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Who We Are

Rushing Law, PLC is a boutique law firm based in Detroit, Michigan. Rushing Law specializes in Criminal law, as well as Family and Civil law, but is capable of handling any type of situation. We believe everyone deserves the best defense possible and are fully prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf. Our highest priority is our client’s best interest. We will work diligently and effectively to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We will boldly fight on your behalf to have charges reduced or dismissed, or be prepared to win your case in trial if need be.

Rushing Law provides representation in Wayne County Circuit Court, Oakland County Circuit Court, Macomb County Circuit Court, and Washtenaw County Circuit Court. We also provide representation in all District Courts located within Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, and Washtenaw County.

Generally, Rushing Law will use a fixed/flat fee in representations. This allows you to have reassurance that there are no excessive or hidden fees and that our fee agreement is detailed and clear. We understand that not everyone can pay the entirety of their legal fees upfront and will consider installment/payment plans in certain situations. Rushing Law is able to accept all major credit cards (processing fee may apply).

At Rushing Law, YOUR RIGHTS MATTER, and we will fight to protect them.

Practice Areas

Felonies & Misdemeanors

Felony or misdemeanor? Let us explain the difference for you.

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Being charged with a crime can be extremely stressful & confusing. You probably have many questions regarding the charge, the possible penalties, and thinking “what’s going to happen to me”, especially if this is your first arrest. At Rushing Law, we understand how scary it can be to find yourself in a legal situation. It is important for you to have an attorney that understands your case and will take the time to answer your questions.

While both are crimes, a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor. While a misdemeanor typically has fines in the hundreds and can only be punished by up to a year in the county jail, a felony can cost you thousands of dollars and send you to the Michigan Department of Corrections for terms of more than one year up to life.

It is important to have a skilled attorney on your side when facing these charges. A felony or misdemeanor on your criminal record can cause you to miss out on employment opportunities, school opportunities, and many more things. Not only do you want to have a clear public criminal record, you don’t want to live your life as a convicted felon.

There are tactics Rushing Law can use to lessen your charge, gain an acquittal, lessen the penalty, and keep your record clear in certain instances. When it comes to trial, Rushing Law will work effectively and aggressively to challenge the prosecution’s case in front of the jury, provide a strategic defense, and advocate zealously to obtain a successful resolution. To find out more about your case, call our office for a free consultation today.

Alcohol Related Crimes

Charged with a crime that involved alcohol? Let us help protect your rights & your record.

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Have you been arrested or charged with a crime that involves alcohol? These types of crimes can be extremely damaging to your future and your driving record. Under Michigan law, if you blow a .08, or higher, you are presumed to be intoxicated. However, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be able to escape a guilty verdict or receive a reduction in charges.

A conviction can lead to jail time, extensive fines & costs, suspension of your driver’s license, driver responsibility fees, a loss of your professional license, a term of probation, and numerous other penalties. This can be damaging to your reputation, livelihood, and freedom. Waste no time contacting Rushing Law to help protect your future and your record.

Contact Rushing Law if you have been charged with any of the following offenses (but not limited to):

  • OWI (operating while intoxicated)
  • OWVI (operating while visually impaired)
  • Operating under the influence of drugs or marijuana
  • Super drunk driving
  • Boating under the influence
  • MIP
  • Minor operating with any bodily alcohol content (zero tolerance)
  • Operating with open intoxicants
  • DUI/OWI Causing injury or death
  • Drunk and Disorderly

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Violent Crimes

If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, you need Rushing Law on your side.

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There are a large number of criminal offenses that fall within the category of “violent crimes.” The severity of punishment that follows a conviction of a violent crime depends on the offense committed, prior criminal record, and the facts of the case. Penalties may include fines/costs, probation, jail time, prison, loss of the ability to own and possess a firearm, and loss of professional licenses.

Having an experienced criminal attorney on your side throughout legal proceedings is very important to your future. At Rushing Law, we understand how stressful & scary it is to be charged with an offense that can cost you your freedom, livelihood, and reputation. We will work tirelessly to look at all aspects of your case, be creative in building a defense, and be zealous in advocating on your behalf.

Rushing Law provides aggressive representation for all types of violent crime charges, including (but not limited to):

  • Assault and Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Felonious Assault
  • Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder
  • Assault with intent to murder
  • Felony murder
  • Homicide, murder, and manslaughter
  • Domestic Violence
  • Robbery/Armed Robbery
  • Mayhem
  • Resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer
  • Gang crimes
  • Stalking

Do not hesitate in speaking with an attorney regarding your case. Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Drug Crimes

A drug charge can cause major speed bumps in your life. Call us to protect the road ahead.

