Case Successes

Effective advocacy is a goal for every client we represent at Alane & Chartier, P.L.C., and we work hard to best represent our clients.  The following are just a few of the successes enjoyed by our clients.

A felony drug manufacturing case was dismissed based on the police unconstitutionally entering and searching a home. We proved this through a thorough investigation and timeline to show that the officers entered the home based on a questionable “tip” and before the warrant was issued, despite what the officers testified to in court.
Takura secured a dismissal after he convinced a prosecutor that it would defy logic and the plain language of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act to proceed to trial against a registered patient charged with misdemeanor operating under the influence of a drug absent proof that marijuana actually had a significant and materially effect on his driving.
It took a matter of minutes for the jury to return with a not guilty verdict in a malicious destruction of property case. The jury heard that the client may have broken the complainant’s heart, but he did not break her windows.
Takura obtained the dismissal of a felony assault charge after the preliminary examination and an investigation showed that the complaining witness lied and was the real perpetrator. Ultimately, our client’s decision to decline every plea bargain offered was more astute than the prosecutor imagined.
English was our client’s second language, but Takura’s advocacy spoke for itself. A PPO was terminated after a two-day hearing because it was proven that our client was no threat at all to the petitioner.
Another jury declined the invitation to convict one of our clients after the jury heard testimony that it was actually the complaining witness who initiated the assault. She wielded a bat at a gas station then struck out in court against Takura when the jury quickly came back with a not guilty verdict.
Our client stood up for himself against a verbally and physically abusive neighbor. The jury was convinced that our client was not guilty after Takura stood up for him in court and explained that he was merely defending himself.
Takura argued successfully that our client could not possibly have been the person who allegedly drew a gun during a fist fight. The jurors were not moved by the star witness’s tears after they saw our client’s colorful tattoos in the courtroom and realized that the “eyewitness” had never mentioned seeing them. The jury was left with a picture that made it clear the finger had been pointed at the wrong person.
A not guilty verdict after a jury trial in a malicious destruction of property case.  The jury heard that the client may have broken the complainant’s heart, but he did not break her windows.
A PPO was terminated after a two-day hearing because it was proven that the client was no threat to the petitioner.
The dismissal of a felony assault charge after the preliminary examination and an investigation showed that the complaining witness lied and was the real perpetrator.
A not guilty verdict in an assault case after the jury heard testimony that it was actually the complaining witness who assaulted the defendant.
A not guilty verdict in an assault case after the jury heard evidence that the client was merely defending himself.
An appellate victory in a criminal sexual conduct case that resulted in convictions being reversed for a man wrongfully convicted of criminal sexual conduct.
Dismissal of drug charges after a motion to dismiss was granted because the police illegally entered and searched the client’s home.
“Not guilty” verdicts across the board in a criminal sexual conduct case in which no offer was made because the government believed it could not lose at trial.
A “not guilty” verdict in an attempted murder case in which there was no offer because the government believed its case was so strong.
Multiple felony offenses were dismissed after a motion to suppress evidence was granted.  The police unconstitutionally seized the client merely because he was in an alleged “high crime” area and, thus, unconstitutionally searched his vehicle.
The dismissal of a drug charge after a motion to suppress evidence was granted because of an unconstitutional search.
A unanimous victory at the Michigan Supreme Court in People v Koon, which protects medical marijuana patients and their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
The dismissal of a probation violation allegation after a motion that dispelled the accuracy of an ETG and ETS test.
The dismissal of a drug offense because of the police illegally searching the client’s purse.
A motion to suppress was granted after the police illegally entered onto the client’s property.
A charge of reckless driving was dismissed after an investigation revealed an accident, but no improper driving had occurred. 
A motion to suppress drug evidence was granted after the client was detained for too long on the side of the road after a traffic stop. 
An operating while intoxicated offense was negotiated to a civil infraction because of the field sobriety tests being improperly conducted.
A home invasion in the first degree charge was dismissed after winning a motion to quash the bindover.
A remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit because of the improper consideration of a factor at sentencing.
A motion was granted to change probation conditions and eliminate alcohol and drug testing.
The dismissal of a weapons charge because of an illegal seizure.
An operating while intoxicated offense was negotiated to a civil infraction because of the improper administration of the breath test.
The dismissal of a collections suit against a client after the company failed to produce the required documentation of a claim.
A victory at the Court of Appeals involving the misapplication of a probate statute involving what constitutes a will.
The termination of a PPO after a witness – who purported to identify A&C’s two clients – was deemed unreliable by the court.
The dismissal of a neglect and abuse case after an investigation proved the child’s parents took the proper steps to ensure medical care for their child.
A driver’s license appeals division success that resulted in the client being able to drive after years of revocation.
A downward departure at a sentencing in a controlled substances case that resulted in the client spending six months in jail as opposed to sixteen years in prison.
The dismissal of a criminal sexual conduct case after the client passed a polygraph and an extensive investigation.
The termination of a PPO after a criminal sexual conduct allegation.
The dismissal of an assault charge after an investigation revealed that the complainant had been the one who threw the first punch.
The dismissal of three felony controlled substance charges after the court found insufficient evidence at the preliminary examination to bind the client over to circuit court.
A directed verdict in a termination of parental rights case after the teenager’s claims of abuse were revealed to be fabricated.
The dismissal of a charge in a neglect and abuse case when the government conceded that it had insufficient evidence.
A victory in a termination of parental rights trial for a man who was not provided with a sufficient opportunity to engage in the services necessary to continue parenting his son.
The termination of a PPO in a criminal sexual conduct case after a multiple day hearing.
The dismissal of a charge after the police illegally entered the man’s property without a search warrant.
An appellate victory for a man that resulted in his removal from the State of Michigan’s Central Registry.
The dismissal of a medical marijuana case after a Section 8 defense was asserted.  The client had spoken with his doctor but had not yet received a physician certification.
A victory over the Attorney General in federal court resulting in the dismissal of a civil case against a Michigan corporation.
An appellate victory in a controlled substances case because of an improper search warrant.
A not guilty verdict in a malicious destruction of a building trial.
An appellate victory at the Michigan Supreme Court for a woman who sued her church and pastor for defamation.
An appellate victory that resulted in the dismissal of a controlled substances charge because of an unconstitutional seizure.
The dismissal of a medical marijuana case after a Section 8 defense under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was asserted.
A not guilty verdict in a controlled substance case where a police officer claimed that the client confessed to the crime.
A not guilty verdict on all counts in a multiple-week trial in federal court where the client was indicted on multiple conspiracy charges and a money laundering charge.
An appellate victory in the Michigan Court of Appeals after a medical marijuana patient was denied the right to present a defense under Section 8 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
An appellate victory in the Michigan Supreme Court for a law enforcement officer who had been wrongfully convicted of homicide.
An appellate victory in the Michigan Supreme Court for a defendant who was unconstitutionally denied the right to an attorney.
A writ of habeas corpus was granted in federal court in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The client was accused of a number of violations involving illegal casino gambling. After numerous briefs and an evidentiary hearing, the client’s writ was granted.