Criminal Law in Michigan
Being charged with a criminal offense can be terrifying. Unless you have been through the Michigan criminal justice system on a prior occasion, the system itself can lead to your feelings of confusion. At the Rubinstein Law Firm, we understand what you are going through and are dedicated to being by your side every step of the way. Attorney Jan Jeffrey Rubinstein promises to treat you as he would want to be treated in the same situation – with dignity and compassion.
Criminal Law Offenses
In Michigan, criminal offenses are broken down into two broad categories – misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are crimes for which a defendant could receive up to one year in jail if convicted. Examples of misdemeanor offenses include:
- Possession marijuana
- Misdemeanor larceny
- Domestic violence
- DUI/OWI Drunk Driving
Felonies, on the other hand, are much more serious crimes. These are offenses for which a defendant could receive a year or more in prison if convicted, such as:
- Delivery of marijuana or other controlled substances
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Felonious assault
Many offenses can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the unique facts and circumstances of the instant offense as well as the defendant’s criminal history.
Criminal Offense Procedures
Only an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney can walk you through the precise steps that will be involved in your case; however, there are some common steps that most criminal law cases follow, such as:
- Arrest of defendant. This may occur because law enforcement alleges to have seen the defendant commit a crime or may follow an investigation by police.
- Booking/Bail. The defendant is booked into the jail and bail is set in almost all cases. The defendant is released when the bond is posted. If you cannot afford the bond, speak to a bail bondsman.
- Pre-trial hearing. The case may have scheduled pre-trial hearings where the parties keep the judge up to date on the progress of the case and where the parties have the opportunity to discuss a possible resolution.
- Plea or Trial. The city/county prosecutor will probably offer you a plea agreement at some point in time. After negotiations, you and your attorney may decide it is in your best interest to accept a plea agreement or you may decide to take your case to trial and let a judge or jury decide your fate.
As a defendant in a criminal law case in Michigan, retaining the services of the right criminal defense attorney is crucial. Having an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney by your side during each phase of your case will ensure that your rights are protected, that you understand the case against you and your options, and that someone is fighting for you both in and out of the courtroom.