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Surrendering Yourself for an Old Charge

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You realize you have an old charge pending in court… now what?

You may know that you had a charge filed against you in the past, or you may have just discovered that you were charged, perhaps years ago, and you never knew about it until now. What do you do now? What if there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest?

Sometimes, for whatever reasons they may have, people who were charged with a crime decide not to face the case, and they do not appear for court when ordered. And sometimes, people move, maybe out of state, and actually never know that a charge is pending against them. Whatever the case may be, neither a felony or a misdemeanor charge will never go away by itself, no matter how old it is.

Surrendering Yourself for an Old Charge

The problem with having an outstanding charge is that if you are ever stopped by the police for a traffic ticket, or if you apply for certain jobs, or if you apply for certain licenses, you can be arrested at any time on the spot. You may even be arrested at the point of entry or departure at an airport or border crossing. If the charge is serious enough, even if you are in another state or country, you may be extradited back to where the charge arose. The appropriate and smart way to deal with an old case is to hire an attorney and have the attorney make arrangements to turn yourself in, and deal with it. In some cases, the lawyer can get the warrant set aside and resolve a case without you having to personally appear.

Why do I need an attorney if I cooperate and turn myself in?

The fact of the matter is that if you face any criminal charge, you need an attorney. You especially need an attorney for an old outstanding case because when you get to court the judge will be deciding what your bond will be, and the fact that you were an absconder for a long time will lead the judge to believe he or she should set a high bond to make sure you stay in jail or you will show up when ordered. Even if you did not know the charge was out there, often times judges and prosecutors assume you did know about it and treat you like a person who deliberately ignored court orders. This is particularly true if you are picked up rather than turning yourself in.

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An experienced, smart attorney will know how to explain to the judge your circumstances so that a personal or low bond may be imposed. A top-rated attorney knows what is important to a judge as reasons for failure to appear, and can organize evidence that may exist to explain your failure to appear. Throwing yourself upon the mercy of the court is often a bad idea. You want to have a hand in how such mercy may be dealt out, and it should be your attorney who plays a role in how it is dealt, not you. Having a retained attorney alone will say volumes about your sincerity.

What are the steps involved in surrendering myself?

Once you have retained a reputable, top-rated attorney, the attorney will arrange everything. The attorney will first identify and contact the officer currently in charge of your case and inform the officer that you are represented and you intend to surrender. This action is critical because it will prevent you from being arrested anywhere anytime, and it will go a long way to get a recommendation from the officer of a personal or low bond, depending on the nature of the charge, of course. At very least, the officer may leave bond up to the discretion of the judge, which will greatly impress the judge. Why would the officer help in this way? Because you have made the officer’s life easier, and you have done the honorable thing by attempting to address the case. In some cases, it may be possible to post a sum of money to get a warrant set aside. If a bond gets posted in cash, it is generally returned at the end of the case.

The next step will be a court date where the prosecutor decides if he still has enough evidence to proceed in the case. With old cases, evidence sometimes gets lost and witnesses sometimes disappear or forget things. All of this will often help get the case dismissed or lead to a very favorable, amicable resolution.

A power law firm to lead you successfully through the process

The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are widely known and respected by prosecutors and judges alike as being prepared and aggressive, yet honorable and reputable: precisely who you want by your side when you surrender.

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The dedicated, experienced and zealous defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully represented thousands of clients on felony and misdemeanor charges in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties and throughout Michigan. We have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality defense and aggressive representation, while showing empathy and care for each client. We also have strong relationships and are well respected by officers, prosecutors and judges throughout Michigan, This helps us get the best possible results for our clients. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.

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Jailed for Non-Payment of Fines or Court Costs

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The “Pay or Stay” Rule

The Pay or Stay scenario has existed for many years, likely since the very beginning of the court system. As the name implies, if you can’t pay your fines and costs or bond, you stay in jail. It has been criticized by both conservative and liberal critics alike. With regard to fines and costs, one problem is that some courts allow a defendant time to pay, and some don’t, leading to an unfair system. Furthermore, more prominent defendants or defendants with talented attorneys by their side often were given breaks and given time to pay, making the system even more unfair. With regard to bonds, defendants who can’t post the bond are held in jail, sometimes for weeks, even if they are innocent and the charges are later dismissed.

