Reasons Why You Need an Experienced Michigan Criminal Attorney – Even If You Want To Plead Guilty

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If you are charged with a crime and want to enter a plea of guilty, you are probably wondering why you need an attorney. You do need an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney because he or she would be in the best position to negotiate a plea agreement. A plea agreement would be better for you than just a “plain” guilty plea, or a plea bargain reached by a lawyer who does not do what is necessary to get you the best possible result. Plea bargains can be used to prevent jail, avoid a conviction, keep you employed, reduce the costs and fines with probation, keep you from being deported (if not a U.S. citizen), maintain your driver’s license, and more.

A Michigan Criminal Attorney Can Help You

An experienced Michigan criminal attorney can analyze your case and advise whether or not you need to plead guilty. The person in the best position to review the evidence and decide if there are possible defenses and if it would be in your best interest to fight the charges is a skilled, seasoned defense lawyer. If your case is not dismissed, a good attorney can better your bargaining position by challenging the evidence. If a lawyer is an adept negotiator, he or she will be able to achieve a better resolution than you would be able to get for yourself or with a less effective lawyer. An attorney who specializes in criminal law understands that there are police officers who act inappropriately. Constitutional issues that may involve illegal traffic stops, searches, and other constitutional issues can be missed by inexperienced attorneys or ignored by a lawyer who is not willing to put up a fight. Those issues can be used as bargaining chips when negotiating with a prosecutor. Also, there are many times a prosecutor will be willing to reduce charges to get a conviction, rather than risk losing a case altogether. Most criminal defense attorneys are fearful of fighting a case because they do not want to risk damaging a relationship with a judge or prosecutor. A true fighter will do whatever is necessary to get the best outcome no matter the path that must be followed.

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Plea Bargains and Sentence Agreements for Diversion, Advisement, and Delayed Sentences

Some jurisdictions have diversion or advisement programs that might be available to you. An inexperienced attorney or layperson might not be aware of these programs or may not be able to persuade a judge or prosecutor to grant the program. A diversion program, or a plea under advisement, will often allow you to avoid a criminal record, or get mental health or substance abuse treatment instead of going to jail or prison. A person with an inadequate lawyer who fails to get into such a program will likely not get a second chance with a better lawyer down the road. There are many programs and options available that you need the help of an experienced Michigan criminal attorney to learn about them and whether you qualify.

Often Overlooked By Inexperienced Attorneys or Bargain Lawyers

Inexperienced attorneys or laypeople often overlook the possibility of immigration consequences, like deportation. If you are not an American citizen, convictions of certain crimes can prompt various immigration consequences, such as deportation or inability to obtain citizenship. These are most often crimes of “moral turpitude,” aggravated felony charges, and manufacturing and distribution of drug cases. They can also include crimes of violence, including misdemeanor or felony domestic violence. An experienced Michigan criminal attorney gives you the best chance of negotiating a plea bargain that reduces or eliminates the possible immigration consequence.

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Michigan Criminal Attorneys You Can Count On

The law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can defend you on any criminal allegation you may be facing. Our attorneys have seen and done it all in the decades we have been in practice. Our firm specializes in defending felony or misdemeanor cases in Michigan state courts or federal court. We take it as our solemn obligation to protect our clients from any wrongdoing by the government and to make sure that all rights are protected. A great defense lawyer will take measures to assure that the government does everything “by the book,” and when not done so, get charges dismissed or evidence suppressed. The attorneys of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have a well-renowned reputation for success. When our lawyers walk into a courtroom, prosecutors and judges know we are there to fight and to make sure that our clients are given a full, fair, and impartial hearing. We will find a way to help you.