Regardless of what crime you are charged with, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney who is willing to understand the unique details of your situation while fighting to protect your rights. Every crime, situation, and case is different. We take pride in understanding our clients’ position, desired outcomes, and providing the best possible resolution.
For felony convictions, the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines are used to determine what penalty an individual will receive. These guidelines can be quite complicated and have resulted in many persons being sentenced to longer time in prison than they needed to be because the attorney did not understand these guidelines. Often times, the guidelines may not have even required that prison time, or even jail time, be imposed at all. We make sure that the client understands how these guidelines work and what it means for the client before the client goes to trial or enters a plea to any crime.
Also, many crimes have collateral consequences to them. For example, there may be license sanctions, loss of student loans, loss of housing, loss of professional licenses,loss of your career, or even loss of your parenting rights. You need an attorney who understands these collateral consequences and can advise you on the best way to proceed with your case.
Also, many crimes have what are known as “diversionary sentencing.” This means, if you qualify, that the crime will stay off your public record and may allow you to avoid many of the collateral consequences described above. Too often, a client may have an attorney who does not know about these types of “diversionary sentencing” agreements and will not ask for them from the prosecutor or judge.
In short, do not settle for just any attorney. Choose an attorney who will take the time to understand your unique situation and will explain the consequences to you. Choose us to help you through this difficult time.