​​How long will my divorce take?

  • This varies depending on whether it is a divorce with minor children or no minor children at all. The Family Court in Michigan does not have jurisdiction until after 60 days. Generally divorces with children last at least 6 months past the “cooling off period." Note this time varies greatly depending on a case by case basis.

What happens if I am convicted of a second or even third alcohol-related driving offense?

  • This is a serious criminal matter which will severely affect your liberty and subject you to one year in jail on a second drunk driving charge and up to 5 years in prison on an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) 3rd offense, which is a felony charge. There are also driver license sanctions and a variety of other fines, costs and penalties.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

  • ​​A felony is punishable by one year or more in prison. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Why would I ever plead guilty to the charges?

  • This is not something that you should do without proper consultation with a criminal law attorney who can explain the possible penalties and effect on your life. You should make an informed decision.
Can I get authority to handle my elderly mother's financial affairs?
  • Yes, depending on the mental and physical health of your mother (the ward) through a conservatorship in probate court may be an option available to you.

Can I get authority to handle my disabled child's medical decisions?

  • Yes, there are guardianships for both minors and adults.
What happens at the first court hearing after criminal charges are filed? What is an arraignment?
  • It is the formal stage in which the defendant is made aware of the charges filed against him or her and the possible penalties. Bond is also set at this time.

What is the difference between a jury trial and a bench trial?

  • A bench trial is a trial by judge where the judge is the trier of the facts and the law. A jury trial is a trial by a jury of one's peers. The jury is the trier of the facts. The judge is the trier of the law.

What is a preliminary examination?

  • It is a probable cause hearing where the prosecution must show that a crime was committed and it is more likely than not that the defendant committed the crime(s) charged.

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