WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT ATTORNEYS IN MICHIGAN
Being punished for a crime you did not commit is devastating and traumatic. At Garrison Law our dedicated Michigan wrongful imprisonment attorneys are committed to pursuing justice for individuals who have been unjustly incarcerated. Survivors of wrongful incarceration may be entitled to recover damages under both federal civil rights law and Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. Seeking compensation after being exonerated can be an overwhelming process, and can be incredibly difficult to do on your own. Let our experienced team navigate the legal process so you can focus on your future.
Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and recovering millions for people in prison. We have recovered substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of numerous individuals who were wronged by state and local governments. Let us help you obtain the justice you deserve and pave the way to a brighter future. We’re here for you. Contact our office and find out how we can help.
Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act
Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act is a law that provides compensation for individuals incarcerated in a Michigan state correctional facility for crimes they did not commit. If an individual is exonerated from a previous conviction, they may bring a lawsuit against the State of Michigan for money damages. Under the statute, an individual who is exonerated is entitled to $50,000 for each year they were incarcerated, along with attorney fees and other related expenses. As a result of this change in law, people wrongfully incarcerated have collected millions of dollars from the State.
Do I have a wrongful imprisonment case?
There are specific requirements to qualify for money damages under Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. You may qualify for payment if you satisfy the following:
- You were convicted and incarcerated for a crime;
- Your conviction was reversed or vacated on appeal;
- Your charges were dismissed, or you were found not guilty on retrial;
- New evidence shows you were not involved in the crime; and,
- Your complaint is filed within the statute of limitations.
If you have new evidence that exonerates you from your conviction, Garrison Law can help you pursue justice under federal civil rights law and Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.
Common ways to obtain relief under Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act
For Michigan’s Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act to provide a remedy, new evidence is required. Any evidence that was not presented in your trial is considered new evidence, such as:
• New witness testimony
• New expert opinion
• Post-conviction DNA testing
• Mistaken eyewitness identification
• Police misconduct
• Technological and scientific advancements
• Coerced confessions
• Prosecutorial misconduct
• Misleading forensic evidence
• Recantation or perjury by a witness
How long do I have to bring a lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment in Michigan?
In most cases, a lawsuit for your wrongful imprisonment must be filed within three years from the date your judgment of conviction was reversed or vacated by a Court and the charges were either dismissed, or on retrial you were found to be not guilty. The statute of limitations is tolled in the event the State files an appeal challenging to the Judge’s order vacating your conviction.
I was wrongfully imprisoned. How do I get help?
If you have been exonerated or otherwise think you have a claim for wrongful imprisonment, contact Garrison Law to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Our office has helped numerous people recover millions of dollars and rebuild their lives after suffering the consequences of a wrongful conviction.