On Friday, March 27, 34-year-old Mitchell Majewski of Mishawaka, IN was arrested on DUI and child endangerment charges in Decatur Township after sheriff’s deputies with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department witnessed a vehicle weaving in a traffic lane at about 7:30 p.m. The sheriff’s deputies noticed the vehicle drifting in the area of M-51 and 45th Street, according to a news report at Mlive.com. used-beer-can-571585-m

According to police, Majewski had an open container of beer inside the vehicle, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Upon checking his license, police found that it had been suspended in both Indiana and Michigan. It was also revealed there was a misdemeanor warrant out for Majewski’s arrest issued by the 5th District Court in Niles. Majewski was apparently driving while under the influence with his children, a 5-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, in the vehicle. The children were turned over to family members.

The article made no mention of whether it was Majewski’s first DUI arrest, however charges of child endangerment and driving on a suspended license are also serious matters. In Michigan, a child endangerment DUI conviction may result in fines of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, vehicle immobilization, and more for a first offense. Criminal penalties for a first DUI include fines, possible jail time, license suspension, community service, and additional sanctions. Penalties become more severe for repeat offenders, charged with DUI a second, third, or even fourth time. However, when children’s lives are put in danger, the criminal penalties are extremely harsh.

Regardless of whether you have been arrested for DUI, driving under the influence with minor children in your vehicle, or DUI causing injury or death, it is imperative you work with a skilled and aggressive Michigan DUI defense attorney who will vigorously defend your freedom and protect your legal rights, focusing on the best possible result in your case.

On Monday, March 23, 64-year-old Kutub Mesiwala of Bloomfield Hills pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to a recent news article at Mlive.com. Mesiwala was allegedly involved in a scheme in which he exploited Medicare by referring patients to a home health agency located in Detroit who paid him kickbacks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. stethoscope-1-1080174-m

Mesiwala and owner of Advance Home Health Care Services Amer Ehsan were both involved in the scheme in which Medicare was billed for services to patients that were either never provided to those patients, or unnecessary. In all, the referrals by Mesiwala to the Advance Home Health Care Service resulted in billings paid to the home health care agency in an amount exceeding $770,000. Investigators also found that other agencies had received more than $118,000 from the fraudulent Medicare billings.

In July of last year, Amer Ehsan pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud after collecting more than $3.5 million in Medicare billings. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 16. Mesiwala is scheduled to be sentenced October 5.

Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that while crimes such as the one above are not generally considered violent, the stakes are still high – and the penalties severe for those convicted. Health care fraud is a fairly common offense, however those involved may face substantial fines, prison time, and a felony criminal record if found guilty. In addition, doctors or others who hold professional or medical licenses may lose their license, and the privilege to practice in the medical field. It is not uncommon for those convicted to face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines/restitution, and several months to several years in prison.

If you are under investigation for Medicare or health care fraud, do not wait until you are arrested or charged before contacting a qualified Michigan criminal defense attorney. It is important to begin working on your case immediately to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Last week, two men were killed in a crash involving Pedro Abad Jr., a six-year veteran police officer with the Linden Police Department in New Jersey. Abad was allegedly driving the wrong way on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island when he caused an accident that left Frank Viggiano, a Linden police officer, and civilian Joseph Rodriguez dead. Another fellow officer was also critically injured in the accident. There was no mention as to whether Abad was under the influence of alcohol at the time the crash occurred, although he did have two DUI arrests since 2011, according to an ABC News report. light-1-714566-m

The two men killed in the crash, which involved Abad hitting a tractor-trailer rig head-on, were passengers in Abad’s Honda. The men had been at a strip club in Staten Island prior to the crash; investigators were continuing to probe whether Abad had been drinking alcohol at the club prior to the deadly crash.

In 2011, Abad was arrested on DUI charges after crashing through the wall of a supermarket in Roselle. Just over a year later, he was again charged with DUI after he failed to pass a field sobriety test in Rahway. His driver’s license was suspended for approximately 8 months beginning in October of 2013, and his vehicle fitted with an ignition interlock device, which was removed in September of 2014. Linden police refused to comment regarding whether Abad had faced restrictions or sanctions as a result of his prior DUI arrests under department guidelines.

Driving under the influence is a serious criminal offense in all states, including Michigan. In the state of Michigan, when someone dies as the result of driving under the influence, the criminal penalties if convicted are extremely harsh. The maximum prison term for someone convicted of OUIL causing death or manslaughter in the state is 15 years. However, it is important to note that in situations where someone loses his or her life, prosecutors may also decide to bring murder charges against the defendant.

