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Facing criminal charges can be scary, especially if you are facing imprisonment or hefty fines. If you have been accused of a crime, you need an experienced Grand Ledge criminal lawyer to defend you. We are a full-service criminal defense law firm providing legal assistance for individuals accused of crimes in Grand Ledge and the surrounding areas. Don’t delay in contacting our attorneys for any criminal charges in Michigan.

What are the consequences of a criminal conviction in Michigan?

The consequences of a criminal conviction vary depending on the crime. There are two basic categories of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Civil infractions can also start off feeling like crimes since they typically involve an interaction with the police, but they are civil infractions, not criminal infractions.

Felonies

Felonies are severe crimes often punishable by incarceration for at least one year and substantial fines. Examples of felonies are murder, rape, arson, kidnapping, and more. There are over 1,500 felonies in Michigan, divided into several different classes:

  • Class A: Punishable by up to life imprisonment
  • Class B: Punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment
  • Class C: Punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment
  • Class D: Punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment
  • Class E: Punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment
  • Class F: Punishable by up to 4 years of imprisonment
  • Class G: Punishable by up to 2 years of imprisonment
  • Class H: Felony crimes punishable by imprisonment or alternatives such as probation, electronic monitoring at home, or treatment at a facility

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are less severe crimes punishable by incarceration for one year or less and fines. Examples of misdemeanor crimes are public intoxication, indecent exposure, trespassing, DUI, and more. There are three different classes of misdemeanor crimes in Michigan:

  • High Court Misdemeanors: This is actually just a fancy way of saying “felony.” High court misdemeanors are punishable by up to 2 years of incarceration and/or a $2,000 fine and are considered a felony in every way but name.
  • Misdemeanors Punishable by up to a One-Year Jail Term: Punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine
  • Misdemeanors Punishable by up to a 93-Day Jail Term: Punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine

Civil infractions

Civil infractions are minor offenses often resulting in fines and tickets. For example, parking tickets and many traffic tickets are considered civil infractions.

Other consequences

Besides incarceration and fines, some crimes have other consequences.

  • Loss or liberties such as driving, drinking alcohol, gambling, and crossing state boundaries
  • Loss of rights to wield firearms
  • Deportation

What charges can a Grand Ledge criminal lawyer assist me with?

A criminal defense attorney can help you with many types of charges, including but not limited to:

  • DUI and alcohol-related charges: Our attorneys help you fight charges for driving while intoxicated or public intoxication.
  • Domestic violence: You may be charged with domestic violence charges for abuse against a spouse or a person with whom you share an intimate relationship. Our criminal defense lawyers help you fight domestic violence charges in Grand Ledge.
  • Weapons crimes: Our criminal attorneys help you with felony and misdemeanor charges for weapons crimes such as carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a concealed weapon without a license, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and more.
  • Assault and battery charges: You may be charged with assault and battery if you attempt or commit physical harm against another person.
  • Theft-related crimes: A criminal lawyer in Grand Ledge can help you with theft, larceny, embezzlement, forgery, and fraud charges.
  • Sex crimes: A criminal defense attorney can help you with charges for crimes such as child pornography, statutory rape, criminal sexual conduct, prostitution, the willful transmission of STDs, and more.

What else can a Grand Ledge criminal lawyer help me with?

Our criminal lawyers help you navigate the complex criminal appeals process in court. We review the case for errors, establish complete or partial evidence, develop a solid argument based on the law, and fight for your release from prison.

Expunging previous convictions makes it easier to secure a job or rent a home. Our criminal defense attorneys can guide you through the process of sealing criminal convictions to help you regain a normal life.

What can I do to strengthen my case?

From the moment you are arrested for a criminal charge in Grand Ledge, there are several ways you can improve the outcome of your case.

  • First, exercise your right to remain silent and say as few words as possible to the arresting officers. The prosecution can use any information you provide against you.
  • Avoid engaging in any illegal activity that can further aggravate your charges.
  • Contact a Grand Ledge criminal lawyer as soon as possible to advocate for you from the moment you are arrested. Your attorney can review the evidence and plea deals and prepare a defense for your case. Call today to discuss your case with a free consultation.

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"Dustyn Coontz was friendly and professional from the first meeting with him until the conclusion of my case"

I was informed and up to date through the entire process. Anytime I had questions or concerns I just contacted his office and was always answered or soon returned a call.
Phil

“Incredibly thorough and professional!”

Services rendered were above and beyond the call of duty. I can't imagine my experience with the legal system without the assistance of Coontz Law and the attorney provided to me.
Andrew

“Hands down been an Excellent Lawyer!”

Never judged never looked down on my story instead gave me hope that the outcome would be better by fighting and not giving in. A lawyer thats Willing to fight for you to the end is ONE you WANT and NEED on your Team!!! I would recommend and also rate 5 Stars! I appreciate all you've done so far in my case.
Kandra

“He is kind, compassionate, and cares about people.”

He even called me and texted me back a few extra times when he didn't have to. For me he went beyond. Thanks so much, Dustyn.
Christine

“If you need legal representation, I would highly recommend Coontz Law”

From my first conversation with Dustyn, he was a calm presence since this was the first time I needed any legal assistance. He truly wants the best for his clients and is truly a wonderful lawyer to have on your side. I never felt judged and he was willing to fight for the best outcome for myself & my future.
Jake
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Our Process

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You schedule a call
Meet briefly to learn more ∙ Understand your specific situation ∙ Determine if we can help
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We suggest a solution
Know what it will cost ∙ Understand how long it’ll take ∙ Know what next steps look like.
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We work together
Gather & review evidence ∙ Create defense strategy ∙ Provide updates without you even asking
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Enjoy peace of mind
We’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome on your case.