Jailed for Non-Payment of Fines or Court Costs

One example of Pay or Stay is as follows: Several years ago, a local district court judge was addressing a defendant about money he owed to the court. The Defendant claimed he didn’t have the money the judge had fined him. The defendant asked the judge, “Is it pay or stay?” The judge said, “Yes, sir.” The defendant could not come up with all of the money all at once, and the judge sent the defendant to jail.

The defendant appealed and the higher court ruled that it was unconstitutional to jail someone without ascertaining the defendant’s ability to pay. In September 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court took matters into its own hands and announced the new rule that state courts are not allowed to jail a defendant without first determining the defendant’s ability to pay.

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If it is illegal, why do judges still jail defendants who cannot pay fines and costs?

It is an unfortunate truth that judges still cling to the old idea that if a defendant cannot pay money owed to the court, that jail is the best way to motivate him or her to come up with the funds. Judges who still rely on this primitive position just do not care that people with less financial resources end up spending more time in jail than wealthier defendants. This is a violation of equal protection laws and a good lawyer will stand up to even the toughest judge to make sure a client is not unfairly incarcerated.

Fixing the Problem

There are laws that are intended to protect defendants from judges who discriminate against people based on socioeconomic status. However, even with the safeguards, you still may be in jeopardy of sitting in jail due to a particularly tough judge’s failure to follow the rules. Some judges openly disagree with the relaxed rules and simply disregard them. Your case may be remedied eventually, and you may be released, but how long you will have to sit in jail is uncertain. That’s not acceptable.

You must retain a top-rated, highly regarded criminal defense attorney right from the start of your case to ensure you don’t spend one minute in jail unnecessarily. You need a zealous advocate who will make sure a judge follows the rules. A good lawyer will advocate for lower fines and costs, reasonable terms of payment, and help you avoid a “pay or stay” situation.

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LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., Defense Attorneys Who Keep You Out of Jail

The dedicated, experienced and zealous defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully represented thousands of clients on felony and misdemeanor charges in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties and throughout Michigan. We have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality defense and aggressive representation, while showing empathy and care for each client. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.

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“We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

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If I Plan on Pleading Guilty, Do I still Need a Lawyer?

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Clients ask on a regular basis if it’s necessary to hire an attorney even if they are planning to plead guilty to their crime in a court of law. Many individuals figure that hiring a reputable attorney is not worth the expense unless they are developing a defense strategy and are planning to plead “not guilty.” This reasoning is seriously flawed. Regardless of your plea, we recommend hiring an aggressive, reputable legal team for a number of reasons.

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A Conviction and Jail May be Avoidable

Navigating the legal system when you stand charged with a crime is intimidating and confusing. Having worked with thousands of clients who have been in your same situation, an experienced attorney will help you understand the implications of your charge, understand the strengths and weakness of your case, help you understand whether or not a guilty plea is in your best interest, and explore what plea and sentence agreements may be available to you. Well-versed in negotiation, an attorney can fight for a less severe punishment on your behalf.

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Without a seasoned attorney, you will most likely be over-run by a prosecutor in the position to push for the harshest sentencing or a conviction that may be avoidable. In the case of a DUI or retail fraud charge for example, hiring an attorney could make the difference between spending time in jail and being required to do some community service. Hiring an attorney is well worth it since they know about the range of punishments and penalties for your specific crimes. Most importantly, even in the case where a client is “guilty,” a great lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea that doesn’t result in a permanent conviction.

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An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You

Attorneys provide emotional support through what is a frightening and stressful time for most individuals who stand accused of a crime. In many cases a conviction and jail time can be avoided with the help of a seasoned, successful defense attorney. Whether this is your first offense or third offense, we do not recommend going through the legal process with an attorney that is not a retained lawyer who practices exclusively criminal defense. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. provide top quality, judgment free and effective representation for clients in Michigan’s state and federal courts. Call us today at (248) 263-6900 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

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“We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

– LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

Should I Request a Court-Appointed Attorney?

