Innocent Client Means Case Dismissed!

Defendants are wrongfully convicted every day in the United States. Without a strong defense, you may have to rely on an appellate court unwilling to help.

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The Michigan Innocence Clinic

At the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, clinic students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners with new evidence to establish that they are innocent. Unlike many other innocence clinics specializing in DNA exonerations, the Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases with no biological evidence to be tested. The best hope to get a case dismissed and conviction overturned is with a team of lawyers willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Under the supervision of its founder, Professor David Moran, Innocence Clinic students work on all aspects of the cases, including investigating new evidence, preparing state post-conviction motions, conducting hearings, and arguing motions in conjunction with these motions and filing appeals to the state and federal courts. The Innocence Clinic aims to help innocent defendants get their cases dismissed and convictions overturned. The Michigan Innocence Clinic has exonerated a multitude of clients since its inception in 2009.

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Victor Caminata’s Story – Case Dismissed! Conviction Overturned!

On January 22, 2014, the Michigan Innocence Project announced that Victor Caminata, who was charged with arson and had served five years and two weeks of wrongful imprisonment before his release on July 2, 2013, would have his conviction vacated by the Michigan Attorney General. The expert witnesses no longer stood by the arson determination that had sent Mr. Caminata to prison to serve 9 to 40 years.

Mr. Caminata was convicted after the house he shared with his then-girlfriend and their children burned in 2008. The initial investigation concluded that the fire originated in the chimney. The police received an anonymous tip, and investigators reexamined the wreckage. They found supposed signs of arson, making it look like a chimney fire. The investigators failed to examine the chimney’s interior, which is the essential step a fire investigator must take before determining whether or not a fire involved a chimney.

Mr. Caminata’s exoneration came almost two years after the Innocence Clinic filed a motion for relief from judgment for Mr. Caminata. Based on its expert’s conclusion, the state’s experts committed fundamental errors that the initial finding of an accidental criminal fire that had burned the house was correct.

You Need the Protection Provided by a Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Michigan

When dealing with criminal law, you need the protection of an experienced, reputable Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney to ensure you are completely protected. Your best hope of getting your case dismissed and having your conviction overturned is with a seasoned criminal defense attorney willing to go the extra distance to get you the justice you deserve! A skilled defense lawyer will do the following to protect and defend you:

  • investigating the charges against their client
  • analyzing evidence presented by the prosecution
  • effectively, promptly, and continuously communicating with the client regarding the charges, defenses, strategies employed, and any other issues impacting the case,
  • using the latest developments in the law to challenge all aspects of the prosecution’s case
  • utilizing the most effective strategies to build a factual, legal, and equitable defense,
  • negotiating favorable plea deals with prosecutors, if necessary
  • negotiating a lenient sentence with the judge, if necessary
  • defending their client during a trial and fighting for an acquittal or reduced charges
  • protecting the client’s interests at all costs

The importance of having experienced and effective legal representation cannot be overstated, as it can mean the difference between an individual being acquitted or convicted of a crime.

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We can fight to get your case dismissed, and conviction overturned.

If you, or a loved one, are charged with a criminal offense or wrongfully convicted, it is essential to contact an attorney that has the experience and knowledge in all areas of the criminal law to protect your rights both before and after conviction, to get your case dismissed, and fight to have your conviction overturned.

The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience practicing nothing but criminal law. When faced with possible imprisonment or any of the other severe consequences of a criminal conviction, you should not trust your future to an attorney who practices in multiple areas of the law or to the one that is the lowest bidder. When there is no room for error or false promises, you need a specialist with a track record of success. Call us for a free consultation, today!

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

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