When you find out a Michigan warrant has been issued for your arrest, anxiety and nervousness begin to set in. You do not want to be arrested at your place of work. Most certainly you do not want to get arrested during a traffic stop with your children in the car. A warrant will force you to look over your shoulder. This article explains what you should do to clear your Michigan arrest warrant.
A Michigan arrest warrant can be issued for misdemeanors and felonies. In fact, an arrest warrant can be issued for many reasons. These reasons could include a failure to appear in court, failure to pay fines and costs, probation violations and new charges.
The process of finding and hiring the best criminal lawyer for an appeal or to defend you against criminal charges can be a complicated process. The choice is critical when your life or freedom is on the line.
When the criminal lawyer takes a client’s case it comes with great responsibility. The client puts his or her future and possibly freedom in the hands of the lawyer. This article explains what you should consider before you hire the best criminal lawyer for you.
This article, written by a Michigan appeal lawyer, explains why you should not hire your trial attorney to appeal your case. It also explains what you should look for when you hire an appeal lawyer to represent you.
The attorney who represented you at trial should not do your appeal. You must always hire another attorney to review your case. The trial attorney cannot distance himself or herself from the case because of personal involvement. Consider that the Michigan Court of Appeals was not intimately involved in your trial. The Court does not have preconceived notions about the legal issues. Everything the Court will learn about your case will come from a review of the transcripts. Your new appeal attorney should be in the same position as the Court. The new appeal lawyer has not prejudged your case or the issues. So, the Court of Appeals and the appeal lawyer will be in the same frame of mind about the issues. Both parties start the review with an “objective” look at your case. Because of your trial attorney’s personal involvement, his or her viewpoint will be subjective.
As a Macomb County criminal defense attorney, our firm has represented over a thousand clients charged with probation violations. This article explains how an experienced Macomb County criminal defense attorney can defend you at a probation violation hearing.
A sentence of probation is a creation of the Michigan Legislature. You do not have a right to probation. For your reference here is a link to the Michigan Probation Statute. Since a probation violation can result in serious consequences, your attorney should know the various ways to defend you.
CZARNECKI & TAYLOR successfully appealed our client’s wrongful convictions in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The Courts overturned our client’s 4 convictions. Following a jury trial, our client had been convicted of four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, MCL 750.520d(1)(a). The trial court sentenced the Defendant to 5 to 15 years’ imprisonment for each conviction.
I want to start this article off by saying that most cases in the State of Michigan and in the federal courts are resolved by plea deals. The truth is most criminal cases do not go to trial. If every case went to trial the criminal justice system would grind to a halt. While some cases should go to trial, the fact is a negotiated plea deal can be in your best interest. Your attorney cannot force you to accept a plea deal. You always maintain your right to go to a trial.
I want to dispel one myth at the very beginning of this article. Some defendants say that “my attorney wanted me to cop a deal” as if this is a bad idea. I also want to say one other thing up front. Do some attorneys want their clients to accept a plea deal so they can close the case? The answer is: Yes. Is it wrong? Again the answer is – yes.
But, because some attorneys lack integrity does not mean that a plea deal is not in your best interest. You have to have trust in the attorney that you hire. The truth is a very good plea deal can save you jail time, reduce charges, avoid a conviction, and save you money in fines/costs and legal fees. The purpose of this article is to explain how a plea deal can be in your best interest.
If you have been arrested for a first offense DUI in Michigan, dealing with the police, courts and prosecution can be quite stressful. This article is written to help answer some of the questions that you may have. Additionally, we hope to alleviate some of the stress you are feeling by explaining what you might expect to occur in your case.
If you are charged with a first offense of possession of marijuana in Michigan, this article explains what you can expect.
In Michigan marijuana is both legal and illegal. The Michigan voters decided that marijuana should be legal for medicinal use. However, the law has not quite changed to make it legal for recreational use. Until then, even possession of the smallest amount of marijuana, without a legal right to do so, can lead to criminal charges. A possession of marijuana conviction can have long-lasting effects on financial aid for college, a driver’s license, employment, elimination nursing programs, etc.
Since a possession of marijuana conviction can have long-lasting effects on your life it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through the legal process. The attorney may be able to keep the criminal off of your criminal history and driving record.