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If you’ve been arrested or charged with a drug crime, you should contact Rushing Law right away. The criminal justice system is harsh on those who are charged with drug offenses. You will be up against an intense prosecution. Punishment for a drug conviction can result in fines/costs, jail time, prison, a term of probation, and an array of other penalties that the Court deems necessary. Being convicted of a drug offense can cause many speed bumps in your future. It can affect: your eligibility to receive student loans and grants, landlords renting to you, suspension of driving privileges, difficultly in obtaining employment, eligibility for military service, and exclude you from obtaining professional licenses.

There are several effective defenses an experienced criminal defense attorney can use in fighting your case. Some of these defenses include: (1) lack of knowledge, (2) illegal search and seizure in violation of your 4th amendment rights, and (3) Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act. Another effective tool that can be used is MCL 333.7411, which can be used to keep a drug conviction off your public criminal record for those that qualify.

Rushing Law can help to protect you from a conviction that could result in a lifetime of consequences and missed opportunities. Contact us for a free consultation if you have been charged with (but not limited to):

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver or delivery
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver or delivery
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Medical Marijuana violations
  • Manufacture of a controlled substance
  • Maintaining a drug house

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Federal Drug Crimes

Are you being indicted in federal court? Rushing Law is here to fight for you.

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A federal crime is any crime that violates federal law in the United States Criminal Code or is committed on federal property. In Federal drug offenses, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA), or Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) are typically the federal law enforcement agencies that perform the investigations of these offenses. These offenses usually include interstate or international transportation and include conspiracy charges. The prosecution will use conspiracy laws to bring charges against all that are involved in any way to the drug offense. These are extremely serious offenses and many of the punishments include mandatory prison sentences.

The FBI, DEA, and ATF often use video and audio surveillance, informants, and co-defendants to obtain information. An experienced criminal defense attorney can utilize defenses such as: (1) entrapment, (2) lack of knowledge, (3) illegal search and seizure, and (4) fraudulent search warrants, to help defend you against charges. It is important to contact and speak with an attorney as soon as you find out you are under investigation or are charged with a federal drug offense.

Rushing Law can provide aggressive representation for federal drug charges, such as (but not limited to):

  • Marijuana Drug trafficking and distribution
  • Cocaine trafficking and distribution
  • Methamphetamine trafficking and distribution
  • Heroin trafficking and distribution
  • Ecstasy trafficking and distribution
  • Prescription Pills trafficking and distribution

Do not hesitate in speaking with an attorney regarding your case as a delay can be costly. Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Theft & Property Crimes

Many theft crimes are specific-intent crimes. If a trial is necessary, Call Rushing Law!

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Theft crimes involve the taking of another’s property with the intent to deprive that person of the property. These crimes range from minor infractions to serious felonies. If you have been arrested or charged with a theft or property crime, you should contact Rushing Law as soon as possible. Michigan law treats these types of offenses very harshly and they have serious consequences. The penalties for a conviction may include fines/costs, jail time, prison, community service, restitution, and/or a term of probation.

You will be up against a tough prosecution who will seek the maximum punishment and they will be backed by victims who will want the court to throw you in jail. There are several defenses Rushing Law can use to help obtain a reduction of charges or dismissal. We will boldly fight on your behalf to have charges reduced or dismissed, or be prepared to win your case in trial if need be. Rushing Law may be able to utilize a diversion statute that will allow a conviction to be kept off your public criminal record (depends on charge & circumstances).

Rushing Law is able and ready to provide aggressive representation for property crimes, such as (but not limited to):

  • Retail Fraud 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree
  • Larceny
  • Breaking and entering
  • Burglary
  • Home Invasion 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree
  • Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Carjacking
  • Fraud
  • False Pretenses
  • Unlawful driving away of an automobile
  • Receiving and concealing stolen property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Embezzlement
  • Uttering and Publishing
  • Credit card fraud
  • Arson
  • Malicious destruction of property

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Weapons Crimes

It is your Second Amendment right to bear arms. We must protect that right!

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If you have been arrested or charged with a weapons offense you should contact Rushing Law immediately. Michigan takes its gun laws extremely serious and a weapon conviction can carry extensive punishment and can be life altering. In Michigan, you can only carry a concealed weapon if you have a proper permit and carrying a concealed weapon without one can be damaging to your life & rights. If you are a convicted felon, you no longer have the right to possess a firearm.

