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5 Crucial Rights to Protect if CPS Comes Knocking

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Do you know what your rights are if Child Protective Services (CPS) comes to your door?

Termination of Parental Rights in Michigan: What You Need to Know

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Is CPS involved in your family life? Are you afraid you are going to lose your children?

Potentially losing your child or children is one of the most stressful and scariest situations anyone would have to face.

Just the fear of this happening can cause great confusion and panic. It is understandably frightening. However, it may help to have an overview of parental termination procedures in Michigan so that you know what to expect.

Two Kinds of Termination of Parental Rights

Let’s start by clarifying the types of termination.

Michigan’s Animal Cruelty Laws: What You Need To Know

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The state of Michigan has strict laws against animal cruelty. If convicted, violators could face stiff fines and jail time depending on the offense.

Michigan’s New Distracted Driving Law Proposal

Michigan New Distracted Driving Law Proposal Penalties & Defense
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Michigan lawmakers have proposed new bills to expand the distracted driving law.

Have you ever been behind a driver who seemed to be less in control of their car than you would hope?

Have you ever driven behind someone whom you could see was texting on their phone while driving, or worse?

These occurrences on the road are disturbingly frequent, even with Michigan’s 2010 law against texting and driving.

Michigan Boating and Fishing Laws Changes

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Are you taking your boat out this weekend?

Do you love to fish in Michigan’s waters?

Whenever the weather in Michigan starts to get warm, the people who live here and vacation here get excited. There is nothing better than looking forward to a day on the open water, fishing or just enjoying the lake.

A few laws that affect boaters and anglers have changed in Michigan. Before you head out onto the water, make sure that you know what the changes are.

Trespassing in Michigan: What You Need to Know

Michigan criminal attorney, David J. Kramer
Trespassing criminal attorney, David J. Kramer, and law gavel

What counts as trespassing in Michigan?

How do you know when being on someone else’s land is illegal and will get you into trouble and when it’s okay?

How can you safely engage in acts of protest without the fear of being arrested?

Ponzi Scheme: Charges, Penalties & Defense

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Ponzi scheme criminal attorney, David J. Kramer

What is a Ponzi scheme?

You may have heard the term Ponzi scheme used interchangeably with the term pyramid scheme. However, they are not the same thing.

Both a Ponzi scheme and pyramid scheme boast high payouts to some of the first investors, which lure later investors who never end up making any profit.

Sex Trafficking in Michigan: What You Need to Know

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Law gavel depicting sex trafficking in michigan criminal attorney.

If you live in Southeast Michigan, you may have heard about “Operation Crusade.”

Police are cracking down on sex trafficking in Metro Detroit and surrounding communities. According to the Detroit Free Press, more than 30 people were arrested during a police sweep of hotels and motels in Warren.

Upskirting Charges, Penalties & Defense

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Upskirting is just what it sounds like. According to Michigan law, looking at, taking a photograph of an unclothed person who should have a reasonable expectation of privacy is a crime.

Gone are the days when boys putting mirrors on their shoes to see up girls’ skirts was considered a harmless prank.

It is a felony. You could end up being in jail for two years for doing it. The possible penalties are worse if you take or distribute an image of it.

Misconduct in Office: Charges, Penalties & Aggressive Defense

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Law gavel depicting misconduct in office.

Are you being investigated for misconduct in office?

As an example, let’s take a look at the case of Michigan Police Chief Shane Bartlett. If all you read is the news report about him facing three felony charges in connection with helping his wife, Kellie Bartlett, to file a false police report, you will be missing a significant portion of the story.

Chief Bartlett, who has been placed on paid administrative lead, is vigorously denying his charges. He is in a tough place. Investigators have gained access to his personal devices; and for other reasons.

What would you do if you found out your wife was cheating on you with one of your deputies, but she tells you she was the victim of a sexual assault?