How did I get into this?
You barely remember how everything went. One minute you were there, and the next minute the police are handcuffing you and putting you into the back of a squad car. You can barely remember how conversation went, what the officer said, or what you said. Everything happened so fast.
You lay awake in bed at night, tossing and turning, unable to sleep. You hope that if you can just get to sleep, when you wake up things are back to the way they were and you won’t have to deal with this.
Instead, you lay there wondering about what the future holds for you. What will I tell my friends? My family? What’s going to happen to my job? Will everything change? Will I have to go to jail?
I can’t believe this is happening to me. What do I do?
You feel like you no longer control your life. Before, when something happened, you would might get mad at first but you could handle whatever life threw at you. A flat tire? Easy. Take the tire off, put the spare on, bring the bad tire to the tire place, they fix it, you take the spare off, put the new tire on, and you’re done. A one-day job, maybe two or three depending on how busy you and the tire place are. You know exactly how to handle this.
You think, “Maybe I can just talk to the Judge or the Prosecutor, they’ll understand me. I’ll just talk to them at the first court hearing and explain that it was all just a big misunderstanding – a simple mistake – and the charges will be dropped. Then I can get on with my life. I just need some basic information and I can handle the rest.”
So, first, you go on Google, trying to figure out if what the officer did was wrong, trying to figure out a way out of it, a way to explain to the Judge or the Prosecutor that you’re innocent. You wonder, “Were my rights violated? Can they use what I said against me?” You search for a while but end with more questions than answers.
Now you know that you should talk to a criminal-defense lawyer to get help, just like how you took your tire to the tire shop. But this isn’t a flat tire. No, this is your life, your family, your career, your reputation, your future.And you feel powerless, because you don’t know where to begin.This is going to show up on every background check.
This is going to stop you from getting the government benefits you need to make it.
This is the conversation you need to have with your parents, friends, and boss where you tell them you might be going to jail.
These things can’t just be fixed. You can’t just talk to the Judge or the Prosecutor because they don’t live your life. It doesn’t matter to them what shows up on your background check or what you have to tell people when you explain you might be going to jail. After all, it’ll be you sitting in jail, not them.
Who can help me?
Lawyers are scary. Not “The Exorcist” or “The Walking Dead” type of scary, they’re scary because they remind you of the problems you have to face. They remind you of The Charges. You can never understand them. They always talk about how they’re a “fighter” or “aggressive” or some other cliche. Plus, they all seem to know each other.
How do you know they’re not just making deals as favors to their friends?
How do you know they’re looking out for your best interests?
How do you know they’ll call you back?
Your entire life is case number, your actions are in a “Police Report”, and your statements are “Admissions.”
The lawyers know what all this means, but they don’t tell you what’s going on. It’s like everything works by not telling you anything, even though your life is on the line.
How do I pick one lawyer from another?
How can I pay for this? I already owe other people money and I don’t have the greatest job in the world. I don’t even know how much money this people charge.
How long will this go on? Do I have to pay for every phone call? For every court appearance? Even for copies of my own documents?
Does this guy know the latest law? Does he pay attention to the latest developments so that he can use it to help me?
Can he just email me these things so I can see it right away? Do I have to ask him for everything? If I do ask for it, will he bill me for asking?
Is he going to let me know when I have to show up in court? Is he going to help schedule things so that I don’t miss a ton of work?
What makes you different?
We’re different than other lawyers. Often, our differences make other lawyers unhappy. That’s okay though, because other lawyers aren’t our clients.
First, we turn on the lights. We not only handle your case, we teach you the criminal process, we explain things, and we show you why things are the way they are. You’re aware of everything that is going on and why. You can be comfortable and trust us.
Second, we never force you to take a deal nor to take one that you’re uncomfortable with. You’re the one who ultimately decides what happens. You get control back.
Third, we look to figure out what impact this will have outside of the case. Possible jail time is only one part of your worries. We look to see what are the other possible penalties. With us, you’ll get a 360 degree view of the entire landscape.
