Questions Answered by Jasmine D. Rippy

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

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 help you with this.

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

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
I agree with previous counsel. This would result in 2 separate charges for drunk driving and driving while license suspended.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

Q: How do I get my felony expunged?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 11, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 with the court where you were convicted of assault. In addition, you must send a copy of the application and a certified record of your assault conviction to the Attorney General, prosecutor and...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 those images were sent over the Internet or through the use of a computer, they could be charged with using a computer to commit a crime, which would also be a felony in this case.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 one-year misdemeanor. If the value of the property is over $1,000, it is 1st degree, which is a 5-year felony. If your record is clean, you will likely be placed on probation instead of jail time....

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 theft convictions.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
A regular traffic ticket is a civil infraction so paying it would mean that your pleading responsible to the civil infraction.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 or harassed.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 to prove the case and you can request that the judge dismiss the case.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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.

Q: When is a DUI a felony?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Answered on Jun 3, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 felony if it involves an accident that causes death or serious bodily injury.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Answered on May 29, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
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 granted depends on the judge, whether the prosecutor objects and what you have been doing since your conviction. For example, some judges require proof of community service.

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