Avoiding jail and getting felony charges reduced to misdemeanors in Macomb County is possible under many circumstances. To get the best result, you will need a lawyer with experience, skill, and fierce tenacity.
In Macomb County, judges and prosecutors are known for being willing to work with defense lawyers to come up with reasonable solutions to cases, but only when the defense lawyer is knowledgeable about the policies and procedures in those courts and with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office. So-called “local lawyers” who claim to have special relationships that result in “insider deals” are now having a hard time getting things done in the shadow of recent scandals in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.
Attorneys who consistently achieve the best outcomes in Macomb County are the ones that are respected for their knowledge, reputation, determination, and zealous advocacy. Anyone looking to hire a reputable attorney in Macomb County who can get things done should be careful to steer clear of lawyers claiming to have an advantage because of their zip codes or friendships. These claims are dishonest and unethical, and these lawyers are usually the first to railroad their clients so that they can maintain friendly relationships with governmental officials.
What persuades a Macomb County prosecutor agree to a great plea bargain?
Prosecutors are strictly prohibited from offering special deals to lawyers based on personal relationships, especially in exchange for gifts or donations. What makes a prosecutor give a truly great plea bargain from a felony to a misdemeanor is a lawyer who can effectively advocate the strengths of his or her client’s case and persuasively argue the equities that weigh in favor of their client.
Prosecutors respect lawyers who take cases to trial and win. One of the main things prosecutors evaluate when considering a plea bargain is their odds of winning. If the defense lawyer is known for always pleading clients, often thought of as “plea lawyers,” then the prosecutor knows that the deal can be unfavorable, and the lawyer will manipulate his or her client into a guilty plea.
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are trial lawyers, and we never pressure our clients into accepting a plea if they are innocent. When you walk into the courtroom with one of our lawyers, the prosecutor will know you are serious about your defense and that we will do whatever it takes to achieve an exceptional plea bargain or an acquittal at trial. In many cases, we have the ability to negotiate a resolution where the case is taken under advisement so that there is not a conviction.
How can a lawyer get a reduced sentence on a felony or misdemeanor in Macomb County?
Similar to prosecutors, Judges in Macomb County are very conscious of the ethical rules and avoiding any appearance of impropriety. The side that makes the most well-reasoned and supported legal argument wins. When it comes to sentencing, most lawyers “mail it in” when it comes to sentencing because they are just trying to close the case. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. consider the sentencing hearing to be the start of our long-term relationship with a client we hope to keep as a source of future client referrals. We will leave no stone unturned when advocating for the most lenient sentence or sentence agreement, sometimes known as a Cobbs Evaluation. In many cases, we can achieve a sentence that results in a delayed sentence and a dismissal.
A conviction, jail sentence, or term of probation can cause serious problems in a person’s life. It may be hard to get work or advance in a career with a criminal record, even if the conviction is for a misdemeanor. This is especially true in cases where the misdemeanor has an element of fraud, dishonesty, or assaultive behavior, like shoplifting, larceny, or assault and battery. Domestic violence, child abuse, or criminal sexual conduct convictions can result in loss of custody, parenting time, or your ability to live in your home. For non-citizens, aliens, or Green Card holders, a conviction can result in deportation or other immigration consequences.
There is no excuse for lawyers who fail to do everything humanly possible to achieve the best result, most favorable plea bargain, or the lowest possible sentence.
Experienced Attorneys Successfully Representing Clients in Macomb County
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully advocating for clients, and we have an unparalleled track record of achieving extraordinary results. We take the time to learn about you, answer your questions, and thoroughly research the facts and law that is important for your case. We will do whatever it takes to increase your bargaining power by finding favorable facts or laws. On the other hand, we will also work hard to decrease the prosecutor’s bargaining power. Tools to reduce the prosecutor’s bargaining power include discovering and moving to suppress illegally obtained evidence and building a strong defense. We will find a way to help you, and we are not afraid to win!
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.