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.

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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New Law for Appealing to Circuit Court for Restricted Driver’s License

Have you had your driving privileges revoked, denied, or restricted by the Michigan Secretary of State? As of August 1, 2016, circuit courts in Michigan can now authorize restricted driving privileges to those drivers whose driving privileges are revoked/denied/restricted pursuant to section 257.303 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, e.g. multiple alcohol/drug related driving convictions, multiple [...]

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Clear Your Criminal Record in Michigan Through Expungement

Are you looking to get a criminal conviction removed from your record? Expungement laws in Michigan have undergone some significant positive changes in the past few years, as the law was amended twice, in 2011 and 2015. But what is expungement? When a conviction is expunged / set aside, it is sealed and will remain [...]

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Private Tutor – Rape Under CSC III

One of the ways a Defendant may be found guilty of third-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct is to show that defendant engaged in sexual penetration with a public or non-public school student between the ages of 16-18, and that defendant is a teacher, substitute teacher, administrator, employee or contractual service provider of that school district. This [...]

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Michigan Expands Youthful Offenders’ Eligibility for HYTA Status

If an individual is convicted of any offense other than, (1) a felony punishable by life imprisonment, (2) a major controlled substance offense, (3) a traffic offense (4) certain sex crimes, he or she may be eligible for Holmes Youthful Trainee status.   Beginning in August 2015, youthful offenders ages 17-24 are eligible to have [...]

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Marijuana Decriminalization on the Horizon for Portage

In November 2015, Portage voters will have the opportunity to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. If passed, no one can be charged under the city ordinance for any incident arising out of the “use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana on private property not used by the public, or transportation of [...]

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Sentencing Guidelines No Longer Mandatory in Michigan

Sentencing guidelines are applicable to felony cases in Michigan and, in the past, have given the judge the range for which he or she may sentence a Defendant. Guidelines are determined by considering two sets of factors – a defendant’s prior record and characteristics of the offense for which the defendant is being sentenced. In [...]

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Drinking & Driving a Motorboat in Michigan

It’s summertime in Michigan, and summer for Michiganders usually consists of time spent on one of the many lakes in our state. Before going out and enjoying your time, it’s important that you know the risks associated with drinking and boating.   Much like drinking and driving a motor vehicle, it is also a crime [...]

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Kalamazoo County Judge Suppresses Field Sobriety Tests

At our first jury trial since the admissibility of field sobriety tests came into question, the judge ruled the field sobriety tests are not admissible.  The defense’s trial attorney, Jessica LaFond (Hills Law Office), went on to win the reduction she was looking for. Field sobriety tests are the roadside tests used by a police [...]

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Drunk Driving Roadside Tests Out (For Now)

The legislature recently passed a law regarding drug and drink driving arrests and prosecutions.  However, there was a technical error (may be a little sloppy) in the drafting of the law that some judges are reading to preclude prosecutors from using standard field sobriety tests in their drunk driving prosecutions.  Standard roadside dexterity tests have [...]

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