At Kirsch & Satawa, we protect the anonymity of all of our clients, just as we would protect yours. Therefore, we do not use client names and case numbers on a public web page. However, case numbers and in some cases client names (when the client has given us permission to disclose their name) will be provided during a private office consultation upon your request.
Here is just sampling of the results we have achieved in several high profile cases:
Criminal Sexual Conduct
A 30 year old respected engineer was accused in Oakland County of sexually assaulting a neighborhood boy by fondling his penis and chest. The client was acquitted of all charges at trial.
A stepfather was falsely accused in Macomb County with sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter hundreds of times over a one-year period. Our client was acquitted of all charges at trial.
A thirteen year old was charged with sexually assaulting his five-year-old cousin in Oakland County Juvenile court. After extensive pretrial discovery, motions, and litigation by the defense, the prosecution dismissed all charges on the day of trial.
A nineteen year old was accused in Macomb County of sexually assaulting his six-year-old niece by inserting his finger into her vagina. The client was acquitted of all charges at trial.
A husband and father of two was charged in Wayne County with breaking into his neighbor's house, and violently sexually assaulting her. At trial our client was acquitted of sexual assault and breaking and entering, only convicted of entering with owner's permission and sentenced to probation.
A successful business owner was charged five counts of criminal sexual conduct in Macomb County for violently raping and assaulting an acquaintance in his home. Even though the sex was consensual, his former lawyer convinced him to plead no contest, and the client was facing certain jail and possibly prison. We were successful in convincing the court to withdraw the client's plea, and the case went to trial. After a hung jury at trial, the prosecution offered the client misdemeanor assault, and the client was sentenced to probation.
A mother was accused In Oakland County of sexually assaulting her nine-year son in the midst of an ongoing custody battle. After extensive pretrial discovery, motions, and litigation by the defense, the prosecution offered a plea to simple assault and battery, and the client was sentenced to probation.
A 12-year-old son of a prominent clergy was investigated for sexual misconduct of a younger child. After the client was referred for evaluation and counseling by Kirsch & Satawa and extensive meetings with the police, our client was never charged.
A non-custodial parent of a 9 year-old girl with special needs is accused of sexually assaulting his daughter in the bathtub. The allegations arise in the midst of an acrimonious continuing custody/parenting time battle. Child protection/ termination of parental rights proceedings are immediately initiated by the Family Independence Agency and the Prosecutor's office while a criminal investigation continues. Strategic presentation of mitigating facts leads to a dismissal of the child protection proceeding after two initial hearings and no criminal charges filed.
A housewife and mother of two was accused of assault with a deadly weapon during a bitter divorce for allegedly trying to run her husband over with her car. The judge granted the defense's motion to quash and dismissed all charges.
A father of a one year old was charged with domestic violence and assault and battery for allegedly assaulting the child's mother (and the defendant's ex-girlfriend). The client was acquitted of all charges at trial.
Client was charged with possession with intent to distribute over 200 pounds of marijuana. The case was dismissed after the preliminary exam based on an illegal search and seizure and insufficient evidence. We also successfully handled the prosecution's appeals of the dismissal to both circuit court and the court of appeals.
A fifteen-year-old girl was charged with possession with intent to deliver over one kilogram of cocaine, and faced being sentenced as an adult to life in prison without parole. After extensive pretrial discovery, motions, and litigation by the defense, the client was sentenced as a juvenile and placed on probation.
An eighteen year old with a severe learning disability was falsely charged with the rape and first-degree murder of a thirteen-year-old neighborhood girl. The defendant allegedly gave three different confessions, and was picked out of two different line-ups. The client was released from jail and all charges against him were dismissed after the client's DNA did not match the seaman found at the scene.
A woman was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly helping her friend to kill her husband. After extensive pretrial discovery, motions, and litigation by the defense - including a motion to dismiss - the prosecution offered a plea to accessory after the fact, and the client was sentenced to four months, time served, in jail.
A sister of an accused murdered who discovered the crime scene is under police investigation for involvement before or after the murders and obstruction of justice. She is interrogated for over 19 hours and the police threaten to take her child. The Family Independence Agency removes her child. The case is dismissed on defense motion and no criminal charges are filed.
Parental Rights/DHS cases
During a diaper change a five-week-old infant's leg becomes limp. Parents immediately take him to the emergency room where staff concludes that the "explanation" is not consistent with the injury. The Department of Human Services files a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights. Evidence of brittle bone disease is presented at trial. The Petition is dismissed and the family reunited.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
A 3 month old is taken to the hospital with extensive injuries, including a subdural hematoma, a subarachnoid hematoma, brain damage, retinal hemorrhages, and a fractured spine and collar bone. Child lived for over 10 years before dieing from complications related to these injuries. The child’s father is charged with murder in an extremely complicated shaken baby syndrome case. After extensive pretrial discovery, motions, and litigation by the defense - including a motion to dismiss, motion to suppress a confession, and motions attacking shaken baby syndrome - the prosecution offered a plea to a reduced charge, and the client was sentenced to time served in jail.
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