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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can I file a late appeal under MCR 7.105(G) as soon as I get the circuit court's signed dismissal without prejudice?

My appeal to circuit court was dismissed without prejudice for premature filing. Once the order dismissing the case without prejudice is signed, can I immediately file a late appeal to circuit court under MCR 7.105(G) or do I need permission from district court? I'm in Wayne County, Michigan.... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 1, 2024

I'm confused by your question. It sounds like you are trying to appeal an eviction proceeding before a final order has been entered by the trial court (e.g., the district court). That is likely why the circuit court told you your filing was premature.

If this is an accurate read of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: someone is currently incarcerated and is sentenced but would like to appeal is it possible for them to get more time?

inmate was sentenced in september for a criminal case and would like to appeal is it possible that they could get more time if they take it back to court and lose? or would the time remain the same?

Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Jan 31, 2024

Yes it is possible for them to get more time. That would most likely occur if they had a plea agreement to receive a certain sentence, and now they appeal and are able to go back and have a trial. There are so many different scenarios possible. Of course you will want to have an attorney, and... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm in a pickle with this court case that I'm in right now and really need some help they are violating my civil rights

I have been charged with my 4 hibutial offence for drugs that I don't know how they can do so since I have asked them to DNA test the seringes in the case that were found in my vehicle in a bag of someone else property but they refuse to it would show that I had nothing to do with them and no... View More

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

It's critical to secure legal representation if you believe your rights are being infringed upon during a criminal proceeding. In cases where evidence may exonerate a defendant, such as the DNA testing you mentioned, a lawyer can file the necessary motions to compel the court to consider this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to get a chance at bootcamp or the second alternative incarceration if this is the 2nd time in prison

The first time in prison he had gun charges so he had to serve an automatic 5 years and therefore disqualified him. This is his 2nd time going to prison. His home was raided and a half gram of meth was found, they were going to charge him with 56gm because they count the weight of everything with... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 6, 2023

By the way you ended your question, it sounds like you also have a realistic sense of the outcome. MDOC policy says that only first-time prisoners are eligible for SAI consideration. But policy is not law. And ultimately, it's MDOC's call. I would say for your well-being, you can always... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, how can a teen victim contradict her story several times and the defendant is still found guilty?

I know that the victim is not the one on trial, but shouldn't the inconsistencies be a red flag and weigh in on the jury's based on beyond a reasonable doubt? I don't know if I worded the question correctly.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 9, 2023

Only the 12 people on that jury can answer that for you. The jury's job is to weigh credibility of witnesses. They can believe everything or nothing, or some combination thereof.

In CSC cases, it's not at all uncommon for testimony to be inconsistent as stories and memories...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: If the Michigan Court of Appeals sends a criminal case back to the lower court for a new trial

and the person is found guilty again, does the original sentence continue or will there be new sentencing?

Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Feb 8, 2023

There would be a new sentencing. However, if the proofs at trial are basically the same, you would likely get the same sentence as before. The sentence is based on the entirety of the information that the judge knows, so it is possible for the sentence to change based on the difference of the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: During a criminal Appeal in Michigan, can the fact that expert testimony was not called by the defenseor the fact that

some motions were not filed in time, or there was no evidence to support the conviction, or new evidence was discovered all be the basis for the appeal?

Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Feb 8, 2023

All the issues you stated could be argued on the initial direct appeal of the conviction . . . except for the discovery of new evidence (which in most instances is brought in a 6500 motion for post conviction relief). However, depending on what the new evidence is, you might have a way to make it... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Is there still an opportunity to profit from the Minacs civil suit ?

I worked for Minacs for over a year and worked overtime

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Whether there is still an opportunity to profit from the Minacs civil suit depends on various factors, such as the status of the lawsuit, the specific claims made, and any potential settlements or judgments reached. If you believe you are entitled to compensation for unpaid overtime or other labor... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: Should I notify District Court of Circuit Court's dismissal without prejudice & my intent to re-file a late Appeal?

The District Court recently entered a Judgment against me, but I filed for Appeal before the Judgment was signed. The Judgment is now signed.

