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Daniel Hilf

Daniel Hilf

Law Offices of Hilf & Hilf, PLC
  • Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, DUI & DWI
  • Michigan
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Daniel Hilf is a top rated, award winning, lawyer with over 20 years of experience inside and outside the courtroom. He is a partner in the widely respected law firm of Hilf & Hilf, PLC, specializing in the areas of criminal defense, traffic tickets, and immigration law. Daniel HIlf has tried over 100 jury trials in his legal career, and serves as a mentor to other attorneys.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • DUI & DWI
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Offices of Hilf & Hilf
Michigan State University
J.D. (1996)
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1991)
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Top 100 Trial Lawyer
National Trial Lawyers
2013 Top 10 Attorney
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
10.0 Superb Lawyer
Top 100 Lawyer
American Society of Legal Advocates
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Preliminary Examinations, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Oakland County Bar Association
Superb Rating 10.0
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. Can winning a civil case be used to overturn a criminal conviction?
A: Depending upon the facts and circumstances, it could potentially form the basis for appellate relief (if an appeal is still available) or a motion for relief from judgment. You should consult with an appellate lawyer to see what, if any, potential grounds for relief are available.
Q. I hired an attorney to sue a moving company that their three movers stole my 4 ft jewelry box full of my life collection
A: Do you have a fee agreement with your lawyer? That will dictate what you and your lawyer's financial and other obligations are. You have a right to have a trial. However, you should talk to your lawyer about the advantages and disadvantages of having a trial. There may be a financial sanction if the Judge/jury finds no cause of action, or an award less than the case evaluation amount. If after speaking with your lawyer you are not satisfied, you can look to retain a different lawyer. However, if you retain someone else your existing lawyer may seek a lien on the file to get compensated for the work he or she put into the file.
Q. Can a plea deal be appealed after you're sentenced?
A: If you plead guilty, you can have a lawyer file an Application for Leave to Appeal with a higher court (if the request is made timely). The higher court will look at the Application for Leave to Appeal, and decide on the Application alone whether or not the Court will hear the appeal. In most cases, they deny the Application and refuse to hear the appeal. If you wish to file an Application for Leave to Appeal, I recommend that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Q. It been 4-5 months now since I got arrested?
A: Sometimes there are delays if a blood draw was involved in the case, because it takes quite a bit of time to have the sample tested at the laboratory. You can hire a lawyer at anytime to represent you - you do not have to wait to be charged to hire a lawyer. A lawyer can give you great advice, look into the case for you, and help you to obtain a reasonable bond if you are ultimately charged.
Q. I let a girl borrow my car. She stole $510 out of my purse. Can I press charges?
A: You can file a police report with the police department where the offense occurred. The police will likely conduct an investigation. If the investigating officer believes there is probable cause, the case will be presented to the prosecutor. The prosecutor will then determine what, if any, charges the girl will face.
Q. I have not been arrested but have been threatened with embezzlement charges.
A: Under the circumstances that you describe, you need a lawyer right away. I would not recommend making any further statements about this allegation to the police or anyone else. Your question does not indicate what city the allegation concerns. Please feel free to call me at either 248-792-2590 (office) or 586-530-1221 (cell phone). Daniel Hilf, Esq. Hilf & Hilf, PLC
Q. How can you prove innocence in a probation violation if the police only took one side of the story and turned it in?
A: You need a lawyer to help you. A probation violation, if admitted to or proven, could lead to incarceration. Your lawyer will obtain a copy of the violation against you, which may contain more specific information concerning the date, time, and location of the alleged violation(s). There may be evidence to contract your ex-wife's account, such as: phone records (with cell phone tower location(s)); alibi witnesses; business records (time cards); etc. Certainly your ex-wife may have a motivation to make this allegation up, such as: child visitation issues; anger; jealousy; child support/alimony issues. Your lawyer will have to explore this as well with you. It may boil down to a credibility determination by your Judge. In any regard, make sure you have proper legal representation.
Q. What can I sue someone for as the victim of an assault and battery and larceny from a car?
A: You were the victim of an intentional tort (assault and battery) and can pursue a civil lawsuit against him. The lawsuit can be filed as a small claims matter (where you represent yourself in court), however your recovery will be limited. You, or a lawyer retained to represent you, can file a civil lawsuit to pursue this matter against him. A lawyer might be willing to represent you with an hourly fee agreement. A lawyer might be willing to handle the case on a contingency fee (the lawyer gets a percentage of the fee if you obtain a judgment). The lawyer will make a determination if your brother in law is collectable as part of a determination of whether or not a contingency fee agreement is acceptable. You should search for a lawyer in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. If you get a judgment, it may be possible to garnish a percentage of his wages.
Q. Can you carry a concealed pistol in Michigan without a CPL? I heard they passed a law allowing this
A: No. This would be considered a felony offense if the person was prosecuted. Pursuant to Michigan Compiled Law 750.227 the maximum penalty for this offense is up to 5 years in prison, or a fine of not more than $2500.
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Contact & Map
Law Offices of Hilf & Hilf
1775 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084
Telephone: (248) 792-2590
Fax: (248) 885-8996