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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on

Q: I received a running red light ticket but the name on the ticket is not mine it's the owner of the vehicles do i pay it

I am listed as a licensed driver under the insurance of the vehicle the ticket is not in my name it is the name of the registered owner of the vehicle that was not even in the vehicle with me.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jan 2, 2019

I agree with previous counsel. You should contact the police department that issued the ticket and ask them to re-write the ticket in your name. If your driving record is decent, there's a good chance of getting the ticket reduced to a zero-point infraction. A traffic lawyer would be able to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on

Q: What happens when someone is caught drunk driving and his license was already suspended?

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jan 2, 2019

I agree with previous counsel. This would result in 2 separate charges for drunk driving and driving while license suspended.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on

Q: I was stopped because of move over violation. Did not get the ticket. Will he charge me because it is misdemeanor

Officer said that I probably did not know why he stopped me, but in Michigan it is a serious offence, a misdemeanor, if I do not change the lane or slow down when police car is on the side of the road. I said that I am sorry and I rally did not know about that law. He did not give me any ticket... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 12, 2018

Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle is a misdemeanor in Michigan punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 and/or imprisonment for up to 90 days. If the officer didn’t give you a ticket, then you got a break.

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Q: A DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH FELONY MURDER (ARMED ROBBERY BEING THE FELONY) AND ALSO CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY.

THE JURY RETURNED NOT GUILTY VERDICT ON FELONY MURDER, BUT GUILTY ON ARMED ROBBERY. CAN THIS BE DONE? THE ARMED ROBBERY WAS THE UNDERLINING FELONY FOR THE FELONY MURDER CHARGE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 12, 2018

Yes, this is possible. The jury found the defendant guilty of armed robbery but decided there wasn’t enough evidence for the felony murder conviction. If it was the other way around where the defendant was found innocent of the underlying felony, he couldn’t be found guilty of felony murder.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on

Q: How do I get my felony expunged?

A few years ago, I was convicted of assault. I did not commit the crime and there was no evidence to prove that I did it. My state-appointed lawyer threw out the hearing where the prosecution had to present the evidence against me. Therefore, it went to trial and it became a she said he said. I... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 11, 2018

To be eligible for an expungement in Michigan, you can only have one felony on your record and no more than 2 misdemeanors. Also, it must be at least 5 years since you completed your sentence. The expungement process entails completing an “application to set aside conviction” and filing it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on

Q: How can this happen?? 26 yr old husband arrested on juvenile warrant

I'm going to put as much detail here as possible my 26 year old husband was arrested on a juvenile contempt warrant last night in St Clair county Michigan. We are so confused on what is going on and the police won't tell us anything except that the warrant is from 2012, but he has been in jail... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

People are charged with contempt when they fail to comply with a court order. The court can give you info on exactly why he’s being charged with contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Domestic Violence for Michigan on

Q: If a father and son get into a argument and end up in a minor fight and neither press charges what happens

Cops said the case would be submitted to a prosecutor and the father already has numerous demostic violence offences on his record and a assault on the same son a few years prior... note that there where no serious injurys

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

If police responded to the incident, they submitted a report to the prosecutor who decides whether or not to bring forth charges based on the evidence presented to him or her. There doesn’t have to be injuries for someone to be charged with assault or domestic violence.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on

Q: This is located in Michigan! Is it legal? Can a case be made out of it?

Hi, I got some information from my girl cousin the other day. She had told me that she is dating a 27 or 28 year old and she is 16 about to turn 17. She consented to it and they are looking to get married in the future. She has not told her parents yet because she is scared of their reaction. She... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

In Michigan, the age of consent to sexual contact is 16. Therefore, it is legal for a 16 year old to date a 28 year old as long as the relationship is consensual. However, if the 16 year old has sent sexual images the 28 year old, they could both face felony child pornography charges. If any of... Read more »

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Q: I got caught shoplifting on camera multiple times but only caught physically once. What can I be charged with. Jail?

