Appeal Lawyer Michigan – How to find a good appeal lawyer

Author – James E. Czarnecki II

This article, written by a Michigan appeal lawyer, explains why you should not hire your trial attorney to appeal your case.  It also explains what you should look for when you hire an appeal lawyer to represent you.

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This article explains why should not hire your trial attorney do represent you on appeal. It also explains what you should look for when you hire an appeal lawyer.Why your trial lawyer should not handle your appeal

The attorney who represented you at trial should not do your appeal.  You must always hire another attorney to review your case.  The trial attorney cannot distance himself or herself from the case because of personal involvement.  Consider that the Michigan Court of Appeals was not intimately involved in your trial.  The Court does not have preconceived notions about the legal issues.  Everything the Court will learn about your case will come from a review of the transcripts.  Your new appeal attorney should be in the same position as the Court.  The new appeal lawyer has not prejudged your case or the issues.  So, the Court of Appeals and the appeal lawyer will be in the same frame of mind about the issues.  Both parties start the review with an “objective” look at your case.  Because of your trial attorney’s personal involvement, his or her viewpoint will be subjective.

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Drinking after Driving – Michigan DUI/OWI defense

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The drinking after driving may be a defense to a DUI or OWI charge in Michigan.

Is Drinking After Driving a defense to a DUI/OWI?  Everyone knows about driving after drinking.  But, what happens if the police do not stop a person at the scene but some time later after the person had been at home drinking.  This article explains the details of the drinking after driving defense.

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PLEA DEAL – THE TRUTH ABOUT PLEA DEALS EXPLAINED BY A MICHIGAN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Plea bargainI want to start this article off by saying that most cases in the State of Michigan and in the federal courts are resolved by plea deals.  The truth is most criminal cases do not go to trial. If every case went to trial the criminal justice system would grind to a halt. While some cases should go to trial, the fact is a negotiated plea deal can be in your best interest. Your attorney cannot force you to accept a plea deal. You always maintain your right to go to a trial.

I want to dispel one myth at the very beginning of this article. Some defendants say that “my attorney wanted me to cop a deal” as if this is a bad idea.  I also want to say one other thing up front.  Do some attorneys want their clients to accept a plea deal so they can close the case?  The answer is:  Yes.  Is it wrong?  Again the answer is – yes.

But, because some attorneys lack integrity does not mean that a plea deal is not in your best interest.  You have to have trust in the attorney that you hire.  The truth is a very good plea deal can save you jail time, reduce charges, avoid a conviction, and save you money in fines/costs and legal fees. The purpose of this article is to explain how a plea deal can be in your best interest.

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