Keeley D. Heath’s Answers

Keeley D. Heath

Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can the Judge change the PA's plea deal under a Cobbs Agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    3. Scott Matthew Aaronson
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    A "Cobbs Agreement" is based on the decision in People v Cobbs where the Court said that Judges can involve themselves in plea negotiations at the request of the Defendant. A judge does not have the authority to offer a new plea deal. For example, the Judge could not offer to allow the Defendant to plead to a lesser charge. However, the Judge can say, if the Defendant pleads to Offense X, his sentence will not exceed Y. When a Judge does that, it is a promise to the Defendant that he will...

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  2. What will happen to my 15 year old son for stealing coins and saling it in another state?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Ronald S. Pichlik
    3. James S. Lawrence
    3 lawyer answers

    It is difficult to say based upon the facts you describe what will happen to your son if he has another conviction. If he is charged as a juvenile, then he could face consequences that include being removed from your home and being placed in secure detention or foster care. Because of his prior record, the court is likely to impose a punishment that is harsher than the probation he received previously. Your son should seek representation, and should decline to discuss this matter with anyone,...

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  3. My brother was arrested for drug charges, evidence is from last year...

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. William W. Swor
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    4. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    5. Bruce Michael Rivers
    5 lawyer answers

    It is extremely common for the local drug teams not to seek warrants for this period of time. They often want to exhaust the evidence, information, and arrests that they can obtain from an investigation before they bring it to the prosecutor for review and the filing of charges. I have consistently seen the drug teams wait 6, 9, and 12 months to seek charges. Unfortunately, based on what you describe, the statute of limitations for the offense is likely 6 years. Therefore, there isn't much...

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  4. How can i take action against my mother for theft and disowning me.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. James S. Lawrence
    2 lawyer answers

    I don't know that there are facts here that would support a criminal action. With the amount of money you reference, you'd probably be best off filing a small claims civil action against her in your local district court. The forms and instructions are available online at http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/courtforms/smallclaims/scindex.htm.

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  5. Can a mary j possession charge that was taken off my public records with the 74/11 hinder me from pursing a job in pharmacy tech

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    3 lawyer answers

    If you successfully completed probation under MCL 333.7411, you will not have a conviction. However, the arrest and disposition will still be available as a non-public record, which will likely be accessible by a state agency licensing you. Whether or not the state agency will prohibit you from being licensed as a result of the arrest and non-conviction is another matter. Because they will likely find out about it in their background search, you will want to disclose in your license...

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  6. Search by drug dog

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Matt La Grasso
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    4. Jules N. Fiani
    4 lawyer answers

    The answer to your question is dependent upon multiple factors that in your case, did not come into play. I think that it depends partially upon the training of the animal and how reliable its alerts have been in the past. For example, if I bring my dog to search your vehicle, with absolutely no training, and it goes nuts when it gets near your car, that certainly isn't enough to find that there is probable cause to search the vehicle. Had you been charged with a crime, I certainly think...

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  7. My son is being charged with first degree home invasion and armed robbery.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Andrew Charles Lapres
    3. James S. Lawrence
    3 lawyer answers

    Your son should continue not to talk to the police, and needs to seek representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney. There are many reasons why the others involved might have tried to point the finger at your son regarding the gun, and there may be attacks on the limited evidence they have. Your son should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. I am available at 989-831-5208.

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  8. Do I have to include a felony juvenile adjudication on a job application?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Jared Clayton Austin
    2 lawyer answers

    I tend to disagree somewhat with the first answer. A juvenile adjudication is not the same as an adult felony conviction, and I do not think that it is required that you disclose it on an employment application. However, with that being said, you should be aware that the juvenile felony adjudication will likely show up on a background check, particularly if you are applying for a government or county position. You may want to consider disclosing the juvenile adjudication, but giving...

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  9. I am a Physical Therapist in MI and am accused of a SCS3 (penetration)and SCS4 (inappropriate touching).

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    4. Michael A. Liquigli
    4 lawyer answers

    It is imperative that you retain counsel immediately who has significant experience with criminal sexual conduct cases. This is incredibly serious, and a conviction will almost undoubtedly result in your deportation. I can be contacted at 989-831-5208 for a consultation.

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  10. Charged with B & E and stolen prop... though i did not break into anywhere nor did i steal anything....

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Keeley D. Heath
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    3 lawyer answers

    While it is certainly understandable that you have minimal funds at your age to hire an attorney, these criminal charges are serious and will have a long term impact on your life if you are convicted. It is important that you have someone with significant criminal defense experience fighting for you. The first piece of advice would be DO NOT talk to the police or prosecutor on your own. This is not a situation you can fix by trying to explain it away to the police or the prosecutor. They...

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