Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hey you, Public: The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office thinks you are UNNECESSARY!

Our firm is involved in dozens of Medical Marijuana cases, including both dispensary cases in Oakland County. The dispensary case that originated in Waterford, MI is set to go to trial later this summer. Today we received a 27-page Motion and Brief from the prosecutor’s office asking the Judge to disallow any mention of “Medical Marijuana” at trial.

The Motion asks the Judge to disallow ANY AND ALL references to anything even associated with Medical Marijuana. This request, if granted, would also completely prevent any of the defendant’s from introducing the fact that the so-called police ILLEGALLY MANUFACTURED Medical Marijuana Cards and used those illegal cards to purchase legal Medical Marijuana. In other words, the Prosecutor does not want you, the PUBLIC, to know that the police tricked and deceived their way into purchasing that Medical Marijuana. Further, the Prosecutor is also trying to prevent you, the PUBLIC, from learning that the intent of the defendants was merely to follow the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and provide Medical Marijuana to those who needed it.

Instead, the Prosecutor wants the Judge to decide that you, the PUBLIC, are incapable of viewing the facts and coming to a rational and educated decision. Ultimately, the Prosecutor wants to present these Medical Marijuana defendants as simple marijuana dealers and wants you to conclude that that the defendants merely intended to break the law and sell marijuana – regardless of the illegal actions of the police and the wholly-legal actions of the defendants (per the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.)

Don’t believe me? Read the full Motion and Brief filed by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office by clicking here!

– Colin A. Daniels

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Letter from a Client

May 4, 2011

Dear Mr. Rockind:

I want to take a moment to personally thank you for the help you have provided me over the past year.  Knowing that I could count on you to help me gain a restricted license and finally a fully restored license meant the world to me.  It is an honor and a privilege to know you and to have you advocate for me.

In 2007, I was going through one of the most difficult periods of my life.  As a result of poor judgment and the pressures of a divorce, I was pulled over two times within 30 days for DUI.  I took full responsibility for my substance abuse problem and I subsequently did everything I could to set myself on a path of recovery, attending 12-step meetings, sponsoring people, and earning my graduate degree as a social worker to help others. I even worked at a treatment center, performed pro-bono interventions, and volunteered at a ¾ house. I had completely turned my life around, but when I applied to the Secretary of State for reinstatement, they emphatically denied my request. They refused to recognize the evidence of years of work that I had put into turning my life around. I was devastated.

A friend of mine highly recommended Neil Rockind, stating,  “He is the best attorney in Michigan. Rockind can fix this.” It didn’t take me long to realize that my friend was absolutely right.  Upon meeting [you and your staff], I was immediately impressed.  Mr. Rockind, [you are] confident, intelligent, and ready to take on the world.  As busy as they are, his staff, especially Jennifer, took a personal interest in my case.  It is amazing that an organization as busy and impressive as Neil Rockind’s would also have a personal touch that makes you feel like your case really matters. You won’t find that at the average attorney’s office.

Even more impressive is Mr. Rockind’s performance in court.  My friend had told me that Mr. Rockind was literally mesmerizing in the courtroom. And I have to admit that it is absolutely true.  Mr. Rockind [you are] the most confident and competent attorney I have ever witnessed.  He commands the attention and respect of everyone around him.

Going to court, Neil was rock solid; he was articulate and clear, explained every detail of my transformation and who I am today. He tore up the Secretary of State attorney, when they claimed that I was only sober because of probation. Neil said, “If probation made people sober your honor, we would put all alcoholics and addicts on probation, and we would cure everyone’s addiction.” The courtroom giggled, and the judge nodded her head.

Neil and his staff are consummate professionals. They care about the details of your case and they see you as a person. They don’t judge or make promises that they can’t keep. In my opinion, and I work with a lot of lawyers, Neil is the best. Not necessarily because he is extremely bright, but because in the courtroom and under pressure, he has the heart of a lion. It is absolutely clear that Neil Rockind is the best attorney in Michigan.

Sincerely,

R.M.

Comments from Last Night’s Medical Marijuana Panel:

Comment #1

“Bravo to Neil!!

Neil stuck to the script he outlined below last month.   It was a fantastic defense of patients and one could not come away from the event believing that Neil was the most compassionate and honest person on the panel.”

Comment #2

“The last presenter in the initial round was Neil.   He is a great speaker with a clear voice and a presentation style that just makes you want to believe him.  He  presented a passionate description of the act, not describing the whereas and wherefores, or parsing the meaning of or the placement of simple three letter words, but rather he described the act as a statement of compassion on the part of the voters of Michigan.  He presented heartbreaking stories of a number of patients.  He concluded with the admonition to the government types that laws are to be viewed with an eye towards what the intention of the voters is and in this case it is compassion and a desire to do the right thing.  This brought a round of applause from the audience.  The audience was 70- 80% mmj community.”

Neil Rockind Appearance Tonight!

Letter from a Client #2

This is an email we received yesterday from a client:

“Colin,

“I want to thank you very much for everything you all have done so far and doing for us. We really appreciate all your support on everything, and thankful for your support on the other tickets that are pending too,. !:(

“I for sure, will direct my friends and family toward your office if any have any legal question or concerns. Best regards, S.O.”

Letter from a Client

Earlier this week we received a letter from a client regarding a case we just finished:

“Neil, Jennifer & Colin,

“Thank you so much for all you have done.  You are all truly selfless and caring people.  I really don’t know how to even show or express my appreciation enough, and I know my family and friends all feel the same way.  Jennifer, my parents enjoyed talking to you so much!  They thought you were as wonderful as I do.  Neil, my parents have said many, many times that they would love to meet you so that they could thank you in person.

“Without a doubt, I would not have survived the last year without all of you on my side.  And I’m willing to bet you weren’t just defending me legally, but to outsiders as well (i.e. “why would you help her?!?”) but you did, and I am eternally grateful.

“I don’t know what the heck is going to happen to me now, but know that I feel that the worst is behind me all because of you.  If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know.  And Neil, there are a few things I would like to discuss with you when I’m released.  I have been thinking and writing a lot.  I have experienced a lot.  Do you think it may be worth sharing with anyone or in anyway?  Please, I would appreciate any input, as I have come to respect you so very much on many levels:  not only are you a brilliant attorney, and extremely intelligent, but you are very thoughtful and you have surrounded yourself with people like you.  How lucky you all are.

“Well, that’s all for now, again, THANK YOU!

“PS.  Jennifer, thank you so much for your encouraging words on everything you’ve sent me.  It means more than you can imagine.”