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Daniel P. Hilf

Daniel Hilf’s Legal Guides

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  • Michigan - Probation Violation - Options and Obtaining Favorable Results

    Michigan Probation Violation - Options and Obtaining Favorable Results By: Daniel Hilf, Esq. - Hilf Hilf, PLC If you are charged with probation violation in Michigan, you have a choice to make to address the allegation: 1. You can elect to have an attorney and a contested hear...

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  • Michigan - Preliminary examination - Your rights and the decision to Hold or Waive

    In Michigan, A Defendant who is charged with a felony or a high court misdemeanor (an offense that carries a maximum sentence of greater than 1 year) has a right to a preliminary examination. A preliminary examination is a hearing in front of a District Court Judge to determine ...

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  • Criminal Law - Testifying In Court

    Nobody likes having to testify in Court. It is a nervous experience, especially if you are accused of some sort of wrong doing, or if a friend or family member is so accused and you are in Court concerning the accusation. When I prepare my client and/or a witness to testify in ...

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  • Michigan Criminal Law - Obtaining Bail/Bond

    The purpose behind the setting of bond/bail is to ensure that the Defendant appears at future Court dates, and to protect society from danger. Courts, when they set a bond can consider: personal bonds (which means that no money has to be paid for the Defendant to remain free in ...

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  • Michigan - Why Should I Retain A Lawyer

    If you cannot afford a lawyer, you are entitled to have the Court appoint a lawyer to represent you in any criminal proceeding where the Court may incarcerated you. A appointed lawyer does not necessarily mean a free lawyer - the Court, more often than not, orders the Defendant ...

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  • Michigan Criminal Law - Sentence Options

    The sentencing Judge has options regarding sentencing which can ultimately effect the duration of the amount of incarceration a Defendant may face: 1) Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) - if the Defendant qualifies for HYTA (he/she has to be between the ages of 17 years and 20 y...

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  • Michigan - Restitution in Criminal Cases

    Restitution in Michigan is a victim's Constitutional right and mandatory. It cannot be excluded through a plea bargain or sentencing agreement. It is only awarded if the Defendant is convicted of a criminal allegation related to his or her conduct that gave rise to the restitutio...

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  • Michigan - Possible Condtions of Probation that a Court Can Impose

    A probationary sentence in Michigan can vary widely based upon the rehabilitative needs of the probation. There are several conditions of probation that are required pursuant to MCL771.3(1): 1. Do not leave the state without permission from the Court; 2. Must make truthful repor...

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  • Michigan - Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) - Basic Information

    In Michigan, pursuant to MCL 762.11 and MCL 762.13, individuals from the age of 17 until their 21st birthday who are convicted of a crime may be eligible for Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) to avoid a public record of conviction. In this manner, the convicted individual can re...

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  • Michigan Sentence Guidelines for State Charges - A Basic Overview on Guideline Calculation

    This Legal Guide gives general instructions as to how to compute sentencing guidelines for state (NOT Federal) felonycases (and high court misdemeanors witha maximum punishment of over 1 year)in Michigan. Sentence guidelines do not apply to most misdemeanor offenses inMichigan.Mi...

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