Monthly Archives: July 2010

Our Office is Moving!

As of monday, August 2nd, 2010, Neil Rockind, P.C. will no longer be located in the Franklin Center. I know, I know…you all loved that office. So did we. But we are moving onward and upward.

You will now be able to find our hardworking selves in the Towers Watson Building (which used to be called the Watson Wyatt Building). The new address is 28411 Northwestern Highway, Suite 1150, Southfield, MI 48034. Don’t be worried – it’s only a mile away from our old office!

Our phone number (248-208-3800) and our fax number (248-208-3801) will be remaining the same, so feel free to call our office anytime.

Thanks,

Neil Rockind, Colin Daniels, & Jennifer Mellas

Details of 100 million Facebook users published online

If you are under the misconception that your Facebook information can only be seen by your “friends,” then you are dead wrong.

According to this story, a gentleman by the name of Ron Bowes created a program that trolled through Facebook and captured every single bit of information that was not actually labeled “private.” He then compiled all of that information into a single database. That database contains personal information on 1oo million Facebook users! Let me say that again: the personal information of 100 million Facebook users is now available for download at www.thepiratebay.org.  Welcome to the future of the phone book.

via MSNBC

Colin A. Daniels

2 Cases. 2 Preliminary Exams. 2 Dismissals. 1 week!

Over the past week Attorney Neil Rockind has achieved two dismissals at the preliminary examination level! For those who don’t know, when someone is charged with a felony, they first start their case at the district court level. At that level, the person has the option to hold a preliminary examination. At that examination, the prosecutor must show (1) that a crime was committed, and (2) that the person charged is more likely than not the person who committed the crime. If the prosecutor fails to meet these two burdens, then the case is dismissed. However, if the prosecutor does meet the two burdens, then the case is “bound over” to the next higher court – the circuit court. It’s tough to tell, but generally speaking, about 90-98% of cases are bound over to the circuit court level. In other words, a dismissal at the preliminary examination is a very tough thing for a criminal defense attorney to achieve.

But not for Neil Rockind.

In the past week our firm held 2 preliminary examinations. In the first, our client was charged with 2 felony counts: resisting and obstructing a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), to-wit: a 2×4 piece of wood. After Neil Rockind’s deadly cross-examination of the police officer and 2 other witnesses, the Judge outright dismissed the case, claiming that “no crime had been committed.”

In the second case, our client was charged with 1 felony count of possession of heroin. To make matters worse, she is currently on probation out of the Macomb County Circuit Court (with an early release scheduled.) We could not allow her to be bound over to Circuit Court and thereby violate her probation, so Neil Rockind went toe-to-toe with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. After a grueling 2 hour exam, the prosecution conceded that they could not prove that the substance found near our client was actually heroin and the Judge dismissed the case! To add insult to injury (for the prosecutor), the Judge dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning that the prosecutors office is barred from bringing future charges!

2 Cases. 2 Preliminary Exams. 2 Dismissals. 1 week! It doesn’t get any better.

Colin A. Daniels.

Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely experienced in handling criminal cases of all types, especially weapons offenses and drug offenses. If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge or an investigation by any policing agency regarding resisting/obstructing, a weapons offense, or any drug offense, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at jmellas@rockindpc.com or call our office directly at 248-208-3800.

Marijuana Poll

California Prop 19

In case you have not been paying attention to politics in California, which I assume most of you have not, in November Proposition 19 will be on the California Ballot. Proposition 19, if it passes, will make Medical Marijuana a thing of the past in California – and will completely legalize it for everyone (in the State of California) 21 and over. According to some polls, Prop 19 is currently polling at 52% for it – to 36% against it. Those are some big time numbers. Who knows what will happen in November, but things will be very interesting if Prop 19 passes.

If it passes, the State of California intends to heavily tax it to help reduce its ever increasing debt. As an added bonus, the rest of the country will finally get a chance to find out exactly what happens when it becomes legal: no noticeable effect or mass chaos. Either way, it could have a huge impact on the paths the rest of the country takes regarding marijuana/medical marijuana. Here’s to you California – for opting to be our guinea pig.

Check out some of the poll numbers HERE

Colin A. Daniels

Weird Laws on the Books in Michigan?

I found this story at Freep.com

Here are a few of the weird things that are illegal:

Birmingham

• Have promiscuous sex.

Clawson

• Throw snowballs.

• Allow homosexuals into bars.

Detroit

• Loiter in the morgue.

• Bring into the city any person with a communicable disease, such as the flu or sexually transmitted diseases, without the approval of the health director.

Dearborn Heights

• Operate a fitness center that does not segregate males from females.

Farmington

• Be addicted to drugs.

Fenton

• Flip the middle finger or use obscene language.

Ferndale

• Allow drunks into bars or permit bartenders or waiters to mingle with patrons.

• Use immoral or profane language in a bar.

• Hold a concert or exhibition that corrupts morals.

Fraser

• Allow immoral, suggestive or freak dancing in bars.

Grosse Pointe

• Use indecent, insulting language.

• Disrupt church with laughter.

• Invite another person to conduct an immoral act.

Harper Woods

• Possess in public any book, magazine or movie that is contrary to good morals.

• Behave immorally in dance halls.

• Spit in church.

Milford

• Use immoral or vulgar language on phone.

• Use indecent or insulting language in front of children or women.

Mt. Clemens

• Sell condoms unless you’re a pharmacist.

• Open any business on Sunday.

• Play songs on a jukebox at a bar that are obscene, indecent or contrary to good morals.

Oak Park

• Hold so-called freak shows.

• Neglect your wife.

Rochester

• Have carnivals or freak shows.

St. Clair Shores

• Sell pornography.

• Be addicted to drugs.

Washington Township

• To “indulge in pointless, useless wandering from place to place within a public area without any excuse for such roaming other than impulse.”

Wayne County

• Use obscene language or beg in public.

• Use indecent language in the presence of women or children.

Some of these laws may seem harmless, until you run into an over-zealous prosecutor and you happen to be charged with a violation of one of these silly laws.

We at Neil Rockind, P.C. have defended individuals charged with ridiculous crimes such as the few listed above. We can attest to the fact that even though these crimes aren’t “normally” charged,  that simply having them on the books allows prosecutors to use these crimes as pretexts to nail you for something silly when they cannot make their case on separate grounds. The crimes above may seem like a joke, until you are charged and looking at potential fines, costs, or even probation. You won’t be laughing then.

Just my 2 cents.

Colin A. Daniels

Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely experienced in handling criminal cases of all types. If you or a loved one is faced with any type of criminal charges or an investigation by any policing agency, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at jmellas@rockindpc.com or call our office directly at 248-208-3800.