On Friday, January 24, Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Denver police said the starting point guard was pulled over after an officer noticed Lawson driving “fast and carelessly.” While the team had no comments regarding the arrest, Lawson did return to the Nuggets on Saturday, and apologized for his actions although what he said to the team has not been publicized. beer-drinks-and-chips-1-358294-m

Brian Shaw, Nuggets’ coach, said that he left Lawson to deal with his teammates on his own, and that “For me, it’s no different than your own child doing something.”

Lawson was allegedly driving at speeds of 61 mph in a 35 mph zone in Denver when he was pulled over just before 1:30 a.m. on Friday. According to the arresting officer, Lawson’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred, and his breath smelled of alcohol. The officer also said Lawson was stumbling and off-balance. Upon being transported to the Downtown Detention Center, Lawson refused a chemical test.

Lawson pleaded guilty in 2008 to underage drinking and driving while he was a student-athlete at North Carolina. He allegedly also told police that he had a previous DUI in Missouri.

Lawson’s first court date is scheduled for February 27, according to an article at the Denver Post.

It appears that Lawson has been arrested once for underage drinking and driving, and at least twice for DUI. In the state of Michigan, a second DUI within seven years of the first is a second DUI offense, which means the individual will face harsher penalties if convicted. These penalties include fines of up to $1,000, jail time of up to one year (a mandatory minimum of five days must be served), community service, and driver’s license suspension for one year. The offender will also have a criminal record.

Being arrested for driving under the influence does not mean the offender will be convicted. There are various legal options that may be available when charges cannot be dismissed. A skilled attorney will work with you to determine the best legal strategy so that the damage to your life is minimal.

If you have been arrested for a first or subsequent DUI, it is critical to consult with an experienced Michigan DUI defense lawyer who will work vigorously to protect your legal rights and freedom.

On Tuesday January 20, news reports revealed that the appeal of Hemy Neuman, dubbed the “Dunwoody Day Care Killer,” would be heard by the Georgia Supreme Court. Neuman was convicted in 2012 in the murder of Rusty Sneiderman, husband of Neuman’s mistress, Andrea Sneiderman. Neuman killed Sneiderman in the parking lot of the preschool in Dunwoody his own son attended. playground-in-blue-and-orange-1443644-m

Neuman’s defense team is appealing their client’s conviction based on four separate arguments. Andrea Sneiderman worked for Neuman, who was her supervisor. It was found by a jury at a later date that Andrea had lied on the stand regarding the affair with Neuman. She denied the affair, but was convicted of perjury in 2013.

Lawyers for Neuman say that the false testimony of Sneiderman was the basis for his conviction. In addition, his defense team claims that evidence from two defense consultant doctors who visited Neuman in jail should not have been allowed by the judge in the case. Neuman had been seeing a family therapist for a mood disorder, and was called suicidal by that therapist. Neuman’s lawyers said the records of his treatment should have been allowed in court.

According to his attorneys, Neuman’s affair with Sneiderman led him into the psychosis that resulted in the death of Rusty Sneiderman. Because of Andrea’s false testimony in the case, defense attorneys believe the conviction should be thrown out.

A decision in the case had not been made at the time of the latest news reports.

Rusty Sneiderman was shot at the daycare in November of 2010; Neuman initially pleaded not guilty, but changed that plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. He was diagnosed with psychosis and Bipolar disorder by two medical experts. He was found guilty but mentally ill, and sentenced to life without parole.

Appealing a conviction is a complicated and tedious process. As every Michigan criminal appeals attorney knows, the grounds to support overturning a conviction must be extremely solid and compelling. Even then, it is never an easy or sure win.

If you have been wrongly convicted of a crime, consult with a lawyer who is highly experienced and skilled in the criminal appeals process. Without a capable attorney, your efforts to have your conviction reversed may be in vain.

On January 14, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and several others that a Redford physician had been sentenced to 15 months in prison for her role in a $2.1 million Medicare fraud scheme. hospital-corridor-1-65905-m

According to a news article at Mlive.com, 69-year-old Dr. Paula Williamson has been ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution in addition to spending time in prison. Essentially, Williamson signed off on unnecessary treatments for patients so that a home health care company based in Farmington Hills could bill the government for those charges. The scheme allegedly took place between 2009 and 2012, according to investigators.

