Not Guilty Verdicts | Dismissals | Early Releases | Other Success Stories
NOT GUILTY VERDICTS
FLEEING AND ELUDING - DRIVING ON A SUSPENED LICENSE - NOT GUILTY
T. W. was charged with Fleeing and Eluding the Police and Driving on a Suspended License. An Oakland County Jury acquitted Mr. W. of both counts. A Pontiac Police officer testified that he identified Mr. W. at the first stop and then again after the car fled and Mr. W. was arrested. Through cross examination, the officer conceded there may have been another person in the car that escaped. The evidence revealed that the police did a shoddy investigation. The jury found reasonable doubt.
CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT - 4TH DEGREE - NOT GUILTY
M. R. was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct - 4th Degree. A Macomb County Jury acquitted Mr. R. of Criminal Sexual Conduct. Mr. Foster's theory of the defense was that the alleged victim, a former employee or Mr. R's business was trying to set up a civil lawsuit to get rich off her former employer. Through an extensive cross-examination of the alleged victim, her true motivations were revealed. Mr. R. was acquitted. He avoided a felony conviction, and the requirement of being on the sex offender registry for 25 years. His business would have been lost and he would have been financially devastated if he had been convicted.
BREAKING AND ENTERING - MOTOR VEHICLE - NOT GUILTY
K. C. was charged with Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. An Oakland County jury found Mr. C. not guilty. There was an eye witness, an acquaintance of Mr. C., that saw him on the street very close to where the car was. This same eyewitness saw a person leaning inside the car. The defense theory was that the eyewitness was lying and not to be believed. The jury questioned the credibility of the eyewitness, and was persuaded that prosecutor's burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt was not met.
HOME INVASION - FIRST DEGREE AND LARCENY OF FIREARMS - NOT GUILTY
C. S. was charged with Home Invasion - First Degree and Larceny of Firearms. Several witnesses testified that they saw Mr. S. carrying around three gun cases, but upon cross examination none of the eyewitnesses admitted to actually seeing the guns. The Michigan State Police trooper admitted on cross examination, that the police did not check for fingerprints or DNA evidence anywhere in the home, not even on the windows or doors and were not able to connect Mr. S. to the entry into the home. Mr. Foster attacked the credibility of the three witnesses that claimed they saw Mr. S. with the gun cases and the jury determined the witnesses were not credible and found Mr. S. not guilty of both counts.
ASSUALT AND BATTERY - NOT GUILTY
D. D. was charged with Assault and Battery on a restaurant co-worker at the start of an early morning shift, the day after a holiday. The accuser was the manager of the restaurant and the girlfriend of one of the servers. The defense was self defense, using only enough force reasonably necessary to protect himself to avoid the situation. Through cross examination, one of the accusers revealed he was a convicted felon. An eyewitness testified for the defense that the manager started the altercation by pushing Mr. D. in the chest knocking him off balance. Using demonstrative evidence directly in front of the jury, this eyewitness demonstrated on Mr. Foster, the manager's push on Mr. D., exactly as he remembered it, knocking Mr. Foster off balance and back a step. An all woman jury in Royal Oak found Mr. D. not guilty. Mr. D. was able to avoid jail, probation, fines and court costs.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - NOT GUILTY
G. B. and M. V., mother and daughter were both charged with domestic violence by the Pontiac Police after an altercation with a family member's girl friend. A Pontiac District Court Judge found both G.B. and M. V. not guilty of domestic violence after trial. The alleged victim's credibility was severely damaged during Mr. Foster's cross-examination, and the judge would not convict Mr. Foster's clients because the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY - NOT GUILTY
F. R. was accused with getting in a fight a beating another man in Pontiac. After consulting with Mr. Foster, Mr. R demanded his right to trial. The alleged victim was revealed as a drunk, a trouble maker, and a person who could not be trusted. Mr. R testified in his own defense to establish that the defense theory that he used only reasonable force in self defense. A Pontiac District Court Judge found Mr. R not guilty after trial. Mr. R was saved from fines, costs, probation, and the possibility of jail time.
