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Federal Sentencing Process: What You Need to Know

American flag, gavel, and federal sentencing attorney, David J. Kramer
American flag, gavel, and federal sentencing attorney, David J. Kramer

The federal sentencing process can be complicated. If you are facing federal criminal charges, it is critical that you have an experienced federal attorney by your side.

If all your information about court procedure comes from the movies, you might think the judge issues a sentence immediately after the verdict, accompanied by several swift hammers with the gavel for dramatic effect.

However, that is not at all how federal sentencing works. Sentencing happens at a completely separate hearing after the trial is over. You might be surprised by how much discretion a judge has over the length and type of your sentence.

Operation Legend in Detroit: What it Means for You

Detroit skyline depicting Operation Legend coming to Detroit.
Detroit skyline depicting Operation Legend coming to Detroit.

Have you heard of Operation Legend?

COVID-19. Protests. Riots. Escalating gun violence across the country. It’s hard to stay out of the news even if you want to these days. It’s hard for the average person to stay sane when confronted with this level of fear.

Federal Sex Crimes: What You Need to Know

American flag, Bible, and gavel depicting federal sex crimes.
American flag, Bible, and gavel depicting federal sex crimes.

Did you know there was a difference between state and federal sex crimes?

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Corporate Fraud in Michigan: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Business man tucking envelope in suit depicting corporate fraud.
Business man tucking envelope in suit depicting corporate fraud.

Are you or is someone you love being investigated for corporate fraud?

The Tangled Web of Pornography and Crime

Law gavel and computer depicting pornography crime web
Law gavel and computer depicting pornography crime web

Are you or is someone you love facing a sex offense charge? Do you wonder how it could have gotten this out-of-control? 

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Evidence Against You in a Federal Case: What You Need to Know

Law gavel and U.S, flag depicting evidence against you
Law gavel and U.S, flag depicting evidence against you

Are you or someone you love the subject or target of a federal investigation? What evidence do they have against you?

If you find yourself being investigated for a federal crime, it’s unnerving. Most people, innocent or guilty, want to know what kind of evidence government agents have and can use to potentially put them in prison.

Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act: What You Need to Know

U.S. flag and lightening depicting America's memorial statues and monuments are under fire.
U.S. flag and lightening depicting America's memorial statues and monuments are under fire.

America’s memorial statues and monuments are under fire. Looting and rioting broke out in many U.S. cities at the end of May in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Many Americans looked on in shock and fear from their video screens and home windows.

Fireworks Safety in Michigan: New State Law and Local Ordinance

Family watching fireworks
 
Family watching fireworks

Did you know Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 (Public Act 256) was updated in December of 2018?

Federal Investigation: How long can you be investigated? What You Need to Know

American flag and gavel depicting federal investigation
American flag and gavel depicting federal investigation

When you hear the words federal investigation in the news, you get the sense that someone is pulling out the big guns. The words are used and oftentimes meant to strike fear in people’s hearts.

Police Misconduct and Qualified Immunity

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Police cars depicting police misconduct

We all know how much police misconduct has been in the news. Let’s take a closer look at the legal aspects and what qualified immunity is by examining two cases.