The victims of crimes suffer not only from physical injuries, but emotional injuries as well. Though we do represent defendants accused of crimes, we as attorneys, are sensitive to the needs of victims as we also represent victims of crimes in civil matters and during the course of criminal proceedings to ensure that they are informed of, and offered a meaningful opportunity to exercise their rights as victims.
Under the Michigan Crime Victim’s Rights Act:
- The victim and his/her attorney can request to be notified and consulted during the various steps of the criminal justice processes.
- The victim and his/her attorney can and should submit an impact statement to supplement the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (PSI). This report maybe available to the victim and his/her attorney if requested.
- Additionally the Act allows the victim and his/her attorney to request information about the offender, including the offender’s earliest parole date, information relating to any transfers or pending transfer of the prisoner to minimum security, a release or pending release to community placement, an escape or a pending discharge.
- The victim and his/her attorney can get notice of any Parole Board decision, a public hearing on a reprieve, commutation or parole, and can address or submit a written statement to the Parole Board.
- The victim and his/her attorney can also appeal a parole decision.
What is a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a Circuit Court injunctive order that helps protect you in situations where there is some domestic relationship (i.e. Family Violence, Dating Violence, and/or Stalking). It prevents a crime before it happens by providing police protection. A PPO stops or restrains and individual from-
- Contacting you in person, by phone, by mail, or e-mail, etc.
- Entering your residence property or work place
- Assaulting, attacking, beating, or wounding you
- Harassing, stalking, or threatening you
- Removing any minor children from where they live unless their removal is part of court-ordered visitation
- Interfere with your efforts to remove your children or personal property
- Purchasing or possessing a firearm
Protect yourself and prevent crime before it happens, for more information about Personal Protection Order (PPO) , call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.
It should be noted, that a Personal Protection Order (PPO), is a civil action, and is different from a “no-contact” bond which is imposed on a defendant during a pending criminal charge.
Can I get a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?
If you have been/are being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused by a current or former spouse, a family member, a domestic partner, the other parent of your child, a current or former roommate, or a current or former person in a dating relationship you may be eligible to get a Personal Protection Order (PPO). Or if you have been/are being stalked, and/or repeatedly harassed to the point of being terrorized, intimidated, or threatened you may also be eligible to get a Personal Protection Order (PPO).
In order for victims of stalking to obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO), you do not have to show a relationship with the stalker but you must establish a pattern of behavior on their behalf and at least two separate incidents that have caused you or would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested.
Protect yourself and prevent crime before it happens, call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message. Collection of Restitution Awards, Michigan Crime Victim’s Rights Act
When does a Personal Protection Order (PPO) go into effect?
A Personal Protection Order (PPO) goes into effect as soon as the judge signs it. The county clerk’s office is responsible for providing a copy of the order to the local police agency so that it can be entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), who will also notify the respondent. An individual who violates a Personal Protection Order (PPO) can be jailed for a violation of the Personal Protection Order (PPO) for maximum of 93 days and may be fined five hundred dollars and 00/100 cents ($500.00).
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Crime Prevention Resources:
Crime is a major problem not just in southeast Michigan but throughout America. Crime can wreck lives and ruin communities. Fortunately most crime can be prevented. Below is a list of Crime Prevention agencies-