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.

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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Reissuing of Miranda Rights?

Once in Police custody, every person is entitled to his or her Miranda Rights. Miranda Rights are in place to protect individuals from a violation of his or her Fifth Amendment right, which states that a person has a right to not incriminate him or herself. These rights protect individuals from being coerced into confessing [...]

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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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