Regardless of whether anyone was injured or killed in an accident involving DUI, or whether an accident even occurred at all, it is vital to consult with an experienced Michigan DUI attorney immediately. Even if you were pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, you could be facing jail time, driver’s license suspension, steep fines, community service, probation, and more if found guilty. Protect your legal rights and freedom by working with a skilled defense lawyer from the very beginning.

Recently, a man who was using a motor home to transport and sell cocaine and heroin “flipped” on his customers after he was caught by authorities transporting the drugs. While the drug dealer’s name was not revealed in an article at the Baltimore Sun, nine men were charged in the case after the dealer began working with law enforcement and setting up transactions with buyers. us-dollars-2-182215-m

A tipster allegedly alerted the FBI to a drug shipment that initiated in California and was on its way to Aberdeen in the motor home, which had Louisiana plates. The driver of the motor home was taken into custody after he arrived in the Baltimore area in early August of last year.

Five of the men had previously pleaded guilty in the case. On Friday, March 20, four of the men were convicted by a federal jury. Those found guilty include 35-year-old Ronald Sampson, 30-year-old Dominic Parker, 39-year-old Jermaine Cannady, and 29-year-old Cornell Brown. Brown and one of the men who had pleaded guilty, Tavon Hopkins, had more than $155,000 cash in a bag when they arrived to purchase four kilograms of cocaine from the informant, according to prosecutors.

Ronald Sampson was arrested with $10,500 cash, and agents also seized more than $215,000 from a Washington, D.C. man, Vincent Cooper, who worked in maintenance at an apartment complex. According to court records, Cooper stashed the money he would use to buy drugs in his work closet. The informant’s case is pending, however he described Jermaine Cannady as his “right-hand man.”

All of the men face substantial prison time, according to the news article. Each will be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years and possibly as much as life in prison for their crimes, which include conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and/or cocaine, in addition to attempted possession with intent to distribute charges.

As mentioned, five of the men pleaded guilty before being brought to trial. In some cases, when there is little doubt the defendant will be convicted, pleading to lesser charges can result in reduced penalties. This is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney when charged with a drug crime.

In Michigan, the criminal penalties for distributing or selling drugs including heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, and other drugs are severe as well. If convicted, individuals may face not only lengthy prison sentences (up to life), but substantial fines, driver’s license suspension, and more. Some individuals may be eligible for diversion or delayed sentencing options. Before you decide there is no way out, consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crimes attorney. The fact is, it is possible in many cases to reach positive results.

On Saturday, March 21, two motorists in Rockville Centre near Long Island crashed into each other on Merrick Boulevard, according to a recent news article at Newsday. The two drivers were 38-year-old Melody Thompson of Valley Stream, and 34-year-old Peter Serra of Oceanside. Both were charged with driving while intoxicated following the collision early Saturday morning. car-crash-163026-m

While neither of the drivers were injured, two passengers in Thompson’s vehicle did sustain serious injuries. The accident occurred just before 5 a.m. according to a police report, when Serra’s vehicle struck Thompson’s as she was traveling in an eastbound direction. Serra was driving his SUV in a westward direction in the eastbound lane. In addition to driving while intoxicated, Serra was charged with reckless driving and first-degree vehicular assault.

A woman who was riding in the front passenger seat of Thompson’s vehicle suffered head trauma and multiple leg fractures. In addition, a woman riding in the back of Thompson’s vehicle suffered head trauma and a fracture to her left arm. She was listed in serious condition, while the woman riding in the front passenger seat was listed in critical condition.

Initial news reports revealed that both vehicles were impounded, and that brakes would be tested.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs often results in catastrophe, as was the case in this accident. Rarely do two vehicles crash into each other in which both drivers are intoxicated, however it does happen. In this case, the accident might not have occurred had Serra not been driving in the wrong direction.

Anyone who is charged with DUI must consult with a skilled and experienced Michigan DUI attorney who will examine every detail to ensure your legal rights were not violated, and to determine the best legal option to reach positive results. Driving while intoxicated is a criminal offense that is punishable by jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and more, depending on the state in which you reside. If you live in Michigan, waste no time before speaking with a dedicated defense lawyer.

On Sunday, March 15, 24-year-old Caleb Moore, son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, was arrested for alleged drug possession at the scene of an attempted break-in, according to a news article at Al.com. Moore was charged with marijuana possession, and possession of a controlled substance. He claims the accusations are nothing more than an attack on his father for what he stands for, and said as much on a Facebook post following the arrest. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been involved in a legal battle regarding gay marriage after he issued a controversial order to halt same-sex marriages, even thought the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they could continue in the state. dutch-weed-403-m

Court documents claim that police received a report of an attempted home break-in in Troy in the 1200 block of Allen Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered five men outside the location near a pickup truck; on of the men was Caleb Moore. Officers said the truck had a strong odor of marijuana. The suspects claimed there were no drugs in the truck, however upon searching it officers discovered Moore’s passport, along with a bag of marijuana that also contained several Xanax pills.

