Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys

Hills at Law, P.C. is dedicated to serving its clients interests throughout Southwest Michigan. To ensure you have the best information on serious legal topics as they come in to focus, Hills at Law, P.C. will be incorporating a Weekly Blog into its website. Initially this Weekly Blog will cover such topics as the Michigan Driver License Restoration process, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and Michigan's "Super-Drunk" or "High B.A.C." Driving Law to put you in a better position to comply with the law, or understand the legal system and challenges that face you. Blog posts will be added every Friday afternoon. If you have a Michigan or Federal Criminal Law topic that you would like to learn more about in the future, please feel free to contact us.

Who is a victim for purposes of restitution?

Crime Victim Rights Act and Restitution The Crime Victim Rights Act (CVRA) grants victims of crime the right to restitution for their losses incurred due to a defendant’s course of conduct resulting in a criminal conviction.   M.C.L. § 780.766 (1) defines a “victim” as an individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial or […]

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Do Police Need a Warrant to Obtain Cell Tower Information?

A recent United States Supreme Court case, Carpenter v. U.S., analyzed whether police need a warrant to obtain cell-site location information. Obtaining Cell-Site Location Information (CSLI) Oftentimes, during a criminal investigation, the location of a person accused of a crime is relevant.  Further, the location of a person at a specified time is important.  When […]

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15 minutes prior to administering the breath test for suspicion of drunk driving

Have you been charged with drunk driving / operating while intoxicated in the state of Michigan? Drunk Driving Suspicion When a person is arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, the police will require that person to submit to either a breath or a blood test to determine bodily alcohol content (BAC).  In most circumstances, law […]

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Violent Offender Statute – 4th / Michigan Compiled Laws MLC §769.12(1)(a)

On October 1, 2012, the Michigan Legislature amended MCL §769.12 to make certain persons eligible for a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence upon conviction of a “Serious Crime” or a “Conspiracy to Commit a Serious Crime”. This amendment is known commonly amongst attorneys as the “Violent Offender“ stature.   A serious crime is defined by the statute as […]

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Application For Original Driving License/Privileges Denied By The State of Michigan

Facts: The prospective clients has had his application for an original license in Michigan denied-rejected. He was told that the State of Michigan will not issue driving privileges to him until at least 03/11/2018. He DID NOT APPLY for an original Michigan driver’s license prior to being convicted of 2 moving violations in the three years […]

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Miranda Warnings: Know the Basics

The most common issue I am presented with in initial consultations are Miranda warnings. The Miranda warning is one of the most widely recited quotes in law enforcement (“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say…” etc.), yet are probably the most widely misunderstood constitutional guarantees that American citizens have. Here are the […]

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When can I seek help for my drug problem and not get arrested?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Opiate – prescription and illicit – are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opiates were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.”  In Michigan in 2015, 1,980 individuals died from a drug overdose.  This is up 13.3% from 2014. […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney’s of Michigan Fall Conference 2016

The Criminal Defense Attorney’s of Michigan (CDAM) is a nonprofit and Michigan’s largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. Each year the organization sponsors educational opportunities at a variety of conferences, and this years Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan – Fall Conference, was held November 10th through the 12th  in Traverse City. With both Mike Hills […]

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The Corpus Delecti rule – “The body of a Crime”

Situation: I admitted to a crime, but the officer doesn’t seem to have any other evidence. Can they convict me of my crime? Response: It all depends on the crime you admitted to. The Corpus Delecti rule, latin for “the body of a crime”, is the common law rule in Michigan which originally required proof […]

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Michigan Sex Offender Registration Amendments Unconstitutional for Retroactive Application

In the recent case of Does v. Snyder, the Sixth Circuit analyzed Michigan’s amendments to its Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) and concluded that when applied retroactively, its violates the United States Constitution. The Sixth Circuit Court analyzed specifically the two most recent amendments to SORA in 2006 and 2011. In 2006, Michigan amended SORA […]

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