2012 Notable Victories!

Updated 03/25/13

The Attorneys and staff at Neil Rockind, P.C. are currently working on nearly 100 on-going cases, however, below is our list of outstanding victories from 2012. Please note, this list is in no way meant to be exhaustive; these are simply our honorable mentions.

2012

December 2012 – Midland, MI – Client was charged with Manufacture of Marijuana after the police performed a fly-over of his home and spotted 4 medical marijuana plants growing in his backyard. Arguably he didn’t fall under Section 4 of the Medical Marijuana Act because the plants were not secured in an enclosed and locked facility. However, after a few court appearances, we were able to convince the prosecutor that he did qualify for the Section 8 Affirmative Defense and the prosecutor agreed to DISMISS the case absent a Section 8 hearing!

December 2012 – Troy, MI – Client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated. He was pulled over after the cop allegedly saw him swerving. Ultimately he blew a pair of .14 blood alcohol breath tests and was then charged with OWI. Neil Rockind, P.C. challenged the stop of his vehicle on the basis that the police officer’s in-car video camera seemed to contradict her statement that our client was swerving. Following cross-examination of the cop by Neil Rockind, the Judge believed that the cop didn’t have any reason to pull over our client and simply said, “I’m going to give your client the benefit of the doubt. CASE DISMISSED!” This is why you always hire a good lawyer in a simple drunk driving case!

November 2012 – Bloomfield, MI – Client (a very prominent member of a local medical community) was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property after allegedly damaged a car during a road rage incident. We at Neil Rockind, P.C. worked our magic with the prosecutor’s office and the MISDEMEANOR WAS DISMISSED in exchange for his plea to a speeding ticket. Another criminal record prevented.

November 2012 – Adrian, MI – Client was charged with a probation violation after having used medical marijuana in violation of one of the explicit terms of his probation. Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated with the probation department and the Judge and while the probation department wanted him to spend 30 days in jail, we successfully convinced the Judge to sentence him to only 3 days in jail!

November 2012 – Auburn Hills, MI – Client was being investigated for his involvement in both a Domestic Violence and the Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Neil Rockind, P.C. got involved a worked out two separate deals wherein the CLIENT WAS NOT CHARGED WITH EITHER CRIME! Often times if we get involved early enough, we can prevent charges in the first place…

October 2012 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Client was charged with a 20 year felony for the Distribution of Ecstasy. Following several conversations with the prosecutor’s office regarding all of the reasons that the charge should be reduced, we worked out a deal wherein the FELONY WAS DISMISSED, the client pled to a high court MISDEMEANOR and was sentenced to a mere 6 months of NON-REPORTING PROBATION! Results don’t get much better than this…

October 2012 – Clarkston, MI – Client was charged with Delivery of Cocaine for allegedly dealing cocaine to an undercover police office. Following some extremely skillful legal maneuvering by Neil Rockind, the ENTIRE CASE WAS DISMISSED!

September 2012 – Oak Park, MI – Client was charged with several counts of Retail Fraud (shoplifting) and due to his past criminal history (which also contained many counts of Retail Fraud) was charged with a felony and was looking at spending years in prison. Neil Rockind, P.C. was able to convince the prosecutor’s office and the Judge that jail would not help his addiction to shop-lifting and at the end of the day he was placed on a home tether instead of being incarcerated.

September 2012 – Hazel Park, MI – Client was charged with Operating a Chop Shop. Neil Rockind, P.C. was successful in getting the FELONY DISMISSED and the client ended up with a misdemeanor and non-reporting probation!

August 2012 – Pontiac, MI – Client was charged with Resisting and Obstructing police after getting into a fight outside of a nightclub in Pontiac. Eventually, Neil Rockind, P.C. was able to convince the prosecutor’s office that he was just defending himself (as opposed to resisting the police) and the case was DISMISSED!

August 2012 – Detroit, MI – Client was charged in federal court with Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 or more Kilos of Cocaine. Following years of litigation, Neil Rockind, P.C. managed to decrease the prison time from over 100 months to just 34 months. (This is one of our best outcomes of 2012 – due to the fact that the client’s past lawyers had told him that he would spend at least 60-70 months in prison.)

August 2012 – Fenton, MI – Client was charged with Disorderly Person after allegedly scaring a boater with his jet-ski. After talking to the prosecutor, Neil Rockind, P.C. achieved a DISMISSAL of the misdemeanor!

July 2012 – Rochester, Michigan – Client was charged with Driving While License Suspended, despite the fact that she didn’t even know her license had been suspended. The prosecutor’s office refused to dismiss the case, so Neil Rockind, P.C. set it for trial. We prepped the case for trial and were prepared to receive a not guilty verdict, but on the day of jury selection, the prosecutor’s office buckled and offered to DISMISS the misdemeanor!