After being arrested and transported to the Troy jail, Moore was released on a total bond of $8,500. He posted on Facebook that the arrest was nothing more than a prime example of how crooked police officers and the media are trying to destroy both his father’s career, and their family. Moore went on to say that the drug test he took will prove that he is not a drug user, and that justice would be served in regards to the possession charges.

Moore was arrested in 2011 and charged with DUI and drug possession; in that case, he applied to be treated as a youthful offender. He also pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in 2013 and was sentenced to probation, according to court records.

In states where marijuana has not been approved for recreational use, possession is a serious charge. Although reports did not reveal how much marijuana was found in the pick-up truck, the consequences could still be serious if Moore is found guilty.

In Michigan, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor offense, however those convicted may face penalties that include fines of up to $2,000 and/or a maximum of one year in jail. Individuals who are found to be in possession of marijuana plants may be charged with cultivation, which is a felony offense with a minimum jail sentence of four years, and fines of up to $20,000. Other factors that affect punishment is where the offense occurred (for example, possession of marijuana in close proximity of a school, church, or park), and past criminal convictions.

Anyone who has been charged with marijuana possession or any crime involving marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription drugs, or any other substance must consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crimes attorney immediately. It is vital to have capable legal counsel in order to obtain the best possible result.

On Friday March 13, motorists were both frightened and alarmed as a women who appeared to be drunk weaved and swerved through the Holland Tunnel during rush hour, her tires striking the curb in the underwater tunnel that leads to Jersey City. According to an article at the New York Daily News, several drivers became so alarmed they dialed 911. holland-tunnel-122583-m

Upon exiting the tunnel, police pulled the driver over. It turned out to be 53-year-old Diane Reiners, a Brooklyn Episcopalian minister. Upon pulling her over, police found not only an open bottle of Absolut Vodka, but prescription medications for pain and anxiety, along with a second bottle of alcohol. The open bottle of vodka was found sitting in the center console of her vehicle, according to reports.

Police administered a field sobriety test after pulling Reiners over, which she reportedly failed. As of Friday evening, her arraignment hearing was pending.

According to another recent article at the NY Post, Reiners had begun a downward spiral prior to the drunk driving incident after losing her husband to tongue cancer several years ago. She was ordained as an assistant priest at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2012. Among the drugs found in her possession on Friday were more than 200 tramadol pills, according to the report. She is facing charges of reckless driving, drunken driving, and criminal possession.

Michigan DUI attorneys know there are many reasons why people consume alcohol. Sometimes an individual will enjoy a drink or two at a friend’s house, or stop at a local bar after work to have a couple of beers. Other times, the issues is more serious – which appears to be the case in this incident. Tragedy in people’s lives can result in “self medication” to dull the pain, loss, and loneliness. Regardless of the reason, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is never a good idea.

Anyone who is arrested or charged with driving under the influence should remain silent, and contact a seasoned Michigan DUI defense lawyer immediately. It is vital to seek legal counsel in an effort to avoid a conviction and the resulting criminal penalties, which may include jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, and more.

Recently, it was announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut that 36-year-old Kenya Malcolm, a former resident of Detroit who now resides in Surprise, AZ, pleaded guilty to operating a fraudulent federal income tax refund scheme. accounting-work-911459-m

According to the press release, Malcolm, along with co-defendants Bernard Brantley, Charles Ross, and others, conspired to file fraudulent federal income tax returns with the IRS using the names of other individuals without their knowledge. These accusations were supported by statements made in court and court documents during late 2012 through May of 2013.

Malcolm, who at one time resided in Detroit, operated “Biggest Refund Taxes,” a business based in Arizona in which Malcolm claimed to be a CPA, or certified public accountant. The scheme involved Malcolm paying Charles Ross to recruit clients for her tax preparation business. After recruiting new clients, Ross contacted Bernard Brantley, offering him a portion of his own earning for recruiting clients if Brantley would himself recruit clients for Biggest Refund Taxes. Ross is a resident of Surprise, AZ and Brantley a resident of Waterbury, CT.

The release goes on to say that Brantley and others he hired would contact innocent victims claiming that those individuals were eligible for government funding, thereby collecting their personal information including social security numbers, date of birth, and other data that could be used by Malcolm in filing fraudulent tax returns. Ultimately, both Ross and Malcolm were aware that Brantley was recruiting innocent victims under false pretenses in order to obtain their personal identity information.

