When you are charged with a crime, choosing the right attorney may be one of the most important decisions of your life. You want someone who understands how impactful even a minor charge can be, who is dedicated to giving your case the time and attention it deserves, and who has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best possible defense.
At The Head Law Firm, we handle cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. On top of that, we know how important your case is to you, and we will take it every bit as seriously as you do. When we represent you, we will do whatever it takes to protect your rights and put your mind at ease — including taking your case to trial if necessary.
Michigan Misdemeanors & Felonies
On the grand scale of criminal activity, misdemeanors are placed on the less harmful side of the spectrum. These crimes are generally less violent and less premeditated than felonies, though there are, of course, exceptions.
In Michigan, misdemeanors can result in jail time, fines, and an unwanted blemish on your criminal record, whereas felonies can carry even heavier consequences. In order to protect your reputation, your freedom, and your future, it’s crucial that you get a criminal defense attorney the moment you find yourself in trouble with the law.
OWI and DUI Charges
Michigan’s term of choice for drunk driving is “Operating While Intoxicated” (OWI), though “DUI” is frequently used by locals, as well. When deciding whether to classify an OWI as a misdemeanor or felony, the court considers the driver’s previous offenses and the amount of damage they caused (to other people and/or to property) while driving drunk.
As you can imagine, OWI charges are frequently coupled with other misdemeanor offenses, such as:
- Minor in Possession (MIP) charges
- Disorderly conduct
- Disturbing the peace
- Resisting and obstructing arrest
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving with a suspended license
- Fleeing and eluding
Fortunately, it is often possible to have such charges dismissed or dropped if you act quickly and get a good criminal defense team on your side. Or, if you’ve already been convicted, it may be possible to appeal the conviction and/or have your license restored.