Finally, we’re not afraid of taking cases to trial. That’s what we do, we’re trial lawyers. Being in the legal profession since 1983 gave us a variety of experiences, issues, and trial work. We’ve represented people charged with crimes ranging from 90-day misdemeanors to felonies with the possibility of life in prison. Everything from retail theft to murder. We’ve been in front of judges in district court, circuit court, the Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court. We’ve also practiced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. This means that we have the experience and skills to represent you regardless of the types of crimes you’re charged with or the possible penalty. If you want to go to trial, you can rest easy knowing that your attorney has been in front of judges, juries, and appellate judges and has the necessary experience and skills.
How much will this cost?
Being in the legal profession since the 1980s gave us the insight to understand the anxiety hourly billing causes. That’s why when we represent people charged with a crime, we have fixed fees. We got rid of the mystery of how much you owe. Regardless of if you want to go to trial or want to make a deal, you don’t have to guess how much our representation costs. You take back control.
Worried about legal fees? Don’t be. With our straightforward, flat-fee structure you’ll know exactly what we charge and what you’ll get for your money.
Our pricing is simple and we’ll give you a fixed fee based on how complex your case is. That way you’re not at the mercy and uncertainty of The Billable Hour.
Call us at (906) 486-4457.
The first step is protecting yourself.
You never thought you would need a criminal-defense lawyer. Nobody does. Everything feels like a big mystery and your life feels like it’s about to be destroyed.
Your first step is to talk to us. Call us and we’ll set up a confidential, in-person meeting where we can sit down and talk about what happens next. We’ll talk about your situation. You’ll have an understanding of your rights and options.
You’ll come in confused and with lots of questions, but you’ll leave knowing what’s next. This is scary and can make you feel like your life is falling apart. We know. We take you through the process with safety, security, while protecting your rights, and designed to minimize the impact on your life.
You will never feel ready, but you should feel informed.
If you’re here, it’s time to get ready.
Doing anything without knowing your rights and options can easily lead to disaster, especially when you’re charged with a crime. You can easily make things a lot worse if you don’t know what you’re doing.
I’m here for a family member or friend. Can you still help?
Maybe you’re not here because you were charged with a crime, but want to get help for a family member or friend that was. That’s great, we can meet with you and discuss these options and meet with your family member, relative, or friend in jail or elsewhere, too.
Set up an appointment and talk to us about your family member or friend. Call us at (906) 486-4457.
I haven’t been charged with a crime yet. Can you still help?
Maybe you’re here because you think you might be charged with a crime. But after you’ve been arrested or days before a hearing or trial are not the times to be scrambling around looking for help. Remember, you must prepare in advance. You must be proactive.
You need clear answers now, while you have the time to think and act rationally.
You have to act now, before the police show up at your door and want to ask you questions. Before the cuffs are being tightened and you’re being put in the back of a squad car. Before you’re sitting in the jail with an officer asking you what happened.
Don’t lose control of your life, your career, and your future because you waited. One wrong word to the wrong person can have dire consequences.
Act now. Call us at (906) 486-4457.
You’re intimidated and scared. We understand.
We help people charged with crimes all the time. It’s a big part of what we do. We’re trial lawyers helping the underdog.
We’ve never been former prosecutors. We don’t believe in trying to put people in jail one minute and then defending them the next.
We take anxiety and distrust out by giving you complete knowledge and control of the process and its costs. You’ll have the information and confidence to make the decisions you need to move on with your life with as minimal impact on it as possible.
Can’t I just do all of this on my own? What if it’s my first charge?
If you have questions about the criminal process, you can get information here. We cover the basics from start to finish.
But the process is still scary and there are pitfalls that you can easily miss if this isn’t something you deal with every day like we do.
The last thing you need is to be worrying about all the different problems that can happen if you have a criminal conviction. You can lose your rights, you can lose your job, you can lose your freedom.
The last person you want to listen to when deciding what to do is the Prosecutor or your family and friends.
You have a life to get back to, and we’re here t help you get back to it.
Your first step is to meet with us to learn what’s at stake, how to protect yourself, and how to move forward with as minimal impact on your life as possible.
This doesn’t have to ruin your life. Let us help you.
We defend you differently here:
- We keep you up-to-speed with what’s happening in your case;
- We do everything in our power to achieve a result that meets your expectations and with as minimal impact on your life as possible;
- We don’t force you to take a deal you don’t want or are uncomfortable with; and
- If you want to go to trial, you know your attorney has been in front of many judges and juries before.
We defend you differently here. If you’re ready to get started then we’re ready to help. Call us at (906) 486-4457.