After obtaining the information provided by Ross and Brantley, Malcolm used it to file fraudulent tax returns with the IRS that resulted in sizeable tax refunds. Once the refunds were received, she directed a portion to herself, a portion to Brantley and Ross, and a portion to those whose personal information was used, usually in the form of a prepaid debit card.

In all, the IRS generated more than $1 million in refunds, although the total sought through false tax returns by Malcolm was approximately $2.5 million. She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, a charge which carries a maximum prison term of five years. Malcolm’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4 of this year before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer.

The fraudulent income tax return scheme is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the IRS – Criminal Investigation Division. Brantley and Ross are scheduled for sentencing in May after both pleaded guilty to charges.

Michigan white collar crime attorneys know that even in the case of non-violent offenses, defendants face serious and often life-changing consequences, as well as loss of their freedom.

If you have been charged with tax fraud or any financial crime or are under investigation, do not hesitate before consulting with an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer who will work vigorously to protect your legal rights and freedom.

On Sunday, March 8, Troy police announced they had taken a man into custody in connection with the fatal shooting death of an Auburn Hills woman. On the previous Saturday evening, 21-year-old Jamila Monet Vigier-Cage was found slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle. Now, 24-year-old Cory Daniel Mullen has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. walther-cp99-424619-m

According to news articles at Mlive.com and Clickondetroit.com, the victim was found dead in a parking lot in Troy where she worked; she was found by a co-worker, and had allegedly been shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest. Vigier-Cage was employed at One Source, a talent agency that books actors and models.

Police asked for the public’s help in finding Vigier-Cage’s killer, and release a description of his vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. He was located within hours in Detroit, and taken into custody for further questioning. Mullen was charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm; he was arraigned on Tuesday in 52-4 District Court, where he pleaded not guilty.

The victim and Mullen had an 8-month-old son together. Mullen did not receive bond; his next court date is scheduled for March 18.

News reports do not indicate a motive for the murder. Mullen was considered a person of interest from the beginning, although it is not known if there were eyewitnesses to the crime, or he was suspected because he is her ex-boyfriend.

First-degree murder is an extremely serious crime. Also known as felony or premeditated murder, anyone found guilty of felony murder in the state of Michigan will face the remainder of his or her life in prison according to section 750.316 of the Michigan Penal Code. Because of the severe consequences and permanent loss of freedom, it is vital to obtain the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney who will fight non-stop on your behalf.

We will explore every option, investigate ourselves to determine whether errors were made my police, thoroughly review your case, and identify any potential weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case in an effort to reach positive results. Without a skilled defense lawyer, your life and future literally hang in the balance.

In December of last year, Daniel Harmon-Wright’s appeal of a conviction on voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Patricia Cook was struck down by the Court of Appeals in Virginia. Following the rejection, Harmon-Wright and his attorney, Daniel Hawes, took the appeal to the state’s Supreme Court, who just this week refused to hear the case. A Student’s Guide to the Law of the Land and The Supreme Court Pic

Harmon-Wright, who is 35-years-old, is a former Culpeper police officer who was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter after he shot a woman, allegedly in self-defense, while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot. According to news articles, the incident took place in February of 2012. Harmon-Wright responded to the call, finding 54-year-old Patricia Cook in the parking lot of the church. He maintains that the woman tried to drive away while his arm was caught in the window of her vehicle, and that he shot in self-defense.

Hawes appealed his client’s conviction on two counts, invoking the “double jeopardy” protection in state and federal law. Under the law, an individual cannot be found guilty for the same offense twice. Hawes maintains that Harmon-Wright was convicted of both unlawful shooting into an occupied vehicle, and unlawful shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in death. In addition, Hawes argued the evidence against his client was insufficient to support his conviction.

The Virginia Court of Appeals found that the actions taken by Harmon-Wright were two separate and distinct conscious acts, that he shot into the window while she was in the parking lot, then shot in into the victim’s vehicle from behind as she attempted to drive away.

Harmon-Wright was sentenced to three years in prison following his conviction in January of 2013. Now that the Virginia Supreme Court refuses to hear his case, Hawes says that they plan to appeal the conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Appealing a conviction for a criminal offense can be an extremely long and involved process. While many attempts end at the state court of appeals, some who feel they have been unfairly convicted decide to continue to the state Supreme Court, then on to the U.S. Supreme Court if they cannot get the relief they seek from the lower courts.

As any Michigan criminal appeals attorney knows. appealing a conviction successfully is not easy, and obtaining the result the client desires is rare. However, there are cases in which as appeals court will overturn a conviction, giving the defendant another chance at freedom.

If you have been unfairly convicted, it is critical you choose an attorney who is highly skilled and experienced in the criminal appeals process, and who has a successful track record.