When you’re facing felony charges, there are many life-altering factors at stake. If convicted, you face the possibility of serving time in prison, in addition to fines a\d long-term probation. Plus, the felony will forever be reflected on your criminal record. If you have had any legal trouble in the past the consequences may be amplified. The prosecutor bears the burden of proving you guilty, but you must focus on doing all you can to fight for your rights.
Regardless of how far your criminal case has progressed, your number one priority when accused of a crime is to retain a skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney.
Our lawyers at the office of Michigan Defense Law have the in-depth legal knowledge and experience necessary to fight for your rights in a felony case. An arrest does not equate to guilty, and we’ll develop every strategy possible to protect your interests. We’re committed to putting your needs first when you’ve been accused of a crime, whether in negotiations with a prosecuting attorney or in court. Sometimes we can get a charge dismissed through pretrial litigation or win at trial. Other times we can use a clients youth or lack of criminal history to negotiate an outcome that avoids a felony conviction. There are many possible outcomes and ways to try and reduce the potential damage clients face in these situations. We try many different approaches.On Your Side to Defend Against Michigan Felony Charges
Prosecutors will always aggressively prosecute felony cases in Michigan courts. Our attorneys will exhaust all available defenses and carefully scrutinize the state’s case from every angle, looking for opportunities to suppress evidence or dismiss charges. We handle all types of felony cases, including drug crimes, theft offenses, felonious assault, domestic violence, and OWI/DWI.Felony Classes and Punishments
A felony offense is a serious matter, one which Michigan law punishes by more than a year in prison. There are eight classes of felonies:
- Class A: Murder crimes, assault with a deadly weapon, and certain sex offenses are in this category, where a conviction may be several years to life in prison.
- Classes B-D: Second degree crimes, like arson, child abuse, robbery, and manslaughter are still severely punished. Larceny and embezzlement are at the lower end as a Class D felony. If convicted, you could be sentenced from 10-20 years’ imprisonment.
- Classes E-G: Many firearms and dangerous weapons charges fall into this group, but it also includes certain drug crimes. Retail fraud, home invasion, and domestic assault are also in this category, where punishment can range from 2-5 years’ incarceration.
- Class H: The lowest level of felony, this category includes stealing ID to commit a felony or some types of identity theft. Serious offenses may lead to a jail sentence, but probation is also within the discretion of the judge. In all classes of felonies the facts of the case and the history of the accused will have an affect on the outcome except where a charge is dismissed.
Fundamental legal rights are on the line if you’ve been arrested on felony charges in Michigan. You face jail time, fines, and probation if convicted, but a skilled criminal defense attorney can assist with contesting allegations. A strong defense is crucial, so an experienced legal advocate will gather evidence in your favor and develop legal arguments to protect your interests in court. You can’t risk representing yourself, especially when it comes to negotiations with a prosecutor. If you’re facing felony charges, please contact the attorneys at the law firm of Michigan Defense Law or call us at (248) 451-2200. We can answer your questions or set up a case review at our Bloomfield Hills office.