The System Is Broken and it Takes Fearless Lawyers to Turn the Tables
A police officer who is charged with a crime should not be given special treatment. Your lawyer must assure that you get every possible advantage in court.
Police and Public Figures Often Have Their Own Justice System
When indigent or poorly represented defendants go to jail, they stay in jail. If you are wealthy, represented by a good attorney, or especially if you are a former cop in Wayne County, you get treated better than the common folk. Better representation means a better chance that you get out of jail on a reasonable bond. Only a highly respected, influential lawyer ensures fair treatment for a defendant charged with a felony or misdemeanor in state or federal court.
Ex-narcotics officer Robert McArthur doesn’t have to worry about finding ways to pass the time in jail because he was just granted a Monday through Friday work release. What will the officer do during his time away from Wayne County Jail? He’ll be working in his Riverview tanning salon. The police officer was the third defendant to be convicted as part of a 2005 drug case where the officers and prosecutor in charge of the case knowingly allowed a witness to perjure himself while on the witness stand. The judge who presided over the cocaine case, Mary Waterstone, is the only defendant who has not pleaded to the charges, and her trial is scheduled in June on a felony misconduct charge.
After being convicted of suborning perjury, ex-Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Plants spent 89 hours a week outside the jail as a social worker. Wayne Circuit Presiding Judge Timothy Kenny recently told McArthur that he would be getting 45 hours a week to tend to his tanning business while serving a 90-day sentence.
According to Judge Kenny, the work release program prevents “economic collapse” for prisoners while serving jail time. A very high percentage of individuals incarcerated in Oakland County Jail, Wayne County Jail, Macomb County Jail, Washtenaw County Jail, and other local facilities suffer “economic collapse” because they cannot work to support their families. Why the difference? Simple…money and exceptional legal representation. No one can dispute that a top-notch lawyer ensures fair treatment.
An Influential Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Ensures Fair Treatment in Court
The Criminal Defense Attorneys with my law firm, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., understand how critical it is for our clients to be able to maintain employment in the event of a conviction. In those cases where our clients have no alternative but to serve some jail time, we do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of our clients and their families. When hired to represent a client who is facing an “economic” collapse, many lawyers simply do not have the time, energy, resources, or the fight to do what is necessary to find an alternative to no-release jail time.
We have developed a plan over many years, maximizing a client’s ability to maintain their livelihood after sentencing. We explore every possible non-jail option. If jail is unavoidable, we take every effort to seek a delayed jail sentence, a reduced jail sentence, a suspended jail sentence, or work release. In Oakland County, there is virtual work release which is basically home confinement on a tether but with an allowance for the client to work as much as 60 hours per week. Why does it take a respected lawyer to ensure fair treatment? Because many lesser lawyers either fail to fight for their clients or have reputations for being weak and ineffective.
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If you are accused or charged with a crime that may result in a potential jail or prison sentence, we would like to help you. Call for a free consultation with Criminal Defense Attorney with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. We will meet with you, learn about your situation, and develop an intelligent, creative plan to minimize the probability of a conviction and harsh penalty.
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