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Ways to avoid a Retail Fraud or Theft Conviction in Michigan

October 20th, 2015|

A conviction for retail fraud, i.e. theft, is just like any other criminal conviction: you will have a criminal record that may follow you for the rest of your life. When you apply for a job, the employer will see the conviction when it does a criminal background check. Having

Michigan Loss Prevention Officers: What They Can and Can’t Do

August 18th, 2015|

Can a Loss Prevention Officer Interrogate or Hold a Suspect Against Their Will? When a person is suspected of retail fraud there will likely be an encounter with the store’s security personnel. These individuals are often called Loss Prevention Officers and they are common in larger retail stores like Wal-Mart,

Retail Fraud: Self-Scanners and Advancing Security

July 27th, 2015|

How many times have you gone through the self-scan checkout lane at the grocery store and had difficulty with the machine? Using a self-scanner? Anybody who has used one of these machines knows how difficult it can be to properly scan and pay for merchandise. Using these machines requires complete

How to prepare for a substance abuse evaluation

July 14th, 2015|

A properly prepared substance abuse evaluation can make or break your case In order to have your driving privileges restored, it's imperative that properly prepared evidence is submitted to the hearing officers. A substance abuse evaluation (SAE) is mandatory, therefore it's obvious that the hearing officers rely heavily on the

Retail Fraud Kleptomania Defense: How Did This Happen and Why Did I Shoplift?

July 2nd, 2015|

Michigan Retail Fraud Lawyers Many of our clients are employed, productive members of society, with no criminal record and strong support systems.  When a new client visits our office and describes the circumstances of their Retail Fraud case, they often have no explanation as to why they decided to take

Prescribed Medications And What It Means To Your MI License Restoration Hearing

June 25th, 2015|

To win back your driving privileges, proving to the Michigan Secretary of State hearing officers that your alcohol problem is under control and likely to remain under control is imperative.  But sometimes that isn’t enough. I have been to several license restoration hearings where a client has demonstrated by the

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Days 4 and 5

June 12th, 2015|

On Day 4 of Serious Science for Serious Lawyers we are scheduled to work until 9pm so we started an hour late. That gave me a great opportunity to get in a mountain bile ride. I rode the Blue Sky Trail of Horse Tooth Mountain good for 22 miles and

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 3

June 11th, 2015|

Today is day three of NCDD’s Serious Science for Serious Lawyers in Fort Collins Colorado. There are a select group of 20 DUI attorneys from all over the country to learn the science of chemical testing in drunk driving cases and how to use it effectively in court for our

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 2

June 10th, 2015|

I am in Fort Collins Colorado as a faculty member for NCDD’s Serious Science for Serious Lawyers. Today is Tuesday, day two and we were introduced to two more Ph.D to teach us. Dr. Patricia Sulik and Dr. Robert Lantz, both from Rocky Mountain Labs. They both have Ph.D.s in

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 1

June 9th, 2015|

Because of my work with the Trial Lawyer’s College and my ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation I was asked and accepted a position on the faculty of NCDD’s first blood-alcohol trail advocacy seminar located in Fort Collins Colorado. It’s called Serious Science for Serious Lawyers and is an intense and rich