Williamson certified that certain Medicare patients were homebound when they were not; she also falsified medical records. The fraud scheme involved several home health care workers who enlisted Williamson’s assistance in avoiding a requirement of Medicare that reimbursement could not be obtained without the approval of a certified physician.

Williamson admitted to the charges in order to receive a lesser sentence. She was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman, and will pay restitution in the amount of $1,343,261.61 according to the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs release.

Health care providers who devise schemes to defraud Medicare face serious criminal penalties. While the punishment for most doctors or others who conspire in these schemes include prison time and restitution, perhaps the most damaging to the offender’s life is the ruin of his or her career and reputation. White collar crimes such as Medicare fraud are far more common than any of us realize, however those who are involved must have capable legal counsel in order to minimize the damaging implications.

Anyone who is under investigation for tax or Medicare fraud, embezzling, money laundering, or any non-violent white collar crime should consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately. There are legal options, and being charged does not mean you will be convicted. It is vital to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future.

On Friday January 16, a woman who works as an addiction counselor at a Gallipolis, OH based facility was arrested for allegedly trafficking morphine, according to a recent news article at the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel. 52-year-old Roberta Payne of Cheshire has been charged with felony aggravated trafficking in drugs; the charges involve morphine, which police claimed had a value of more than $36,000. pills-1-1068017-m

The investigation into Payne’s activities began after authorities received a tip that the addiction counselor offered to sell morphine to a client who was being counseled for drug addiction. Authorities then set up an operation to catch Payne in the act; she was caught when she allegedly sold 30 mg. of liquid morphine and more than 2,000 pills of the same substance to an undercover police officer.

Colleen Williams, Meigs County Prosecutor, called the arrest “shocking,” saying that Payne was trying to profit by preying on those she should be helping. Payne was arrested by the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force.

Morphine is a schedule II drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse or addiction. In the state of Michigan, those convicted of possession with intent to distribute/deliver charges involved schedule I or II substances will face severe punishment which may include tens of thousands of dollars in fines, and prison time of between 20 years and life, depending on the type and amount of drug involved.

Drug trafficking is a very serious criminal offense, and a problem across the nation. As lawmakers continue their efforts to crack down on offenders, penalties become more severe. A conviction for trafficking morphine, heroin, cocaine, or any controlled substance will cost the offender not only his/her freedom, but reputation and career as well.

Anyone who has been arrested or is under investigation for a drug offense including possession or possession with intent must work with a highly experienced and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney. There are legal options, and it may be possible to get charges dismissed or reduced. Ultimately, your lawyer will work to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

On Saturday evening January 17, 50-year-old Linda Grace Mendoza of Santa Maria was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. According to a news article at Noozhawk.com, Mendoza has three prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years, making this her fourth. pull-ring-318787-m

Officers with the Santa Maria Police Department allegedly found Mendoza behind the wheel of a vehicle that was parked; she was intoxicated, according to the officers. Lt. Dan Cohen said that Mendoza was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, and was charged with driving with a suspended license, driving while on probation for DUI, DUI, and driving with a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than .08%.

In California, a fourth DUI following three convictions within a 10 year period is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, up to $1,000 in fines, driver’s license revocation for four years, and more.

Drunk driving is a serious offense that leads to serious consequences without the assistance of a skilled Michigan DUI defense attorney. In Michigan, a fourth offense DUI could result in fines of up to $5,000, a maximum of five years in prison, court ordered attendance of an alcohol program, community service, and more. In addition, the minimum jail time is 30 days, which means if convicted, you will spend one month behind bars.

Any DUI charge is serious, and can have lasting consequences on your future. A criminal record will impact employment opportunities and more. Your reputation and career may be in jeopardy. While driving under the influence may not seem like such a “big deal,” it definitely is – it is a criminal offense, not a traffic infraction. You will also lose your privilege to drive for a specific length of time, depending on how many times you have been convicted for DUI in the past.

Regardless of whether it is your first, second, third, or fourth offense, do not attempt to beat a DUI charge on your own. Consult with a highly experienced Michigan DUI lawyer who will thoroughly review your case, advise you of the options, and work to secure the best possible results.

