parent's legal status to the child, and whose been listed on the contact card with the school. It's unlikely you're going to succeed with a claim against the school; your bigger issue is within the family.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Someone else drove my car and made I'd home before police officers had it tow from private property

I spent 10 days in jail for warrent at $45 dollars a day impound fee $243 to tow my car a minute away and face hard times without a car as it is my only means to work it's still in the impound and by now don't know if I have a car

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 20, 2023

What is your question? Sometimes the impound people will agree to waive or reduce the fees to allow you to get the car out, but otherwise, your car is staying there until the fees are paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Divorce for Michigan on
Q: My husband tried to commit suicided, was taken to hospital and transferred to a inpatient mental intuition.

He was there not at will for a week, he got out, mental unstable and went and filed for divorce 7 days after getting out of intuition , he told the attorney he had just gotten out of mental intuition and was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and manic bipolar. he told the attorney this, the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Hard to say with what you present. Attorneys are not doctors or mental health professionals; I can only assume your husband presented "normally", and even stating all his mental health issues would not alone require an attorney to decline representation.

At this juncture, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Can I be held in contempt and put in jail for back child support when my only income is SSI.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Yes. But generally the dependent portion of your SSI serves as the child support payment.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Michigan on
Q: My dad died. I have his car. He got several letters stating the car was paid off. Then they said it wasn't.Legal status?

If it's put in writing that it's paid off can I use that legally or do I have to still pay what they now say is owed ($1500)?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 19, 2023

No one can give a definite answer without seeing the writing and determining who it's from. The best place to start would be the secretary of state to see if their records show a lien on file.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My ex-wife's lawyer showed emails discussing a potential change of school to a judge. Doesn't that violate MRE 408?

My ex and I have had some heated email exchanges in trying to work out differences on school choice and other issues. Her attorney selected specific email and twisted them out of context in a motion. I considered a motion in limine but the judge already saw them. So, I tried to respond, but in a... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 19, 2023

I applaud your considerable efforts to know and understand the rules of evidence; many people representing themselves can't or don't.

That said, the answer to your question lies in a complete reading of the rule. It's often said that the devil is in the details, and there is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: If you give a friend $3000 to take you for a stat CT scan and take you to the ER and you gave this money (see below)...

If you give a friend $3000 to take you for a stat CT scan and take you to the ER and you gave this money under extreme anxiety and emotional distress because you're a widow with no one to help you, and later when calm you ask how they could do that if they're your friend, and now you... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 19, 2023

No. The more legal question becomes whether this was a gift or transfer made under a contract. In either case, you are out that money. When you give someone a gift, you lose control once the transfer is made; if a contract, the money is theirs once you offered $3,000, they accepted it, and gave you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Why would my HOA refuse to accept payments?

I did not pay my HOA dues for 2 years. My fault completely. I received a foreclosure filing over $725. The filing attorney wants $2,100 for filing what should have been a small claim.

I sent an email to the HOA explaining that I would be sending 3 payments to cover the past due. They sent... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 17, 2023

You need to be in contact with your own attorney pronto. Whether it's necessary or insane isn't the question; is it legal? People lose houses for unpaid water bills and taxes that equate to a fraction of the home value. Likely, one of the remedies available for breach of contract for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Is the owner of the dealership responsible for the seller's actions? If so, where could I find this law for court?

I recently bought a car from a used car dealership in MI that was greatly misrepresented. The seller was just a guy who the owner was allowing to sell cars out of his dealership, not an employee. After many issues, I sued the person and the dealership, and the seller has since fled the country. Is... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 17, 2023

Do you have a judgment against the seller? If you do, you may be precluded from now going after the dealer because generally you need to bring in everyone you can when you first file an action. If you don't have a judgment, you will need to somehow legally tie the dealer to the seller.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: What are the charges for Attempted identiy theft in Michigan. Is it considered a felony or a misdemeanor or what?

What's the outcome of relieving this charge

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Not sure what the circumstances are you're asking about. But if you are a victim, your first call should be to the police. They, in conjunction with the prosecutor, will determine what charges are appropriate.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Who is responsible for providing an appeal attorney if one cannot be provided to you. Who or what entity is responsible

I had one provided then they left then another was provided and they told the judge there was a break down in communication and left. I then wrote the judge and he said I would be provided one and then I had no response from anyone. I the. Tried to see who my lawyer was when I left prison and they... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

With a guilty plea, you don't have a true right to appeal. There are certain issues you can ask for what's called "leave" to appeal. The Attorney Grievance Commission does not determine malpractice; they determine attorney ethical issues.

At this juncture, after...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the school search my child's locker with my consent or knowledge?

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My 13 year old sons person was searched, his backpack, coat, hoodie and locker. We were not notified. Then they find weed rolling papers. (Obviously he shouldn't have them) then they threatened to call the cops and said he'll have fun in juvie. He was so terrified that he... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Your primary issue needs to be resolving any school administrative action or juvenile action against your son. Yes, schools can search students' personal belongings and lockers. The appropriateness of other actions described should be discussed with a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I need advice I’m 35 years old and my parents are holding my son from me how do I go about getting him from them?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Your question doesn't lend a lot of facts to go on. Unless your parents have custody of your son by some court order, you should go get him, and with police assistance if necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Can foc keep my fiancé son away from me not letting him get over nights over false accusations?

At the time i was just his girlfriend and his sons monther started a bunch of drama and i retaliated in text so then she accused me of hitting her son and she told them how me and his father were always fighting and breaking up they believed her. The text she showed in court where only of my... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

"They" are not doing anything. The child's mother made an accusation that FOC substantiated, creating this order. You being engaged does nothing; being married might help. But your relationship status has nothing to do with what the judge will find pertinent to changing this.... Read more »

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