Michigan is Probably the Toughest State in the Country When You Fail to Pay Child Support
An Experienced Felony Non-Support Attorney May Be Able to Keep a Felony Off Your Record and Keep you Out of Jail


Owe Back Child Support in Michigan? You're Not in Kansas Anymore. You're Probably in the White Van Coming Back

It was warm late Sunday afternoon in a suburb of near Kansas City. Bob had just put some burgers on the grill. He didn't notice the white van parked across the street. Nor did he notice when four burley guys got out of the van armed and with a warrant for his arrest for child support arrearages from his first marriage to a woman who still lived outside Detroit. Even though his two children from the prior marriage were were grown and on their own, he still owed his ex-wife almost $36,000 and the State, another five thousand.
After arresting Bob, he was handcuffed, put in the rear seat of the van and began what would be a three week road trip to Detroit to face the charges. Along the way, the van would stop for other "dead beat" dads with stops at McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Nights were spent in local lockups along the way and morning coffee was out of the question being deemed a potential weapon in the hands of desperate fathers.

In Michigan, Failing to Pay Child Support is a Five-year Felony

Failure to pay child support can result in charges of Felony Non-Support being brought against you. While the Court doesn’t really want to send you jail; it wants you to pay the past due amount. But if they think you won’t pay anyway, you are going to jail. Plus there are certain statutory rules the Judge must follow in these cases such as bond. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a deal with the Attorney General’s office and the Friend of the Court to arrange a reasonable payment plan. Or your lawyer may be able to help you negotiate a smaller, lump sum payment of what you owe, or the other person may even waive what you owe.

Deferred Sentences in Felony Non-Support Cases

An experiencde Non-Support lawyer may be able to negotiate with the Prosecutor with the Judge's agreement to a deferred sentence. What the means is that if you are able to successfully pay down the arrearages, the felony charges could be reduced to a misdemeanor or even dismissed.

James Schmier is an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who represents individuals accused of Felony Non-Support in Michigan. Contact Schmierlaw, for a free consultation.(248) 705-3742


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