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Facing charges for a crime is one of the most terrifying situations, regardless of whether or not the charge is a misdemeanor or felony. The accused has a few choices; enlist the services of a seasoned attorney or opt for a public defender to represent them, free of an up-front cost.

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At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN P.L.L.C., we have worked with dozens of clients who seek our help after finding themselves dissatisfied with the inattentive and sub-par representation of a public defender. Unfortunately, the adage “you get what you pay for” is true in the case of legal representation.

Does it matter who represents me?

Choosing a seasoned, reputable attorney to protect you is crucial, whether you face misdemeanor or felony charges for the first time or the third! We have heard from clients that their public defender fails to communicate, leaving phone calls and emails unanswered and leaving the client unaware of his or her own choices and personal rights. Other common complaints include that the lawyer does not fight to win, is disrespectful, is not knowledgeable, seems uninterested, refuses have meetings, and more. This is not to say that all court-appointed lawyers fit this description, many are very good but are limited by heavy dockets and lack of financial incentive.

Court Appointed Attorney

Because a public defender is court-appointed and chosen by the court or judge, clients forfeit the ability to choose a seasoned attorney with a strong reputation and someone who they feel they can trust. In fact, some public defenders are over-extended and will try to get clients to plead guilty to avoid going to trial, which requires more planning and investment on their end. The worst case occurs with judges who punish court appointed lawyers for fighting cases by removing them from “the list” or providing them less frequent work.

What should I look for in hiring legal representation?

Individuals who have no history with the legal process find themselves unsure of what to value in an attorney. Before hiring a bargain lawyer or accepting a court appointed attorney, consider whether or not lawyer specializes in cases, if they have a strong reputation, if their prior clientele vouch for the lawyer, and how is the lawyer rated with the various lawyer rating services. Be sure to ask whether your case will be handled by a lawyer who is familiar with your case or if you are going to be shipped off to an uninformed associate.

What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

It is worth researching attorneys in your area before assuming that you cannot afford a lawyer. While you may hesitate to set up a payment plan, consider what is at risk if you do indeed lose your case. Your reputable, finances, employment, family, and freedom are on the line. For this reason, we do not recommend cutting corners. Pick up the phone and call LEWIS &DICKSTEIN P.L.L.C. right now at (248) 263-6800. With years of experience on our side, we can help devise a defense strategy that will minimize the potential damage on your life.

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When deciding whether a lawyer is affordable, you have to not only consider the amount of the fees but also ask the question, “what is the cost of not hiring a good attorney?” If the outcome of the case does not go as well as it could and jail is ordered or a conviction is entered when that result could have been avoided? What will be the cost to the defendant in terms of lost employment, time away from family, deportation, damage to reputation, inability to go to college or get a professional license? Odds are good that the “cost” of an unnecessary jail sentence or conviction is far greater than the difference in cost to hire a really good lawyer.

Is a court appointed lawyer free?

A court appointed lawyer is not free, there is just not an up-front fee. The court will force the defendant to reimburse the court for the cost of the court appointed attorney as a condition of the sentence. Failure to make a payment can be a violation of probation. The fee for the court appointed attorney will be a fraction of the cost of a retained lawyer; however, the quality of the representation may also be a fraction of what it would be with a seasoned, experienced and zealous private attorney.

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The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is widely known and respected for having an unparalleled track-record of successfully and zealously representing client. We use a unique team approach with several seasoned criminal defense lawyers who collaborate on every file to achieve the best possible outcome. If you or someone you love is charged or being investigated with a misdemeanor or felony charge, please call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced, retained lawyer will promptly contact you.

OWI Third Offense Felony Attorney

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OWI Third Offense Felony Attorney

A top OWI Defense Attorney in Michigan Can Make the Difference.  When you need someone to honestly and faithfully fight to protect you, you need LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

Charged with Third Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI or DUI)

DUI_Defense_AttorneyThere is no more stressful time in a person’s life than being charged with a felony offense and facing jail or prison time. An OWI 3rd in Michigan can cause such stress and anxiety that home and work life can become challenging. If you have recently been charged with a third operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense in Michigan, you have a lot to lose and you need the help of someone who will truly fight for you, not just say they will.