July 2012 – Bay City, MI – Client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 3rd or Subsequent Offense. It took us over a year, but eventually Neil Rockind, P.C. was able to convince the prosecutor’s office that our client was not the passenger – despite the fact that there were two (2) eye-witnesses who claimed that our client had been the one driving the vehicle. After we convinced them that our client was merely a passenger, the ENTIRE CASE WAS DISMISSED!

June 2012 – Woodhaven, MI – Client was charged with Misdemeanor Retail Fraud and was in danger of losing his job if he was convicted. Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated a complete dismissal with the prosecutor, but the Judge wouldn’t allow the plea to go through because he didn’t think it was a “fair result.” After several court appearances, Neil Rockind, P.C. finally convinced the Judge to allow the dismissal to go through and the ENTIRE CASE WAS DISMISSED!

June 2012 – Troy, MI – Client charged with OWI 1st Offense and Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated a sentence of only 6 months of probation (which is unheard of in this court)!

June 2012 – Berkley, MI – Client was charged with Driving While License Suspended. After several court appearances, Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated a plea to No Operator’s License on Person – a civil infraction!

May 2012 – Romulus, MI – Client was charged with multiple counts of Resisting and Obstructing Police and Causing Injury to a Police Officer after he was tasered on his own front lawn. The Client was looking at 10 years in prison due to his past criminal history. Neil Rockind, P.C. took the case to TRIAL and got the client a NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS!

May 2012 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Client was charged with OWI 3rd Offense despite the fact that his first offense had occurred nearly 25 years prior. Neil Rockind, P.C. drafted an incredible deviation letter to the prosecutor’s office asking that it be reduced to a second offense (misdemeanor). However, the prosecutor’s office wouldn’t budge, so we took our case to the Judge, who agreed with us that the charge should be reduced. Due to the fact that a judge couldn’t unilaterally reduce a charge, he agreed to an AMAZING SENTENCE: 30 days jail with IMMEDIATE HOME TETHER, and the ability to travel out of the county for work purposes once his 30 days on home tether were finished!

May 2012 – Hazel Park, MI – Individual was stopped by police and was charged with Possession of Marijuana after police found marijuana within his vehicle. The client had a medical marijuana card, but didn’t have it on his person at the time of arrest. Neil Rockind, P.C., through several motions and briefs, convinced both the prosecutor and judge to DISMISS THE ENTIRE CASE!

May 2012 – Detroit, MI – Client was charged with Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana after being arrested following a raid of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary that he was operating. Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated a DISMISSAL of the FELONY and a plea to Possession of Marijuana under 7411, with a mere 6 months of probation – which was reduced to 3 months after all fines and costs were paid on-time! In addition, the client was able to keep using his medical marijuana while on probation!

May 2012 – Howell, MI – Client charged with OWI 3rd Offense. WARNING: AMAZING RESULT! The Client was arrested by police after leading them on a 120 MPH car chase, at night, without the use of his headlights, while it was raining. Further, the Client had been consuming alcohol and was over the legal limit. Following a hard fought case, Neil Rockind, P.C. ultimately convinced the Court to sentence the client to a mere 25 days in jail, with work release! Plus, the client’s Hardship Appeal was granted and he didn’t lose his Driver’s License! Lastly, the client was permitted by the judge to go on all of the family vacations that he wishes to over the course of probation! Results don’t get any better!

May 2012 – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Individual was being investigated for using a fake police badge at the scene of an altercation. Neil Rockind, P.C., after several discussions with the police department, worked out a resolution whereby the client would turn in the police badge to police department in exchange for an agreement that there would be no criminal charges filed!

April 2012 – Warren, MI – Individual was charged with Possession of Heroin after the police found a baggie of heroin hidden on her person after the stop of her vehicle. Over the course of the case, the Client tested positive for various drugs and faced several bond violations. Still, Neil Rockind, P.C. managed to keep her out of jail and even worked out a sentence to the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act!

April 2012 – Hazel Park, MI – Client was charged with Reckless Driving after accidentally merging into another vehicle on the roadway. The Client’s first attorney filed a lot of worthless and frivolous motions to the point that he was actually cited with contempt by the trial judge. When Neil Rockind, P.C. got involved in the case, the Judge was not happy with the case and even refused to accept any kind of reduction. We threatened trial and eventually the prosecutor and Court agreed to a REDUCTION TO CARELESS DRIVING!

April 2012 – Livonia, MI – Individual was charged with the Manufacture of Marijuana in violation of the Medical Marijuana Act after the police discovered that the client had nearly two-dozen marijuana plants growing open in her backyard, and not in the statutorily required locked and enclosed facility. Neil Rockind, P.C. negotiated a reduction to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and at the sentencing convinced the Judge to simply make her pay fines and costs – meaning she got NO PROBATION!

