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  • Police Appear to Cover up Prosecutor’s Indiscretions

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    September 21, 2017

    According to the Detroit Free Press, three Grand Rapids police officers who responded to or had knowledge of a drunk driving collision involving an assistant prosecutor tried to cover up the official’s role in the accident. The police discussed the case with one another over the phone on a line that was allegedly “non-recorded,” but a judge ordered them to release the conversations, which actually had been documented.

  • What Is an Investigative Subpoena?

    What Is an Investigative Subpoena?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    September 20, 2017

    In a perfect world, people who witness criminal activity would be able to report it without fear of retribution from the allegedly guilty party. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, though, witnesses are often reluctant to cooperate with the police because they believe it will put themselves or their families in danger.

  • How Can I Prevent a Friend from Drinking and Driving?

    How Can I Prevent a Friend from Drinking and Driving?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    August 30, 2017

    When you go out drinking with friends, you should always designate a driver first or ensure there are adequate sleeping arrangements at the house where you plan on socializing. Nothing can ruin a fun night faster than a DUI arrest—or a serious motor vehicle collision.

  • When Is DUI a Felony in Michigan?

    When Is DUI a Felony in Michigan?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    August 23, 2017

    Having a felony conviction on your record can affect your life in ways you may not have anticipated. For example, it could have a serious impact on your career trajectory and your financial security, even if the crime was non-violent and had nothing to do with your line of work.

  • What Is the Revocation of Paternity Act?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    July 31, 2017

    The Revocation of Paternity Act (RPA) allows certain parties to challenge paternity in various situations. The motion must be filed within one year of completing the Acknowledgment of Parentage form or within three years of the child’s birth.

  • What Factors Determine a “Child’s Best Interests” in Michigan? Grand Rapids Divorce Attorney Explains

    What Factors Determine a “Child’s Best Interests” in Michigan? Grand Rapids Divorce Attorney Explains

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    July 1, 2016

    Divorce always comes with a multitude of life-changing decisions, but no matter carries more weight than child custody. Sometimes parents cannot agree on time-sharing, child support, and other custody matters.

  • Want to Avoid Handcuffs on Independence Day? 4 Tips from a Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Want to Avoid Handcuffs on Independence Day? 4 Tips from a Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    June 27, 2016

    Residents of Grand Rapids are gearing up for Independence Day. Whether you plan to enjoy the Amway Family Fireworks in downtown, hit the bars, or party at a friend’s house, there are steps you should take to stay safe and avoid being arrested on July Fourth.

  • What Is Criminal Sexual Conduct? 5 Sex Charges Explained by a Grand Rapid Criminal Defense Attorney

    What Is Criminal Sexual Conduct? 5 Sex Charges Explained by a Grand Rapid Criminal Defense Attorney

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    June 27, 2016

    Every sex offense is a serious matter in Michigan. Depending on the nature of the charges, a conviction could come with a steep fine, life in prison, a lifetime listing on the Sex Offender Registry, lifetime GPS tether, and other consequences.

  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid during and after an OWI Arrest – Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer Insights

    3 Mistakes to Avoid during and after an OWI Arrest – Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer Insights

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    June 7, 2016

    OWI charges are always serious – even if it is your first offense. Many drivers do not realize, however, that their defenses begin the second the police pull them over. Many people do not understand their rights, and as a result, they face OWI charges that they may have avoided, or they compromise their abilities to structure effective defenses. Here are three mistakes to avoid if police stop you under suspicion of operating while intoxicated, and after the arrest:   Admitting guilt; Answering every question the officer asks; And not contacting a criminal law attorney. If you are facing OWI […]

  • Marital Property vs. Separate Property – What’s the Difference? Grand Rapids Divorce Lawyer Explains

    Marital Property vs. Separate Property – What’s the Difference? Grand Rapids Divorce Lawyer Explains

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    June 2, 2016

    Although ending a marriage is certainly an emotional endeavor, it comes with a long list of financial considerations. In addition to potential child custody and spousal support, divorcing spouses will have to divide assets.

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