Rushing Law can help to zealously and aggressively advocate on your behalf. Once an investigation of your case is completed and a strategic defense is built, we will work to obtain a reduction or dismissal of the charges. If a trial is what you desire then Rushing Law is ready to go round-for-round for you! Call Rushing Law as soon as possible if you have been charged with a weapons offense, such as (but not limited to):

  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon
  • Brandishing a firearm in public
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Felony Firearm

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Traffic Crimes

Driving on a suspended license or cited for speeding? We’ll get you back on the road!

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A traffic violation can have a significant impact on your driving record, driving privileges, and your insurance premiums. Michigan operates on a points system, and once you receive a certain amount of points your driver’s license & privileges will be suspended or revoked. A suspended license can lead to more criminal charges and fines/costs if you continue to drive.

Many traffic crimes come along with a Driver’s Responsibility fee that is assessed by the Secretary of State. Not paying these fees can cause your license to be suspended and cause you to pick up a charge of Driving While License Suspended, which in turn will cost you more money. The Secretary of State has rolled out a new program that will allow you to pay for your fines and costs with community service hours, but not all traffic convictions qualify.

When discussing your case, Rushing Law will always be forthcoming in telling you your chances at succeeding. Rushing Law can help if you have been ticketed or arrested on charges such as (but not limited to):

  • Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving While License Expired
  • Reckless Driving
  • Careless Driving
  • Failure to stop after an accident
  • Hit and Run
  • Fleeing and Eluding
  • Speeding
  • Moving Violations

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted all options and avenues in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Probation Violations & Bench Warrants

If you violated your terms of probation Rushing Law can help you get back on track.

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When a person is charged and convicted of a crime, a term of probation can be given in lieu of a jail sentence. The judge and probation department will determine the terms of probation at sentencing. During probation, the offender must meet all of his/her probation order and have no new contact with the police. If the offender fails to meet his/her terms of probation, they will be deemed to be in violation of their probation, and will have to re-appear in front of the judge that sentenced them. Some probation violations can be accidental and/or the offender could unknowingly violate their terms. Once this happens, a bench warrant will be issued.

A Bench warrant is a warrant that is requested from the bench, aka the judge. Bench warrants are typically issued for those that miss a court hearing or violate probation. A bench warrant gives a police officer the power to arrest a person if they come into contact with them, regardless of the way they came into contact with the person. This means you could be pulled over for a simple traffic offense and you could be arrested if there is an outstanding bench warrant for your arrest.

If you know you have violated your terms of probation, or you suspect a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, contact Rushing Law as soon as possible. You will need to take immediate action to resolve a bench warrant issued against you and avoid more legal consequences. Many judges will send an offender to jail for a violation of probation and Rushing Law can help prevent that. Rushing Law will aggressive defend you in a violation of probation hearing and will clear any outstanding warrants. Time is of the essence in these matters, so contact us for a free consultation today! Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Expungements

Think you qualify for a fresh start? Let Rushing Law help you clean your record.

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The law for a “motion to set aside a conviction”, also known as an expungement, was amended in January 2015. The new statute allows more people to qualify for an expungement, which is great news. Convictions on your public criminal record can make it hard for you to obtain employment, professional licenses, housing, et cetera. Expungement allows individuals who have qualifying convictions, the opportunity to have it removed from their public criminal record. In turn, allowing them to move on with their life and begin rebuilding their reputation. The following are questions to determine if you qualify for an expungement:

  • 1) Have you been convicted of more than 1 felony?
  • 2) Have you been convicted of more than 2 misdemeanors?
  • 3) Has it been under 5 years since you were released from jail, discharged from parole, or completed and discharged from probation?

If you answered “no” to the above 3 questions, you may qualify for an expungement. However, even if you qualify, it is completely up to the court to decide whether or not they will set aside the conviction—it is not an automatic right. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side & fighting on your behalf during this process is important and can help your chances in being successful. Rushing Law will fight aggressively & zealously for you and for your motion to set aside to be successful. Call Rushing Law today for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Appeals

Did the Judge or jury reach the wrong verdict? Ineffective counsel? You deserve an appeal!

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So you’ve been convicted of a crime, now what? Judges and juries strive to do their best to follow proper procedures and decide the case on proper evidence and facts of the case, but the legal system is susceptible to human error and mistakes. If you think the Judge or jury reached the wrong conclusion in your case, you need an appellate attorney.

