Violent Crimes

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An arrest or accusation for a violent crime places your entire future at risk. Aggressive prosecutors will work hard to secure a conviction, resulting in your loss of freedom. Depending upon the type of violent crime, you may face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

At Michigan Defense Law, attorney Paul J. Tafelski and our skilled Michigan violent crimes attorneys are ready to help you. We want to provide you with the best defense possible and ensure that you have a solid strategy for your criminal defense.

If you’ve been charged with committing a violent crime, contact violent crimes attorney at Michigan Defense Law today at (248) 451-2200 to schedule a consultation.

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Violent Crimes Lawyer Paul J. Tafelski Explains the Common Types of Violent Crime Charges

The National Institute of Justice defines violent crimes as those where a victim experiences harm by a threat of, or by violence. Violent crimes include rape and sexual assault, robbery, assault, and murder. In addition to domestic violence, violent crimes may involve elder abuse and crimes against children. Here are just a few of the more common types of violent crimes:

Assault charges can vary in severity based on the nature of the crime. For example, charges of assault to do great bodily harm less than murder can include charges of strangulation. The punishment if convicted is severe, with possible prison time of not more than 10 years or a fine of $10,000 or both.

Felonious or aggravated assaults result in serious bodily harm such as broken bones or a loss of consciousness. These assaults typically involve a weapon such as a gun or a knife. Assault cases can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending upon several factors, including the severity of the victim’s injuries.

Rape and domestic violence cases are also violent crimes. With both types of crimes, the most common weapon is a personal weapon, such as hands, fists, or feet.

Convictions for certain sexual assault cases may require you to register as a Michigan Sex Offender. This registration means that your private information, such as your name, address, and date of birth is visible online to anyone performing a search. Registering as a sex offender can limit where you live and make it difficult to find employment.

Facing assault charges can have significant consequences. Anyone who is facing charges of violent crimes must seek the help of experienced criminal defense lawyers right away. At Michigan Defense Law, violent crime attorney Paul J. Tafelski and our skilled Michigan criminal attorneys can help you create a strong criminal defense. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for free. 

When a violent crime turns deadly, you may face charges of murder or manslaughter. According to data from the Michigan Incident Crime Reporting (MICR) division of the state police, there were more than 500 murders reported in 2018. The data shows that a firearm was the weapon in 72 percent of the murders.

There are two types of murder charges: first-degree and second-degree. For a charge of first-degree murder, a prosecutor must prove premeditation. If convicted under this charge, you face life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Manslaughter charges also fall under two categories: voluntary and involuntary. A voluntary manslaughter charge implies that the death occurred in the “heat of the moment,” and was not premeditated. An involuntary manslaughter charge means the intent was not to kill the victim. An additional type of manslaughter is negligent manslaughter which refers to vehicle accidents that result in the death of another person.

No matter what type of weapon is used, when charged with murder or manslaughter, you face serious prison time. Your freedom and your future are too important to trust to just anyone. Michigan Defense Law’s violent crimes lawyer Paul J. Tafelski and our team of experienced attorneys are here to help.

Contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer to review your case as soon as possible. Call us at (248) 451-2200.

While both are violent crimes, there is a difference between robbery and burglary. A robbery occurs when someone uses a threat of violence to take something from another person. Burglary involves unlawful entry, such as breaking and entering, of a building or other structure with the intent of committing a theft or felony.

The number of burglaries committed in Michigan during 2018 was more than 25,000, and more than 5,000 robberies occurred. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is just one way to receive a charge of burglary.

If you are facing charges of robbery and burglary, it is important that you seek the legal representation of an attorney for criminal defense right away. A skilled violent crime lawyer in Michigan can help you protect your rights and your freedom. Contact Michigan Defense Law today to schedule a consultation for free. 

Is It Possible to Claim Self-defense as Violent Crimes Defense?

It is possible to claim self-defense in an assault or violent crime case in Michigan. However, it is important that you will be able to present the right facts. 

Generally, you can use force to defend yourself against someone who is using unlawful force to hurt you. However, you must believe that the use of force is necessary to protect yourself. You can only use the force necessary to stop the threat against your life. Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” law does not allow for a “duty to retreat”. This means that you don’t have to flee the aggressor before resorting to force. You can hold your ground and fight to defend yourself against the other person.

For example, you got into a fight with another person who is smaller than you. If they take a swing at you, it is possible to hit them first in order to avoid being hit by them. However, you cannot just pull out a gun and shoot the other person because that would not be a proportionate response to the force they used toward you. 

