Frequently Asked Questions

Should I have a lawyer?

Lawyers are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you; help you evaluate your options; negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people; prepare letters, court forms or other legal documents for you; and represent you in court.

What should I have prepared when I call a lawyer about my issue for the first time?

Ideally, that first call to an attorney should be an informed one. In reality, it is quite normal that even the most organized and prepared individuals will need to supplement later; that is call back or bring to the first office appointment the necessary info. But to get the most “bang” out of that first contact, more info means faster and better advocacy by your attorney. Therefore you should try to gather up as much of the following that you can before making that call:Relevant dates and locations of the matter at hand; if you do not know the exact calendar date, be prepared to narrow it down like, for example: ” the second half of the month of November last year”.Correctly spelled names and birth dates, if known, of any relevant people, whether they are party opponents(people against you in the lawsuit), witnesses, or references.

How much will this cost me?

Most attorneys will charge by the hour and will take a retainer up front. Each case is different and it generally depends on the complexity of the case and how much court time is expected to be spent.

How long does it take to get divorced?

In Michigan, it takes a minimum of 60 days to get divorced. If there are minor children, the waiting period is 180 days. However, this 180-day waiting period may be reduced if “undue hardship” can be proven. However, in no case can the waiting period be shortened to less than 60 days

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

The differences between the two are set by statute when the state legislature passes the law. Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by imprisonment for NOT MORE than one year, and/or a fine NOT EXCEEDING $1,000. Felony crimes are punishable by imprisonment of MORE THAN one year and/or a fine of MORE THAN $1,000.

Is there a statute of limitation for filing criminal charges?

Generally, yes. Almost every state has a time limit on how much time the government has to charge you with most crimes. The time limits vary by state, and federal laws are different, too. Sometimes, though, there’s no time limit at all. For instance, in most states, there’s no time limit for murder or some sex-related crimes. So, a person could be charged with some crimes 5, 10, or even 50 years after the crime was committed.