How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You
When you are faced with state or federal criminal charges and the stakes are high, you need a Lansing criminal defense attorney who is experienced, dependable, and willing to go the extra mile to protect your rights. We understand that being investigated by the police or being charged with criminal wrongdoing can leave anyone vulnerable and with the daunting task of taking on the justice system alone.
Prosecutors and Police are often over-aggressive during investigations and when bringing charges for serious or violent crimes. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will help counter and prevent these charges that can put you behind bars and/or jeopardize your future with wrongful convictions and misguided pleas.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_column_text]Consequently, it is important to know that your attorney not only understands your situation and your fears but also knows how to best protect your rights and successfully handle your case. The criminal justice system is not set up to give the advantage to the accused and the full force of the state and its resources will be used against you. Justice often demands knowledgeable attorneys and a strong defense be asserted on your behalf as quickly as possible.[/vc_column_text]
- Explain the pros and cons about the possible outcomes of your case
- Give you an idea of what to expect next
- Mitigate the consequences of an outcome for your business and personal life
- Keeps your information completely confidential
- Lay out and explain your options and legal strategies available
Why Should I Contact a Criminal Attorney?
An Aggressive, Proactive Approach To All Cases
Some Michigan criminal defense attorneys often take a wait-and-see approach. They might try to stall until the first court date has arrived or until they receive the official police reports before they begin their investigation and work up your case. Our philosophy is that in a criminal case there is no time to waste. The most critical time for any legal defense is often the first couple of days following an arrest and sometimes before charges are even filed. By using a more aggressive and proactive approach, we can get a “head start” defeating the charges by locating favorable defense evidence and witnesses.
Private Defense Investigation by Former Police Officers
This should be known without saying, but the police are NOT on your side. Their job is to aid the prosecution and build a strong case against YOU. Many people believe that cops have your best interest at heart and it’s simply not the case. The private defense investigators that we work with are all former career police officers. Instead of looking to strengthen the case against you, they will be working for you. They will re-interview witnesses, locate all witnesses, to canvass certain neighborhoods, find surveillance tapes, conduct background checks, and to locate evidence that corroborates the version of events provided by our client.
Knowing The Local Courts
Just about every county and courthouse has its own special way of getting things done. The criminal court process in Ingham County, for example, differs significantly from the process in Clinton County. Even within the same county, the different courthouses operate considerably differently. Our attorneys work day in and out in the local courtrooms and we develop trusting relationships with the various judges, prosecutors, probate officers, and courthouse staff. We know how things work for each courtroom, judge, and prosecuting agencies. We’ve learned whom to talk to, which individuals have discretion, and we know the best way to get the job done![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Why The Clark Law Office?
We Personally Handle Your Criminal Case Start to Finish
At The Clark Law Office, one of our firm partners will handle your case from beginning to end. We will not pass off or contract your case to an inexperienced attorney like many of the larger firms. We believe that you should have the right to know which attorney will be defending your rights in court. When you hire us, there is no question that you will be getting experienced legal defense with many notable case results in Michigan.
30 Years of Experience in Michigan Courts
Our attorneys at The Clark Law Office are here to help you and have been fighting for our clients for over 30 years by helping clients face the large and unfair resources of the state, prosecution, police, and other investigating agencies. Lawmakers have made penalties continuously harsher and have increased jail sentences due to political pressures. This is made clearly obvious by the fact there were 256,306 arrests last year in Michigan alone. On top of this, the complexities of Michigan criminal defense law add to the difficulty of protecting defendants’ rights. At stake in every criminal case is your liberty, your freedom, and your reputation.
A Track Record of Success Defending Criminal Charges
By contacting the Lansing criminal attorneys at the Clark Law Office, we can put decades of experience in achieving justice to work for you right away. We have secured dismissals, not guilty verdicts at trial, and favorable plea bargains while making sure illegally obtained evidence never sees the inside of the courtroom. We have a proven record of successfully advocating for our clients in all criminal matters ranging from cases such as felony arson to misdemeanor drug possession. We make sure that your rights are not being violated and that you have an advocate in your corner at all times. Harsh penalties, draconian laws, along with overzealous prosecutors and police can be a daunting and an almost insurmountable fight to lead on your own. We have a proven track record of fighting for clients at every stage in the process and obtaining acquittals through trying cases in the courtroom before juries.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Types of Criminal Cases We Handle
As leading criminal defense lawyers in the Greater Lansing Area, we have demonstrated that we know what it takes to win in medical marijuana cases, drunk driving cases, drug charge cases, theft and property crimes cases, assault cases, domestic violence cases, and traffic violation cases. Regardless of the details of your case, our tough experienced criminal attorneys are ready to fight for you and help you through every single step of the defense process including the investigation through the end of the trial. Some other types of cases we handle include:[/vc_column_text]
You Have Questions? Our Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers Have Answers
You probably have a lot of concerns and questions about your criminal case regarding legal defenses, possible jail and fines, and more. Here is a short list of common questions that we generally receive:[/vc_column_text]
- Why hire our law firm?
- What legal rights do I have?
- My child is under arrest. What do I do next?
- Will I be needing a bail bondsman?
- How do I go about getting my driver’s license back?
- Should I use a public defender?
- I am currently under investigation by the police? Do I need an attorney?
- I’m innocent. If I cooperate with the police won’t it just prove my innocence?
- Should a plea bargain be accepted?
- How do I prove my innocence?
- Should I take the lie detector (polygraph) test?
- Can I reduce the possibility of jail or prison time?
- Will having a criminal record hurt my life in general?
Areas We Serve
Our criminal defense lawyers KNOW Michigan. We know the laws, courthouses, judges, prosecutors, and people. This inside understanding of Michigan law along with over 30 years’ experience building relationships will provide you with an unmatched advantage throughout the course of your case. We provide statewide criminal defense which covers numerous areas including Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Mason, Holt, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Ionia, Jackson, Charlotte, and Ann Arbor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]