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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense In General

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important to immediately contact an attorney who can advise you of all your rights and how the criminal process works; a court appointed attorney may not be the right fit for the intricacies of your case.
Never speak to the police before you have had an opportunity to speak to an attorney. You have the right to remain silent, and you should tell the police you are exercising that right.
 
Whether you think you are guilty or not, you need to speak to an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process, advise you of your options, and may even be able to have the charges against you dismissed. Remember your discussions with an attorney are confidential.
You need to hire an attorney to see if your case can be dismissed or won at trial, and if not, to lessen the charges and consequences against you which depending on the crime, which could include jail time, prison time, house arrest, substantial fines and costs, loss of license, loss of job, loss of assets, loss of concealed weapons license and/or publication of your crime on the internet for all to see.
You need a skillful and strong advocate to be there for you to make sure your rights are defended and your case effectively presented through the whole legal process. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Serra & Isopi, P.C., have been handling criminal matters since 1980. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony case, we will provide the advice and expertise to guide you through this very difficult process and lessen the impact the charges against you could have.
Call us for a free phone consultation.
Felonies
Felonies are the most serious type of criminal offense. Felonies typically involve serious physical harm (or threat of harm) to victims, but felony offenses also include white collar crimes and fraud schemes. Offenses that otherwise are misdemeanors can be elevated to felonies for second-time offenders. Punishment for felonies can range from probation to a few months in jail, years in prison, or life in prison without parole. Felonies like murder in some states can result in the death penalty, however not in Michigan.
Remember if you are arrested for a felony tell the police you want to speak to an attorney. You have a right to remain silent. Always speak to an attorney first before ever speaking to the police if there is a possibility you may be charged with a crime. Just because you are charged with a felony or even believe you are guilty doesn't mean you must to go to prison or even have a record. Our office can employ a number of strategies to prevent you from having a felony record, including:
1. Alternate or Deferred Sentences where the case is dismissed if you comply with probation requirements.
2. Reduction to a lesser offense even a misdemeanor.
3. Getting the case dismissed based on lack of sufficient evidence or illegally obtained evidence.
4. Arguing charges are overblown and lesser offense would be more appropriate.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony, you need to find an attorney that can properly handle the intricacies of your case who also has your best interests in mind. The Law Offices of Serra & Isopi, P.C. have attorneys who have since 1980 handled criminal felony matters and will be glad to represent and protect you. Call us today for a free consultation.
Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes and are typically punishable by up to a year in a county jail. Common misdemeanors include shoplifting, drunk driving, assault and possession of an unregistered firearm. An offense that is a misdemeanor the first time a person commits it can become a felony the second time around. The proper attorney can make all the difference in the result in a misdemeanor case.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor, you need to find an attorney that can properly handle the intricacies of your case. The Law Offices of Serra & Isopi, P.C. have a combined 64 years of experience involving criminal matters. Call us today for a free consultation.