A felony conviction can result in prison time and up to five years of probation. You can also lose employment, child custody, civil liberties (voting, gun rights, etc…), reputation, driving privileges and much more. An experienced, effective defense lawyer can help you fight your Michigan OWI third offense and help you avoid potentially life-changing consequences.

Possible Sentence for OWI Third – Felony

Best_DUI_Defense_AttorneyThe maximum possible sentence for felony drunken driving is 5 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of one year. A judge may, as an alternative, impose a sentence of probation with a minimum of 30 consecutive days in jail. The fine can range from $500 to $5,000 and community service of 60 to 80 days. The prosecution can forfeit the car that was used in the offense. Terms and conditions of probation on felony DUI are generally extensive and can include tether, frequent reporting, alcohol education, therapy, random testing, home confinement, inability to drive, alcohol interlock, and much more. If you vehicle is not forfeited, it can be immobilized for one to three years. You will be unable to register a motor vehicle for that time period.

Suspension or Revocation of Driver’s License for Operating While Intoxicated

In most cases, a conviction for a third offense of DUI will result in a revocation of your driver’s license for a minimum of one or five years. Your license would only be reinstated if you win a Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD) appeal after the minimum suspension. If you cannot win a DLAD appeal, you may not be able to drive legally for the rest of your life. DLAD appeals are complex and only the top lawyers in Michigan are generally successful in winning these hearings.

Other Consequences of a Felony Conviction

Being convicted of a felony can be life altering in a tragic way. As a convicted felon, you may lose or be unable to obtain employment in the private sector, you could be prohibited from holding a government job, you could be removed from a college or university, you will be unable to vote or possess a firearm, and you may not be able to qualify for a loan or public benefits. In custody disputes, it is often argued that a person with a felony conviction is an unsuitable parent.  An effective, experienced OWI defense lawyer will give you the best possible chance of avoiding or reducing the potential consequences of a felony OWI conviction.

Experienced Michigan OWI Attorney

Attorney representation on a Michigan OWI third offense charge is essential; the only issue is what type of lawyer. Having a lawyer is so important that the court will provide an a court appointed attorney for those individuals who do not have the money to hire a retained attorney. Retained attorneys come at different rates which generally reflect their experience, effectiveness and reputations. Most people do not realize that there are defenses to OWI charges in Michigan that can be used to get charges dismissed or reduced and only the best lawyers have the knowledge, skill and tenacity to achieve extraordinary results.

Michigan Top Retail Fraud Defense AttorneyThe OWI defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has the experience, track record and reputation to get you the best possible result. We have achieved dismissals and acquittals in OWI cases where other lawyers would have encouraged a client to enter a plea. In cases where jail time is likely, we have been able to persuade judges to not order any incarceration in jail and in cases where jail is mandatory, we have successfully argued for the absolute minimum time.

If you want to have a top Michigan criminal defense attorney personally review your case and determine what options may be available to you, please do not hesitate to call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation.

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Michigan Violation of Probation Defense Lawyers

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If you’ve been notified that your probation is going to be violated, it is time for you to get some serious, experienced and effective help.

The probation violation defense TEAM with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has successfully represented clients on misdemeanor and felony violations of probation throughout Michigan for decades. We are known by judges and prosecutors to be both aggressive and effective. Although we handle these cases throughout Southeastern Michigan, we appear most regularly in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, and Livingston County.

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The Best Possible Defense to Violation of Probation

The key to providing highly effective defense on a probation violation is to be prepared, creative and to know the case better than anyone else in the courtroom. There is no “secret formula” that is effective in every violation of probation case and the key to a great defense attorney is someone who knows how to deal with any situation, any allegation, and any judge. Being proactive regarding any violation or potential violation of probation, a defendant can demonstrate that they take the court seriously, that he or she respects the judge’s authority and that he or she is motivated to prove they are worthy of a second chance at compliance. In cases where everything seems hopeless, we have a track-record of helping clients keep their lives on track by achieving extraordinary results.

