Crime throughout the U.S. has been slowly declining in the U.S. over the past three decades. Even so, police in Michigan conducts thousands and thousands of arrests. An arrest and being charged with a crime is a terrifying prospect for most.
How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?
If you are facing DUI charges, a misdemeanor criminal offense or a misdemeanor, you may be wondering if you should hire a defense attorney but are leery of the cost. You may be asking yourself: What can a criminal defense attorney do for me?
You wouldn’t be the first person to ask, and it’s a valid question. An attorney can do a lot for you from the get-go, starting with getting you a reasonable bail amount and helping you get out of jail. USAttorneys will discuss some of the other reasons to retain a lawyer.
No Jail Time or Reduced Jail Time
Many criminal defense attorneys start their careers off in a prosecutor’s office, so they see a case from both angles. Working on both sides of the criminal trial helps them develop sharp negotiating skills which can result in no jail time, time served or a significantly reduced prison sentence.
Sometimes despite the best efforts of your attorney, the evidence is stacked up against you and conviction is unavoidable. A good attorney will inform you that you have a chance of being convicted and will fight not only to get reduced jail time but shorter probationary periods and lower fines.
No Criminal or Arrest Record
If you avoid conviction, you won’t have to deal with the pitfalls of a criminal record. Those pitfalls include limiting where you can live and work; you may even face restrictions on where you can go to eat, shop or hang out, depending on your charges. A criminal record can keep you from going to a college of your choice or getting a professional license.
Expungement of Criminal Record
A criminal attorney can help clear your record if you pay your dues. Under section 780.621 of Michigan law, you can have your criminal record expunged if you meet certain conditions. A person with no more than one conviction may be eligible for expungement. Also, an individual who committed a crime as a victim of human trafficking may have their arrest and criminal record cleared.
Enlist an Expert in Criminal Law
Our team of criminal defense and expungement attorneys in Michigan can assist you with all stages of your criminal case. Your defense will be their top priority. There is too much on the line for you to leave the outcome of your case to change. You can cross, your fingers and be hopeful; you must be proactive and retain a lawyer.
Criminal Courts in Michigan
8th District Court
227 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Third Judicial Circuit Court
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St Antoine St, Detroit, MI 48226
52-4 District Court – Troy
520 W Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084