Criminal Quick Start
If you or someone you care about has been arrested...
They may have already been charged, or are still waiting to be charged with a Crime, and may or may not be out of Jail. You are looking to hire a Lawyer, and have questions. If they are still in Jail, you may not know how to get them out. You’re not sure what the charges mean or what the outcome will be. What happens at an Arraignment? I have a Warrant for my Arrest; what should I do? You need some help and answers, and I am here to give them.
Choosing the right lawyer
My initial consultations are confidential, and done right over the phone, during regular business hours. Most people are scared and nervous about their charge or upcoming case, and would prefer to have information sooner than later. If you're looking to hire a Lawyer, you can just pick up the phone and call me. I will spend the time with you to thoroughly answer your questions and tell you what I can do for you without you having to come in for an appointment. In each and every case, you will know my exact Fee, what I can do for you, and where your case is going to go.
Your call will be answered by a friendly staff member who will know what kinds of questions to ask you right from the start in order to know exactly what the situation is. We’ll want to know, who was arrested (you, husband, boyfriend, brother, sister, son or daughter, etc.), when, and in what city. I limit my Criminal Practice to Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. I deal with the same Prosecutors and appear in the same Courts, in front of the same Judges, day after day. It’s that kind of experience which allows me to give you an accurate picture of what will happen in your case.
Depending on the charge, your first appointment with me will usually take from 1 to 2 hours. We’ll go over your situation in detail so that when you leave, you’ll know exactly what to expect next, and what I’ll be doing for you.
The Court date
On your Court date I’ll check in with the Clerk, confer with you briefly, and then go meet with the Prosecutor to discuss your case. In many Misdemeanor cases (except DUI cases), I can successfully wrap everything up the first time so you won’t have to come back to Court. If that can't be done, you’ll at least walk out of Court after that first date knowing almost exactly what to expect next time.
Felony cases are different, and can only be handled and finalized in the County Circuit Court. The first real Court date (after the Arraignment) in a Felony case is called a Preliminary Examination, and is held in the local District Court where the case has been brought. I'll be right there with you, and will walk yo through every step. You'll never feel alone, or uncertain.
Depending on the charge and where the case is being heard, it is sometimes possible for a Felony charge to be reduced or “dropped” to a Misdemeanor at the Preliminary Exam, meaning the whole thing is finalized in the District Court. Even in Felony cases where the charge is not dropped to a Misdemeanor on the first Court date, I’ll be able to give you a pretty good picture of how things look and what you can expect as the case continues.
Whether your case is a Felony or Misdemeanor, and whenever it’s wrapped up, the biggest concern anyone has is “What’s going to happen to me?” This question really means something like “What is the Judge going to do to me at Sentencing? Am I going to go to jail? Will I get Probation? How much are the fines and costs likely to be?”
It’s usually not very difficult for me to keep my Clients out of Jail. Whatever your situation, because of my experience and knowledge of the Court’s where I routinely practice, I can always give you a pretty accurate estimation of what other consequences you're facing. Remember, I have one primary concern: to make the fallout from your charge as minimal as possible. That means to keep you out of Jail and to do serious damage control.
This ability to know how things will work out is a key reason that I restrict my Criminal and DUI Practice to the local Courts in the Detroit area. I know the Prosecutors, the Judges and the Probation Departments, and how they view things. I know what they consider important, and I know what doesn’t fly with them, as well. I will guide you through their world carefully, so you don’t step on any “land mines,” so to speak.
Through this whole process, you will always find my Staff and I to be as friendly and helpful as we were on day one, when you first called. We talk the language of real people and explain things in a way that you can understand so that you can make an informed decisions and know what is really happening.
As your Lawyer, I'll protect your freedom and your interests throughout the case. Sometimes, that can involve interests you don’t even know you have: A person may be so happy to avoid Jail or a lengthy term of Probation, for example, that they'll unwittingly accept a deal that screws up their Commercial Driver’s License or leaves them with a Record that will prevent them from getting a job in a certain field, or owning a gun and being unable to go hunting next year. That's no good. I will explain how the choices we make today can affect you (or not) weeks and months and years later, and help you decide what to do.
I will make sure that you never find that what seemed like a good deal in the first place, wasn’t such a good deal after all. It might take more work and negotiating, but I’ll leave no stone unturned in order to make sure you end up with the best outcome possible.
If you are facing a criminal charge need to hire a Lawyer, you owe it to yourself call me and get answers right away, before taking time off from work and hauling out to some office appointment. I’m easy to talk to, and so is my staff. We are here to help.