Criminal Defense Attorney Midland MI
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, regardless of the offense, your freedom and your future prospects are at risk. Navigating through the criminal law system is difficult. Achieving the results you desire can be even more difficult, with-out an experienced attorney advocating for you.
Wilson Law Office, P.C., has extensive experience representing individuals throughout the State of Michigan in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Our attorneys will use our knowledge and experience to aggressively protect your rights.
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony crime and is punishable by the potential of one year or less of confinement. Most misdemeanors are punishable by up to 93 days in jail, but a high misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in prison. Most misdemeanor offenses are handled in the District Court. The chart below shows the criminal misdemeanor process.
A felony is a serious crime. Under Michigan law, a felony is any criminal offense which carries a potential term of confinement greater than one year (other than high misdemeanors). Felonies are classified by the seriousness of the offense. Felony proceedings begin in District Court but may move to Circuit Court. A typical felony process is shown below.
Minors that are charged with criminal activity are processed through the juvenile court system. The juvenile criminal process is much different than adult court. The special nature of the juvenile court system requires an attorney equipped with the skill and experience necessary to relate to minors while vigorously protecting their legal rights.
Wilson Law Office, P.C., has the necessary experience and skills to readily handle all aspects of juvenile law, including detention hearings, pre-trial hearings, trials, disposition hearings, and probation issues.
- Criminal sexual conduct
- Weapons offenses
- Drug and alcohol offenses
- Assault and battery
- Theft and fraud
- Gang and violent offenses
- Computer crimes
- Curfew violations
- Probation violations
An expungement proceeding enables the records of a first-time offender to be sealed, making them unavailable through State or Federal repositories. If successful, the records are said to be “expunged.” After an expungement, for most purposes a criminal conviction will not show up in a criminal background check.
Because criminal convictions can adversely affect an individual’s life in many ways, an expungement may be sought to limit the impact of a criminal conviction, including your ability to:
- Obtain certain employment
- Gain access to certain educational opportunities
- Live in certain areas
- Obtain loans
- Qualify for certain licenses and certifications
- Keep insurance rates low
- Meet adoption requirements
- Own or possess firearms
Michigan law sets forth specific guidelines that must be followed to obtain an expungement. Not all criminal records may be expunged. It is important to consult an attorney who is experienced in criminal law and procedure when seeking an expungement. Wilson Law Office, P.C. has extensive experience in this area.
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