Entries by Ryan Maesen

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 […]

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 […]