Possible Outcomes – What Can Happen

The defendant on a probation violation faces a sentence up to the maximum sentence that he or she could have been given on the original charge. A conviction for a violation of probation is not a “new conviction” or a “new offense” and the sentence for the violation relates to the original conviction. Essentially, it is a re-sentencing based upon new, and generally unfavorable, information. Although jail or prison is always an option for the judge, neither is mandatory and a great defense lawyer can frequently find a way to convince the court not to impose incarceration.

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A Winning, Proven Track Record of Success

When the Probation Violation Attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. represent clients on VOP’s we have a strategy that has been developed over the course of decades to avoid incarceration if possible and minimize other potential consequences. In many cases, we are able to get the probation violation allegations dismissed altogether. We carefully examine every aspect of our client’s case, their lives, and their other personal circumstances to develop the most persuasive argument possible for a lenient sentence, a delayed sentence and, in many cases, a DISMISSAL of the violation of probation.

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If you are charged with a violation of probation or if there even is a potential violation of probation, please call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation at (248) 263-6800. Fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

Retail Fraud Defense Attorneys

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If you are charged with retail fraud, call for a free consultation. When the stakes are high and there is no room for errors and false promises, our Retail Fraud Defense Attorneys are here to protect and defend you.

Retail Fraud and Shoplifting Defense

Retail fraud is one of the most common criminal offenses charged in the State of Michigan. Retail fraud is more commonly referred to as shoplifting. The consequences of a retail fraud conviction can include jail, prison, extensive probation, community service, therapy, drug and alcohol testing, fines and costs. The defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have extensive experience defending retail fraud charges and our highest priority is to obtain a dismissal of all charges when possible.

What is Retail Fraud?

To prove a charge of retail fraud, the prosecution must prove several elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Aside from the value of the property, the elements of retail fraud are identical between first, second and third degree retail fraud.

First, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant took control of some property that the store offered for sale. Second, the prosecutor must chow that the defendant moved the property. Many people think that the defendant must have removed the property from the store but the law in Michigan is that, “any movement is enough.” The law further indicates that, “it does not matter whether the defendant actually got the property past the cashier or out of the store.”

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If the prosecutor can prove that the defendant took the property and that he or she moved the property, the prosecution must then prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to steal the property. Intent to steal means the defendant intended to permanently take the property from the store without the store’s consent.

The last element the prosecution must prove is the collective value of the property in question. If the value was $1,000 or more, the charge is First Degree Retail Fraud, a felony, and the defendant can receive a sentence in prison. If the value was $200 or more, but less than $1,000, the offense is Second Degree Retail Fraud, a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail. Finally, if the value is less than $200, the offense is Retail Fraud Third Degree, and the maximum possible sentence is up to 93 days in jail.

What would otherwise be a retail fraud second or third degree can be enhanced to a retail fraud first degree if the defendant has prior retail fraud convictions.

Experienced, Effective Retail Fraud Defense Attorneys

Lewis and Dickstien, PLLC, has represented a multitude of clients who were not citizens of the United States and are facing deportation or other immigration consequences because retail fraud is considered under immigration law to be a crime involving “moral turpitude” which can result in deportation.

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Will You Have to Do Jail or Prison Time?

One of the most common questions that are asked during consultation with potential clients in retail fraud cases is whether the client will have to serve jail time. The answer to that question is complex and dependent upon a multiplicity of factors but the retail fraud criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can almost always help their clients avoid any jail or prison time in retail fraud cases.

Experienced Shoplifting Defense Lawyers

If you or a loved one is charged with or being accused of committing a retail fraud, call (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation with a highly experienced retail fraud defense attorney. Feel free to fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

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Retail Fraud can occur in any circuit or district court and LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. handles retail fraud cases throughout Michigan. The top 10 courts where Retail Fraud is charged include:

  • 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, Oakland County
  • 52-4 District Court in Troy, Oakland County
  • 41A District Court in Sterling Heights, Macomb County
  • 52-1 District Court in Novi, Oakland County
  • 19th District Court in Dearborn, Wayne County
  • Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Macomb County Circuit Court
  • 52-2 District Court in Clarkston
  • 46th District Court in Southfield
  • 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills

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we are not afraid to win!

