Entries by Ryan Maesen

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 […]

It can pay 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 […]

Voluntary Dismissals

Lately, a large percentage of prospective criminal clients have been calling in and asking if we can get their case dismissed. They seem dismayed when I tell them the truth which is: “maybe, but don’t count on it.” I am not sure why many defendants are suddenly thinking that the prosecutor’s office will just walk […]