If you have recently been charged with a crime in the state of Michigan, your experiences with the criminal justice system have likely been very intimidating and overwhelming. You may be facing the prospect of jail time or a large fine, and are up against local prosecutors with extensive resources available to them. Lansing criminal defense attorney Steven M. Feigelson understands the fear and confusion you may be experiencing and is here to fight for you through the criminal defense process. As a leading criminal defense attorney in Michigan, Mr. Feigelson has the knowledge and resources to provide you with the aggressive defense you deserve.Criminal Law in Michigan
Most crimes in Michigan are governed by state law. This means that criminal cases are typically tried in state court and prosecuted by district attorneys who represent the state and its counties. Criminal laws vary greatly and cover a wide range of actions. Attorney Steven M. Feigelson represents clients in cases involving various areas of criminal law, including simple assault, operating while intoxicated (OWI) and drug offenses. Depending on the specifics of these alleged crimes and their severity, they can result in both misdemeanor and felony charges, and clients can face penalties ranging from court-ordered education classes and probation to significant fines and over a year in jail. The difference between facing a long sentence or probation can often be the direct result of the attorney you hire and how well they know the law. This is why it is incredibly important to seek out and hire a qualified criminal defense attorney like Steven M. Feigelson.The Criminal Defense Process
If you are charged with a crime in Michigan, you will be subjected to an extensive criminal justice process that involves many steps. It is important to understand what to expect from this process and to have an attorney who can help guide you through it.
As an initial step, an arraignment will be scheduled before the court where you will be advised of the charges against you. A judge may also set a bail requirement for you depending on the severity of the crime. Following the arraignment, a preliminary hearing will be held to ensure that there is sufficient evidence against you to proceed with charges – this is called probable cause. If your attorney is able to successfully argue that probable cause has not been established, your charges may be dropped. Alternatively, if the case goes forward, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution involving little or no jail time, and/or alternative sentencing such as community service or rehab.
If you do not reach a deal with the prosecution, you will move towards a trial, including any pre-trial conferences and selection of jurors. A trial may take anywhere from one day to several weeks, depending on the nature of the crime and how complicated or extensive the evidence presented by either party may be. During the trial, the prosecutor will attempt to introduce evidence of your guilt and your defense attorney can present evidence and witnesses to show your innocence. After the trial is over, the jury will deliberate and decide whether to find you guilty or innocent. If you are found guilty of the crime, you will have a separate hearing for the judge to evaluate and impose a sentence, such as jail time or probation. If your attorney believes that errors occurred during your trial or you were denied certain rights, you may choose to file an appeal of your conviction and a separate hearing and argument will occur to consider the merit of your appeal.Representing You Through The Criminal Defense Process
If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a crime, it is very important that you seek quality legal representation as soon as possible. Michigan criminal defense lawyer Steven M. Feigelson is available to immediately answer your questions and address any pressing concerns. With significant experience representing Michigan clients in criminal defense proceedings, Mr. Feigelson is the advocate you need. Our office serves a number of communities in the Greater Lansing area, including St. Johns, Corunna, and Owosso. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, contact us at 517-333-3373 or online.