Cost of Prosecution – What Are They?

Costs of Prosecution Are Routinely Added to a Criminal Sentence

The Michigan Court of Appeals has determined that costs of prosecution are limited

image9Most counties and communities in Southeastern Michigan have laws that allow for the prosecution to recoup its costs from criminal defendants.  These laws have taken advantage of criminal defendants almost since their inception.  Prosecutors have asked, and received, reimbursement for their services, as well as the services of police officers. This amounts to being paid twice for the same services.

The issue of blanket reimbursement was addressed by the Michigan Court of Appeals. It was decided that the actual costs of prosecution that go over and above the maintenance and functioning of governmental agencies can be ordered paid as a cost of prosecution.  The normal operating costs of the police departments and prosecutor’s office cannot be charged to a criminal defendant.

Most criminal defense attorneys do not contest what items can be properly charged to the client and what cannot. These costs can routinely reach hundreds of dollars, and thousands in the larger cases. The contesting of inappropriate costs of prosecution can save a lot of money for the client.

Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. is the Michigan Criminal Defense Law Firm You Can Count On to Protect You Against the Government and Costs of Prosecution

michigan_defense_attorney_qualitiesThe attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. take their responsibility to protect their clients very seriously. It is important to them that all rights are protected and the government does every thing that is required and does not take advantage of the situation.  LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is very aware of people having financial issues. It is often the case that the only reason someone commits a crime is because they are financially destitute. So, the overcharging of the costs of prosecution is repugnant to everything the firm stands for.  If you are in trouble, or have any questions relative to criminal law, please call us at (248) 263-6800 for help. You may also complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will contact you.

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