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July 2019 Archives

Post-conviction matters: DNA brings exoneration

The advances in DNA technology have given many convicted individuals hope of proving their innocence. A conviction does not close all the doors, and effective navigation of post-conviction matters could bring freedom. Convictions of decades ago have been overturned nationwide, including Michigan, based on DNA evidence.

State senator might face white collar crimes charges

Federal prosecutors recently filed a civil lawsuit against State Senator Steve Dickerson and another founder of Comprehensive Pain Specialists, with its head office based in another state. The company, also known as CPS, is accused of defrauding taxpayers and the government, and it is not yet clear whether criminal charges for white collar crimes will follow. Until the company abruptly closed down last summer, it operated 60 clinics across the country, some of which were in Michigan. Along with the two founders, the CPS CEO is also a defendant in the lawsuit. The claim alleges that at least 600 urine tests were done every day, most of which were unnecessary and purely done for profit -- from that came the name of "Liquid Gold."

Hot West Michigan real estate market increases fraud risk

Real estate professionals know that the only thing worse than a cold market where there aren't many buyers is a hot market where there isn't enough inventory for the people who want homes. West Michigan's market is so hot that many people can't buy, despite wanting to and qualifying for a mortgage.

White collar crimes include computer abuse

Accusations of criminal activities can ruin the lives of top executives and business professionals. In Michigan and elsewhere, allegations of white collar crimes can lead to extensive investigations, and having experienced defense counsel is crucial. Computer crimes are included in the white collar crime category, and legal counsel can work to resolve such issues discreetly.

Felonies or misdemeanors? The consequences of driving high

Without established legal limits for marijuana like the blood alcohol content limit of .08 %, how does the law treat motorists who drive while they are high? Will the courts in Michigan treat driving while impaired by marijuana as misdemeanors or felonies? Both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, but without legal limits and legislation, prosecutors are left to deal with the facts of each case.

Guilty plea filed regarding drug and white collar crimes

Convictions for nonviolent crimes typically include fines, restitution and/or prison time. In Michigan and elsewhere, those accused of white collar crimes risk much more than their careers. After filing a guilty plea in such a case in a federal court sitting in another state, one individual could face up to 30 years behind bars.

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