My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
My local energy company let my dog out of my fenced yard and my neighbor cornered the dog and it bit him. I am being charged with two misdemeanors. I believe I can prove the case myself without hiring a lawyer but I do not know how to do the proper procedures. I want to find out the statement that my neighbor gave to the police and any other documentation they may have. I think a request for discovery has to be made but I do not know how to properly do this. I know the easy answer is to get a lawyer but if I can find out this information myself I would rather go that route. I have tried finding example requests for discovery but to no avail. If someone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. As an aside I plan on getting a resident in my neighborhood who will testify that the energy company was in our neighborhood that day since the energy company will not help me out. I am sure because they are covering their own behinds. Would I have to provide the prosecuter with the witness information and if so how would I go about doing that. Thanks in advance.