A student has disrupted class for the third time this week. The teacher can’t seem to maintain control. But what should the next step be? And should it be up to the principal or the police?
You are sitting in jail, being questioned by police. You assert your right to an attorney so they put you in a cell. After sitting there over night you decide to talk and ask for an attorney again. Your lawyer shows up, but is told to wait in the lobby while the police have you […]
This may come as a surprise, but in criminal cases, prosecuting attorneys are required to investigate the possibility that defendants are innocent. They have a constitutional duty to turn over evidence tending to prove a defendant’s innocence even when that information was known to some other government entity, like the police. For a long time […]
The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that local governments cannot penalize what the state has protected under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The case could have a broad impact across the state and could allow qualified patients to gain more protection under the statute.
It used to be very hard for prosecutors to get one spouse to testify against the other in criminal proceedings. Over time changes to the law have made it easier. Now a recent Court of Appeals decision has swung the gate wide open, at least in certain kinds of cases.
Michigan’s highest court is scheduled to hear the appeal of an opinion that shocked many family lawyers in the state. The question the state Supreme Court will decide is whether grandparents have visitation rights only through their children (the parents), or whether there is an independent right for grandmas and grandpas to spend time with […]
You may have heard that Michigan has “no-fault divorce” laws. But does that mean that what he (or she) did to break up the marriage doesn’t matter? Shouldn’t your good efforts count for something?
The holiday season can be a stressful period for anyone, but when you add to it a contentious custody situation, the result can be a very blue Christmas for you and your children. By the 12th day of Christmas, your experience may be:
On November 5, 2013, 69% of Ferndale residents approved an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession, use, and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana by someone at least 21 years old on private property. But as with all local ordinances, there is a question about what will actually change in the city.
When a court divides parenting time in divorce or custody cases, it is the parents’ voices that are heard in the court room. No one is there to speak directly for the children except in rare cases where the judge has appointed a guardian ad litem. Even so, it is up to the court to […]