Archive for December, 2013

Can Cops Lie?

I am asked more often than I can count: Can cops lie? Or, a client believes if they ask an undercover officer if they were police, they have to admit they are police officers. That is because cops can’t lie, right?   Let’s put this to rest. Cops can, and do, lie and have protection […]

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Can a Felon Possess a Gun and/or a Firearm if His Life Depends on it?

I recently received a call from an individual who had been convicted of a felony, they asked if his life was threatened could he possess a gun to defend himself? Generally speaking a person who’s been convicted of a felony is not allowed to possess a firearm. If a felon is found in possession of […]

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Plethysmographs – A Violation of Substantive Due Process.

In United States Court of Appeals v. David McLaurin the court was to decide if the District of Vermont’s imposition on the defendant, as a condition of supervised release, which may involve treatment that might include penile plethysmography testing, is legal. In September 2011 the defendant was indicted in Vermont for violating the Sex Offender […]

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Sentencing Guidelines

Our office had a recent question regarding sentencing guidelines in State Court.  Specifically: What does the Prosecution have to show to add points to your score?   I believe this question was related to the Michigan sentencing guidelines. For those who don’t know, if you are convicted of a felony in Michigan, the Judge will […]

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