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Unlike civil cases where a dispute is between two or more private individuals, criminal charges are brought by local, state, or federal governments. If faced with such charges, you are up against a government entity and all of the money, time, and resources it can wield.  This means you need experienced counsel. Great Lakes Legal Group can defend you against a variety of charges, from civil infractions, to misdemeanors and felonies. Engaging an experienced criminal defense attorney knowledgeable in criminal law as soon as you are facing, or think you may be facing charges, is the most prudent course of action to take.  The Great Lakes Legal Group can handle the following charges in both Federal and State Courts throughout Michigan:

Traffic Violations, though usually perceived as minor issues, can carry penalties that may affect your livelihood.  Many never consider hiring an attorney to fight a traffic violation.  However, understand that paying a ticket equates to pleading guilty to that offense, which leads to a blemish on your license- including your commercial drivers license-  and possibly a criminal record.  It can also lead to higher insurance premiums and a potential loss of your license. Don’t take this lightly. 

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) are prosecuted extremely aggressively under the law and you should have an attorney who is prepared to fight back with the same vigor.  Drunk driving charges carry very serious consequences, including substantial fines, jail time or probation, loss of your license and higher insurance rates. We can help you fight your charges, including the evaluation of roadside intoxication tests and constitutional analysis of whether law enforcement violated your rights.

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Charges stemming from a Hit and Run can be complicated. A “hit and run” is when a driver leaves the scene of a crash after causing property damage, personal injury or even death.  If someone is killed, it could be the basis of a wrongful death civil suit, but there are also criminal law charges to reckon with.  If you or someone you know has been involved in a hit and run, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to assess your risks and advise you on next steps. You shouldn’t go it alone!

Drug Crimes, involve charges related to the possession or sale of controlled substances.  The consequences of a drug-related offense can be especially severe, including prison time, major fines, deportation, professional license denial or revocation and drug screenings. Common drug-related offenses include: manufacturing drugs, trafficking drugs, possessing drugs or even possession with intent to distribute drugs.  The charges and penalties will also vary based on the amount and type of drug involved.  Let us help you navigate these thorny issues and give you the best defense possible.

Fraud is the intentional deception of another to gain personally or damage another party.  Fraud is a broad legal concept that can occur in both the personal and professional world.  For instance, insurance fraud can be committed by the buyer by post-dating policies or exaggerating amounts of claims, or on the part of the seller for failure to submit premiums or selling policies from companies that do not exist.  If you are faced with any type of fraud charge, do not hesitate to contact us to get an evaluation of your case.

Internet Crimes are among the fastest-growing crimes and are increasingly being prosecuted under the law.  Law enforcement continues to treat these crimes severely, as so much of our personal and professional lives are online.  When a crime occurs online, usually federal and sometimes international agencies can get involved in the investigation.  Cybercrime is extremely broad, and can manifest itself in any number of ways, including electronically distributing copyrighted information, conducting illegal or fraudulent business activities online, breaking into a computer to obtain information fraudulently or spreading computer viruses or malware.  To appropriately defend yourself, you need an attorney who understands both computer technology and the laws surrounding it.

Felonies are the most serious class of criminal charges one faces in the criminal justice system.  They carry the most severe penalties, including major fines and lengthy incarceration.  Felonies can include assault and battery, if you are a repeat offender, so it is very important to obtain the right counsel to negotiate with the government on your behalf.  A felony conviction can ruin your life and leave you with a criminal record that prevents you from voting, finding housing or employment or obtaining a loan.  When facing these charges, reach out to the Great Lakes Legal Group and we will work with you to reach the best outcome possible.

Domestic Violence is tricky, especially since it usually involves the most personal parts of someone’s life.  Domestic violence has both civil and criminal law aspects.  Aside from leaving a stain on your reputation, domestic violence charges penalties can be severe, including: incarceration, fines, mandatory counseling or forced changes to child custody arrangements. Often times, charges are inflated, or the facts are twisted, leading to wrongful convictions. If you are faced with these charges, do not hesitate to build your defense by calling our office.

Larceny/Theft generally involves the taking of items that belong to others.  We understand how seriously law enforcement officials and prosecutors take these charges.  We are equally serious about defending you.  We can help explain the prosecutorial process and know tactics for acquittal, to negotiate a plea bargain or reduce charges- depending on the circumstances. 

We also offer visits to incarcerated clients and provide advice at police stations and county jails, so there is no reason to wait to see if you may be released on bail to speak to us.  Our law firm can assist you with more than what is listed here. If you or a loved one is in trouble, do not hesitate to contact our law office at (248) 395-3699 and we can make arrangements to speak with you as soon as possible.