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Mr. Kowalkowski is a lifelong Michigan resident.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University.  After graduation he went on to receive his law degree from the Wayne State University Law School. During that time, he served as an intern with Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Gene Schnelz and worked as a law clerk fo...r an Oakland County criminal defense firm. More

Can I Change My Guilty Plea?

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Pleading guilty to a crime ensures you will face legal consequences. People choose to plead guilty for a variety of reasons, including a reduction in the severity of a punishment. However, there are also cases in which a person accused of a crime pleads guilty because he or she is pressured to do so or because he or she did not understand the consequences of a guilty plea.

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Job Hunting with a Criminal Record? Here’s What You Need to Know

Job hunting is a tough enough challenge for the average person, but if you have a criminal record, finding a job can seem downright impossible.

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What is Jury Nullification?

If you’re in the midst of criminal proceedings, you’re likely to hear a lot of terms you’ve never heard before. And even if they are familiar, chances are you haven’t taken the time to understand them. After all, they didn’t affect you until now.

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What is the Exclusionary Rule?

Most people are somewhat familiar with the exclusionary rule, even if they aren’t sure exactly how it works or that it even has an official title.

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What Could Be Considered Drug Paraphernalia?

If you aren’t familiar with drug culture, you might assume that identifying drug paraphernalia would be a fairly cut-and-dry issue. But let’s say you are familiar with the culture – you know then there are items that can be incorporated into drug use that are otherwise standard, daily items. Something as innocuous as a ballpoint pen or plastic baggie could be considered drug paraphernalia, but these items are far from being illegal. So if law enforcement finds an item like this during a search, should you be concerned?

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Tips for Choosing a Michigan OWI Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer when you are arrested for OWI can mean the difference between things working out as well as can be expected and the experience costing you a great deal.

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Probation Violations: What to Do If You are Caught Drinking… Again

Being arrested for drunk driving and losing your license can be devastating. Your situation gets even worse if you are ordered not to drink as part of your probation and you are caught doing so anyway. This all but guarantees you’ll face the harshest possible penalties and in all likelihood, not be driving for quite a while.

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Michigan OWI – What Happens to First Offenders?

If your experience with drinking and driving - and being arrested for doing so - is limited, the events that follow can be fairly intimidating. As a first-time offender, the good news is the penalties will not be nearly as harsh as they would be if you’ve been caught multiple times. The bad news is there are still consequences and the incident can still have a serious negative effect on your life.

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Can Expungement Help? What You Need to Know

If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, it’s no surprise the experience has a serious effect on your life. Not only are you forced to deal with the related penalties if you are convicted, the effects can linger and cause trouble in just about every area of your life.

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Can a Speeding Ticket Result in Jail Time?

For most people, a speeding ticket is a minor bump in the road and not much to worry about, aside from the fine and potential appearance in court. Essentially, you make a mistake and as a result, the state forces you to be inconvenienced in a few different ways. Unfortunately for some, though, this seemingly minor infraction can lead to serious consequences.

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Police Found Drugs in the Backseat of the Cop Car Where I Was Held. Am I Responsible?

Getting arrested might be one of the most frightening things that ever happens to you. The trip from the scene of events to the police station in an officer’s car is intimidating and uncomfortable, to say the least.

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What You Should Know about Drugs in Your Vehicle

Getting pulled over while driving by law enforcement can be frightening if there are drugs in your vehicle. The experience is even worse if you don’t realize there are drugs in your car and a search by law enforcement uncovers materials that could get you convicted of a crime.

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Are Fines Unconstitutional

Everybody knows there are instances in which the government can levy fines on individuals. They are often used as a deterrent to prevent people from breaking a law, but they are also common when people commit minor infractions, such as speeding or driving without a license.

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Have You Been Arrested for Drug Possession? Three Tips to Help You.

Anyone ever arrested for drug possession in Michigan knows how devastating the experience can be and how quickly the situation can spiral out of control. Even the smallest legal infraction related to drugs can result in steep fines and loss of privileges in many areas of your life.

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Five Questions to Ask Your Michigan License Restoration Lawyer

One of the most inconvenient and frightening penalties for those arrested for DUI or other traffic violations is the loss of driving privileges. Not only does losing your license make things difficult for you, not being able to drive can also interfere with other areas of your life.

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What Does It Mean to Have Your Driving License Revoked in Michigan?

Your Michigan driver’s license means many things: it means you have been approved as a safe operator of a vehicle on the state’s roadways. It means you have the freedom to travel from one location to another, completely in control of when and where you travel. And it means you have been trusted with the responsibility of driving and all that entails. Unfortunately, losing your Michigan drivers license ends of all these benefits immediately and can have far-reaching negative repercussions in your life.

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What is Felony Drug Possession in Michigan?

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Being arrested for drug possession, no matter the severity of the charges, is a scary experience. And if you are facing a felony drug possession charge, it could mean a lifetime of repercussions. Your immediate decisions are some of the most important you will ever make and understanding how serious your situation is will help you in the immediate aftermath and for the rest of your life.

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Why Field Sobriety Tests Put You at Risk

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It happens to even the most responsible drivers on the road: you decide to drive home after just a beer or two, confident you are under the legal limit and capable of driving safely. Often, things go as planned and you arrive home safely without incident, but unfortunately, sometimes things go awry and you find yourself staring into the accusing face of a police officer.

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Michigan’s “Super Drunk” Law: What You Need to Know

As of October 2010, anyone arrested for driving with an extremely high blood alcohol content in Michigan faces enhanced penalties. Essentially, the law distinguishes between someone who has had one too many drinks and attempts to drive versus drivers who are way over the legal limit and inarguably a threat on the roads. Because the “Super Drunk” law puts drivers at risk for serious legal consequences, it is essential anyone accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol seek legal counsel immediately.

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2nd Offense DUI in Michigan

A 2nd Offense DUI in Michigan brings with it significant repercussions.  Defendant’s charged with a 2nd Offense within seven years of a previous conviction face possible jail time, lengthy probation, large fines and a revoked license.

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