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FELONIOUS ASSAULT WITH MOTOR VEHICLE - CASE DISMISSED
R. V.'s ex-wife accused him of felonious assault with a car. Mr. Foster's investigator went to the scene to interview witnesses and took pictures proving that the ex-wife's story was a fabrication. Mr. Foster and his client rejected several offers to plea bargain the case to a misdemeanor. After a lengthy preliminary examination where the credibility of the accusers was thoroughly attacked, and two successful polygraph results, the case was dismissed by the Domestic Violence unit of the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. Mr. V. was able to avoid a felony conviction on his record, fines, costs, probation, and incarceration.
RETAIL FRAUD - CASE DISMISSED
W. S., an innocent man, was charged with Retail Fraud in Oakland County. He was accused of stealing prescription drugs from a local Rite Aid drug store without paying for them. He actually thought that the item was prepaid and innocently walked out of the store with the item. Rather than making a courtesy call, the store contacted the police and a criminal prosecution was initiated. After months of preparation for trial, and subpoenas sent for important corporate documents, the accusers chose not to appear for trial and the case was dismissed by the district judge in Novi.
BUILDING CODE CRIMINAL MISDEMEANOR ORDINANCE VIOLATION - CASE DISMISSED
L. B. was charged with a violating a Birmingham city ordinance for not fixing her house and keeping it up to code. Mr. Foster, aggressively represented her and demanded a jury trial. Rather than try to fight this poor homeowner and her attorney, the city backed down and dismissed the case.
RECKLESS DRIVING - CASE DISMISSED
E. L., a college bound high school senior, was arrested by the White Lake Police and charged with Reckless Driving in Oakland County. Mr. Foster worked out a plea agreement with the township attorney and the district court judge where the case would be dismissed after a period of probation. Mr. Foster then successfully motioned the court to terminate probation early, so that Ms. L. could begin her college career without being on probation and without a criminal record, and no points on her driving record. The case was dismissed.
HOME INVASION AND LARCENY IN A BUILDING - ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
D. C. was charged with Home Invasion for allegedly breaking into a home in Pontiac and stealing a stereo system. The case was dismissed by an Oakland County Circuit Court judge on the day of trial because the prosecution was not prepared to go forward with their case. The police re-filed the charges, this time charging Mr. C. with the less serious felony charge of Larceny in a Building. The matter was set for preliminary examination. The key witness for the prosecution, rather than being subject to another day of cross examination, decided not to appear in court, and the case was dismissed.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - CASE DISMISSED
D. S. was charged with Domestic Violence by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Mr. Foster demanded a jury trial, rather than having his client accept a diversionary program. On the day of the trial, the accuser told the prosecution that she did not want to go forward with the prosecution and the case was dismissed. Mr. S. and his accuser (his sister), hugged and made up in the halls of the court house. The family was pleased and Mr. S did not have to pay a fine, be on probation, and did not have to take 10 weeks of anger management classes.
FELONY BAD CHECKS - ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
S. W. was charged in Oakland County with writing three bad checks in 10 days, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. It turned out that a friend of hers stole one of her checks and her balance was $500.00 lower than she thought it was, causing her to bounce several checks. Because she didn't rat out her friend to the police, the police charged her with a crime. During the preliminary examination, Mr. Foster cross examined the police officer that interviewed Ms. W. The cross examination revealed that the police report was filled with false assumptions and exaggerations. The police officer was found to be jumping to conclusions, rather than simply reporting the facts. Knowing the case was falling apart, the prosecutor's office offered a plea bargain to a misdemeanor. The district court judge and the prosecutor were both pressuring Mr. Foster to convince his client to take a misdemeanor, but Mr. Foster steadfastly refused to sell out his innocent client. The prosecution threatened to re-write the complaint to Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, a more serious felony but Mr. Foster called their bluff and the case was dismissed. Ms. W. walked out of court with no criminal record, free from fines, costs and probation, and the possibility of incarceration.