An appeal is a request to a higher court to review the decision of a lower court or administrative agency. No new evidence is presented, no witnesses are called, every thing is decided on the written record of the proceedings. There is a statute of limitations for applying for an appeal, which means you only have a certain allotted time to apply, usually 42 days (less for civil appeals).

There are 2 types of appeals, (1) claim of appeal, and (2) application for leave to appeal. A claim of appeal occurs when a person has automatic right to appeal a decision of the lower court and is protected by the Michigan Constitution, a statute, or court rule. The Court of Appeals will automatically perform a full review and issue a decision based on the merits. An application for leave to appeal occurs when a person who does not have automatic right to appeal, asks the Court of Appeals to accept their appeal for review. The Court of Appeals has the right to choose whether or not to provide a full review and issue a decision based on the merits.

Things that may lead you to filing an appeal include (but not limited to):

  • A judge’s misapplication of the law or legal precedent
  • Ineffective counsel
  • Error in Jury instructions
  • Prejudicial evidence or testimony improperly allowed to be heard
  • Favorable evidence excluded
  • Procedural errors in motions, hearings, or trial

If you are seeking an appeal, it is imperative due to time restraints that you contact us immediately. Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and to aggressively fight on your behalf. We will not rest until we have tried every option and avenue in obtaining the best results possible for your case. If a zealous, creative, experienced criminal defense attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Family Law

Family court proceedings can be stressful & emotional. Let Rushing Law be your support!

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Family law disputes can be extremely stressful, emotionally draining, and financially straining. At Rushing Law, we take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, unique needs, and strive to get you the outcome you desire. To file for a divorce, you must be a resident of the State of Michigan for 180 day and be a resident of the county you wish to file in for 10 days. Michigan is a “no fault” state, which allows a divorce to be filed without pleading fault. Dealing with family issues is often overbearing, but doesn’t have to be handled alone. At Rushing law, we strive to ensure the process is as seamless as possible.

We are committed to providing effective, strategic solutions in cases involving:

  • Divorce
    • Limited to uncontested, with no minor children
  • Custody Modification
  • Parenting Time Modification/Enforcement
  • Guardianship of a Minor, Modification, or Termination

Rushing Law is here to be your teammate and sternly negotiate on your behalf. We will not rest until we have exhausted every option and avenue necessary to obtain the results you desire. If a zealous, creative, knowledgeable family law attorney is what you are seeking, contact Rushing Law for a free consultation.

Why Us

When searching for an attorney, you should be looking for someone you can trust, someone that is going to have your back,
and most importantly, someone who is going to fight for you like they are fighting for their own family.
We understand that when you are facing criminal charges, your life, reputation, and future are on the line.

You can trust that we will not leave any stone unturned in your case and will not stop until we have exhausted every possible option and defense. At Rushing Law, we work on your case immediately and begin building a strong and strategic defense, which can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

If a trial is necessary, Rushing Law is the firm for the job. Rushing Law is creative, effective, and aggressive in defending clients. We are fearless, passionate, advocates that cannot tolerate injustice. We will work tirelessly to build your case and protect your rights.

As a client of Rushing Law, you are our main priority. It is the policy of our firm to return all calls, texts, and emails within 24 hours. We are open 24/7, so we are always accessible to you. In addition to being our main priority, Rushing Law truly cares about fighting for your future and protecting your rights. Fighting for your future. Protecting your rights.

Meet Your Attorney

Sydney Rushing

Ms. Rushing is licensed to practice law in:
  • State of Michigan
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan

Sydney Rushing is an experienced criminal attorney based in Detroit, Michigan and is the founding member of Rushing Law, PLC. Sydney has represented numerous individuals in an array of criminal matters, ranging from civil infractions to felony charges. She has also represented numerous individuals in family court as well as civil matters. Ms. Rushing is dedicated to her clients and possesses a great passion to protect the rights of others.

Sydney was born and raised in Howe, Indiana. She was a 4 sport athlete and was a leader on her teams. She graduated from Adrian College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She then went on to attend the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she was 1 of 10 students inducted into the National Order of the Barristers in 2014. Ms. Rushing graduated from UDM Law in May, 2014. Throughout her law school career, Sydney acted as a public defender in the 22nd Circuit Court handling felony cases, and in the 35th District Court and 38th District Court handling misdemeanors. Ms. Rushing has a burning ambition to make a difference in the field of Criminal Law. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys traveling, playing sports, and being outdoors.

Sydney is a member of several organizations, including:

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

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