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Client Acquitted of Attempted Murder Charges

“Not guilty on Count 1, Assault with Intent to Murder.  Not guilty on Count 2, Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder.  Not guilty on Count 3, Felonious Assault.”  Those were the words uttered as the verdict was read in criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel’s most recent trial.  The trial was held in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Michigan.  As you can imagine, our client was thrilled.  In fact, she immediately burst into tears as the verdict was read. 

The charges were based upon allegations that the client had been involved in what can only be described as a massive street brawl.  One of the responding officers described the scene as “complete chaos and total mayhem” in his report.  The allegations were that our client and another defendant assaulted several neighbors.  Specifically it was alleged that out client stabbed a woman several times in the back and in the head.  However, at trial, top defense attorney Chris Kessel was able to pit each of the witnesses against each other.  The alleged victim said that the client came out of her home and stabbed her.  Another witness, when pressed, said she saw the client get out of a nearby vehicle and stab the complainant.  Finally, the alleged victim’s own mother was forced to testify that she never saw the client do anything.  These conflicting versions of events, coupled with a suspect identification of the actual assailant all resulted in a quick and decisive verdict.  This was a particularly satisfying victory for Michigan defense attorney Chris Kessel, as the client was facing approximately 25 years in prison were she to be convicted. 

At Nessel and Kessel Law, we have decades of experience dealing with assault charges.  Because we are top criminal defense attorneys, when a client retains Nessel and Kessel Law we immediately begin to develop a comprehensive strategy for success.   Sometimes success means convincing the prosecutor to dismiss the charges completely, or have them greatly reduced.  Other times it means a motion to suppress evidence to have the case dismissed by a judge, or fully preparing for trial and securing a not guilty verdict. 

Assault charges are often fueled by emotional and hostile witnesses.  More often than not, a verdict will hang solely on the testimony of a complaining witness.  The means that you need an attorney who is skilled in the art of cross examination, who can force a witness to admit things that may contradict earlier statements, police reports, hospital records, and other witnesses.  Other times a case will turn on what the defendant’s intent was during the alleged assault.  It can often times be difficult if not impossible to prove what someone’s intent was.  At Nessel and Kessel Law, we have the experience needed to persuade a prosecutor, judge, or jury that you did not have the necessary intent to convict.  

If you or a family member has been changed with an assaultive, contact the defense lawyers at Nessel and Kessel Law today.


Alleged Confession in a Rap Verse

Criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel found himself in a rather unique position yesterday.  The fact that he was holding a preliminary examination in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice was not unique, or even rare for that matter.  The fact that Chris Kessel’s client was charged with First Degree Murder was also unremarkable.  What made the situation so odd is that the prosecutor’s office claimed to have a confession by Chris Kessel’s client…and that the confession was made in the form of a rap verse that was alleged to have been recorded by the client. 

At the preliminary exam, it was clear that much of the case against Michigan criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel’s client is circumstantial.   Further, in a lengthy argument with the judge, Mr. Kessel argued that even if the court were to accept that the voice on the recording was his client’s, much of what is sung about in rap music is an exaggeration of facts.  Because of the low threshold of evidence required to take the case beyond the preliminary exam stage, the case was bound over.  However, defense attorney Chris Kessel is looking forward to fighting this case as it works its way through the justice system. 

Because of the unique nature of the case – or rather the confession – it garnered media attention.  Here is a link to the story done by Fox 2 and Charlie Langton.  Here is a link to a story by the Metro Times.