The consequences of a criminal conviction may follow you for the rest of your life. If you are facing charges in Michigan, having an experienced attorney on your side may make all the difference in your case. My staff and I understand how challenging and stressful dealing with a criminal prosecution may be. We are committed to protecting your rights and freedoms at every step of the way, tailoring our services to each client’s individual situation. For over 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, I have represented Detroit residents and others who are facing charges of misdemeanors and felonies at both the state and federal levels. Some of the cases that I have handled include drug crimes, violent crimes, assault, homicide, fraud, sex crimes, weapons violations, traffic offenses, drunk driving, cyber crimes, and juvenile crimes. Each of our clients interacts personally with an attorney, and you can even contact me directly by text or phone. Exclusive focus on criminal defense gives me the dedication and tenacity needed to advocate for your interests to the fullest possible extent.Facing Prosecution for Misdemeanors or Felonies in Michigan
Under Michigan law, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to one year in county jail. A felony, which is more serious, is a crime punishable by one year or more in a state prison or penitentiary. Crimes may be prosecuted in the Michigan court system of District Courts and Circuit Courts or in Federal Court.
If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, your first court appearance is known as a district court arraignment. At a felony arraignment, the defendant is told about the charges against them and about the maximum penalty that they may face if they are convicted. The defendant is also informed about their right to a jury or bench trial, the right to an attorney, the presumption of innocence, and more.
At a misdemeanor arraignment, the defendant will be given an opportunity to enter a plea to the charge. The options include pleading guilty, pleading not guilty, or pleading no contest. A no-contest plea is similar to a guilty plea except that it does not technically constitute an admission of committing the crime. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, the judge may sentence the defendant immediately or may reschedule the case for a sentencing date. On the other hand, if a defendant pleads not guilty, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled.
Someone who is accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. In a criminal case, the prosecutor has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the highest standard of proof under the law. In Michigan, it means doubt based on common sense after a careful consideration of all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the case. As a practical matter, each crime consists of parts known as “elements,” of which some generally relate to actions taken by the defendant and others to the defendant’s state of mind. If the case is tried before a jury, a guilty verdict must be unanimous among the jurors.Consult a Detroit Criminal Defense Lawyer When Fighting Charges
If you or a loved one has been arrested, has been charged with a crime, or is being investigated for a crime, you should seek the guidance of a skilled attorney. I firmly believe in providing personalized attention to each and every client. My firm proudly represents people throughout Oakland, Macomb, Wayne Counties, and the surrounding areas. For a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney in Detroit, call or text me at 248-310-3399 or contact us online. I can represent people who need a drug offenses attorney or representation in facing charges of domestic violence or other violent crimes, weapons offenses, or any other felonies or misdemeanors.
I represent clients who have retained my services for criminal matters and have been practicing criminal defense exclusively since 1995. I spend most of my day in court, which means I have the experience and confidence you require when it is time for you to go to court. I will always appear with you. My experience as a criminal defense attorney is supported by my work in the District and Circuit courts throughout Michigan. I have represented clients who are charged with crimes in other states, as well.Learn More