Author: Josh Blanchard

Steps in the Michigan Criminal Process

Steps in the Criminal Process in Michigan When a person is accused of committing a crime, the state of Michigan has a felony criminal process that must be followed. Michigan criminal defense attorneys are experienced in all phases of the criminal process and may be able to assist you in navigating these complex procedures. Investigation and Filing of the Criminal…

Grand Rapids Police Department Beat Unarmed 15 Year Old Boy

The mother of a 15 year-old African-American Grand Rapids boy filed a lawsuit on December 23, 2015 in Federal Court in Grand Rapids against the City of Grand Rapids and police officers Sean McCamman, Nathan Mean, and Peter Thompson. The complaint alleges that during the early evening hours of June 13, 2014, the boy, referred to in the complaint as…

Online solicitation of undercover police officers.

Lately I’ve been hearing of “To Catch A Predator” style police operations, where “undercover” police officers are posing as children while trolling online chatrooms and looking for people to catch talking dirty.   The government has been charging this under MCL 750.145a which prohibits accosting, soliciting, or enticing a minor: 750.145a Accosting, enticing or soliciting child for immoral purpose. Sec. 145a.…

Montcalm County Drunk Driving Defense

If you’re charged with drunk driving in Montcalm County, you’re either appearing in the 64B District Court or the 8th Circuit Court. The 64B District Court handles misdemeanor offenses (First or Second Offense Operating While Intoxicated). The 8th Circuit Court handles felony offenses (Third Offense Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury and OWI Causing Death).    Miel &…

Does a jury have the right to nullify in Michigan?

Recently a man in Big Rapids was arrested after handing out pamphlets outside of a courthouse. Apparently the pamphlets were from the Fully Informed Jury Association and explained or advocated for jury nullification.   Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of “not guilty” despite believing that the defendant is factually guilty of the offense charged. It is…

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Grand Rapids Criminal Attorney Discusses Potential Domestic Violence Defenses

If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is recommended that you contact your Grand Rapids criminal attorney immediately to assist you with the charges. Domestic violence is a serious crime, and one that is taken seriously by the criminal justice system. Allegations are taken very seriously, and may even result in your arrest. Your Grand Rapids criminal attorney…

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Is Marijuana Legal in Michigan? Our Michigan Marijuana Defense Lawyer Explains

In most cases, no. Despite this, marijuana usage is very common in our state, and Michigan marijuana defense lawyers routinely field questions from clients on a variety of marijuana-related issues. This is largely because of the confusing patchwork of federal and state laws that deal with the use, possession, and growing of marijuana as well as medical marijuana usage which is…

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Our Grand Rapids DUI Attorney Explains Your Right to Refuse a DUI Breath Test

Our Grand Rapids DUI attorney often receives questions about DUI stops or arrests with concerns about the right to refuse a breath test. While many people relate their various experiences or act as arm-chair lawyers, it’s best to speak with someone with the background and experience to provide you with the proper information. Here is what you need to know if you decide to…

Grand Rapids Criminal Attorney Discusses the State’s Evaluation of Your DUI Case

Most of us have experienced the unnerving experience of hearing a siren and seeing red lights in our rearview mirrors. However, when that detention by a police officer leads to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), the stakes and costs significantly increase. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, substantial fines, loss of driver’s license, loss of…