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.

Instructing the Jury on Your Defense

This blog will discuss a trial judge giving proper jury instructions. To begin, jury instructions are the set of legal rules a judge reads to a jury for the jurors to follow when deciding a case.  Regarding jury instructions, the instructions “must include all elements of the charged offenses and any material issues, defenses, and [...]

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Dog Fight – Watching is Illegal

This blog will discuss the consequences of attending a dogfight in the state of Michigan.  A person violates the law against dogfights if he or she (1) is present at a dogfighting exhibition and (2) knows that the dogfighting exhibition is taking place. A recent Michigan Court of Appeals case discusses the law against attending [...]

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Personal Protection Orders

This blog will discuss Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) in the state of Michigan. Primarily, this blog will review when a trial court must issue a PPO.  A trial court must issue a PPO if it finds there is reasonable cause to believe the individual to be restrained may commit certain acts, including engaging in stalking.  [...]

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Police Suggestive Identification

This blog will discuss suggestive pre-trial identification.  Photographic identification procedures can violate a defendant’s due process rights if they are so impermissibly suggestive as to give rise to a substantial likelihood of misidentification.  Police may provide an improper suggestion when a witness is shown only one person.  This is because the witness is tempted to [...]

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Michigan Sentencing “Tanner Rule”

This blog will discuss the two-thirds rule of Tanner and MCL 769.34(2)(b) with respect to sentencing in Michigan. Michigan has an indeterminate felony sentence structure; this means the sentence is not given a definite duration.  Rather, a prison term will state a range of time, such as “three to five years.” The Tanner rule is [...]

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Criminal Sexual Conduct Polygraph

This blog will discuss polygraph examinations in criminal sexual conduct cases.  Specifically, in criminal sexual conduct cases, a defendant must be given a polygraph at his or her request.  This is not to say it is advisable to do so; always request and speak to an attorney first before taking a polygraph test. Although not [...]

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Refusal to Take Chemical Test

This blog post is a continuation of the drunk driving series from the last few weeks.  This week, we will discuss what the next step is if an individual refuses to submit to a chemical test. As a reminder, in the state of Michigan, a person must not operate a vehicle if he or she [...]

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Evidentiary Breath Test (EBTs)

This blog is a continuation of the drunk driving series from last week’s post.  This week, we will discuss Evidentiary Breath Tests (EBTs). Again, in the state of Michigan, a person must not operate a vehicle if he or she “has an alcohol content of 0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per [...]

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Preliminary Breath Tests (PBTs)

This blog is a continuation of the drunk driving series from last week’s post.  This week, we will discuss Preliminary Breath Tests (PBTs). Again, in the state of Michigan, a person must not operate a vehicle if he or she “has an alcohol content of 0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per [...]

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Field Sobriety Tests

I am often asked about the different tests officers conduct on individuals who are pulled over and suspected of drinking and driving. In the state of Michigan, a person must not operate a vehicle if he or she “has an alcohol content of 0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters [...]

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