Criminal Defense

False Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

When a local fraternity brother was accused of criminal sexual conduct, we advised him to take two lie detector tests to prove his innocence — both of which he passed.

Prosecution dismissed case at an early stage, keeping the client off the sex offender registry and out of jail.

"Super" Drunk Driving Case

A college student was pulled over on campus and found to have a blood alcohol content level that was almost three times the legal limit. In pre-trial, she was declared to have a “super” drunk driving case (the highest of Michigan's three levels). After asking to see all evidence, we discovered that the young police officers who arrested her administered her breath test incorrectly.

We got the client's sentence reduced to the lowest charge. She got no probation, was sentenced to serve to one day in jail, and paid only fines and costs. We also helped her get counseling.

Drunk Driving with a High BAC

Client was charged with Operating With a High BAC (“Super Drunk Driving”). At the first Pretrial, the prosecutor firmly stated that her office does not give any plea reductions for this type of charge. After reviewing the police reports and police videos, Shawn Head determined that the police did not follow proper procedures when conducting the Datamaster breath test. Shawn Head filed a motion to suppress the breath test results. 

After receiving the motion, the prosecution offered a severely reduced plea offer, which the client gladly accepted. At sentencing, the client was ordered to pay fines and costs, and the case was closed without her having to serve any probation time.

Possession of Marijuana

Client was pulled over for running a red light. When the police officer approached the vehicle, he claimed he smelled the odor of marijuana, and searched the vehicle. The police officer found marijuana, and the client was charged with possession of marijuana. After reviewing some discovery information, including police videos, Shawn Head was able to prove that the Client did not run a red light. Shawn Head filed a motion challenging the validity of the traffic stop and seeking to suppress all evidence obtained from the unconstitutional search of the client’s vehicle.

When the prosecutor read the motion, he agreed to dismiss all charges.

Domestic Violence

Client was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Client denied the charges, and claimed that he, in fact, was the one who was assaulted. Unfortunately, a year before, the client had plead guilty to assaulting the same woman, and was still on probation for that offense. 

Knowing that the jury was going to hear about the first case, Shawn Head took the case to trial anyway, and obtained a NOT GUILTY verdict.

Criminal Sexual Conduct

Client, a college student, was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – 3rd Degree, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Client vehemently denied any assault and claimed that all sexual contact with the accuser was consensual. After the Client passed two separate polygraph tests, Shawn Head engaged in extensive negotiations with the prosecutor.

Ultimately, Shawn Head convinced the prosecution to dismiss all charges before the preliminary examination; an extremely rare feat.

Real Estate Law

Return of Earnest Money Deposit

Client signed a purchase agreement to buy a house, and he put down a substantial deposit. For multiple reasons, the client decided that he no longer wanted to buy the house. When he tried to terminate the deal, the sellers refused to return his deposit, and claimed that he had forfeited it. Shawn Head was able to discover that the sellers had failed to comply with a rather obscure statutory requirement; the sellers failed to attach a notice that the property was serviced by private road that was not maintained by the county road commission. By not providing such a notice, under Michigan law, the buyer was able to terminate the purchase agreement without penalty.

Ultimately, the seller was forced to return the Client’s entire deposit.

Escaping an Unfair Real Estate Deal

This client was planning to buy a house and put down a large deposit on it. After realizing the seller was not forthcoming and the deal was not what he wanted, he asked for our help to terminate the agreement.

We got the client out of the deal and got his down payment back.

Civil Litigation

D.B. vs. RV Sales Broker

Client, a Pennsylvania resident, sold his RV through the Defendant, a sales broker. The broker was a limited liability company located in Michigan. The broker sold Client’s RV to a buyer from California. The buyer drove the RV to California and disappeared without ever making a payment. After analyzing Client’s agreement with the broker, Shawn Head discovered that the broker had agreed to guaranty the payments on the RV if the buyer failed to make the payments. Shawn Head filed a lawsuit against the Defendant broker and was able to prove that it was a sham limited liability company.

Ultimately, Shawn Head was able to obtain a judgement in excess of $200,000 against the broker, and all of its owners.

Dental Office vs. R.G.

Client was sued by his former dentist for allegedly not paying the dentist’s bill. After consulting with the client and reviewing his dental billing records, Shawn Head learned that the Client was billed for services that the dentist did not actually perform. Shawn Head also learned that the dentist had likely fraudulently billed Client’s dental insurance carrier.

Shawn Head negotiated with the dentist’s attorney, and was able to convince him to quickly dismiss the lawsuit.

Student Loan Servicer vs. G.S.

Client was sued by his student loan servicer for allegedly defaulting on his student loan payments. The student loan servicer filed a motion for a judgment as a matter of law. Shawn Head filed a cross-motion to dismiss the case. Shawn Head was able to show that Client’s loan had been sold and assigned to multiple different loan servicers in the years before the lawsuit was filed. In his motion, Shawn Head claimed that the loan servicer was not able to definitively prove that it actually owned the Client’s student loan. 

Rather than proceed with the lawsuit, the loan servicer agreed to settle the case for approximately 25% of the amount it had originally sought in the lawsuit.