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.

Batson Challenge

In criminal court, every defendant is granted a speedy and public trial with an impartial jury of his or her own peers. What does an impartial jury of his or her own peers necessarily mean? The 6th amendment of the United States constitution doesn’t exactly state that a person is entitled to a jury of [...]

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Child Witness – Forensic Interview

As discussed in a previous blog, there are some circumstances in which a child witness may have a support person to accompany him or her during testimony.  Although not another accommodation, the video recorded statements are crucial to a good defense in a criminal sexual conduct case. In Michigan, if a video recorded statement is [...]

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C.S.C.: Child Witness may not have to face Defendant

Another child witness accommodation in a criminal sexual conduct case is the allowance for the child witness to testify outside the presence of the defendant.  There are different levels of testifying outside the presence of the defendant. Preliminary Examination (hearing where prosecution has to show a crime occurred and probable cause the defendant committed the [...]

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C.S.C.: Child Witness – Forensic Interview

As discussed in the last blog, there are some circumstances in which a child witness may have a support person to accompany him or her during testimony.  Although not another accommodation, the videorecorded statements are crucial to a good defense in a criminal sexual conduct case. In Michigan, if a videorecorded statement is used, it [...]

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C.S.C.: Child Witness – Support Person

This blog is a follow-up from the last blog post regarding child witness accommodations in a criminal sexual conduct case.  The last blog was a bit long, and I wanted to submit a shorter version with some additional information. Some of the different types of accommodations include: (1) the use of a support person (2) [...]

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C.S.C.: When Witness is a Child – Part I

Sometimes child witnesses are given special accommodations in a trial and other criminal proceedings.  It is important to remember that in a criminal case, you have a right to confront the witnesses against you pursuant to the Michigan and United States Constitutions.  However, there are carve-outs to this right.  One of those carve-outs is the [...]

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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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