Criminal Defense

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.

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Possession or Sale of Drugs or Marijuana

Until recently, possession of a small amount of marijuana was usually classified as a misdemeanor in Michigan. While the People of Michigan voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, it is still a regulated substance, and it is still classified as a "Schedule 1" controlled substance under Federal law. In other words, it is still possible to get charged with several different types of crimes involving marijuana.

With respect to other drugs, including several prescription drugs, possession of even a small amount can be classified as a felony. Drug-related offenses can also involve potential consequences other than fines and potential jail time. Sometimes your driver license, ability to qualify for student loans, or ability to travel to other countries can be affected. Therefore, it's always recommended to speak to an experienced attorney if you are arrested or charged with a drug-related offense.

Campus crimes

OWIs and drug possession are two of many crimes commonly seen among college students. In our practice, we frequently represent local students facing a number of other criminal charges, including these:

  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence/assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Criminal sexual conduct (also known as “sexual misconduct”)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Shoplifting
  • Trespassing

As the former chapter president of Central Michigan University’s Phi Sigma Phi fraternity, our founding attorney, Shawn, understands how quickly a mistake or misunderstanding can change a student’s life forever. That’s why he has dedicated a portion of practice specifically to helping Michigan college students avoid and recover from the mistakes that lead to criminal charges.

Work with an Experienced Michigan Criminal Defense Team

Behind every criminal charge is a story, and we want to hear yours. Whether you’re a college student who made a mistake, a parent worried about your child, or an adult who isn’t sure what to do next, we believe that you deserve a second chance. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.