In December of last year, 46-year-old Stacy Morgan was sentenced to five years in prison along with payment of restitution in the amount of $7,912,950 for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme, according to Special Agent in Charge Jarod J. Koopman of the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Koopman was joined in announcing Morgan’s sentence by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern Judicial District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade. FAN2042421

Court records indicate that Morgan conspired with other individuals to secure fraudulent mortgage loans on several Bloomfield Hills properties between December of 2003 and February of 2008.

According to the indictment, Morgan supplied information in loan applications and closing documents on specific properties that were falsified or he caused to be falsified. Information that was falsified included that regarding income information, loan applicant’s assets, and false income documents in support of the requests for loans. Morgan also supplied false bank account balances and verification of employment so that applicants could obtain mortgage loans. Ultimately, the lenders involved granted loans in excess of $9 million, according to the press release.

Koopman was joined in the investigation by other IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agents and the FBI. Koopman said in the release that those who engage in fraudulent mortgage schemes leave communities with abandoned properties, and lenders burdened with bad loans. He warned that individuals who engage in these crimes in an effort to line their own pockets will face severe consequences for their unlawful acts.

Fraudulent crimes involving real estate, tax refunds, or even stolen identity will leave individuals who are convicted facing serious criminal penalties. While most of these types of crimes are considered “white collar crimes” and involve no violence, the consequences can be just as severe.

Whether you are under investigation for money laundering or have been charged with a crime such as embezzling or fraud, it is critical that you consult with a highly qualified Michigan criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney will provide you with the legal guidance and support to reach the desired outcome, and work to protect your freedom, reputation, and career.

Over the past year, a special task force that was unknown to the public has arrested more than 125 individuals who allegedly dealt in heroin. On Tuesday, January 13, the Westchester County Northern Narcotics Initiative performed a sweep that nabbed 21 additional individuals allegedly involved in dealing heroin and crack, according to a news report at Lohud. This is when the task force revealed its existence. iStock_000022833496XSmall

The task force has been working on eliminating the crack and heroin dealers who are selling the drugs on the street, along with their suppliers. Targeting Westchester County, the task force is said to be comprised of Westchester County police, seven local police departments, and FBI agents.

Several of the individuals arrested sold drugs to undercover police officers, according to an indictment charging 15 of the 21 arrested on Tuesday. Evidence also includes telephone conversations regarding crack and heroin sales, converting powder to crack, and other drug related topics mentioned in the indictment.

In Tuesday’s sweep of the area, drugs valued at approximately $1 million were seized by authorities. The task force formed in early 2014 after several heroin and overdose deaths in Montrose and Buchanan in 2013, and in response to a rapid increase in heroin use.

The news article states that heroin has become a drug of choice for many in the Lower Hudson Valley and outlying areas, because of its cost in comparison to oxycodone and other street prescription drugs. In 2013, 44 people died due to heroin in the county; in 2014, the number decreased substantially to an estimated 20 deaths.

Several individuals who were arrested are in federal custody, charged with narcotics conspiracy, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. The penalties for a conviction on the charges the individuals face range from five years to life in prison. Others were arrested on state charges, and charged with various offenses including third- and fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance, fourth-degree sale of marijuana, and other charges.

Illegal narcotics and drugs are a growing problem across the country. Anyone who is found to be producing or manufacturing drugs, in possession of meth, heroin, cocaine, or other substances, or suspected of selling or distributing illicit drugs will face serious repercussions. Depending on the offense, individuals may face jail time or prison time (even life behind bars in some cases), fines, community service, and much more. Essentially, a conviction for a serious drug crime can ruin your life forever.

Anyone who is under investigation or who has been arrested or charged with possessing, manufacturing, or distributing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or other drugs must seek out capable legal guidance immediately. Contact a Michigan drug crime attorney with extensive experience and outstanding client results.

On Wednesday, January 7, Tim Jennings, cornerback for the Chicago Bears, was arrested on several charges after being pulled over as he raced to a parent-teacher conference, according to a news report at USA Today. new-soldier-field-internal-219558-m

The 31-year-old was in suburban Atlanta in the Duluth area when he was spotted by police in a 2015 Mercedes going 99 mph in a 65 mph zone of Interstate 85. Upon stopping Jennings, Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said that he noticed an odor of alcohol. He has been charged with speeding, reckless driving, and DUI.

When pulled over and asked why he was driving so fast, Jennings allegedly told Smith that he was late for a parent-teacher conference. Smith said that Jennings eyes were slightly watery and bloodshot. Jennings did admit that he had been drinking the evening before, but had stopped at about 2 a.m. It was just before noon when Jennings was pulled over.

