Criminal Defense Lawyers for Livingston County, Michigan
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully defending clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in courts throughout Livingston County. If anyone can help, they can.
Practicing Regularly in Livingston County
The defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. practice in Livingston County courts, and other courts throughout Southeastern Michigan, daily. These Livingston County criminal defense lawyers are nationally recognized for their passionate representation of clients. They have achieved dismissals, acquittals, extraordinary plea bargains, and favorable sentences in Livingston County Circuit Court and the various Livingston County District Courts.
Passionate, Tenacious, and Compassionate
The Livingston 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 Livingston County, Michigan. 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 to clients and their families due to criminal convictions can be life-changing in a tragic way. It is for precisely this reason that our attorneys stop at nothing to protect our clients from being over prosecuted, falsely prosecuted, or from being taken advantage of by an overzealous prosecutor or a judge. The Livingston County Defense Team will 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. The secret to our success is a unique “team approach.” Our lawyers collaborate and coordinate in the representation of every client so so that we can achieve outstanding results in every case. When you hire one of us, you get all of us on your side.
Livingston County Court System and the Prosecutor’s Office
The Livingston County Circuit Court and its judges are notoriously harsh on those individuals charged with criminal offenses. Often lawyers say that in Livingston County, there is a presumption of guilt, and innocence must be proven. In fact, many lawyers just refuse to practice criminal defense in Livingston County because it takes extraordinary skill and tenaciousness to stand up to a system that is inherently against defendants. In our experience, we have been able to achieve exceptional results for our clients in Livingston County through tenacious, aggressive, fearless, and zealous legal representation.
The Livingston 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. We are frequently asked when a potential new client’s come to meet with us for a free consultation, “Why are they going after me like this?” The truth is that the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office goes after every defendant as if they were public enemy number-one, often despite considerable evidence to the contrary. Although at first, it may seem like this is a good thing for Livingston County residents, the downside is tragic. Often, innocent people are wrongfully charged, or people are overcharged, and the Livingston County Prosecutor is very reluctant to consider any possibility that a defendant may be incorrect or that a particular sentence may not be justified. Good people sometimes make mistakes, and sometimes individuals need help and rehabilitation, as opposed to blind and apathetic retribution. The Livingston County Prosecutor is notorious for its uncompromising and often fanatical persecution of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.
Respect Earned Through Tenacious, Credible Representation
We believe that building relationships and establishing an excellent reputation with Livingston County judges, prosecutors, and court staff helps us achieve the best possible results for our clients. Through many years of aggressive and successful Livingston criminal defense work, we have built reputations as being highly successful, tirelessly zealous, and consistently effective defense lawyers. Because we are known for providing the highest caliber of legal defense, and we have established reputations for practicing with integrity, we can achieve results through negotiations that are not available to many other lawyers.
Courts Located in Livingston County
The Livingston County Circuit Court (44th Circuit Court) and the Howell District Court (53rd District Court) are located at 204 S. Highlander Way, Howell, MI 48843. The 53rd District Court also has a division in Brighton, called the Brighton District Court, which is located at 224 N. First Street in the City of Brighton.
Cases handled in the Livingston County Circuit Court are felony cases. The Brighton and Howell District Court’s handle felony preliminary examinations and arraignments, as well as misdemeanor and ordinance prosecutions. Misdemeanors are crimes of a less serious nature and can carry a maximum jail term of one year. Examples of misdemeanor offenses include OWI (drunk driving), DWLS (driving on a suspended license), domestic violence, retail fraud, assault and battery, minor weapon and drug charges, and less serious theft crimes.
The most severe category of criminal offenses, felonies, are punishable by more than one year in prison. The District Court, where the offense occurred, typically handles the initial stages of arraignment on the felony complaint and a preliminary examination. If the judge in the 53rd Judicial District Court (Howell or Brighton) finds sufficient evidence, the case is bound over or transferred to Livingston County Circuit Court for further proceedings, including trial. The Circuit Court conducts various hearings, such as felony arraignment, pretrial, trial, plea hearings, and sentencing.
Livingston County Defense Team
If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor accusation in Livingston County, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., and we will take the time to talk with you about the case and what options are available to you. Our lawyers will provide you with a free consultation where we will answer your questions, address your concerns, and we will work with you to develop a winning strategy. We will leave no stone unturned when looking for ways to help you.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.