At Michigan Defense Law, attorney Paul J. Tafelski and our team of violent crime lawyers in Michigan are here to help. Our skilled team of attorneys may be able to help you create a solid criminal defense strategy to fight your violent crime charges.

Contact us today at (248) 451-2200 to schedule a consultation for free for your case.

Thank you to Paul and more importantly Amy Bartold, for providing great legal support, during one of the most stressful and troubling times in my life. Amy you were very professional, patient, but yet meticulous in your approach to defending my case. Your legal expertise and attentiveness to historical legality led to an acquittal in my case. I want to thank you and Paul both for representing me, during a time in my life when I was very vulnerable, and had so much to lose. Once again, thank you for giving me my life back, and allowing me to live life unrestricted and free.

- W.J. - Rochester Hills

What if the Victim of My Assault Does Not Want to Press Charges?

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Even if the victim of your assault or violent crime case doesn’t want to press charges against you, you could still be prosecuted in Michigan. It is the prosecutor that decides whether or not you are charged. Although prosecutors may hear the victim’s side, they are the ultimate decision-makers. It is possible for them to ignore the victim’s wishes in order to convict you. 

This situation is particularly common in cases of domestic violence, where victims often call the police and then plead for the charges to be dropped the next day. This cycle is repeated over and over again and prosecutors become desensitized. This is why victims’ pleas for leniency are often ignored.

However, it can be difficult to prosecute a case if the victim is not cooperative. Sometimes, the victim might refuse to testify in court or a victim might not be consistent with what they told the police. Any statements made by the victim to police in the past will normally be considered hearsay and are not admissible to prove the charges. So, even though a victim may not be able to stop you from being charged, the case could still end up in your favor.

Aggressive Defense From the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Michigan Defense Law

These are a few examples of violent crimes that can result in long prison terms upon conviction. Providing strong defense against aggressive prosecutors is vital to securing your freedom and clearing your name. At Michigan Defense Law, we understand the tactics prosecutors use to secure convictions. We also understand Michigan law and how the court systems operate. Let us help you prepare for your defense by contacting us today.

Paul did an excellent job representing me as my criminal defense attorney. I was struggling to decide if I wanted to pay for attorney services or just represent myself on my second probation violation hearing. I made a last minute decision to hire Paul and looking back I’m certain that I made the right call. I telephoned Paul on a Saturday morning and he returned my VM within a couple hours and scheduled a consultation for the following Sunday morning. I met with him on a Sunday morning and we discussed my case in elaborate detail and went to court two days later. Paul far exceeded my expectations, he took the time to fully understand my situation and give me the best possible representation in a very difficult situation. Paul handled everything, at my hearing he approached the Judge with my probation officer and they discussed the details of the case amongst the three of themselves. Paul arranged a favorable sentence for me. The Judge told me “Your attorney spoke eloquently in your defense”… I believe that hiring Paul to defend me that day was one of the best decisions I ever made. This was the third time I hired Paul in my defense and he did a fine job representing me each time.

- A Domestic Violence Client

Experienced Violent Crimes Attorney Paul J. Tafelski

When a violent crime occurs, law enforcement, prosecutors, the victim, and often the public, want to hold someone accountable. If that person is you and you are innocent of the charge against you, let us help.

If a member of law enforcement wants to question you regarding a violent crime, do not speak with them without an attorney present. Chances are they may use tactics that result in your implicating yourself. The only person looking out for you is you, making it imperative to get legal representation immediately. Having a highly skilled lawyer will ensure your rights are protected and that someone is on your side.

Don’t underestimate the seriousness of a violent crime charge. Investing in quality legal representation is vital to securing a more favorable outcome for your case. Trust the legal professionals at Michigan Defense Law to protect your rights from day one of the investigation. From the beginning of the investigation until the conclusion of your case, our legal team will stand by you and stand up to aggressive prosecutors.

Time is of the essence, so don’t delay. A strong defense requires time for research and trial preparation. You cannot afford to hesitate in securing legal representation. The worst plan you can have is to see how things “play out.” The charge is too serious to take this approach to your situation.

As soon as you know that you are either suspected or charged with a violent crime, secure legal representation. Call us at (248) 451-2200 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your case. The sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you.

Michigan Defense Law proudly serves all of southeastern Michigan including Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Bloomfield Hills, and the surrounding areas of Troy, Rochester Hills, and Royal Oak.

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