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Oakland County Circuit Court – Criminal Defense Lawyers

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The Premier Oakland County Criminal Defense Law Firm

Dedicated to the tireless, fearless and zealous defense of those charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in Oakland County

Oakland County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers practice in Oakland County courts on a daily basis and we have done so for decades. The partners at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are nationally recognized for their passionate representation of clients in Oakland County Circuit Court and the various Oakland County District Courts. If you are looking for the best Oakland County criminal attorney for you, please call Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation. We will do everything possible to find a way to help and protect you!

Fearless, Passionate and Tenacious Lawyers

The Oakland County criminal attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are dedicated to the passionate, tenacious and compassionate representation of those charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Oakland County, Michigan. We have decades of experience successfully defending criminal allegations in Oakland County and we are adept at handling all aspects of criminal matters from pre-charge, charge, trial, appeal and post-conviction motions.

We know that the consequences of criminal charges can be life changing in a tragic way. It is for precisely this reason that our Oakland County criminal lawyers stop at nothing in order to protect our clients from being over prosecuted, falsely prosecuted or from being taken advantage of by a prosecutor or a judge who does not care enough to adequately consider our client’s personal situation. We put forth our best possible effort in each of our cases and our highest priority is to achieve a dismissal of all charges if possible. The level of experience, dedication and zealousness you will find with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is unmatched.

“We will do everything possible to help
protect you, your family and your future. 
Most importantly, we are not afraid to win!”

 – Lewis & Dickstein, PLLC

Oakland County Circuit Court and Oakland County Prosecutor

The Oakland County Circuit Court is located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341.  The court and its judges are notoriously tough and harsh on those individuals charged with criminal offenses. Often lawyers say that in Oakland County, there is a presumption of guilt and innocence must be proven. In fact, many lawyers just refuse to practice criminal defense in Oakland County and will not take cases in that jurisdiction. In our experience, we have been able to achieve extraordinary results for our clients in Oakland County though tenacious, aggressive, fearless and zealous legal representation.

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Similar to the reputation of the Oakland County courts, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is known for being almost militant in its prosecution of cases regardless of whether there is substantial evidence of a person’s guilt (and sometimes where there is substantial evidence of innocence). We are frequently asked when potential new client’s come to meet with us for the first time, “Why are they going after me like this?” The truth is that it’s not any one particular case, they go after all cases like they are capital offenses. Although at first it may seem like this is a good thing for Oakland County residents, the downside is tragic.

The Court also handles personal protection orders, driver license restoration, many administrative appeals, child support warrants, Motions for Relief from Judgment, hardship appeals, violations of personal protection orders and more.

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Often times, innocent people are wrongfully charged or people are overcharged and the Oakland County Prosecutor is very reluctant to consider any possibility that a charge may be incorrect. It is for precisely this reason that anyone charge in Oakland County, Michigan, should call Oakland County criminal firm, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced Oakland County defense attorney will promptly contact you.

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“We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

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Oakland County Circuit Court – Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Violent Crimes (All types of assault charges)
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Murder (first and second degree)
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Felonious Assault
  • Felonious Battery
  • Appeals – From District Court
  • Appeals – From the DLAD
  • Child Abuse
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Sex Crimes (Criminal Sexual Conduct/CSC)
  • Rape (CSC)
  • Child Molestation
  • Theft and Fraud Charges
  • Expungements
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Drug Crimes (possession, manufacture and delivery)
  • Weapons Offenses (firearms and other weapons)
  • Spousal Abuse (Third Offense)
  • OWI / DUI (Operating While Intoxicated)
  • All Felonies
  • Misdemeanors (when with a felony file)
  • Failure to Pay Child Support
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Home Invasion
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW)
  • Fleeing and Eluding
  • Felony Credit Card Charges
  • Felony Violations of Probation (VOP)
  • All State Criminal Trials and Charges

MICHIGAN MISDEMEANOR ATTORNEY

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MISDEMEANOR LAWYERS DEDICATED TO THE PASSIONATE, ZEALOUS AND TIRELESS FIGHT TO DEFEND THEIR CLIENTS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES.

Do You Need a Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer?

