Michigan Freedom of Information Act Attorney.

In Michigan, public bodies are required to make records in their possession available to the public for inspection and copying. While there are some exceptions to disclosure, the FOIA laws are pro-disclosure and put the burden of proving why a particular record is exempt on the public body claiming the exemption.

You have a right to copies of public documents.

If a public body has denied your request, they must do so in writing and state the grounds for the denial. They’re also required to justify why the document is exempt. Merely claiming that an exemption applies in insufficient. If you’ve received a letter in response to a FOIA request that simply quotes an exception from the statute, the public body may not be in compliance with FOIA.

You may be entitled to be reimbursed for attorney’s fees.

Under the FOIA statute, you may be entitled to be reimbursed by the public body for attorney fees you incurred in suing them to have the records disclosed. To be successful in collecting attorneys fees, you must have been denied access to the records, you must be successful in your law suit, and your suit must have been necessary to bring about disclosure.

Don’t take on the government by yourself.

The government has unlimited resources and scores of attorneys working on their behalf. Don’t attempt to fight them on your own. Hire an attorney that is knowledgeable in FOIA issues. Call Attorney Joshua Blanchard today at 989-283-1300 to schedule a consultation.