I've worked with clients who have had items confiscated by TSA at the checkpoint, clients who have been accused of stealing from a store in the airport, fighting, damaging property, even clients who have entered the wrong door/breached security, accused of improperly storing animals and not having the proper paperwork for their guide dogs. The stories I hear and the charges I see even surprise me on some days, but each and every one of these type of cases are manageable with the right approach.
Patience is limited when it comes to airport personnel as their main focus is protecting the sky from passengers trying to board plans with dangerous items. It makes sense that they don't have the time to sort things out, and just decide to write the ticket and move onto the next issue. It's very likely the person will be allowed to board their plane and travel despite the incident, but a criminal charge is sent to the 34th District Court.
I am contacted by clients all of the time for "airport cases". Here is how things usually play out if the client is prepared to work hard and earn an exceptional result.
1. Client reaches out to me and explains the situation (typically does not live in Michigan)
2. I ask the client to send me any paperwork provided to them at the airport or sent in the mail
3. We create a proactive plan for my client to begin in their home state, which helps me showcase my client as an otherwise responsible and hardworking person who happened to find themselves in this isolated situation at the airport. We don't want the client to be "judged" solely on this airport case.
4. I reach out to the court, prosecutor and police to inform them that I am representing the client, and we work to have the client excused from returning to Michigan for court, which saves the client the cost of airline tickets, hotel, transportation, time lost at work and family, and stress.
5. I attend court for the client and work with the prosecutor and judge on an outcome which reaches my client's goal, which is usually a chance to keep a criminal charge off my client's record. We are usually able to do this without my client ever having to return to Michigan for court.
If you or someone in your life is charged with a criminal offense from Metro Detroit Airport, give me a call at 248-924-9458 or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org