April 2012 – Oak Park, MI – Individual was charged with Resisting/Obstructing Police and Assaulting a Police Officer with a Dangerous Weapon. After over a year of litigation, including a trip to the forensic center, Neil Rockind, P.C. worked out a sentence of a mere 6 months of probation!

April 2012 – Livonia, MI – Client’s house was raided and the police found POUNDS of marijuana within the client’s basement. The Client was charged with the Manufacture of Marijuana (a 4-year felony) because, even though he possessed medical marijuana patient and caregiver cards, he was clearly in violation of the Medical Marijuana Act. Despite the pounds of marijuana, Neil Rockind, P.C. eventually worked out a deal with the prosecutor’s office and the judge whereby the client was able to plead UNDER ADVISEMENT and given NO JAIL and a mere 1 year on probation! Further, the client was given permission to smoke medical marijuana while on bond!

April 2012 – Rochester Hills, MI – Client was stopped and charged with Possession of Marijuana despite the fact that he was also in possession of a valid medical marijuana card (even if he didn’t have it on his person at the time of his arrest). Neil Rockind, P.C. got involved, filed several motions and briefs, and ultimately secured a DISMISSAL of the Possession charge in exchange for our client’s plea of responsible to a zero point traffic infraction!

April 2012 – Beverly Hills, MI – Over a year ago our client was charged with Possession of Cocaine. After months of litigation, we convinced the prosecution that they couldn’t prove that our client actually was in possession of the cocaine. The case was ultimately DISMISSED!

March 2012 – Ann Arbor, MI – Client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated when she was stopped by police with a .24 BAC. The prosecutor’s office was on the verge of approving an increase to a High BAC Charge (or “Superdrunk” – which would have cost her her driver’s license for a minimum of 6 months) when Neil Rockind, P.C. stepped in and ultimately convinced the prosecutor to drop the charge to Operating While Visibly Impaired!

March 2012 – Rochester Hills, MI – Individual charged with his 8th Driving While License Suspended. Neil Rockind, P.C. worked out a plea deal with the prosecutor wherein the DWLS was DISMISSED and he pled guilty to No Operators License on Person and simply paid a fine!

March 2012 – Southfield, MI – Individual was charged with a violation of her probation after she used a “whizzinator” (or fake urine apparatus) to try and fake a drug test. Neil Rockind, P.C. got involved and convinced the Judge to allow her to keep her 7411 status despite the fraud!

March 2012 – Royal Oak, MI – Individual charged with Possession of Marijuana. Not only did Neil Rockind, P.C. work out a plea agreement pursuant to the under advisement statute 7411, but we also worked out a sentence of only 6 months of probation! This is rare, as the standard period of probation under 7411 is one-year of probation.

February 2012 – Federal District Court, Detroit – Individual was investigated for months by the Federal Government for defrauding the Worker’s Compensation system out of thousands of dollars. Prior to the Client being formally charged, Neil Rockind, P.C. had several meetings and discussions with several Assistant United States Attorneys and ultimately convinced the Government to charge her with the lowest possible misdemeanor. Subsequently, the Client was sentenced to a mere 12 months of probation and fines and costs.

February 2012 – Pontiac, MI – Individual charged with Disobeying the Orders of a Police Officer – a one-year misdemeanor. After discussing the circumstances with the prosecutor, the criminal case was DISMISSED completely!

January 2012 – Novi, MI – Amazing Result in a Medical Marijuana Case! – Client was charged with Deliver/Manufacture of Marijuana (a 4-year felony) after the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team illegally searched his home. After months of Motions, Brief, and in-court hearings, Neil Rockind, P.C. proved, through a lot of hard work, that the Officer in Charge (OIC) had lied in the Affidavit for the Search Warrant, and had lied in court to a sitting Judge. Subsequently, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office had no choice but to DISMISS THE CASE COMPLETELY! 

January 2012 – Rochester, MI – Client was charged with Retail Fraud in the 3rd Degree after attempting to steal nearly $200 worth of merchandise from a local retail store. The Client, who’s job of many years required her to maintain a spotless criminal record, came to Neil Rockind, P.C. for help. After several conversations with the Officer in Charge and the Prosecutor, it was agreed that the Misdemeanor Retail Fraud was to be DISMISSED in return for a plea of responsible to a miscellaneous civil infraction!

January 2012 – Southfield, MI – Individual charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Child Endangerment due to the fact that she was drunk driving while she had her 3 year old grandson in the vehicle. Neil Rockind, P.C. put a great deal of pressure on the prosecutor and eventually convinced her that the Child Endangerment charge would ruin our Client’s career. Subsequently, the Child Endangerment charge was DISMISSED and the OWI was reduced to Operating While Visible Impaired! 

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