Why You Should Hire an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney If You’re Facing Criminal Charges
If you or someone you care about is facing criminal charges
, the stakes are high. Your job, your future, and your freedom could all be at stake. It’s critical that you hire a skilled and experienced Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney
as quickly as possible.Even if you haven’t been formally charged but are under investigation for having committed a crime, you should get a criminal defense lawyer on your side at the earliest sign of trouble. The sooner you engage the services of an attorney, the better your chances of successfully fighting the charges against you.Remember, when you are under investigation or have been charged with committing a crime, any time you talk to the police, the prosecutor, or other law enforcement officials, they are collecting evidence that they will use to try to convict you. Even if you know you didn’t do it, it’s better to invoke your right to remain silent and hire a lawyer who will advise you on how to answer questions, if at all, so that you don’t mistakenly say something that can later be used against you.
What an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney Can Do for You
When the immense resources of the state or federal government are arrayed against you with the sole goal of putting you in prison, your criminal defense attorney is the only person standing between you and jail.
Emphasize Why You Are Not Guilty
No two criminal cases are the same. As Ann Arbor criminal defense attorneys, we have been trained to analyze the details of your case, and to identify the circumstances that make your case unique. We then emphasize these differences to show the prosecutor, judge, and jury why you are not guilty. Many times, these distinctions mean the difference between going to jail and receiving a reduced sentence or a plea to a lesser offense.
Negotiate a Reduced Sentence
A criminal defense lawyer will often work with the prosecutor to negotiate a plea bargain. This usually involves pleading guilty or no contest to a less severe crime, which will reduce the potential sentence and eliminate many of the charges filed against you. Prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate with people who represent themselves.A good criminal defense lawyer will also know about various diversion programs that might be available to you. For example, if your case involves drugs or alcohol, you may be eligible to avoid jail time if you agree to participate in a drug or alcohol treatment program.
Give You Unbiased Advice
A criminal defense attorney acts as a reality check. Facing criminal charges is a stressful situation, and many people have unrealistic expectations of how their case might go. If you have no experience with the criminal justice system, you have no idea whether you are likely to be convicted if you go to trial. A criminal defense lawyer will remain objective throughout the proceedings, and offer unbiased insights into how your case is progressing so you can make the best possible decision about how to proceed with your case.
Explain the Law
We know the law, and will point out laws and rules that you might never find on your own. For example, each court has its own set of rules that you must follow. In addition, many judges have their own specific procedures that are unique to their courtroom. A good criminal defense attorney knows these preferences, and will comply with them, which will give you a better chance of getting a better outcome in your case.
Explain Possible Consequences of Your Decisions
A lawyer will also explain the hidden consequences of a conviction or guilty plea. Depending on the nature of the charges against you, a conviction or guilty plea might make it very difficult to find employment, or make certain jobs unavailable to you. Without the assistance of a lawyer, you might never know about these hidden costs of a criminal conviction.
Investigate the Charges Against You
An Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney will hire investigators to look into the alleged crime, find witnesses that can help you, and uncover information on the witnesses that the prosecution will have testify against you.We also routinely work with various expert witnesses who may be able to present evidence that shows that you are not guilty, or rebuts evidence the prosecution will present to show your guilt.
The Police Are Trying to Put You In Jail - Our Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Remember - the police and the prosecutor are not your friends. They are doing their job which, if you are facing criminal charges, is to convict you and send you to jail. It’s up to a criminal defense lawyer to make your case to the judge for why you should not be convicted, and why you shouldn’t go to jail.Geherin Law Group will protect your one chance at justice by aggressively defending you against criminal charges. Our lawyers
will help you understand the criminal charges against you, challenge the state’s evidence, explain your options, and help you fight the charges.GLG practices criminal law throughout southeast Michigan. We have worked with the prosecutors, and are familiar with the preferences of judges in and around Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. We understand the subtleties of a criminal case, and use this experience to help you avoid going to jail.
Facing Criminal Charges? GLG Can Help
If you or someone you care about is facing criminal charges, contact GLG today.We understand that being charged with a crime is a stressful situation, and that facing a criminal charge is personal crisis. That’s why we work with our clients to provide personalized solutions based on your unique situation, attend to every client with respect and professionalism
, and tailor our advice to meet your personal needs and objectives. We understand that justice is not “one size fits all” and that our clients trust us to guide them through the legal system.Attorney Dan Geherin
is a Board Certified Trial Attorney and former prosecutor with over 20 years’ experience practicing law. He has tried more than 200 cases, and his accolades and honors
demonstrate an unparalleled expertise in the area of criminal lawContact GLG
anytime, 24/7, by calling (737) 263-2780, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by completing our online contact form on the right side of the page. We know how stressful it is to be facing criminal charges, and we’re here to help.