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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: In michigan, is this considered assault on an officer?

A person flees from an officer. The officer pursues the person. During the pursuit (running after them) the officer trips and falls and injures his hand. In michigan, can the person who flees from the officer now be charged with assault on an officer even though they didn't physically touch them?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 18, 2024

Yes. The proper charge is "assault / resisting / obstructing" - physical contact is not required. Anytime to assault, resist, or obstruct a lawful order made in the performance of law enforcement duties, you can be criminally charged. Presumably, the chase occured contemporaneously or... View More

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Q: What is the likely time to be served in jail for a telecommunication interference charge from 4 years ago.nobody injured

Court sent the letter requiring him to be in court for the charge, to the wrong address so he never knew about the charge or the warrant. They're holding him in jail with no bond.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 16, 2024

If he's never been arraigned, he should be soon, where the judge or magistrate will set a bond. If he had been arraigned, and simply missed a subsequent court hearing, then it's a matter of addressing it with the court through a bond motion.

I would not anticipate any great...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: I was assaulted by the same person I filed charges on a year ago but the city I attempted to file them in did nothing

As a result of The cities police department failure to follow up on my case, I was assaulted severely again yesterday by the same gentleman and the arresting city could not find anything in the system about the previous assault. Is the previous City liable in some way?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 15, 2024

I can't see how the city would be liable here. Whether this person was arrested previously for assaulting you would have no bearing on whether he did it now. Nor does the city or its police department incur a duty to provide enhanced protection for you against him. And regardless of the police... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: How/why would a prosecuting attorney for criminal court move forward with charges on a he said/she said case?

There is no evidence, no witnesses. Just the statement from the alleged victim and police cam of each, and police report (that's not accurate in several areas when watching the video and reading the report side by side). The discovery trial happened, that's ALL they had. Now, there is... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 5, 2024

Work with your attorney. The fact of the matter is that a person's testimony IS evidence. Certainly, the prosecution would love corroborating physical and direct evidence (e.g. video), but that's not usually the case. And they can proceed to trial without anything else if they believe the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I really be charged for a Auto theft felony under the circumstances? Yes I abused the Privilege but it was not theft

Was renting a uhaul truck consistently for approx 6 months for Business. Although uhaul's policy is to check in &/or return every 24hrs. They have consistently let me breach the actual contract terms. So, I would always go days & weeks without contact before I check in with them, catch... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 3, 2024

You absolutely can be criminally charged. Just because they let you go for awhile doesn't mean they can't at some point file a police report that initiates charges. The lack of contact is probably why. Also, UHaul probably has internal policies that even though the GM may know your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Can a father take back a phone and watch that were Christmas gifts or file a stole property report?

What are the laws in Michigan about receiving gifts, then asking for it back and being threatened to file a police report that’s it’s stolen property? The kid is 18 and the father is enraged that I filed for a support review for my 14 year (it’s been 10 years since the last order, oldest... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 17, 2024

Generally, once a gift is given, it's the receiver's property. Unless the father has some evidence these items were stolen, he's risking filing a false police report - which is a crime itself - once the police investigate and find he actually gave those items and now just wants them back.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm being summoned to court which is 3 hours away for an arraignment about my dog biting another dog. What should I do?

While out in public, my leashed medium-sized dog got entangled in a crowd, while trying to unentangle him, he attacked a small dog that was being walked toward our direction. My dog hasn't had any issues previously which makes me believe that the little dog did something that my dog reacted to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 17, 2024

Hire an attorney in the location of the arraignment. They may be able to arrange for this to be done by zoom or resolve it by some other means.

If this incident happened in your location, I'm unsure how you would be arraigned in a court 3 hours away. You also need to look into that...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: Would it qualify as a mistrial if a judge that was removed from from a case due to conflict of interest still presides?

The judge that is presiding over the case was initially the prosecutor that brought the charges. Would that qualify as a mistrial due to conflict of interest or something else? How do you file to have this investigated? What type of motions need to be filed?

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answered on Jun 10, 2024

If a judge who was previously the prosecutor in a case is now presiding over that same case, it can indeed be grounds for a mistrial due to a conflict of interest. This situation raises serious concerns about impartiality and fairness, as the judge's prior involvement as a prosecutor could... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: How can I get a copy of jury instructions from an old state criminal case?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 3, 2024

Model standard jury instructions are available online. Note, though, that those may not be what were actually used in the trial as some courts use modified or specially prepared jury instructions. What will matter for your case is what was actually read to the jury.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: How do I receive my unlawfully seized weapon in michigan

My pistol was seized during a traffic stop because the officer assumed my CPL was expired having observed that the exp date printed on my CPL had in fact passed. But michigan law states I have one year past the exp date to renew said license. I have done the required refreshment review and range... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