My appeal to Circuit Court of the District Court's decision recently got dismissed without prejudice for premature filing. They said to refile... View More

Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Feb 9, 2024

When you refile in the lower court, just indicate somewhere in your filing that the higher court dismissed without prejudice to refile in the lower court, and include a copy of the higher court's order at that time.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: I am looking for help with a drivers license appeal. Is there anyone who specializes in this area or that can help me?
Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Feb 27, 2023

We need to know where you are located, before we can tell you if we can help you. You posted a question to attorneys within the entire state of Michigan, however, it indicates here that you are in Illinois. Please clarify.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: trying to fill out my appeal how do i find my judges bar number if my lawyer wont help me?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 21, 2022

First, be very cautious about what you are doing. Second, if you are appealing after a sentence, your attorney, unless they agreed otherwise, has no obligation to help you appeal. Appeals and trial work are completely different. If you are appealing, see my first point; you could be jeopardizing... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to appeal for a warning arrest letter that been issued for innocent person since more than 15 years ago?
Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Mar 20, 2022

Do you mean that they sent you a letter recently that warns you that they intend to arrest you in regards to a crime that happened 15 years ago? If so, your best chance to stop it is to have an attorney or someone else get in contact with the issuing authority and try to get more details about... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My son was coaxed into signing away his rights to his son in Michigan. How can he get them back.

My grandson resides in Michigan with his mom. In 2020, he was taken from her. She and my son were given a list of requirements that had to be met in order for her to get him back. My son was told that if he signed away his rights it would get my grandson out of foster care sooner, so he did. Not to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 14, 2022

This is a highly complex situation. Reading between the lines based on Mom having the kids now, it sounds like CPS and the foster care workers believe your son has some significant culpability. Do you know if he signed a custody agreement or a voluntary termination of parental rights? Those are two... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: how can a person get plea deal back after denying the offer andgoing to trial and get found guilty?

Also in a case of jury tampering, where a juror told two other juror about being approach outside court room about finding defendant guilty. do the judge have to do an investigation questions all jurors whos involved or could the judge just bring out all jury member and not question them about the... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 21, 2021

You're not going to get the plea deal back. The time to accept the plea deal was before the jury sat down and was sworn in. Once a trial starts, you're in it for all the marbles.

Jury tampering is a separate issue, and will need to be addressed on appeal possibly. From the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: ex parte signed no due process objection denied no ev. hearing supv. visits still 5 yrs later no reason said he meets

no factors has a criminal history I was shown to be unfit, unwilling, or unable. no evidence of abuse or neglect. I have all proof but never got to show because I NEVER got my hearing my daughter is being neglected educ,med,emoti, and emotional and psych abuse by alienating me almost to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 21, 2021

You need to focus your arguments on what is happening now; not what happened or didn't happen five years ago. Perhaps the first step should be filing a motion to change parenting time. Your argument isn't whether supervised parenting time should have ever been in place, but that you no... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: What kind of things could possibly win an appeal for termination of parental rights?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 9, 2021

Appeals generally turn on some legal error. Questions of fact or credibility of witnesses is for the trial court to determine. If there is a legal error and a question of fact, the remedy is usually a remand (send back) to the trial court for either a hearing or new trial.

An appeal is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: CPS used threats for compliance. There is proof, how can that help an appeal of termination of parental rights?

Cps threatened to have kids removed, foster care worker lied, refused services, added heresay statements on record, denied parent access to children for medical, dental, and school appointments

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 8, 2021

For the uninitiated, you will find "threats" mean something different in the legal world. When CPS (or police, prosecutor, attorney) says "if you don't do this, I'll do that"...and the "that" is something lawful - meaning under the law, they, or a judge, can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I appealed a decision made on behalf of secretary of state to suspend my license for an year and 6 pts on my record

It was due to traffic stop and an supposed to be chemical drug test refusal which I just didn't understand

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 6, 2021

What is your question? It sounds like you got an implied consent violation. When the police suspect you of drunk driving, by virtue of you driving, you consent to a chemical test - which is usually a breath test administered at the jail or police station; not the one done on scene by the police,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, DUI / DWI and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Michigan on
Q: What can be done if a judge in MI is ignoring the court of appeals decision that allows mmj patients to use on probation

My disabled husband was arrested for DUI and took a plea to a lesser charge because it seemed like all he could do. He took the plea with the understanding that it would not prevent him from using medical Marijuana as a brain tumor patient. The judge in lapeer County is not allowing him to use... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 23, 2021

That judge is not the only one...what can be done? Appeal a revocation or sanction of probation.

While it sounds like you are disappointed in the case outcome, DUIs can be tough to defend. If your husband was driving, and his BAC was over 0.08...I'm not sure what benefit going to trial...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan on
Q: how long after I get sentenced do I have to appeal
Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Sep 5, 2021

42 days to request appointed counsel. 56 days to file a claim of appeal following a trial. 6 months to file an application for leave to appeal following either a plea or a trial. An infinite amount of time (no time limit) to file a post conviction motion for relief back in the trial court if you... View More

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