Being charged with any type of crime can obviously be life-changing. But, facing a violent crime charge is completely different than, for example, a DUI charge. Most obviously, the potential sentence for violent crimes – which are usually felonies – are probably going to be much more severe than a misdemeanor charge. And, in practical terms, a prosecutor is likely to be much more enthusiastic about pushing for a conviction and maximum sentence in a felony violent crime case than in a misdemeanor case.
So, what are your options when you face a violent crime charge in Michigan? Well, for starters, an evaluation of the potential evidence that will be used in the case needs to be thorough. The circumstances of how evidence was gathered needs to be examined, as does all interactions between the arrestee and law enforcement officials. Getting a case dismissed on what is sometimes referred to as a “technicality” is actually, in most situations, an assertion of an individual’s constitutional rights.
But, perhaps the case will proceed. Defendants will then need to consider whether or not it might be best to evaluate plea agreement options. Such an arrangement might lower the charge in question or make the potential sentence less severe. However, in some cases, the best option for those who have been charged with a violent crime is to take the case all the way to a jury trial. The right approach will depend on the individual circumstances of any given case.
At our law firm, we work with Michigan residents who are facing violent crime charges and who are attempting to evaluate their options. We know how disconcerting violent crime charges can be and we work with our clients to help them understand the potential paths forward. For more information, please visit the violent crimes defense overview section of our law firm’s website.