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Ronald S. Pichlik

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  • Wondering if Judge should step down from court case my daughter is currently having

    Judge was our lawyer in child support case 20= years ago; Also, my judge in criminal case which I was sentenced 3.5 years D,O.C. My daughter is about to stand trial;Daughter is unemployed and lives at home-court ordered her to pay for court appoi...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Having represented someone in the past does not create a per se conflict of interest. Yes, the court can usually require even indigent defendants to pay the county/state back for court appointed lawyers.

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  • My ex recently sent me a bill for orthodontists,nothing in court order says orthodontia

    Only dental,health,optical premiums and half of out of pocket expenses. She says my son medically needed them as teeth were causing pressure on his jaw or something like that. Medical only covers 1000.00 and the rest of the bill is 3000.00 and if ...

    Ronald’s Answer

    If it is determined to have been medically necessary you have to pay the court ordered percentage for out of pocket medical/dental expenses.

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  • Felonious assault, habitual offender. no weapon is found, and the victim has no wounds. what could be the sentencing?

    No weapon was found, the victim has no wounds, and he was assaulted by multiple people the night of he incident. He was attacked by someone with a bat. I am a witness to all of this but they are telling me i cannot testify because my story will no...

    Ronald’s Answer

    No weapon, no injuries and the suspect was assaulted by multiple persons the night of the incident and you are a witness to all of this? Why would he be willing to plead to anything? I realize that I am only hearing one side of this but IF this is in fact everything there is to this he needs to get an attorney and go to trial. I'm not sure what the reason you would not be allowed to testify is. If he has an attorney already, obviously that attorney is more well versed in all of the details and nuances of this matter and he/she should be listened to.

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  • I have sole custody of my children, can the non-custodial parent leave the state with the children without my permission?

    We live in Michigan and the Non-custodial parent wants to take our 2 youngest children (12 & 6 yrs) out of state (8 hour drive nonstop) on one of the assigned parenting time weekends. Is permission from me needed or can they go anywhere without it...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with the information provided in the two previous responses. The non-custodial parent can exercise visitation time with his/her children out of state. They cannot, without prior approval of the court, change the domicile of the children to another state.

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  • My wife and I are living in separate homes. she has applied for food stamps. Will the state come after me for child support?

    I have my children 3 days a week, plus I give her about 500 per month to supplement her income, and they are all on my insurance, including my wife. Does this play any factor in what the state will do?

    Ronald’s Answer

    Yes. If she has applied for state assistance of any type on behalf of the minor children, you will be being contacted by the state for child support.

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  • Can an MIP case be dismissed in the time between pretrial and jury trial?

    The prosecutor wouldn't dismiss the case at pretrial and now I have the option to take it to court or accept the diversion program before the jury trial. The prosecutor doesn't have anything on me but that I said I smoked weed and drank alcohol wh...

    Ronald’s Answer

    The decision you make is entirely up to you. Is your roommate prepared to face these charges herself? Since that is almost certainly what will happen if she testifies under oath that these items were hers. Plus, she could also be facing possession of marijuana charges herself; this is a one year misdemeanor.
    It is impossible to say whether or not the state would drop the case before jury trial. Usually, if they can get their witnesses to court they proceed. Since I imagine that the only real witnesses against you are police officers, who almost always show up for court, I am doubtful that they would dismiss the case.

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  • My daughter will turn 16 in 3 months and dating someone who just turned 19 in michigan, is this ok?

    my daughter will be 16 in 3 months, she is dating a boy who just turned 19. We have known this boy for 4 years. they are currently not sexually active. my concern is for the boy and the statutory rape laws in michigan. is this relationship ill...

    Ronald’s Answer

    In Michigan so long as there isn't some type of authority position, (i.e., teacher), the legal age of consent for sexual relations is 16 years of age. So long as there is no type of sexual contact, (this includes touching), going on he would not be breaking any laws in Michigan. Once she turns 16 her decisions are hers to make. Yes, a third party if they have knowledge, or even suspicions can contact the police and file a complaint or advise the police of their knowledge and/or suspicions. Until your daughter turns 16 it would be advisable that her and her boyfriend do things together with groups, your family, etc. If they avoid being together alone two things are accomplished; one, people can't be "suspicious" because they are never alone, and two; it's pretty difficult for two people to get overly affectionate in front of a crowd.

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  • I am being charged for Uttering and Publishing . What can I do to get a bond?

    This would be my 3rd habitual. They said to turn myself in to the county jail and I'll have a bond when I see the judge. I don't even live down there anymore. I want to know how I can get a bond before I go down there so I know how much money to b...

    Ronald’s Answer

    You are NOT going to get a bond set via letter and/or over the phone. You need to get an attorney, get yourself turned in and arraigned on the warrant and then a bond will be set. Find an attorney who practices in the area, he or she may be able to give you a ball park range of what to expect. You should obviously expect this to not be an insignificant bond since your also facing enhanced sentencing as a habitual offender 3rd offense, which doubles the maximum penalty.

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  • What's the likelihood of an MIP charge being dropped before trial?

    I've had pretrial and the next thing is I either accept diversion or take it to trial. Do MIP cases usually get taken to trial or dismissed before trial?

    Ronald’s Answer

    MIP cases are almost never dismissed before trial. Generally, the only witnesses the prosecution needs to prove their case are police officers. Police officers almost always show up for trial; they are well paid and usually paid overtime for mandatory court appearances. So, they usually show up. The prosecution usually finds itself only dismissing cases where their witnesses do not show up. Further, a dismissal of a criminal charge before a jury is picked and sworn in is a dismissal without prejudice, which means that they would be free to refile the charge against you.
    If you are innocent get an attorney and make a fight of it. If you are guilty consider the diversion program which has been offered to you. Whatever you do, do NOT simply wait and hope forlornly that the police might not show up and you will get the case dismissed; that's just wishful thinking.

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  • Is it possible for me to serve my 2 month county sentence at a prison in another county?

    I have a deal with the prosecutor in which I will be serving two and a half months of county time. I currently have a job, but it is 2 hours away in another county, where I live. Is it possible to serve my time there? Then I feel like I could a...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with the information provided to you in both previous answers. The first thing you must do is see if the county you wish to serve your sentence in will allow that to take place. This is probably going to be difficult to arrange due to the costs jails incur in housing and feeding inmates. IF you are able and willing to pay for the costs of your housing that might alleviate that concern. Next, you need to make sure that this is acceptable to the county that is actually sentencing you.

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