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in Southeastern Michigan or tri-county area, you will face tough prosecutors. If you have not been charged but are being investigated by the police, it is important to retain a paid attorney as soon as possible who can attempt to stop the charges and stop a warrant from being issued against you. The judges and prosecutors will not go easy on you just because you are charged with a misdemeanor. Even for a misdemeanor charge, you could face the possibility of hefty fines, jail time, probation, and a criminal record. A conviction and criminal record may pose a barrier to employment, education, custody, gun rights and government benefits. You need a strong, caring advocate on your side to fight for your rights and your future.

A STRONG OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our team works as hard as possible to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected from the start of a case through its conclusion. Being charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty — or that the state can prove the charges they are bringing against you. We use a team of highly trained, experienced defense lawyers and we begin immediately to work on your behalf. We have as our highest goal achieving a dismissal of all charges if possible.
Many people ask us why they need to hire trial lawyers even if they do not intend to take their case to trial. The reason is simple…we are a credible threat to the prosecution. When prosecutors face “plea lawyers” or “local lawyers” they know the case is going to result in a plea and there is not a lot of incentive to reach an extraordinary plea bargain. When a defendant appears with a known, successful Michigan criminal trial attorney, the prosecutor is far more likely to agree to a highly favorable resolution…maybe even a dismissal of all charges.

REASONABLE AND FAIR LEGAL FEES

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we understand that money is valuable and anything you spend on legal fees is less that you can save and use for your family. By the same token, we also understand that having expert legal representation and doing what is necessary to help you get the best possible defense is a valuable investment. If you trust us with the responsibility to protect you and your family, we will do everything possible to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

WE CAN HELP YOU

We know that you want someone who will represent you like they would their own family member. This is the type of care and dedication you will get from Lewis & Dickstein.

 

If you would like a free consultation with a passionate, effective misdemeanor crimes defense lawyer, please call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you. We handle cases in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County and throughout Michigan.

 

Most importantly…we are not afraid to win!

 

MICHIGAN FELONY DEFENSE ATTORNEY

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FELONY LAWYERS DEDICATED TO THE PASSIONATE, ZEALOUS AND TIRELESS FIGHT TO DEFEND THOSE CHARGED WITH FELONY OFFENSES

DO YOU NEED A FELONY DEFENSE LAWYER?

If you have been arrested and charged with a Felony in Southeastern Michigan or tri-county area, you will face tough prosecutors. If you have not been charged but are being investigated by the police, it is important to retain a paid attorney as soon as possible who can attempt to stop the charges and stop a warrant from being issues against you. The judges and prosecutors are notoriously harsh on felony defendants and you face the possibility of hefty fines, jail time, probation, and a criminal record. A conviction and criminal record may pose a barrier to employment, education, custody, gun rights and government benefits. You need a strong, caring advocate on your side to fight for your rights and your future.

 

A STRONG OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our team works as hard as possible to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected from the start of a case through to its conclusion. Being charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty — or that the state can prove the charges that are being brought against you. We use a team of highly trained defense lawyers and begin immediately to work on your behalf. We have as our highest goal achieving a dismissal of all charges if possible.

 

Many people ask us why they need to hire trial lawyers even if they do not intend to take their case to trial. The reason is simple…we are a credible threat to the prosecution. When prosecutors face “plea lawyers” or “local lawyers” they know the case is going to result in a plea and there is not a lot of incentive to reach an extraordinary plea bargain. When a defendant appears with a known Michigan criminal trial attorney, the prosecutor is far more likely to agree to a highly favorable resolution…maybe even a dismissal of all charges.

 

REASONABLE AND FAIR LEGAL FEES

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we understand that money is valuable and anything you spend on legal fees is less that you can save and use for your family. By the same token, we also understand that having expert legal representation and doing what is necessary to help you get the best possible defense is a valuable investment.

 

WE CAN HELP YOU

We know that you want someone who will represent you like they would their own family member. This is the type of care and dedication you will get from Lewis & Dickstein.
If you would like a free consultation with a passionate, effective Felony crimes defense lawyer, please call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you. We handle cases in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County and throughout Michigan.

 

Most importantly…we are not afraid to win!!!