Michigan attorney held in contempt for advising client to stay silent

It’s one of the more basic tasks an attorney can handle: attending the arraignment of your client for a misdemeanor. For Stanton attorney Scott Millard of Miel & Carr, it wound up in the strangest reversals of fortune a lawyer could imagine: with him in jail, after being found in contempt of court for instructing his client to assert his Fifth Amendment rights in the face of questioning about things unrelated to the charged crime. [Holland Sentinel, The Grand Rapids Press].

Millard’s client was charged with minor-in-possession in Hudsonville. When 58th District Court Judge Kenneth Post asked the client whether he had used drugs in the past, Millard instructed him not to answer. Post found Millard in contempt and had him jailed.

Millard was released later that afternoon by Ottawa County Circuit Judge Edward Post on Millard’s emergency motion. Millard has appealed the contempt order to Ottawa Circuit Court.

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