Tragedy struck Ferndale, Michigan recently where a man allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend and then himself. The woman, who at the time of the story had not been named, had expressed concern regarding the man’s behavior. In fact, she had recently filed for a PPO against the suspect. Channel 7, WXYZ Detroit reached out to Chris Kessel, an expert in the area of PPO law, to discuss the case.
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PPO Attorney Successfully Fights Petition.
At a hearing in the Wayne County Circuit Court, family division, Dana Nessel, top Michigan criminal defense attorney and PPO attorney, successfully argued against the issuance of a Personal Protection Order (PPO). The petitioner and the client (respondent) were formerly husband and wife, but were divorced almost 10 years ago. The petitioner claimed that she was in need of a PPO because our client had made numerous threats against her. In her petition, she claimed that our client had been making these threats for months, that he had appeared at her home unannounced, and that he claimed he was going to use his pistol against her.
Our client lives in another state and had to arrange to hire a Detroit PPO attorney who would fight his case. He maintained that the claims in the PPO were completely false…or more accurately, that they were true to a certain degree. The petitioner claimed that the client had made threats, which was true in a manner of speaking. The parties have two children together. Our client has primary custody outside of Michigan. Unfortunately, the petitioner has a habit of failing to follow the parenting time order that is in place. As such, our client has had to file numerous police reports in order to prove to the court that she is violating the parenting time order. Thus, the threats that the petitioner mentioned were threats that our client would report the petitioner to the police, again.
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At a hearing before Judge Kathryn A. George in the Macomb County Circuit Court, Chris Kessel successfully argued for the denial of a PPO petition against his client. The petitioner and the client are in the beginning of a messy divorce. The petitioner claimed that our client had attempted to take the children away from her, that he had screamed and yelled at her, and that he had threatened her with violence.
In reality, really happened was that the petitioner had taken the children away from our client and was refusing to let him see them. The client, upon finally learning where the children were being kept, went to try and take them home. This series of events happened on two consecutive nights, causing the petitioner to file her PPO petition.
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