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When You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Michigan, you need to take the matter seriously. Even a misdemeanor criminal charge or a first-time DUI can lead to jail, fines, loss of your driving privileges, a criminal record, and more. A Michigan criminal defense attorney can review the charges against you and build an ironclad defense for your case. Do not take a chance on an inexperienced and overworked public defender. At All Law, PLLC, we take our clients’ criminal cases seriously. Our seasoned criminal defense attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of defendants, and we’re confident we can help you achieve a favorable outcome. Call a criminal lawyer today.   

How a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Defends You

Under Michigan law, you are legally able to represent yourself in a court of law if you choose, but if you ask any criminal defense lawyer, they will advise against it. Attorneys who work in the Michigan criminal justice system are all too aware that the odds are stacked against clients who aren’t adequately represented by criminal defense lawyers.

You may be considering forgoing your right to an attorney because you believe the judge will be lenient on you for a minor crime or first offense charge. But the opposite may be true. Unrepresented clients tend to do worse in criminal cases because they don’t know how to avoid the legal pitfalls that can get them in trouble. On the other hand, a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney who’s familiar with the criminal justice system can examine the prosecutorial evidence against you and establish a defense. If the police made a mistake in their procedures or misapplied a charge, a criminal lawyer can file a motion to get the flawed evidence suppressed or get the charges reduced or modified. 

 

In many criminal cases, it’s in the defendant’s best interest to accept a plea deal. The criminal lawyers at All Law, PLLC, have experience negotiating pleas and have good relationships with state attorneys in the jurisdictions where we practice. Ultimately, the decision to accept a plea is yours, but your criminal law attorney won’t recommend a negotiated plea unless it's in your best interests. 

Common Offenses That Our Law Firm Handles

Our law firm represents clients who have been charged with everything from misdemeanor offenses like DUI/OWI and shoplifting up to Class A felonies, like homicide and armed robbery. Here are some criminal offense categories that we handle. If you do not see your charge or category of crime listed, call All Law, PLLC for a free consultation with a criminal lawyer. 

 

Property Crimes

Property crimes are usually categorized this way if they are committed without violence. That does not, however, mean that these crimes are not taken seriously by the courts. Often the dollar amount of the property dictates whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony. Property crimes can include theft, vandalism, and fraud. 

Crimes Against Persons

This is a name that police and criminal defense attorneys use to describe violent crimes. The court takes these very seriously, and all but a few are felonies in the state of Michigan. Some crimes against persons include assault, battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, robbery, carjacking, stalking, kidnapping, and murder. Talk to an attorney if you’ve been charged with a crime against persons. 

DUI and Traffic Crimes 

Michigan takes DUI very seriously. If you are believed to be drunk driving, you will be arrested by the police. Depending on whether or not you submitted to a breath test, the case against you may be very strong. In addition to DUI, Michigan has a number of criminal driving offenses. While the police may choose to only write you a citation, they can take you to jail for Michigan criminal traffic offenses. Examples of traffic crimes include reckless driving or hit and run.

Drug Crimes 

Under 333.7403 of Michigan law, it’s illegal to knowingly possess a controlled substance. While marijuana possession and use are now legal in the state of Michigan, there are still laws that prohibit some marijuana-related activities. For instance, you can grow up to 12 plants at your residence for personal use, but you cannot have a “grow house” that exceeds that amount. Additionally, most scheduled drugs are still illegal. If you’ve been charged with possession, distribution, or trafficking in a controlled substance like heroin, meth, cocaine, prescription medications, etc., contact a criminal law attorney at All Law, PLLC today.

Sex Crimes 

In addition to the legal consequences you might face for sex crimes, there is also a social stigma associated with this category of crimes. In addition to being convicted of a sex crime, you may also end up on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry and have to report your whereabouts every time you move. Sex crimes include rape, statutory rape, indecent exposure, child molestation, possession of child pornography, prostitution, and more. If you are arrested for a sex crime, contact a Michigan criminal defense lawyer before it’s too late. 

White Collar Crimes

You might be under the impression that white-collar criminals don’t ever go to prison, but nothing can be further from the truth. If you’ve been charged with embezzlement, fraud, or another type of white-collar crime, you are facing some of the toughest prosecutorial lawyers in criminal law. Whether you have been charged at the state or federal level, you need an attorney who is familiar with the complexities of these cases. All Law, PLLC has the team and the resources to pore over the mountains of prosecutorial evidence that accompanies this type of case. 

Cyber Crimes 

This is no longer the new field of criminal law that it was two decades ago. Michigan police and the attorneys who prosecute these crimes are much savvier than they once were. Cybercrimes can involve hacking, accessing information illegally, or using the internet to defraud a person, business, or government entity. If you’ve been charged with a cybercrime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases. 

Levels of Offenses in Michigan

Like most states, Michigan divides state crimes between misdemeanors and felonies. While a criminal defense attorney can better explain your exposure in your case, it’s helpful to understand the categories of offense. 

Felonies 

Felony charges in Michigan are categorized from A to H, with Class A felonies being the most serious and class H felonies carrying the lightest penalties. 

 

  • Class A felony - Punishable by any number of years, up to and including life. The death penalty is prohibited under Michigan’s constitution. 

  • Class B felony - Punishable by up to 20 years in state prison. 

  • Class C felony - Punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

  • Class D felony - Punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. 

  • Class E felony - Punishable by up to 5 years in state prison.

  • Class F felony - Punishable by up to 4 years in state prison. 

  • Class G felony - Punishable by up to 2 years in state prison.

  • Class H felony - The defendant can be sentenced to jail, probation, house arrest, or alternative punishments or treatments.

Misdemeanors 

There are three types of misdemeanor offenses throughout Michigan:

  • Misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail

  • Misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

  • High court misdemeanors, which can are punishable by up to two years in a state prison. 

 

Regardless of the level of charge that you face, jail or prison may not be the only consequence. In addition to jail or prison, all of these levels of charges carry a possible fine. Depending on the crime, you may also face loss of your ability to own a firearm, vote, or hold certain licenses. Whether you’ve been arrested, facing indictment, or believe you’re being investigated for a crime, call the veteran Michigan criminal defense lawyers at All Law, PLLC. Our criminal law attorneys can examine the prosecutorial evidence against you and start working on your case. Call today for a free consultation. 

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Michigan for a Free Consultation

All criminal offenses are serious. If you have been charged with a crime or know you’re going to be charged with one, you need to exercise your constitutional right to a lawyer. Call the criminal defense attorneys at the law firm of All Law, PLLC before speaking to the police. We are ready to take your call and will begin to represent you immediately.

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