Entries by Ryan Maesen

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. […]

Brief Overview of Constitutional Rights

This will be a short thought on our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Four of the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution deal exclusively with the rights of the criminally accused. Our Founding Fathers put alot of thought into the power of the state versus the power of the accused in a criminal matter. […]

It can be wise to fight

The majority of people charged with a crime end up taking a plea deal. That means that the prosecutor offers them an opportunity to plea down to a lesser charge or a lesser penalty if they plea guilty and avoid a trial. This can make a lot of sense for some people. If you are […]

Consecutive Sentencing Part I

There is some confusion out there regarding the difference between consecutive sentencing and concurrent sentencing. This issue comes up most frequently arises when a person: pleads guilty or is convicted of multiple felonies commits a felony while on probation or parole commits a new crime while on bond or while incarcerated Consecutive sentencing is when […]

Sentencing Guidelines – An Overview

A person charged with a felony is going to hear their attorney talk about “sentencing guidelines” and because this often creates a lot of fear and confusion, I thought it would be helpful to offer a brief overview on what exactly sentencing guidelines are and how sentencing works in Michigan. The first thing to understand […]