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  • What does this mean? Did it pass? If so when will it become law?

    RE Michigan HB 4419 (A bill that would eliminate the 2-year mandatory minimum sentence for a felony firearm conviction. ) The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-1 to report a bill to the House Floor.

    Joshua’s Answer

    It does not look like the bill that you have referenced has officially passed and been enacted into law. It seems that it has only been introduced as a house bill, which generally means that the process for this becoming finalized and officially law will take some time. I have provided a link that shows the status of the bill that you have referenced. You can continue to follow the bill's progress if you'd like.

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  • How can expungement be applied and after how much time & its cost?

    Was arrested for a retail fraud in 2013, which was settled with a fine of $200 no jail, when & how to apply for expungement, how much would it cost to get this charge removed from my record Have no other charges except this one bad incident. Also...

    Joshua’s Answer

    You will need to wait until 5 years has past since your discharge from probation, if you were placed on probation. The filing of the application costs about $100, which includes the cost of the motion and the cots of obtaining fingerprints that need to be submitted with the application. Once you have filed such a thing, the expungement would only occur if the judge decides to grant your motion. The total costs varies depending on if you obtain counsel or not. Hopefully this helps. Best of luck to you.

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  • Will my po tell me right away if I picked up another charge

    The police ran my in for the other day I didn't have contact with them though. Would my po tell me right away if a new charge was filed or wait till my next meeting

    Joshua’s Answer

    This is very difficult to answer based upon the facts that you provided. Simple contact is not generally a violation of probation; however, if its negative contact then a violation can generally occur. Moreover, if you are actually being investigated for an additional crime then yes you could be violated. Now will your PO find out about this before you do is the question that comes next. The answer is it depends. Not everything is found by probation immediately; however, they do have a high probability of finding it if they look and there is an active warrant or charge against you. Further, if you find out the status of this incident does end in charges you will likely be required, per your probation order, do disclose that to your PO. This can also be true for simply having negative police contact. You may want to reach out and discuss this matter in detail with a criminal lawyer. I hope this provides a better understanding of what could occur in your case. Best of luck to you.

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  • How can I obtain a police report and/or court records for a HYTA case in the 15th district court

    I am currently in the final pretrial stage at the 22nd Circuit Court and the primary witness for the prosecution (who had the opportunity to commit the crime for which I am accused) just pled guilty to a crime similar to which I am accused. He pl...

    Joshua’s Answer

    You likely will not be able to get any court records, but you may be able to get the police report from the arresting or investigating agency per a FOIA request. HYTA protects the court record from the public so long as the individual remains under the protection of HYTA. Hopefully this helps. Best of luck to you.

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  • Will I go to jail? What will happen?

    I got caught stealing what kohls LP said was $1200 of stuff they called the cops and filed a report they let me go and said I would get a civil demand letter and called for questioning by a detective. They let me go. I am scared to death it was th...

    Joshua’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your predicament. You need to contact a criminal defense attorney here in Michigan to discuss this matter with and possible handle the matter for you. There are many issues involved in these types of cases. Contacting and hiring an attorney now will help you in the long run. That truly is the best advice that you can obtain at this juncture without a full consultation. Avvo provides listings for criminal attorneys if you are needing assistance in locating one. I hope this helps, and I wish you nothing but the best of luck.

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  • I got pulled over for speeding last night, do I have a legit chance to fight in court? What if the officer doesn't show up?

    I was coming around a corner where a cop was sitting doing 61mph. He pulled me over and tried to tell me I was doing 73, he did not show me any physical evidence of this. He wrote me a ticket for 10 over. Do I have a shot if I show up in court? Do...

    Joshua’s Answer

    If you are looking to fight the matter you should contact a defense attorney to handle the matter for you. If you are resting on the officer not showing that is never advisable, it happens, but it is never what you want to rest your case on. Also, they can simply rewrite the ticket if the matter is dismissed without prejudice. If you're concerned for the licensing repercussions, then again I would advise you contact a defense attorney to handle the matter for you. This can make a difference between having a driving record and not having one. Hope this helps, and best of luck to you.

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  • How to file a motion for a new trial to the same district court before sentencing/judgement?

    My husband was found guilty of misdemeanor assault, disturbing the peace, and attempted MDOP by a jury. He had been offered a plea deal but he chose a jury trial because he believed, and I do too, his innocence. We couldn't afford a private counse...

    Joshua’s Answer

    You should contact counsel. It seems like you are trying to handle this matter alone for your husband, which is ill-advised. The best course of action can only be given after a full consultation of the facts. The facts you do provide raise some issues at first glance; however, any proper advice cannot come at this time because there are multiple avenues that could or should be taken in a matter such are you husband's. My advice currently is to obtain private counsel. Avvo is a good place for finding such a person near you and your district court. Hopefully this helps provide some guidance on the next course of action. Best of luck to you and your husband.

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  • WHAT ARE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A DUI/DWI IN MICHIGAN. I WAS ARRESTED BUT NOT GIVEN A TICKET AND WAS NEVER ARRAIGNED.

    incident was march 9, 2015, I had a suspended license. I also crashed my vehicle. I was detained for 72 hours then released with my license and a temporary driving permit.

    Joshua’s Answer

    The statute of limitations or time they have to charge you from the date of incident is 6 years. Depending upon the type of chemical results and circumstances of your case could be the reason for the delay in charging you. Moreover, you could already have a warrant for your arrest for the charge but never received notice on the charge. This is also a possibility, but without collecting more facts, calling the court, and possibly making some other calls these answers and comments are all assumption based. Best thing to do at this point is to contact the court and/or a local criminal defense attorney. Actual answers can be obtained at that point, which will then be able to bring about sound advice on your particular case. Hopefully this helps. Best of luck to you.

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  • Fines and costs.

    I paid 350 in fines and costs...... Is that all I have to do or do I have to go to court too?

    Joshua’s Answer

    This answer depends upon the disposition of your ticket or citation. A ticket can be civil or criminal, which then determines what your punishment or fine is. A criminal matter could and can simply end with a fine and cost and no probation, but again this is dependent upon what was ordered by the judge at the time of sentencing. If it were a civil infraction (i.e. speeding ticket) then your fine and cost would be all that you would owe. So assuming the $350 is all that was ordered for a speeding ticket then yes you should be done. However, in order to assure that any assumption is correct you should contact the court and ask them this question. The review of the record will provide the answer to your question. Hopefully this helps.

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  • How much is a first defense ticket for after cerfew hours?

    Ticket for past curfew first defense

    Joshua’s Answer

    It seems you may be asking about what your defenses are to this type of infraction or charge. Without more facts it would be inadvisable to provide advise on what can or could be done with this type of situation. In regards too price that too varies upon the possible circumstances of your case. You would be best to look for a local attorney to handle this matter. Hopefully this provides some guidance. Best of luck to you.

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