Client charged with several counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct of various degrees, potentially looking at up to 10 years in prison and registry on the sex offender list. After conducting thorough investigation and a 2 hour preliminary examination during which Ms. Sharon grilled the complaining witnesses all charges against the client were DISMISSED and he pled to 2 counts of disorderly conduct. No sex offender registry required, no incarceration, minimal fines. Hillsdale County, 2012.
Client was stopped by Royal Oak police while sitting in her car in a parking lot. The police officer found marijuana and paraphernalia in the car and the client was charged. Ms. Sharon filed pre trial motions to challenge the stop of the client and after a lengthy hearing the court ruled that the officer violated the client’s Fourth Amendment rights. All of the evidence was suppressed and the charges were DISMISSED. The presiding judge’s clerk informed Ms. Sharon it was only the second time in her career that her judge had ruled in defense counsel’s favor! Royal Oak, 2009.
Client was charged with multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct charges, and faced a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. After a lengthy preliminary exam with co-counsel Shannon Smith, during which Ms. Sharon and Ms. Smith revealed the complainant’s reputation for lying and her mother’s motive for accusing the client of the horrible crimes, the prosecution asked defense counsel to agree to a DISMISSAL of all charges and agreed to never bring charges against the client again. Gratiot County, 2012.
Client was charged with second degree murder in Wayne County. While represented by another attorney the district court ruled that there was not enough evidence to charge the client. The prosecution then appealed the ruling. Ms. Sharon represented the client on the appeal and successfully upheld the lower court’s ruling. Client remained uncharged with the crime and is free, home with his family. Wayne County, 2012.
Client was convicted of 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree. Ms. Sharon was hired to represent him on appeal. The trial court denied Ms. Sharon the ability to hold a hearing in order to take testimony and prove that the client’s lawyer failed to adequately represent the client at trial. Ms. Sharon filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals seeking a reversal of the trial court. The Michigan Court of Appeals REVERSED the trial court and instructed the trial judge that he had to give Ms. Sharon an opportunity for the hearing, known as a Ginther hearing. The hearing was held this past summer and the appeal is currently pending in the Court of Appeals. Kent County, 2012.
Client was convicted of Arson and sentenced to 2-40 years in prison. Ms. Sharon was hired to file a Motion for New Trial and prove to the court that the client’s trial lawyer had a conflict of interest that prevented her from representing her client’s best interest. After a lengthy hearing the trial judge agreed with Ms. Sharon and REVERSED the client’s conviction. Oakland County, 2009.
Client was pulled over for reckless driving which led to him being charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Ms. Sharon filed a motion to challenge the stop of the client. After a hearing during which Ms. Sharon cross-examined the officer with the motor vehicle code, Ms. Sharon successfully proved that the client never violated any part of the vehicle code and therefore the stop of the client was unconstitutional. Therefore, the court ruled that all evidence against the client had to be suppressed and the charges DISMISSED. Oak Park, 2011.
Client was charged with manufacturing of marijuana but he had a medical marijuana card. Client also argued that the officers trespassed onto his property without a warrant. The trial judge refused to give the client a hearing in order to prove the trespass. Ms. Sharon was hired to appeal the trial court’s denial of the hearing. The Michigan Court of Appeals REVERSED the trial court and ordered the court to allow the client the opportunity to have a hearing. Oakland County, 2010.
Client was charged with manufacturing marijuana but had a medical marijuana card. The trial court ruled that the client could not assert a defense under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act because he could not meet all of the necessary prongs. Ms. Sharon was hired to appeal the trial court’s ruling. The Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court and the client asked Ms. Sharon to appeal the case to the Michigan Supreme Court. The Michigan Supreme Court REVERSED both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the trial court and instructed the trial court that it must allow the client to assert the defense. Oakland County, 2012.
Client was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. After a five day trial the jury returned a quick NOT GUILTY verdict. During the course of the trial Ms. Sharon proved to the jurors that the detectives lied and hid witnesses and failed to follow up on leads. Macomb County, 2011
Client was convicted of one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree and one Count of Criminal Sexual Conduct Fourth Degree. Ms. Sharon was hired to represent him for the sentencing phase of his case and on direct appeal. The client’s sentencing guidelines put him in a life offense grid. After filing a lengthy sentencing memorandum challenging several of the scoring variables and over an hour of argument with the judge and prosecutor Ms. Sharon successfully had the client’s score lowered so that he was removed from the ‘life’ grid. Oakland County, 2011.