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Jonathan Andrew Paul

Northville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I had a conviction of 1st DUI in NY 2009, I plead guilty and a 2nd DUI in 2012 in MI; will I be prosecuted in NY too?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Becket J. Jones
    3. Loren M. Dickstein
    4. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    5. Gerald R Stahl
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    I'm a criminal defense lawyer in both New York and Michigan. From what you're saying it doesn't sound like you would be charged in New York for anything - I'm assuming you believe NY will punish you for getting another DUI? They will not. It's a different story if you were arrested again in New York for an additional drunk driving offense. Sounds like you had some concerns over your traffic stop here in Michigan. I am going to link a helpful resource for your review. Let me know if I can...

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  2. Caught shoplifting, but no cops were involved?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    2. Jeffrey Anthony Skiendziul
    3. Gary Francis Kennedy II
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
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    If charged, you would face Retail Fraud in the 3rd Degree, which is a 93 day Misdemeanor in Michigan. If you have a previous retail fraud conviction, you could face a higher charge. Even though the police were not involved at the time, it doesn't mean they won't become involved later. The store can file a police report at a later date based upon the facts in your case. Returning the merchandise, the reason for taking it, and the condition it was returned does not change the fact you...

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  3. In regard to Miranda rights, does "in custody" only mean in jail? Please read on.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    2. Omer Jaleel
    3. Ronald S. Pichlik
    4. Daniel G. Romano
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    The loss prevention officer is not a police officer, and you do not have the same constitutional protections. Any statements made to an LP officer will most likely be admissible against you. The facts you mention with the police officer sound like you were in "custody" - as soon as a reasonable person would believe they could not leave, Miranda rights are required before proceeding with questions - handcuffs, police station etc are not the determining factor

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  4. Bench Trial vs. Jury Trial... What's your pick?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Matthew Aaronson
    2. Daniel P. Hilf
    3. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    4. Robert David Richman
    5. James S. Lawrence
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    This is a question that you need to discuss with your son's attorney. I am assume he has a court appointed attorney - as another poster said, the prosecution has a right to a jury trial. As a former Oakland County prosecutor, I would have a long conversation with your attorney about the prosecution's current offers on the table - it appears that you're intent on going to trial, but there is always some risk with a trial - if the prosecution is offering an appealing reduction, it is always...

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  5. Did I get charged with a misdemeanor for shoplifting?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Mani Khavajian
    2. Andrew Charles Lapres
    3. Jamil Kamel Khuja
    4. Timothy J. Klisz
    5. Jonathan Andrew Paul
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    I agree with the other posters. Do not admit to anything. Yes you need to go to court, and yes you could keep a clean record, but you should investment wisely in hiring an attorney to assist you. You only get one chance at doing this right. I'm linking to an article about retail fraud in Ann Arbor. I look forward to assisting you with your case.

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  6. MIP was lessened to refusal to take PBT, would another MIP be second offense?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Duane Jones
    2. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    3. Gerald R Stahl
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    5. James Donald Garrett
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    Doesn't sound they would be able to charge you with a second offense. I'm going to link to a helpful resource if you have any more questions on a Michigan MIP.

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  7. If you are to be sentenced on an impaired driving, and you get a DUI, will they arrest you at sentencing.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Matthew Aaronson
    2. Zacharia Spencer Bonham
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    5. Gerald R Stahl
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    Sounds like you have a lot of catching up to do on the process. I am going to link to a helpful article on the crime it sounds like you might be pleading to in the near future. As a first time offender, I doubt Judge Joe Burke is going to send you to jail. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  8. MY HUSBAND HAD AN AFFAIR AND THEY MADE A BABY. CAN I GET ALIMONY IF I DIVORCE HIM.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John F. Brennan
    2. Henry S. Gornbein
    3. William S. Stern
    4. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    5. Reid A Seino
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    You need to take a deep breath and focus on the issue at hand. You have a number of options including divorce. I'm going to link to a helpful article for your question. Take some time to read about spousal support in Michigan then feel free to follow up with our team with additional questions about your case.

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  9. I just got a DUI in the middle of planning to study abroad this Fall for a semester.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. Gary Francis Kennedy II
    3. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    4. John F. Brennan
    5. Matthew C Simon
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    Sorry to hear about your legal troubles. I'm going to link to a helpful article that discusses the consequences of a Michigan DUI.

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  10. What are the likely outcomes of my first OWI

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert M. Alonzi
    2. Jonathan Andrew Paul
    3. Gary Francis Kennedy II
    4. Scott Matthew Aaronson
    5. Aaron Jeffrey Boria
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    It depends if this is a first or second offense, and if it will stay a Novi matter, or go to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. As a former Oakland County prosecutor, I can tell you that you're better off being charged by the Novi prosecutor vs the County. You may be able to secure a plea to a lower charge or challenge your case at trial. I've linked to a free educational resource to learn more about your case.

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