To have your unlawfully seized weapon returned in Michigan, you should first gather all relevant documents. This includes your CPL, the receipt for the renewal fee, and any proof of completing the required refresher course and range time. These documents will help demonstrate that you were in... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: How do I receive my unlawfully seized weapon in michigan

My pistol was seized during a traffic stop because the officer assumed my CPL was expired having observed that the exp date printed on my CPL had in fact passed. But michigan law states I have one year past the exp date to renew said license. I have done the required refreshment review and range... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 30, 2024

You're not getting it back before concluding the criminal case in which you can present the argument you're making here. The one-year "grace period" should not be read to mean that you're immune to prosecution for CCW during that year.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: How to reclaim vehicle seizure even if it was signed over due to time limit and case was dismissed over a year later.

My father signed over his vehicle due to the cost and only had 20 days even though the charges i had werent brought forth for a year later which were possession of controlled substance. Those charges were also dismissed due to inability to provide evidence with intent with their inventory search.... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2024

As a practical matter, that vehicle is probably long gone - likely auctioned. Regardless of why your father signed over the vehicle, if he did in fact sign it over, then I think it's a done deal. I would think your father would have to establish some pretty significant police misconduct to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan on
Q: How to reclaim vehicle seizure even if it was signed over due to time limit and case was dismissed over a year later.

My father signed over his vehicle due to the cost and only had 20 days even though the charges i had werent brought forth for a year later which were possession of controlled substance. Those charges were also dismissed due to inability to provide evidence with intent with their inventory search.... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

You may have grounds to reclaim the vehicle, but it will require a legal process. Given that the charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence and an invalid stop, your father's decision to sign over the vehicle under duress and without charges being filed at the time could be challenged.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can i sue police dept after case was dismissed for rights violation or retrieve my seized vehicle

In 2022 i was pulled over for inoperable headlight, it then revealed a warrant which then resulted w inventory Vehicle Atlanta charges of possession of control substance Seizure of the vehicle which was My fathers. The war for the charges didn't become active for almost a year after I was... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

You may have grounds to sue the police department for rights violations if your arrest and vehicle seizure were unlawful. It's essential to consult with a civil rights attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your case, including the circumstances of the traffic stop, the validity of the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Can i sue police dept after case was dismissed for rights violation or retrieve my seized vehicle

In 2022 i was pulled over for inoperable headlight, it then revealed a warrant which then resulted w inventory Vehicle Atlanta charges of possession of control substance Seizure of the vehicle which was My fathers. The war for the charges didn't become active for almost a year after I was... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2024

As to the car, you can't do anything. You said it's your father's car; only he has standing to do anything about it, even though you were the one arrested.

Drug forfeiture is complex. Essentially, the police provide notice of intent to seize the asset. The property owner has...
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Q: I was charged with possession of firearm while intoxicated in Michigan. NO breathalyzer was given how can I be charged

And sentenced with no bac proof.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 2, 2024

You can be charged and convicted upon proper proof of either:

(a) The individual is under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance.

(b) The individual has an alcohol content of 0.08 or more grams per...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: can i be in the room with my fiance and his P.O so i can atest that he hasnt been using drugs

I need to know now his test is anytime today

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answered on May 2, 2024

The PO does not have to allow you to be present. However, it would be surprising if the PO was not willing to talk to you. He/she should want to hear any relevant evidence. Then again, the PO is going to rely upon the results from drops, rather than taking any person's word for it.

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Q: can i be in the room with my fiance and his P.O so i can atest that he hasnt been using drugs

I need to know now his test is anytime today

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 2, 2024

That would be up to your fiance, and more specifically, his PO. I'm not sure what value would be placed on what you have to say. His drug test will either be negative or positive, and what you have to say probably won't change that.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: A girl 10 discloses to mother sexual touching by father no criminal charges is this a confirmed case of sex abuse

Defense counsel says this case can’t go forward bec not a confirmed case of sexual abuse bec no physical evidence and no criminal case please help

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 29, 2024

By "confirmed case" do you mean for the family court to take action on the allegation? Different standards apply between family and criminal court as to what is actionable and even what is considered a "confirmed case". If there are not already criminal charges filed, I can only... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: What are the remedies and violations of law in this case?

My drafts (3) for a Freedom of Information Act Request are being removed from my email before I have a chance to send it. I've attempted to request an investigation no response, then I attempted to complete a FOIA request that disappears. I know it's a first amendment violation what other... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information provided, there are several potential legal issues and violations that may be involved in this case:

1. First Amendment violation: As you mentioned, interfering with your right to free speech and petition the government for redress of grievances could be a violation...
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