In most cases, jail time is not mandatory.

A judge may be inclined to order a defendant to serve jail or prison time, or the prosecutor might be requesting incarceration. A savvy, experienced defense lawyer will do whatever it takes to persuade a judge to reconsider a potentially harsh sentence.

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Are you worried about the possibility of a jail sentence?

“Will I have to go to jail?” is the number one concern once someone has been charged with a crime or is under investigation. The fear of going to jail prompts people to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.

Because the Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has a well-known reputation throughout the tri-county area as being successful, aggressive, and effective criminal defense attorneys, we get calls constantly from people who are charged with various misdemeanor and felony offenses and wonder if they are going to have to do jail or prison time.

Astonishingly, many of the calls come from individuals already represented by lawyers. Often, we hear that their lawyers do not communicate well, have proven untrustworthy, are court-appointed, inexperienced, or indifferent to their plight. In most cases, the client does not trust the reliability of the lawyer’s answer, and they are seeking a second opinion.

Our Priority is Helping Clients Avoid Jail and Prison

Jail or prison time is a big deal. Time in jail separates you from your life and your responsibilities. This can have a devastating effect on your family, job, school, reputation, etc. Unfortunately, jail could be the reason for losing a job, missing your child’s birthday, failing a class, and many other life events that will be impacted. Each person has their reasons for not wanting to languish in jail.

Answering the question, “Will I have to go to jail?” is complicated and merits examination and consideration. The seasoned criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience and can provide a free consultation to discuss this with you. You should be aware that this question is complex, and quite a bit of time and energy must be devoted to a conversation with you to analyze your case and the options available. The question regarding jail time usually requires a face-to-face meeting because you deserve a sound and reliable answer.

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Sentencing Factors

The judge will review certain factors about you when considering your sentence or consequence for the crime. Some of the most common factors are listed below. From the onset, you should know that sentencing is multi-faceted. An outstanding sentencing argument will address each factor and portray the client in the best light. Nonetheless, an extraordinary criminal defense attorney knows the best way to converse with the Judge to present you in the most favorable light.

Here are some examples of things the judge will consider:

  • Whether the offender is a “first-time” or repeat offender
  • Whether the offender was an ACCESSORY (helping the main offender) or the main offender
  • Whether the offender committed the crime under great personal stress or duress
  • Whether anyone was hurt and whether the crime was committed in a manner that was unlikely to result in anyone being hurt
  • Whether the offender was cruel to a victim or destructive, vindictive, etc.
  • Whether the offender is genuinely remorseful
  • Whether the offender was cooperative
  • Whether the defendant accepts responsibility
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How to avoid jail or prison.

No sentence or jail time is determined based on one factor alone; it is a combination of many things. It’s the job of a skilled criminal defense lawyer to determine what factors will be most influential to the judge. A strong advocate for you will highlight the positive factors and your attributes and explain in a credible way why the negative ones should be considered less important.

Regrettably, not all criminal defense attorneys know how to handle a sentencing proceeding properly. Enormous preparation and time must be invested in preparation for a sentencing hearing. Many attorneys come into the court, glance at the recommendation, and take the path of least resistance. For you, that means you get whatever the probation department deems appropriate or worse. In other words, if your lawyer does not fight for you, no one will. Experience is essential but is not enough to be successful at sentencing. Effective and influential lawyers will have a documented and credible reputation and track record of achieving favorable results.

Lawyers Hire LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. When the Stakes are High

LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is frequently hired by other lawyers in Southeastern Michigan to handle the sentencing for their clients or consult with them regarding a particular sentence to help them formulate compelling mitigation arguments. The truth is that achieving a favorable sentence is more of an art than a science. An average lawyer may obtain a sentence that is not as favorable as a good lawyer might get. A great lawyer may be able to achieve an extraordinary result. When other lawyers think jail is unavoidable, the L&D Defense Team has achieved sentences without incarceration or, in the alternative, with jail time that is far less than anyone thought possible. Our defense strategies are proven to work in your favor.

A Case Example of a Superior Result

For example, we recently handled a case in Oakland County with one of the harsher, more conservative judges. Our client had a significant criminal history with nine (9) prior felony offenses. He was recently released from parole. He had been to prison once before for Resisting and Obstructing the Police.

On this occasion, he was charged with another Resisting and Obstructing the Police due to an incident where he got into a fight with four local police officers. These are such serious charges, and with his criminal history, his sentencing guidelines called for up to 23 months in prison.

After addressing the court, the judge gave a sentence of 60 days on tether work release. Our client didn’t spend one day in jail. He was able to keep his freedom and continue with his life. Other lawyers in the courtroom were shocked. This incredible outcome is virtually unheard of. We are routinely able to achieve similar results.

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We Can Help You

When hiring legal representation, having confidence in your lawyer is crucial. At our criminal defense law firm, we understand the gravity of the issues you face and their impact on your life. We pride ourselves on our expertise, dedication, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, including helping them avoid jail and a conviction. With years of experience and a proven track record of success, we are confident that we have the skills and knowledge necessary to help you achieve a favorable outcome. So, if you are looking to avoid jail time or are in a position to help a loved one find legal representation that will maximize the chances of avoiding incarceration, please call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. Contact our firm today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

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

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The LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. firm handles misdemeanor charges, felony charges, probation violations, and sentencing issues in Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Macomb County, and throughout Southeastern Michigan. We are not afraid to win!