STALKING - DIRECTED VERDICT OF ACQUITTAL - CASE DISMISSED BY JUDGE
T. D. was charged with stalking. Mr. Foster demanded a jury trial for his client. After the prosecution rested its case, Mr. Foster moved for a directed verdict. A Macomb County District Judge in St. Clair Shores granted this motion for a directed verdict and the case was dismissed before the jury was even allowed to deliberate. Mr. D. was able to move on with his life, free from a stalking conviction and possible incarceration, probation, fines and costs.
RECKLESS DRIVING - ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED
M. C. was charged with Reckless Driving. Two separate motorists called the police and called in Mr. C's license plate and vehicle description. Mr. C. became irate with the Auburn Hills police officer that pulled him over. After Mr. Foster's successful negotiations with the City Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. C. was given a minor civil infraction and the criminal case was dismissed, saving him from possible incarceration, additional fines, costs, probation, and a mandatory 90 suspension of his driver license.
RECKLESS DRIVING - CASE DISMISSED
A. W. was a teenager accused in Oakland County of Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor. If convicted, she would have faced probation in the juvenile court, and possible placement in juvenile detention. Mr. Foster was able to persuade the police, prosecutor, and juvenile referee to dismiss the criminal charge of reckless driving, and have Ms. W pay a small fine for impeding traffic, a civil infraction with no points. This saved her and her family thousands of dollars in auto insurance premiums and 6 points on her driving record and a mandatory 90 day suspension of her driving license.
UNARMED ROBBERY - ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
M. J., a Pontiac teenager, was accused of Unarmed Robbery in Oakland County after an adult male was beaten, left bloody, and was robbed of his cell phone. Mr. Foster hired an investigator to interview several eyewitnesses. This thorough private investigator's report directly contradicted many of the allegations in the Pontiac Police Department's Report, and several schoolmates said that Mr. J. was not involved, and that another individual was the real perpetrator of this violence. After the Pontiac Police refused to interview additional witnesses and failed to supplement their initial police report, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office decided to dismiss all charges against Mr. J. The Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor said, “This is the first case I've ever dismissed”
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA - CASE DISMISSED
D. D., a Waterford teenager, was pulled out of his school one day by the Waterford Township Police, and accused and charged with Possession of Marijuana. Mr. D. maintained his innocence and Mr. Foster demanded a jury trial for his client. After Mr. D. went to the Oakland County Sheriff Department and submitted his fingerprints for comparison, it was revealed that there was not a match with the booking fingerprints taken by the youth that was actually arrested and booked by the Waterford police. It was a case of mistaken identity that could have led to a false conviction. Even after this mistake was revealed, the Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor still wanted to take Mr. D to trial, but the forensic fingerprint examiner was able to persuade her that there was no match on the fingerprints. All charges were dismissed by an Oakland County Circuit Judge on the day of trial.
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EARLY RELEASES - SENTENCE REDUCTIONS
ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SEXUAL PENETRATION - PROBATION VIOLATION REVERSED - NEW HEARING GRANTED - IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM PRISON - J.B. was in prison for violating his probation by allegedly raping an acquaintence. Mr. Foster took over the case. After reviewing the file and the transcripts of the probation violation hearing, Mitch discovered several errors made by the prosecutor, judge, and defense attorney. An investigator was hired and interviewed several witnesses and determined that the rape allegations were a fabrication. Mitch appeared in court and successfully argued for for a new probation violation hearing which was granted by the Mecosta County Circuit Judge. Before the new hearing was to begin, Mitch persuaded the county prosecutor to allow Mr. B to be released from prison and to be placed back on probation. All violation of probation charges were dismissed and Mr. B's probation was reinstated.
DRUNK DRIVING - EARLY RELEASE FROM JAIL
R. K. was serving a 6 month sentence in the Genesee County Jail after being convicted of Operating While Intoxicated - 3rd Offense while he was on parole. Mr. Foster appealed Mr. K's sentence and persuaded the Genesee County Circuit Judge to release Mr. K. 25% early from his jail sentence.
