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J. Matthew Catchick Jr.

Southfield Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Should I report this to my PO or wait until she brings it up at my appointment

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Allen M. Wolf
    4. Cy M. Abdo
    5. Gerald R Stahl
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    You are likely charged with "Driving While License Revoked," not "Suspended." Considering your overall criminal record and the fact that you have already violated probation, I would kindly but VERY strongly recommend you ASAP retain a Criminal Defense attorney to represent you in BOTH the Driving While License Revoked case, and the likely Violation of Probation proceedings in the Circuit Court. You may want to give your P.O. the "heads up" of what happened, to show you are being "honest"...

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  2. Domestic Violence Case Went to Trial.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Tara E. Nichol
    4. Gerald R Stahl
    5. John M. Kaman
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    You should ASAP call the police and notify them that he is trying to influence you to not show at trial. That threat alone is a separate and distinct criminal offense. Also, if you know who the assigned prosecutor is, you should notify them as well of his threats. He is likely subject to a "no contact" bond provision, so if the Judge finds out he has been trying to contact you, your ex-BF may have to sit in jail while awaiting his trial. I wish you all the best of luck and please BE SAFE!...

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  3. Is a divorce decree null and void after remarriage to the same person when one of the parties dies without a will?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Peter L. Conway
    3. John F. Brennan
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5. Henry S. Gornbein
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    A lot may depend on the paperwork on file with the Pension Plan Administrator. Did your dad file the proper paperwork with the Plan to ensure his survivor benefits go to you? Does the Plan even allow that? Did your dad, after remarrying the same woman, file amended paperwork with the Plan replacing you with her as the "new" survivor? These are some of the questions you likely need answered before you can get a definitive answer. I wish you all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.

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  4. I need advice/counsel from an experienced DUI attorney who has a lot of experience in front of Judge Bowman.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Glenn A. Mccandliss
    3. Stacey M. Washington
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    First and foremost, you should be VERY careful about posting specifics on the internet. I would kindly but very strongly recommend you consult in private with a lawyer to assess your options. Even though you left the State without permission, the fact that you have already completed many requirements of your probation should help you. I wish you all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.

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  5. Divorce discovery - personal email and passwords

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. John F. Brennan
    2. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    3. Laurel Stuart-Fink
    4. Daniel Findling
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    In Michigan, the rules regarding "discovery" (written questions, depositions, etc.) are very broad, however you should be able to at least get a Protective Order as to any disclosures. I would need to know more info before I could give you a definitive answer as to your duty to respond to a particular interrogatory (question) by opposing counsel. You and your lawyer should meet and review in detail all of opposing counsel's discovery requests, to assess the reasonableness of same. I wish you...

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  6. I'm 18yrs old and got a "Zero Tolerance" OWI with a BAC of .06, is there a way to keep it off my record?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Becket J. Jones
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Loren M. Dickstein
    5. Gerald R Stahl
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    Most Michigan Courts are VERY hesitant to allow one to plea to a non drinking and driving offense, however, you may have some options depending on the facts of your case. A plea to the Civil Infraction Careless Driving would be a great result, but likely tough to achieve. You have done the right thing by hiring a lawyer, so make sure you express to your lawyer your desire to try to plea to a non drinking and driving offense. I wish you all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick....

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  7. Does a guy swinging a punch at a person constiute assult? how can i file charges?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Becket J. Jones
    3. David Herman Hirsch
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. David B. Carter Jr.
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    Did the punch connect? If not, then it is likely what we lawyers call "common law" assault, which means: "putting a person in reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm." The decision about whether to file formal criminal charges lies with the local prosecutor. Be sure to make your police report, and then it is up to the City Attorney (or County Prosecutor if a violation of State Law) about whether or not to charge him/her who "swung" the punch. Stay warm out there! All my best, Matt Catchick

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  8. How to get a divorce when I cant find her

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Daniel Findling
    3. William S. Stern
    4. David B. Carter Jr.
    5. Neil M. Colman
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    You need to have either a sheriff's deputy or a professional process server try to serve her at the last known address you have for her. After they try 3 times, attach their Affidavit evidencing their attempts at service, along with her driving record (you can order it on-line for about $8.00) and a postal verification check (done through the post office at the location of her last-known address), to a Motion wherein you request that you be allowed to serve her via "alternate means," like by...

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  9. What is a good hourly rate for a DUI, and total number of hours that would be needed to complete a case.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Todd F. La Neve
    2. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    3. Thomas G. Briody
    4. Christopher Irvin Simser
    5. John F. Brennan
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    A lot of it depends on how the case plays out. If you end up pleading the case to a lesser charge like OWI or OWVI, then a fee ranging from $1,000.00 - $2,000.00 would be reasonable. However, if you try to get the case dismissed via Motion or a full-blown jury trial, it could be WAY more expensive. A full-blown jury trial on a OWI case could easily run $5,000.00 - $10,000.00, plus the cost of an expert, if applicable. Many criminal defense attorneys operate on a "flat fee" as opposed to an...

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  10. Why is my name on a drug conspiracy charge with boyfriend when I had nothing to do with it?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
    5. Stephen F Wallace
    5 lawyer answers

    First, you need to 100% confirm you are not being formally charged. If you DO get charged, my kind but VERY strong advice is to not speak AT ALL with the police nor prosecutor without first consulting with a criminal defense attorney. I would not agree to ANY interviews nor make ANY statements to the police without a lawyer present, at ALL times. I wish you and your boyfriend all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.

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