This is my first offense. Have no other problems with the law. Can I still only be charged with thrid degree and if so will I go to jail. Or just pay a fine and community service or probation.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

You can be charged with retail fraud. The degree will depend on the value of the stolen goods. If the value of the property is below $200, it is 3rd degree retail fraud, which is a 93-day misdemeanor. If the value of the property is between $200-$1,000, it is 2nd degree retail fraud, which is a... Read more »

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Q: My best friend is in jail on a 10 thousand bond... for ethic intimation and assault and battery how is that possible 3am

I believe he was set up has had no trouble In 5yrs we live in a small town and I just don't understand the charges other than bring set up... is there something that can be done I don't have the cash to bail him out... HELP PLEASE

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

Your friend can hire an attorney or request a court-appointed attorney if he can't afford one. The attorney will be able to request that his bond be lowered and will help defend against those charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on

Q: My daughter and her boyfriend broke into our room and stole things...is there anything that can be done?

They live in a camper on our property and we always lock things up..today we sey up a camera and caught them..I just need to know if anything can be done.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

You can contact police and show them the footage. The police will make a report and turn it over to the prosecutor to bring forth criminal charges. They could be charged with larceny and whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony will depend on the value of the stolen items and if they have any prior... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Michigan on

Q: Can a officer legally pull me over without reason?

I was pulled over with out reason, my car was searched without my consent or probable cause, also I was arrested without being read my rights.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 26, 2018

No, officers must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to pull you over. If you feel that your constitutional rights have been violated by the police, you should have an attorney represent you. If you can’t afford one, you can request a court appointed attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on

Q: Ticket for plate violation and no proof of insurance. Was not my car. Have to appear in court

It was my mother’s car and I didn’t know about the plates and I couldn’t find any paper work about the insurance. I have to appear in court or pay the tickets in full. $290 each and I can’t afford them.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 26, 2018

If you appear in court and can show proof that the plates are now valid and that you have insurance, the prosecutor may offer a plea deal with reduced charges and fines.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on

Q: If i pay a ticket don't that mean i plead guilty or no contest.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 26, 2018

A regular traffic ticket is a civil infraction so paying it would mean that your pleading responsible to the civil infraction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on

Q: I am pressing charges for a peeping tom. What are the possible penalties that will happen to the guy? In Michigan

I am also trying to file for a PPO because he is threatening to call my university to end my nursing career with slanderous information and will not stop calling and texting my boyfriend about me. Do you think the PPO will be granted at the hearing?

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 26, 2018

The “Peeping Tom” would be facing a disorderly conduct charge, which is punishable by 90 days in jail and/or $500 in fines. The PPO should be granted if you can show he has done a pattern of 2 or more acts without your consent that make you feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened... Read more »

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Q: I was in fight with my girlfriend and she press charges on me And now she want to withdraw the charges how can she do it

Can she just not go to the court date or what is the right way

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 25, 2018

If she tries to recant her statement, she could be charged with filing a false police report which is a misdemeanor or felony depending on the false crime reported. It’s best for her not to show up at court if she wants the charge to go away. If she fails to show, the prosecutor won’t be able... Read more »

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Q: Can a victim contact or visit the defendant's family, if there is a no-contact for the defendant?

The defendant is incarcerated so he would not be near the family.

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jul 25, 2018

The no-contact order prevents the defendant from direct and indirect contact or communications with the victim, including through the use of third parties. The no-contact order doesn’t place restrictions on the victim. Therefore, the victim can contact the defendant’s family.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on

Q: When is a DUI a felony?

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Jun 3, 2018

A third DUI offense is classified as a felony and carries up to 5 years in prison. There is no time limit for when the prior convictions occurred. The old rule said that the prior offenses had to be within 10 years but that is no longer the case. A first or second DUI can be classified as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on

Q: Does the jailer in booking legally have to tell you they found contraband or do they just send out warrant after testing

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on May 31, 2018

They will just issue a warrant after testing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on

Q: Being around firearm and passing the background check for a firearm purchase

Convicted of 750.234b (A) discharge firearm at occupied dwelling (attempt) in April of 2011. 1 year probation was my sentence. The sentence carried a max of 4 years but with the attempt statue that would reduce too 2 years and be considered a "misdemeanor" can I be charged with felon in possesion... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy answered on May 29, 2018

If the maximum sentence for the underlying crime is 4 years, then your conviction for attempting to commit that crime would result in a misdemeanor on your record. Therefore, you would not be charged with felon in possession due to this conviction.

Whether or not your expungement will be...
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