Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan
When you are facing criminal charges, no matter how seemingly minor, it is important to quickly secure effective legal representation.
As a client of Aldrich Legal Services, you will benefit from working with Michigan criminal lawyers who have defended thousands of clients facing criminal charges, such as:
- OWI (operating while intoxicated, known as DUI/DWI in other states)
- Traffic infractions such as speeding tickets, seat belt tickets, reckless driving, failure to stop at a red light or driving on a suspended license
- Marijuana possession and other drug charges
- Driving under the influence of drugs or prescription medication
- Indecent exposure
- Minor in possession
- Assault and domestic violence
- Shoplifting, theft and destruction of property
- Probation violations
Let Us Put Our Extensive Criminal Defense Experience to Work For You
There are few criminal lawyers in Plymouth and Ann Arbor Michigan better suited to represent you than our Leon Weiss. With more than 45 years of experience practicing law in the region, he understands how the courts, judges and prosecutors work - and he has earned their respect.
We will provide you with the strong advocate you need when your rights, your freedom and your record are on the line. We have helped numerous people gain acquittals, get charges reduced or dismissed and get their records expunged.
Take Care of Misdemeanor Charges Before They Haunt You
Many people believe that because the punishments for misdemeanors are less severe than for a felony conviction, they can simply plead guilty and move on. Even if you avoid jail and steep fines, a misdemeanor arrest and conviction can stay on your record for years, making it harder to find work and housing.
That is why it is important to exercise your right to remain silent and work with a criminal defense attorney like our founder, Brad Aldrich and Leon Weiss. Together, with more than 40 years of legal experience in the region, they understand court procedures and know how to work with judges and prosecutors. They can both put extensive trial and negotiation experience to work for you.
Expungement Services - Helping You Clear Your Criminal Record in Michigan
In Michigan, as in most states, the law gives people the chance to expunge, or erase, a conviction from their record. Not all convictions apply, though, and some may not be possible. At Aldrich Legal Services, our lawyers can answer any questions you have about expungements and if you may qualify for one.
If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, you can turn to our Plymouth, Michigan-based law firm for skilled criminal defense representation. We may be able to help you resolve your charges before an expungement is even necessary.
Defending Minors from Alcohol Possession Charges
When a plea bargain to keep your record clean is not possible, there are several affirmative legal defenses to a minor in possession charge.
- First, a minor may consume alcohol as part of a religious ceremony.
- Second, it is a defense to an MIP charge if the minor consumed alcohol in a place where it is legal, such as if a person had consumed alcohol in Canada, where a person must be only 19 to drink, and then returned to America.
- Third, the MIP law provides an exception to liability where a minor presented him or herself to a police officer or hospital in order to receive medical treatment.
In addition to these affirmative defenses, there are always the traditional legal defenses to consider when fighting an MIP charge. For example, can the prosecutor prove that the minor actually possessed or consumed alcohol? Did the police have a right to search the minor or stop the minor's vehicle? The experts at Aldrich Legal Services will explore all of your options and help you get the results you need.
Charged with Possession Or Use Of Marijuana? Get Legal Help Today.
With the rise of medical marijuana has come a rise in arrests for possession and use of marijuana for those who are not registered patients or caregivers. During the course of just one year, there were 20,483 arrests for marijuana possession or use, which accounted for 86% of all marijuana-related arrests.
In Michigan, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, a $2,000 fine, or both. Marijuana use is also a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $100 fine, or both. A marijuana possession or use conviction will also result in a suspension of your driver's license, even if you were not driving at the time. Different cities and townships in Michigan may prosecute similar ordinances with different potential punishments. This is why it is important to hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.
We also help clients who have been arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired by marijuana.
At the Plymouth and Ann Arbor law firm of Aldrich Legal Services, we help defend clients from criminal charges throughout southeast Michigan. Fortunately, there are options for keeping a marijuana crime conviction off your record and for fighting a charge.
Protect Your Rights - Call Us Today for Help
Do not delay if you are facing criminal charges. Contact our law firm for a Michigan criminal defense attorney today at (734) 404-3000 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we may be able to help you resolve your case.