Michael P. Manley’s Answers

Michael P. Manley

Flint Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Should I hold out until jury selection to see if the prosecutor offers a better plea then they already have offered?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James S. Lawrence
    2. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    3. Michael P. Manley
    4. John William Toivonen
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with both lawyers above. Many prosecutors offer plea deals so they don't have to prepare for a case, issue subpoenas and call in a jury panel. You very well could get a plea offer that is worse or no plea offer at all if you gamble with this tactic. I don't know that you would be rewarded for putting them through the time and expense of preparing and selecting a jury unless you have great facts. Consult your lawyer.

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  2. Does my son really need a lawyer for a M.I.P. charge?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Dured B. Hajji
    2. Michael P. Manley
    3. Matthew S. Abdo
    4. John Paul Thygerson
    5. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I always believe that a person who is appearing before a judge on a criminal charge that could affect their freedom or their future should have a qualified lawyer by their side. That is a reasonable fee however you need to do a background check on the lawyers qualifications and reputation with the court. You should inquire about the MIP first offense deferral program for your son so that he will not have this on his record. The relationship the lawyer has with the probation department and the...

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  3. Isn't embezzelemnet a property crime? Is it normal for a judge to allow someone to speak at a property crime?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel P. Hilf
    2. Michael P. Manley
    3. Joshua Duane Jones
    3 lawyer answers

    It appears that there is an objection to the sentencing guidelines that could affect the guideline range that required an adjournment. Prior to any sentencing the judge will ask both parties if there are any objections to the scoring of the sentencing guidelines. The scoring determines the range of the minimum sentence that should be imposed by the judge. In embezzlement cases the amount of loss is usually the most disputed factor. If the parties do not agree with the Department of Corrections...

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  4. 20 yr old. 1st offense mip, should I hire a lawyer?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael P. Manley
    2. Timothy J. Klisz
    3. Frank B. Ford
    3 lawyer answers

    Under the MIP statute there is a possibility that you can get a deferred judgement of guilt if you complete some court ordered requirements. Successful completion will mean that you will not have a public record. Big Rapids, being a college town, has a program in place at the District Court. Contact a local lawyer for more information. Good Luck.

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  5. Can I take employment in Florida and drive on a restricted Michigan license from a DUI.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Cy M. Abdo
    2. Michael P. Manley
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    3 lawyer answers

    Many people have their permanent residence in one state and earn a living in another. It would be wise to keep your residency in Michigan until your driving privileges are restored. I am sure many Michigan residents temporarily work in other states. I would consult with a Florida lawyer for their interpretation of the statute requiring you to get the licence within 30 days to make sure you are not violating Florida law or if there are exceptions.

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  6. I am being charged with a misdemeanor “Recreational Trespassing” in MI, Is it possible to get it deferred to a civil infraction?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Steven M. Dodge
    2. Timothy J. Klisz
    3. Michael P. Manley
    4. Matthew S. Abdo
    5. Patricia A. Reiser
    5 lawyer answers

    Do not pay the fine until you contact a lawyer regarding the possibility of a civil infraction or a dismissal based upon the facts that you have presented. I have had people pay what we call "payable misdemeanors" that don't require a court appearance only to learn later that they have a misdemeanor conviction on their record. I have worked in Livingston County for many years and I believe you have a very good chance of obtaining a resolution that would avoid you having a criminal record. The...

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  7. Is their any chance of getting off early?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel P. Hilf
    2. Loren M. Dickstein
    3. Michael P. Manley
    3 lawyer answers

    Many people are placed on probation for the purpose of ensuring that restitution is paid. It is highly unlikely that a person would be released from probation with restitution still owing. However I do believe that hiring a lawyer and requesting that the restitution order be converted to a civil judgement could satisfy the judge presuming all other terms and conditions were completed. The victim would now have a legal way to enforce the restitution order and you would be off formal probation.

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  8. I was charged with a 4 yr. felony in 1988 but never convicted why is the case still open they never closed the case

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James C. Higgs
    2. Michael P. Manley
    3. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    3 lawyer answers

    It may still be "open" in your mind because it is appearing on LEIN (Law enforcement Information Network). Many people have had their cases dismissed or reduced yet it still appears on their "record" when employers do a background check. I would suggest that you go to the Michigan.gov website and click on the State Police link. They have a service called ichat which will allow you for $10.00 to look up your "record". Many times I have found numerous mistakes or omissions on my client's record....

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  9. What should I expect when contesting a speeding ticket?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Frank B. Ford
    2. Daniel P. Hilf
    3. Michael P. Manley
    3 lawyer answers

    Whether the officer shows up or not is always a gamble worth taking. Most courts are now scheduling an officers informal hearings all on the same day so the officer can handle all of his contested tickets before the magistrate at the same time. This has resulted in the officer showing up more often than not as it is not just 1 ticket that he is appearing for. I would request an informal hearing first. If the officer doesn't show then you will probably have the ticket dismissed. If he does...

  10. In michigan, how long can u be held after posting bond, but u have a fellony warent in another county.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    2. Matthew S. Abdo
    3. Michael P. Manley
    3 lawyer answers

    She will be held in the current county jail until she is picked up and transported to the county where the outstanding felony warrant is pending. A person being held cannot have an undue delay in her arraignment. The courts have found that anything over 72 hours is considered an undue delay in arraignment. The county with the felony warrant will be required to pick her up and deliver her to the court with the warrant for arraignment on the new charge within 72 hours. In my experience, the...