Why a Lawyer is Important at Sentencing

A good criminal lawyer can be the difference at sentencing between probation and prisonLots of people think they know what happens in a criminal case. They’ve watched enough Law & Order to know that the verdict is the final word, right? Wrong. The Michigan sentencing guidelines – which apply in every felony case – leave the final decision on whether you go to jail or prison in the hands of the judge, not the jury.

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Marriage Equality Hits the 6th Circuit Court

Last Wednesday, August 6, 2014, The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard 6 back-to-back cases that together could change the face of gay marriage across the Midwest. Read the full post »

Will My Kids Have to Testify in Court?

Do kids have to testify in court?There are lots of reasons kids get involved in court. When mom or dad come in for consultations, one question is often “will my kids have to testify?” The answer depends on the type of case, and the child’s role. Read the full post »

TODAY: Michigan Rallies for Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Rallies in Michigan TodayThe Michigan Marriage Equality case will be heard tomorrow in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. But even if you can’t get to Cincinnati, you can still show your support at one of the rallies behind held around the state this evening. Read the full post »

Michigan Legislature Protects Breastfeeding Mothers

Michigan protects breastfeeding in public placesThe debate has raged for decades: whether new mothers should be allowed to breastfeed their babies in public. Restaurants have refused to serve them or asked them to leave while feminists have called it natural and urged them to stay. Now the Michigan legislature has weighed in in favor of the right to breastfeed. Read the full post »

Can I Still Challenge Paternity After My Divorce?

The Divorce doesn't stop you from being able to challenge paternity, but your child's age might.If your wife has a child while you are married, you usually know it. But whether that child is yours isn’t always so clear. So what happens if you don’t find out about the other alleged father before the divorce is final? Read the full post »

Michigan to Create Meth Users Registry

New law will prevent meth users and children from buying pseudoephedrineDrug use, especially meth, carries with it a stigma that can cause addicts to lose jobs, homes, and family support. But imagine if after serving your sentence and getting clean and sober, the cashier at the pharmacist could still label you as a user and refuse to serve you. That’s exactly what a new law passed by the Michigan legislature will do starting in 2015. Read the full post »

Michigan’s Top Court Denies Parole Hearings to Juvenile Lifers

Michigan Supreme Court Denies Parole to Juvenile LifersEver since the Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama in 2012, juvenile rights advocates have been fighting to get Michigan to protect juveniles’ rights to parole. But a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling has made it clear that any relief will have to come from the federal courts. Read the full post »

Appeals Court Weighs in for Marriage Equality

Utah Court of Appeals Affirms Marriage Equality

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Utah recently became the first appeals court to rule on marriage equality since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in US v. Windsor. Following the wave of district court opinions in favor of gay marriage, the 10th Circuit ruled Utah’s law unconstitutional and paved the way back to the Supreme Court. Read the full post »

Why “Boys Will Be Boys” Doesn’t Answer Bullying

Bullying pushes another student to suicide.It happened again: a middle-school boy committed suicide after being bullied at school. Even though the boy faced repeated abuse, one teacher’s response was simply “boys will be boys.” But that kind of attitude does nothing to give our children the protection they deserve under the law. Read the full post »