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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why An Attorney Makes A Difference In Your Criminal Case In Ingham County

By Michael Nichols

A felonious assault charge has been dismissed against a Nichols Law Firm client more than 18 years after the alleged assault occurred.  The prosecutor alleged that the client threw a beer bottle at a house party in 1995.  The client was never arrested for the alleged assault, but the prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for his arrest for felonious assault in 1996.  However, the client had already moved out of state and did not discover the existence of the warrant until recently.  After the client discovered the warrant he hired the Nichols Law Firm and returned to Michigan to resolve the matter.  A preliminary examination was scheduled.  Nichols Law Firm attorney Stephanie Tzafaroglou prepared thoroughly for the preliminary examination despite the scant discovery provided by the prosecutor. However when the Judge called the case, the alleged victim, the witnesses, and even the investigating officer, had all failed to appear for the preliminary examination.  With no witnesses,  victims, or other evidence, the prosecutor moved to dismiss the charge.  Because the statute of limitations for felonious assault is 6 years, the prosecutor cannot refile the charge against the client.

If you need an attorney who can obtain results regardless of how much time has passed, contact the Nichols Law Firm at (517) 432-9000 or stzafaroglou@nicholslaw.net

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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