ATTEMPT ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SEXUAL PENETRATION - PLEA WITHDRAWAL GRANTED - EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON
W. C. was placed on probation for Attempt Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration. He later pleaded guilty to violation of probation and was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. Foster appealed Mr. C's conviction for violation of probation. The guilty plea to violation of probation was not taken properly and Mr. Foster persuaded the Genesee County Circuit Court Judge to allow Mr. C. to withdraw his guilty plea to violation of probation and allow him to have a hearing. Once the plea was withdrawn, Mr. C 's 2 to 5 year prison sentence was vacated. Mr. C. was later discharged from probation and released from prison. Because the underlying conviction was for a sex crime, Mr. C. would have likely served most, if not all of his 5 year maximum sentence because of the very low parole rates for sex offenders. The plea withdrawal allowed him to gain his freedom about 3 years ahead of schedule.
ILLEGAL USE OF A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION DEVICE (CREDIT CARD) - RE-SENTENCED - EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON
C. S. was serving a prison term for fraudulently using someone else's credit card and for being a habitual offender. Mr. Foster appealed Mr. S's sentence. After thoroughly reviewing the court records, transcripts, and presentence investigative report, Mr. Foster found that the sentencing guidelines were improperly scored, and that Mr. S's previous attorney did not object to the scoring of these guidelines, and that Mr. S. should have been given no longer than a 12 month jail sentence. After serving nearly 2 years in prison, Mr. Foster persuaded the Macomb County Circuit Court Judge to re-sentence Mr. S. to 12 months in the Macomb County Jail, with credit for time served and probation. Mr. S. was then released from prison and placed on probation. He was able to enjoy freedom, rather than being in the prison system at the mercy of the parole board.
FELOUNIOUS ASSAULT - RE-SENTENCED - EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON
S. J. was serving a 2 to 4 year prison term after pleading guilty to felonious assault. Mr. Foster appealed Mr. J's sentence. Mr. Foster found out that the sentencing guideline calculations were improperly scored and Mr. J's previous attorney had not challenged them. Mr. Foster was able to persuade the sentencing judge to correct Mr. J's sentence. After serving over 500 days in prison, the Wayne County Circuit Court Judge re-sentenced Mr. J. to 1 year in the Wayne County Jail, credit for time served and probation. Mr. J. was then released from prison.
FELONY DRUNK DRIVING - PLEA WITHDRAWAL GRANTED - RE-SENTENCED TO SHORTER PRISON TERM
S. Z. pleaded guilty to Felony Third Offense Drunk Driving in Oakland County and was serving a 3 to 10 year prison term with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. Foster appealed Mr. Z's guilty plea and found a defect in the plea process. Mr. Foster persuaded the Oakland County Circuit Court Judge to allow Mr. Z. to withdraw his guilty plea. Mr. Z. later pleaded guilty to the same offense with a sentencing agreement of 30 months to 10 years, making him eligible for parole 6 months sooner than his previous sentence.
FELONY DRUNK DRIVING - COUNTY JAIL SENTENCE REDUCED
D. O. was serving a jail sentence for Operating While Intoxicated - 3rd or Subsequent Offense in the Macomb County Jail. Mr. Foster motioned the Macomb County Circuit Court for an early release and Mr. O was released 2 months before his scheduled release date.
ATTEMPT ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY - RE-SENTENCED TO LESSER SENTENCE
T. G. was convicted by a Macomb County jury of Attempt Assault to Commit Armed Robbery and sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison. Mr. Foster analyzed the case and through his knowledge of the law and legal research, found a new legal opinion by the Court of Appeals that required that Mr. G. be given a re-sentencing. Mr. Foster filed for relief with the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals granted Mr. G. a re-sentencing. The trial judge re-sentenced Mr. G. to 21 months to 5 years, 3 months less than his original sentence, making him eligible for parole 3 months sooner than he would have been with his original sentence.
POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - EARLY RELEASE FROM JAIL
S. D. was serving a 9 month sentence in the Mecosta County Jail after a plea based conviction for drug possession. Mr. Foster filed a motion for a 25% reduction in jail time and appeared in the Mecosta County Circuit Court in Big Rapids to argue on behalf of Mr. D. The judge granted the motion, releasing Mr. D. that same day, putting him on “day reporting” status.
