Whether or not it is your first occurrence with the criminal justice system, being charged with a crime is a scary experience. We understand those thoughts of, am I going to jail or prison, am I going to lose my job or driver’s license, how will this affect my career or schooling, will I lose custody of my kids, how much is this going to cost are racing through your mind. The list goes on and on.
We represent both adult and juveniles accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes at the trial court. If you have come to us early enough to appear for your arraignment, we will argue to the judge for a reasonable bond amount. As experienced Michigan criminal defense attorneys, we make sure you understand the process and guide you through each step of the way. If you are facing felony charges that means you are entitled to have a preliminary examination. We help you decide whether having that “probable cause” hearing is in your best interest or if you should waive that right and continue the case at the circuit court, or trial court, level.
If you are facing misdemeanor charges, you will not have a preliminary examination and the case will be set for trial with motions, if any, argued and decided before that date. You will fully understand what you are being charged with, what the prosecutor must prove and by what standard of proof, what your rights are, and the evidence against you including all police and lab reports, photographs, witness statements, and exhibits. This will help us decide if it is in your best interests to proceed with trial. If not, we will work hard during plea negotiations with the prosecutor to get the best possible resolve which often includes a reduction in charges, dismissal of some or all of the charges, reduction or dismissal of the habitual offender notices, dismissal of pending cases, or sentencing agreements for no jail or a limitations on jail. You may be eligible for deferred or delayed sentencing options that could help you earn a non-public record for the offense.