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.
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.
In a Michigan Driver’s License Appeal there is one key that is the most important path to winning the license restoration hearing – your sobriety.
The Administrative Rules require absolute sobriety. Please take note of the requirements of Administrative Rule 13:
“(a) The hearing officer shall not order that a license be issued to the petitioner unless the petitioner proves, by clear and convincing evidence, all of the following: (i) That the petitioner’s alcohol or substance abuse problems, if any, are under control and likely to remain under control. (ii) That the risk of the petitioner repeating his or her past abusive behavior is a low or minimal risk.”
“Before ordering that a license be issued to the petitioner, the hearing officer shall require that the petitioner prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that he or she has completely abstained from the use of alcohol and controlled substances, except for controlled substances prescribed by a licensed health care professional, for a period of not less than 6 consecutive months or has abstained for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months if the evidence considered at the hearing establishes that a longer period of abstinence is necessary.”
As a Macomb County criminal defense attorney, our firm has represented over a thousand clients charged with probation violations. This article explains how an experienced Macomb County criminal defense attorney can defend you at a probation violation hearing.
A sentence of probation is a creation of the Michigan Legislature. You do not have a right to probation. For your reference here is a link to the Michigan Probation Statute. Since a probation violation can result in serious consequences, your attorney should know the various ways to defend you.
What you can expect at a Macomb County Probation Violation.
In Michigan, a person my be placed on Macomb County probation after a conviction. The Michigan Legislature has stated that “the granting of probation is a matter of grace conferring no vested right to its continuance.” Essentially, the law states that a defendant is not entitled to probation as a matter of right. The court has the ability to revoke a probationary term if the probationer violates any of the terms set by the court. Revocation of Probation Statute. This article describes what you can expect from a Macomb County probation violation. (Although the article applies to probation violations in any county).
Habeas Corpus – Responsibilities and Duties of the trial lawyer
Definition: Latin for “you have the body.” The writ of habeas corpus is a petition that directs state law officials (for example, warden) who have custody of an inmate to appear in court to determine whether the prisoner is being held unconstitutionally.
The federal writ of habeas corpus is often the final chance for a defendant to challenge his or her conviction in federal court after the Michigan state courts have denied relief. The writ of habeas corpus for a state inmate challenging a state conviction is governed by 28 USC 2254. Link to Habeas Statute
This article is going to discuss habeas corpus petitions filed by state
prisoners in federal court pursuant to 28 USC § 2254 wherein a Michigan prisoner asserts that his or her incarceration or detention by Michigan state officials violates one or more federal constitutional rights.
Most importantly, this article will explain why the trial attorney must preserve any federal issues for appellate review.
If you are applying for a Michigan Driver’s License Restoration hearing, one of the many pieces of evidence required include reference letters. This article will explain the proper content of the letters and how our office reviews those letters before submitting them to the Administrative Hearings office.
CZARNECKI & TAYLOR are experienced Macomb DUI defense attorneys. We do, however, handle drunk driving cases in Wayne, Oakland, and St. Clair counties. We have seen many drunk driving cases over the years. Our experience, has shown that drunk driving cases are subject to some tried and tested defenses. The best way to beat a drunk driving offense is to have an experienced attorney recognize these defenses and know how use them effectively.
An experienced Michigan appeal lawyer is a chance for hope after an unfair or wrongful conviction. Appeals are an important part of the criminal legal system. A conviction does not have to be the last word in a criminal case. If a jury wrongly convicted someone, if the trial was not fair, or if the sentence imposed does not comply with law, a defendant may have legal remedies to attack the case. An appeal can be newfound hope in the hands of a skilled Michigan appeal lawyer.
An appeal is a complex and difficult area of criminal law. An appeal must be done correctly because once the appeal process has ended, a defendant is not entitled to another. The door to legal remedies can be permanently closed. This is why it is important to hire an experienced Michigan appeal lawyer to perfect a criminal appeal. I have had many people write me from prison asking if I can file another appeal for them because their appellate attorney did not raise a variety of legal issues. I have been able to pursue other post-conviction remedies after the appeal door has closed, but there are significant hurdles to overcome.