EMBEZZLEMENT OVER $20,000.00 - EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON
C. S. was serving an 18 month to 10 year prison sentence for embezzling over $500,000.00 from her former employer. Mr. Foster appealed her sentence, arguing that her sentence guidelines were improperly scored. The Circuit Court Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney in Charlevoix County agreed with Mr. Foster that the sentence guidelines were scored improperly. The judge ordered a re-sentencing and re-sentenced Ms. S. to a period of 10 months in the Charlevoix County Jail, giving her credit for time served and putting her on probation. She regained her freedom, and was reunited with her family after serving nearly a year in prison.
ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT GREAT BODILY HARM LESS THAN MURDER - BOOT CAMP CONSIDERATION ORDERED
R. V. was convicted in Chippewa County of multiple counts of Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder. Mr. Foster took over the case on appeal and filed a motion for boot camp. The Chippewa County Circuit Judge in Sault Ste. Marie granted this motion, and ordered that Mr. V. be considered for boot camp. The Michigan Department of Corrections was then able to screen and place Mr. V. in boot camp if he qualified. This is always an important consideration, because once a prisoner completes the three month boot camp, the prisoner gets an automatic parole.
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OTHER SUCCESS STORIES
MAINTAINING A DRUG HOUSE - GUILTY PLEA WITHDRAWAL ORDERED - CONVICTION REVERESED - NEW TRIAL ORDERED
B. L. was coerced by the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office and his family members, who were also charged as co-defendants, into taking a plea bargain to Maintaining a Drug House, a crime punishable by up to 2 years in prison, and considered a felony for most purposes. Mr. L. agreed to plead guilty because his family members would not have been offered this same plea bargain if he did not plead guilty. Mr. Foster took over the case and appealed all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court, gaining a reversal, and an order allowing Mr. L. to withdraw his guilty plea and demand his trial by jury. His conviction was reversed, and he avoided a felony on his record. The case was remanded to the District Court in Clinton Township. Mr. Foster demanded a preliminary examination. The prosecutor caved in and agreed to dismiss all criminal charges.
VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS - MONEY SETTLEMENT REACHED
S. H. was handcuffed by the police and pushed down the stairs of his home by an officer. Mr. H. sued the county and the officers. Mr. Foster stepped in to assist Mr. H. in the civil rights litigation and negotiated a settlement with the county and Mr. H. was given money to compensate him for his injuries and humiliation.
NOT GUILTY OF UNARMED ROBBERY, GUILTY OF LESS SERIOUS CHARGE
C. J. was charged with Unarmed Robbery. An Oakland County jury of 12 found Mr. J. not guilty of unarmed robbery, but guilty of a lesser charge, larceny from the person. This was a win for Mr. J. He would have pled guilty to this lesser charge, because he confessed to the police to taking the victim's money and the victim identified him at the scene of the crime. The case boiled down to persuading the jury that this was a mere pick pocket type theft and not a forceful taking. The verdict resulted in a minimum prison sentence that was 2 to 3 years less than the likely sentence for the Unarmed Robbery charge. Mr. J. was given a sentence by an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge of 3 to 20 years in prison, making him eligible for parole after serving 3 years, rather than 5, 6 or more years if he had been convicted of Unarmed Robbery.
CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT - CHARGES NEVER FILED
H. C. was investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff for Criminal Sexual Conduct. Wisely, Mr. C. hired Mr. Foster and consulted with Mr. Foster about whether or not he should talk to the police. Mr. Foster told him absolutely not. No statements were made, no charges were filed, and Mr. was saved from the possibility of jail, prison, fines, costs, registering as a sex offender, and being a convicted felon.
