Entries by Ryan Maesen

What to do if I am Arrested?

There is no one right way to respond when arrested, but there are certain things that will assist your defense at a later time. 1. Don’t make any statements to the police. You don’t need to admit anything. Despite what the police say, talking is not going to help you. Why help them make their […]

Basic Felony Procedure

Here is the basic Felony Procedure in Michigan. This will vary somewhat from county to county. A felony is any charge that carries a maximum penalty of over 1 year in jail. Most felonies start with a minimum maximum penalty of 2 years. Step One: District Court Arraignment. At this stage, a District Court judge […]

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

The penalty for a criminal conviction does not end at sentencing. While most people are relieved to be done with their case; even if they are unhappy with the result, they often do not understand that their conviction may cause numerous problems for them down the road. This article is meant to highlight some of […]

Why I Represent Criminals Part III

Defending those accused of a crime is a tremendous uphill battle. Even if the prosecution has a weak case, they will rarely admit a mistake and proceed with charges even if they know a jury will likely find against them. I don’t know why this is. Maybe ego or hubris. Sometimes they justify it by […]

Why I Represent Criminals Part II

Why do attorneys represent criminals? I think most defense attorneys get asked this once in a while. If someone discovers I recently got a jury to return a not guilty verdict in favor of of my client, I sometimes get the follow up question: How can you do that? You are getting criminals off. As […]

Why Represent Criminals Part I

Why do attorneys represent criminals? I think most defense attorneys get asked this once in a while. If someone discovers I recently got a jury to return a not guilty verdict in favor of of my client, I sometimes get the follow up question: How can you do that? You are getting criminals off. As […]

Criminal Law Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions for those facing criminal charges. The answers I am writing are general in nature. Each case is unique. Will I end up in jail or prison? For most people, this is the scariest question. The good news is that for most people, the answer is no. If you are […]

Criminal Sexual Conduct (more info)

Michigan has 4 degrees of criminal sexual misconduct. The penalties for these crimes are amont the most serious under Michigan law. If you are facing one of these charges, get a very good attorney immediately. In most cases, these charges are not going to resolved by probation or a slap on the wrist. If the […]

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st and 3rd Degree

riminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in the 1st and 3rd Degree are felonies that require some form of penetration by the accused to the victim. The penetration requires some object be placed in the genital or anal opening of the victim. The object can be a part of the accused body or some foreign object. Criminal […]

Get the Facts

I often see these high profile cases in the media about a person accused of some crime. It frustrates me how both the media and the public immediately assume that a person is guilty just because they have been arrested and accused of something. We have a Constitution that requires a person be presumed innocent. […]