If you have been charged with a crime in the Grand Rapids area, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights immediately. Depending on the seriousness of the charges against you, the outcome of your case can have permanent, life-changing effects. A conviction may result in substantial fines and jail time, as well as the loss of certain privileges.
A lawyer with experience defending against criminal charges in Michigan can help ensure that all the evidence supporting your case is presented to the judge, and may be able to successfully argue that the charges against you should be lowered, or dismissed entirely. Regardless of what type of crime you have been charged with, a Grand Rapids criminal lawyer can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
The prosecution is made up of a skilled team of highly specialized professionals who spend all of their time seeking convictions. If a defendant does not have a similar professional with experience in this type of law on their side, they will be at a serious disadvantage.
Having criminal charges brought against anyone can be an overwhelming and stressful experience, and it can be nearly impossible to understand all of the complex laws that apply to a specific case.
Our defense attorneys have experience defending clients against all types of criminal charges, and understand that a criminal charge is often the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Grand Rapids criminal attorneys will help clients understand their rights with compassion and professionalism, and can help determine what protections a defendant is entitled to under the law to build the best possible defense strategy based on the charges against them.
Michigan’s Penal Code can be found at Chapter 750, Mich. Comp. Laws. Criminal lawyers in Grand Rapids can help build a defense against a variety of criminal charges, including, but not limited to:
Criminal offenses in Michigan are broken down into felony and non-felony offenses. Whether a criminal charge rises to the felony level will depend on the severity of the offense, the circumstances surrounding the crime, and in some cases, a person’s prior criminal history. Typically, a conviction that can result in a jail sentence lasting less than one year is considered a misdemeanor offense. However, conviction of a misdemeanor does not always result in jail time; a person may only be required to pay a fine, complete community service, or be placed on probation.
A conviction that can result in a jail sentence lasting more than one year is considered a felony offense. Even after completing a jail sentence, a felony conviction can have lasting and serious effects on quality of life.
A felony conviction can affect credit, ability to pass a background check, ability to obtain employment, and right to vote. If being charged with a felony offense, obtaining legal representation as soon as possible is extremely important.
Many criminal cases are decided before they ever get to court as the result of plea bargaining with the prosecution. Although the prosecution team may offer a more lenient sentence if the defendant is willing to enter a guilty or “no-contest” plea, it is very important to understand the legal effect of making these kinds of deals.
Trying to negotiate a sentence outside of court is not always in the defendant’s best interests. It is never in their best interest to enter into negotiations if they are not fully informed of the laws affecting their case.
A criminal lawyer with experience in criminal defense will be able to offer counsel regarding any plea deals that may be offered, and will ensure that the client understands what their rights are at all times. If going to court is in the defendant’s best interests, the attorney will help with every aspect of the defense to ensure their client is fully prepared to argue their case before a judge.
If they have been offered a plea deal or have been approached by the prosecution to engage in plea bargaining, it is imperative to speak with an attorney before taking any further action.
It can be overwhelming trying to protect your life, family, and reputation from a criminal charge. Our attorneys are aware that there are often complicated circumstances that may lead to being charged with a crime, and will provide you with information, advice, and understanding. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your legal rights are protected at every stage of the criminal proceedings.
A criminal conviction can permanently change your life, as well as affect the way others view you personally. Do not allow yourself to become a victim of the criminal justice system because you did not fully understand your legal rights. Contact a Grand Rapids criminal lawyer to discuss your case and begin building your defense today.
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