VICTIM NOT REQUIRED TO TESTIFY - PLEA BARGAIN REACHED
J. M. was a victim of a peeping tom type crime involving another member of her family. She hired Mr. Foster to represent her. She had the right to a lawyer, an advocate to speak on her behalf, in her communications with the police and with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. Once Mr. Foster became involved, she was no longer able to be threatened by the police with the possibility of perjury, arrest, and the charge of filing a false police report. She was willing to take the 5th Amendment and remain silent if necessary to protect her rights and to avoid the necessity of appearing in court and reliving the offense by testifying about an extremely traumatic experience. A settlement was reached between the prosecutor's office and the defendant in this case, and a trial was avoided.
VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS - MONEY SETTLEMENT REACHED
M. H. was beaten and stripped naked and left in a county jail de-toxification cell for several hours by his jailers. He sued the county and the jailers and Mr. Foster was able to negotiate a money settlement for his client with the county before trial.
TWO YEAR OLD TRAFFIC TICKET REMOVED FROM DRIVING RECORD
B. E. had a traffic ticket on his driving record that was over two years old. He wanted to clean up his driving record. Mr. Foster negotiated with the local prosecutor in Lapeer, and the case was reopened, the charge was amended, and the points were removed, and the driving record became clean, as if the ticket never was on Mr. E's driving record in the first place.
EMBEZZLEMENT BY BANK EMPLOYEE - CHARGES NEVER FILED
Y. C. was one of several bank employees that were asked to submit to a polygraph done by a police officer. She consulted with attorney Mitch Foster. Mr. Foster told the police that she was not guilty, and would not submit to a polygraph. She was never charged with a crime, and didn't have to submit to a polygraph examination as was requested of her.
LARCENY IN A BUILDING - FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM - CASE DISMISSED AFTER PROBATION
M. H. was charged with Larceny in a Building, a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison, after stealing a camera from his friend's father. Mr. Foster worked with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office and Mr. H. was allowed to participate in the Oakland County Prosecutor's first offender program, a program designed for people without a criminal record to keep their record clear and free from criminal convictions, after completing a term of probation.
FOUR FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT COUNTS REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS
J. W., a mortgage loan officer and branch manager for a Southfield mortgage company, was charged with 4 counts of Felony Embezzlement. After a preliminary examination was held in the Southfield District Court, Mr. Foster was able to reach a plea bargain agreement with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office where all 4 counts were reduced to misdemeanors, keeping Ms. W free from a felony on her record, and allowing her to be put on misdemeanor probation, without being required to serve any jail time.
PRISON ABUSE CASE SETTLED
D.M. was a prisoner who had the ability to get under the skin of people. One day, one of the prison guards had had enough and went into Mr. M's cell and beat Mr. M. Mr. Foster was able to negotiate a money settlement with the Michigan Attorney General's office on behalf of his client, to compensate his client for the injuries and humiliation suffered by this assault.
REDUCED SENTENCE AGREEMENT MADE DURING JURY TRIAL
W. B. was charged with Home Invasion - First Degree, a 20 year felony. He was facing a minimum prison term of 7 years. During trial, Mr. Foster was able to negotiate a plea agreement where Mr. B would be able to be released from prison after serving only 26 months if he was granted parole. Mr. B., likely would have been acquitted of the Home Invasion charge, (after the trial several jurors agreed that they would not have convicted on home invasion) but decided to take the sure thing and plead guilty before the trial was over to a guaranteed lesser sentence, rather than risk a minimum prison term of 7 years. Mr. B now has his parole and is a free man.
ATTORNEY FEES, FINES, AND COSTS WAIVED AFTER APPEAL
C. B. was convicted of Retail Fraud - First Degree in Livingston County and was ordered to reimburse the court for the cost of her court appointed attorney. Mr. Foster appealed this order to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals reversed the Livingston County judge's decision, and remanded the case back to the Livingston County Circuit Court and required the judge to consider Ms. B's ability to pay attorney fees. After a hearing in the Circuit Court, the Judge agreed to waive her court appointed attorney fees and reduce her fines and court costs.
FELONY DRUG POSSESSION REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR
J. W. was charged with felony possession of narcotics. A plea bargain was reached with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office where the felony was dismissed and Mr. W. was able to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, which allowed him to stay out of jail, keep his job, and remain free from a felony conviction on his record.
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