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Jonathan Andrew Paul

Jonathan Paul’s Legal Guides

74 total


  • Michigan Sobriety Court 101

    When reviewing sentencing alternatives in a Michigan DUI case, one option is a Michigan sobriety court. Sobriety courts vary across the state with different requirements and different eligibility requirements; some courts only take repeat DUI offenders, some take DUI first offend...

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  • Don't Give Yourself a Tip at Work - Michigan Expungement

    During my time as aMichigan criminal defense attorney, and prosecutor in New York and Michigan, I've seen plenty of employees get arrested for making a poor decision at their job. The decision I'm referring to is stealing from your employer, or what I like to refer to as "tipping...

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  • I'll Take a Pair of Louboutins and a Free Lawyer Please

    Michigan criminal defense lawyer Michele Kelly shares some thoughts on Michigan court appointed attorneys and Christian Louboutin shoes.Sitting in local district courts around Michigan, waiting to represent a retained client, I am often surprised at how many people ask for a cour...

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  • Don't Spend Your Michigan Summer Break in Jail

    As Michigan college kids return home for the summer, the first thing to do is unwind and go out drinking with your high school or childhood friends. This sounds like a fun idea, and for the most part is harmless. The problem comes when these college kids no longer have theconveni...

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  • Don't Tell the Cops That You Have Drugs in Your Car

    While it's always good to tell the truth, and I would never advise lying to anyone, especially a police officer in Michigan, you also don't need to volunteer information. If questioned by a police officer in Michigan whether or not drugs belong to you, just keep your mouth shut ...

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  • Want to get Arrested? Stop at a Blinking Yellow Light in Michigan

    I've seen it hundreds of times as a former Michigan prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. A driver is on the road, it's late at night and they approach ablinking yellow light. If it's late at night and a police officer is watching, you'll probablybepulled over in Michigan. If...

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  • Eat a slice of pizza to avoid a four-year felony in Michigan

    As a former prosecutor and current Michigan criminal defense attorney, I come across some of the most bizarre stories involving bars and nightclubs. One of the most common scenarios is someone gets kicked out of a bar without any legal trouble, but they don't know when to walk aw...

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  • Selecting an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Finding the best Ann Arbor defense attorney for your case - the three most important questions for hiring the right lawyer1) How many years have you been practicing criminal law? Most lawyers have little to no experience with criminal law. They will advertise themselves as crimin...

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  • FAQ: Shoplifting in Michigan

    Am I going to jail for Retail Fraud in Michigan? Do I need to hire a lawyer for my shoplifting case? In Michigan, shoplifting is called Retail Fraud, which has three different levels. Retail Fraud in the Third Degree is a theft under $200, Retail Fraud in Second Degree is a thef...

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  • Michigan HYTA Eligibility

    Am I eligible for the Holmes Youth Trainee Act (HYTA) for my Michigan criminal case? If you've been charged with a crime in Michigan, and it was alleged to have occurred before your 21st birthday, you are eligible for the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which is commonly referred t...

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