Grand Rapids Misdemeanor Attorney Effectively Defends Your Charges
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, the legal team at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office is ready to assist you. Michigan’s criminal laws can be complicated and difficult to understand, but we explain the charges against you and guide you through each step of the process. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, but they can still have lasting consequences. It is important to retain an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to defend your charges and protect your record.
Fighting to get your misdemeanor charges dropped or reduced
While misdemeanors are lesser charges for mostly nonviolent crimes or unlawful behavior, these charges are still very serious. Misdemeanors are often juvenile crimes and they can negatively impact a teen’s record and affect opportunities for future employment. Examples of Michigan misdemeanors and the penalties for conviction are:
- Aggravated assault. Without a weapon, if you assault an individual and inflict serious or aggravated injury upon that individual without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm less than murder, you are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
- DUI. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 in Michigan and offenders could be sentenced to 93 days in jail, 6 months’ license suspension, 6 driver’s license points, fines of up to $500, and potential driver responsibility fees. Other possible punishments for such traffic offenses include community service, vehicle immobilization and ignition interlock devices.
- Marijuana possession. If you are caught smoking marijuana, you could face a misdemeanor conviction and up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine. Possession is still a misdemeanor, but more serious, with penalties of up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,000.
- Vandalism. If the value of the property damage is less than $200, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to 93 days in jail and fines of up to $500 or three times the amount of damage, whichever is greater.
Expungement of your record
Having your record expunged is extremely beneficial because it allows you to legally tell employers, colleges or others that you have never been convicted of a crime. The procedure for expunging a criminal conviction can be complicated and several requirements must be met for you to be eligible. Thus, it is essential that you work with an experienced criminal defense lawyers to ensure that all paperwork is completed correctly and sent to the proper agencies. Having an attorney by your side during your expungement hearing can also make all the difference in the outcome.
Contact a competent criminal defense attorney to schedule your consultation
At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we diligently work to have your misdemeanor charges reduced, eliminated or expunged. Please call us at 614-698-0000 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can help you. We are also available on Skype by appointment.