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.

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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Prosecutorial Misconduct

The prosecutor and defense attorney in a criminal case each have certain roles.  They also each have limitations by which they must abide.  This post will discuss a prosecutor’s limitations in convincing the jury to convict a defendant. One of the guidelines for a prosecutor’s conduct is the prosecutor cannot urge the jury to convict [...]

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Restitution in a Criminal Case

I am often asked about how a court determines the amount of restitution owed in a criminal case.  To begin with, restitution is the amount of money a court deems sufficient to compensate a victim for his or her losses caused by a defendant. A crime victim has a right to restitution.  However, restitution only [...]

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Inventory Exception to the Warrant Requirement

I am often asked about what constitutes an unlawful search.  It is first important to understand that the United States and Michigan Constitutions protect a citizen from unreasonable searches and seizures.  Generally, a search without a warrant is per se unreasonable unless it falls under one of the exceptions of the warrant requirement.  This blog [...]

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Serious Impairment Under Drunk Driving Law

In order to convict a defendant of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), the prosecution must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant: Operated a motor vehicle While intoxicated or impaired Caused serious impairment of a body function of another person because of the operation of the vehicle. The first two elements of [...]

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Federal Halfway Houses

At the end of March, Attorney General Eric Holder announced some new policies for federal halfway houses.  Federal halfway houses are used by tens of thousands of prisoners to ease the transition from prison back into society.  Some of the changes Holder announced include: Permitting cell phone use to inmates Providing funds for transportation Expanding [...]

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If you have a Criminal Law topic which you would like to learn more about in future Blog entries, please feel free to contact us. Please keep in mind that we will only be able to handle general topic requests due to our practitioner's daily time constraints.