Jennings reportedly refused a roadside breath test and field sobriety tests, adamant that he was fine to drive and was not under the influence.

Michigan DUI attorneys know all too well that an individual can be “legally” drunk for many hours after he/she stops consuming alcohol. While a person may be perfectly capable of driving, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .08% in the state of Michigan, and in most other states.

Reckless driving is also a serious offense, a DUI conviction may result in substantial fines, jail time, license suspension, community service, and more in Michigan. In Georgia, a first DUI conviction may result in fines of up to $1,000, community service, jail time of 10 days to one year, participation in an alcohol abuse class, and more.

Regardless of where you live, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious matter. If you have been arrested or charged with operating while intoxicated in Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, or surrounding areas, consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan DUI lawyer who will protect your legal rights and work to obtain outstanding results.

Earlier this week, Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced that in 2014, fewer crimes were reported than in years’ past. In fact, there were more than 9,000 fewer crimes reported last year when compared with 2013. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

While certain areas types of crimes such as homicide were down, a few areas were higher than in 2013. According to the official annual crime statistics, larcenies were up 20% in 2014, and aggravated assaults up 5%. Surprisingly, homicides dropped to the lowest number since 1967, with only 300 reported in 2014. Overall, property crimes and violent crimes were down last year by 16%.

Despite maintaining the highest murder rate in the nation according to FBI crime stats from 2013, there were substantial decreases in other crimes including carjacking, robbery (a decrease of more than 33% from 2013), burglary, and auto theft. Detroit’s population has decreased by more than half of its 1.5 million resident population in 1967, and it’s understandable given the crime rate, auto industry issues in recent years, etc. However, the stats from 2014 may indicate that Detroit could be on its way back up to the thriving city it once was.

As Michigan criminal defense attorneys, we understand there are crimes that occur in every city across the nation. The news for 2014 for Detroit is great, however if you live in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor or any area of Michigan and have been accused of assault, carjacking, robbery, a sex crime, larceny, or even murder, it is vital that you consult with a highly experienced lawyer who has a proven track record for obtaining great results. No one wants to spend time behind bars, or have a permanent criminal record that can ruin his/her life. Don’t leave your freedom and future to chance; whether you have been wrongly accused or made a mistake, put your case in capable hands.

 

In the state of Michigan, the most common reasons for an individual’s driver’s license being suspended are DUI or a conviction for leaving the scene of an accident. However, your license can be suspended once you accumulate so many points on your driving record because of other traffic offenses such as speeding, reckless driving, failure to yield, improper passing, and other offenses. road

So, how many points must accumulate before your license will be suspended? The easy answer is 12, but let’s explain the process a bit more clearly.

Once a motorist in Michigan has accumulated four points on his or her record within a 2-year time period, he/she will received a letter from the Secretary of State alerting you to the fact the number of points you have is higher than usual. Accumulate eight points, and you will receive another letter informing you that you are getting closer to having your driver’s license suspended, and warning against the continued violation of traffic laws. Once you have reached 12 points on your driving record, you must submit to several tests and undergo a driver reexamination to determine if your license should be suspended. Ultimately, most people who go through this process will have their license restricted, suspended, or even revoked for a number of months or even years.

How many points do motorists accumulate for certain traffic violations? Here are a few examples:

  • Improper passing, 3 points
  • Reckless driving, 6 points
  • Speeding up to 10 mph over the limit, 2 points
  • Speeding between 11 and 15 mph over the limit, 3 point
  • Speeding at 16 mph or more over the limit, 4 points
  • Refusal of a chemical test (breath/blood test for DUI), 6 points
  • Failure to stop at traffic signal or stop sign, 3 points
  • Driving with open container of alcohol in vehicle, 2 points
  • Vehicular manslaughter, 6 points

Living life without the privilege to drive is extremely difficult, as you can imagine. We are all used to hopping in our cars and going to work, school, church, to a friend’s house, shopping – basically, wherever we want to go. When your license is suspended or revoked, you know longer have this privilege.

If your license has been suspended due to DUI, non-payment of child support, too many points on your driving record, or for any reason at all, work with a skilled and capable Michigan driver’s license attorney who will focus on getting you back on the road.