Novi Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal Lawyer for Violent Crimes, Theft Offenses, Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes, DUI and Federal Crimes
I founded the firm to provide aggressive, affordable defense counsel to those accused of criminal acts. For over a decade my firm has successfully helped individuals who faced prosecution for drug charges,
fraud crimes and
domestic violence. I represent people charged with
violent crimes as well as many other types of offenses. I am a proud graduate of Wayne State University. I am also a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Criminal defense lawyers commonly charge large hourly fees for their services. I understand that on top of the allegations you face you may have to post bail or have other financial demands. My firm represents clients at a flat rate whenever we can. This permits me to give you skilled legal representation while you predict the cost of your defense. Many law offices could consider your situation as just a case file to be processed through the criminal justice system. These firms will charge you by the hour for any action they take, whether you talk to your attorney or not. I take a different approach, endeavoring to work with you financially as well legally.
Police and investigators can make mistakes in who they charge for a crime and the evidence they present. Prosecutors may even convict innocent people. There are many individuals currently serving time who had nothing to do with the crime. It is imperative to have aggressive legal representation in criminal court. As a proven Novi criminal defense lawyer, I strive to produce the best result possible no matter what type of crime you are accused of committing.
My office must move forward immediately on your case to increase the opportunity of achieving a favorable outcome. The actions that I take initially in a case can greatly impact the final outcome. I may be able to get your charges dismissed after a thorough examination and review of the facts surrounding your case. It may benefit you to negotiate with a prosecutor towards a reduction of charges and a reduction of the penalties that could be imposed. Some cases must go to trial and be tried before a judge or jury. I am committing taking every possible action that could produce a verdict of "not-guilty" for my clients.
Penalties for Misdemeanor and Felony Convictions
The penalties for conviction on misdemeanor or felony charges are harsh. You face loss of your driving privileges, a permanent criminal record, steep fines, community service, probation and time served in either jail or prison. You cannot trust your future to an attorney who is inexperienced or not fully committed to your case. Police and prosecutors believe that you are guilty. They will do all possible to see that you are convicted. My actions are geared to present an equally powerful, compelling and persuasive case for the defense.
The process of prosecution in misdemeanor and felony cases varies. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, the first hearing at which I should be present to protect your rights is at your arraignment, where you are formally charged. You will have the choice of entering a plea of guilty, not-guilty, or in some cases "no contest" to the criminal accusations. The judge can sentence you at this hearing if you plead guilty or no contest, or will decide to sentence you at a later date. The judge may also decide to set bail at your arraignment. If bail is an issue, I take action to get you released on your own recognizance or to reduce the amount of bail necessary to get you released.
The Criminal Justice Process
When you plead not-guilty, a pre-trial conference will be set by the judge in your case. The purpose of a pre-trial conference is to discuss whether a plea bargain can be worked out. Prosecutors frequently prefer this over a trial, as it can save them time and expense. A prosecutor could attempt to get you to agree that a plea bargain offer is best for you, but this may not be the case. I work to give you the straight facts on the option that will help you the most; a plea bargain or going to trial. After your pre-trial conference, both sides begin preparations for trial.
In a felony, the procedure is different but the fundamental steps of hearings, entering a plea, plea bargaining and legal actions to get ready for trial are similar. My goal is to protect client's rights through each step of the legal process, from the start to the finish of their cases. I look forward to the opportunity to provide you with high-quality legal services. You can be confident that you are represented by an aggressive defender that will fight for every advantage for you, from start to finish.
If you have been accused of a crime,
contact a Novi criminal defense attorney
from my firm immediately.
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