The pilot program is intended to help with bond decisions by supplying certain information to the judge so that the risks involved in allowing a defendant’s release can be assessed using evidence based practices.

 Whenever a person is arrested on a criminal charge, they have the right to have a judge or magistrate make a determination as to whether they can be released from jail pending trial. Typically, the answer is yes and the court will set what is known as a bond (or bail) depending on the indiv…

 The impeachment inquiry against President Trump by the United States House of Representatives is continuing with public hearings scheduled to start today.

 The possibility of President Donald Trump being impeached is now a reality with the Sept. 24 announcement by House of Representatives majority leader Nancy Pelosi giving her approval for an impeachment inquiry.

 John Doe is driving his car after having consumed a few drinks. Suddenly there is a police car behind him and he’s eventually stopped.

 Our nation has seen yet another round of mass shootings with the recent events in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

 This week we have a question from John who was convicted in Genesee County in 2002 of possession of marijuana (a misdemeanor) and manufacturing marijuana (a felony).

 Last October, I wrote a two-part column about a case that was pending before the Michigan Supreme Court called People v Cameron.

 Tomorrow is Independence Day and the celebration of the birthday of our great country when our forefathers officially adopted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.

 Consider the following. One day out of the blue, you receive a letter from the State of Michigan, which says that your house is directly in the path of a new expressway, the state will be buying your home, and you’ll have to move.

 In the 1967 prison movie “Cool Hand Luke,” there is a famous line by the prison captain played by Strother Martin directed to a prisoner played by Paul Newman, which goes, “What we got here is a failure to communicate.” This same line is repeated at the end by Mr. Newman to Mr. Martin.

 Under our justice system whenever a matter proceeds to trial, the party filing the case is always required to present evidence to prove their claims.

 The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in People v Bensch, upholding the longstanding rule in Michigan that a criminal defendant may refuse to be put on probation and instead decide to go to jail or even prison.

 After there’s a conviction in a criminal case, a defendant may be given a sentence which includes paying fines and costs or serving a period of incarceration if payment is not made.

 An interesting story is developing in Washington, D.C. with the constitutional showdown between Democrats in Congress and United States Attorney General William Barr over his alleged refusal to honor a congressional subpoena and turn over an unredacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller…

On April 25, 2019, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued its opinion in League of Women Voters of Michigan v Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State.

 Whenever a defendant in a criminal case is charged and arrested there are a number of constitutional and statutory rights which automatically apply.

Under the Enumeration Clause of the United States Constitution, there is to be a census every 10 years to determine the population of each state and the number of representatives that each will have in the House of Representatives.

 On Dec. 30, 2018, Utah became the first state in the nation to lower the threshold for its Operating While Intoxicated law to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). All other states still have .08 percent thresholds or limits.

 Almost three years ago, I wrote about a 2016 Michigan law, which was intended to give police departments an additional tool to investigate cases involving drivers suspected of operating their motor vehicles after using drugs.

 It is an unfortunate fact of life that some people consume alcohol and then drive their motor vehicles when intoxicated.

 DNA testing is used for various purposes including examining crime scenes where investigators take samples from objects or people present at the time of the offense to determine if potential suspects touched anything or anyone.

 In all federal and state courts, there are rules of evidence, which apply to most legal actions and proceedings.

 Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.

 Today I will talk about the Marbury v. Madison case, which is well known to lawyers but to few others, and which has been described as one of the most important decisions in United States Supreme Court history. It was authored by Chief Justice John Marshall who is considered by many legal s…

 Last Sunday’s Tri-County Times article about our area’s expected commercial and residential growth in the coming year was a wonderful reminder of how important it is to have planning and zoning laws.

 Unfortunately, in recent times we are hearing more and more about “bullying” in schools and other places.

 “I have been a green card holder for over 30 years, married to an American, with adult children and now grandchildren. All the recent news on legal and illegal aliens concerns me greatly and I have the following questions.