For nearly 13 years, Grabel & Associates holds a much respected role as one of Michigan’s top assault and violent crimes defense firms, and our experienced and diligent attorneys are ready to begin fighting for you no matter what charge you face. This can be a very stressful, overwhelming period, and whether you are under investigation or you have already been arrested, the most important thing is to stay calm and contact a Troy, MI violent crimes attorney as soon as possible. With a strong defense that employs a wide range of resources, we know what it takes to achieve great case results in even the most complex cases.
Violent crime encompasses many criminal acts, all of which contain different levels of potential punishments. Throughout Oakland County, Troy, and the 82 other counties throughout Michigan, the skilled attorneys at Grabel & Associates have worked in numerous violent crimes cases. In other words, we’ve seen thousands of circumstances where the defendant was either innocent or the prosecution was administering unfair and exorbitant sentencing.
If there’s one thing we’ve come to understand, however, it is that no two cases are alike. From the defendant’s interests to the police and prosecutor tactics, the circumstances surrounding the case determine the potential punishments. Depending on the alleged crime, you could be facing the following:
Homicide/Murder: Within Chapter XLV of the Michigan State Penal Code, there are several definitions for homicide, ranging from first-degree murder to assisting in suicide. First-degree murder is punishable by life imprisonment without the possibility for parole. Delivery of schedule 1 or 2 substances, causing the death of that person, is a felony punishable by life imprisonment or any number of terms. Manslaughter is a felony punishable by imprisonment of not more than 15 years or by a fine of not more than $7,500, or both.
Negligent Homicide: In the State of Michigan, reckless driving that leads to the death of another could result in homicide charges. However, if the accident was unintentional, negligent homicide is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine up to $2,000.
Self Defense: If you used self-defense in a violent situation, you should not unjustly suffer from criminal charges and penalties.
Aggravated Assault: Although aggravated assault is a misdemeanor in Michigan, police and prosecutors tend to look for ways to intensify the charges to bring about a felony conviction. For example, assault without a weapon that causes aggravated injury could result in imprisonment up to one year and fines up to $1,000. Assault with intent to do great bodily harm, on the other hand, can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to $5,000 in fines.
Assault and Battery: Those convicted of assault and battery could be facing a misdemeanor with up to 93 days in jail and a fine up to $500. This is, of course, assuming that no other criminal penalties are present.
Domestic Violence and Spousal Abuse: Domestic violence often receivers harsher penalties than assaults. In a domestic assault case (not aggravated domestic assault), whereas the victim does not require injuries, the first conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. For a 3rd domestic assault conviction, the defendant could be facing a felony punishable by up to two years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
Gang Violence: Michigan defines a gang as an ongoing organization of five or more people that identifies itself by a unifying mark or method, an established command structure, and defined membership criteria. If convicted of a crime, jurisdictions have a set charge or enhanced penalty for crimes committed for the benefit of the gang.
It is important to note that attorneys from Grabel & Associates have extensive experience in a wide range of violent crimes, including everything from arson to using violence to force another into prostitution. Various other factors, such as previous convictions, the level of degree, and other circumstances, ultimately determine the severity of punishment.
Police, prosecutors, juries, and judges take violent crimes very seriously. Even though you have the constitutional right to be viewed as innocent until proven guilty, it can often feel as if the odds are stacked against you and that everyone has taken the side of the alleged victim. With a Troy violent crimes attorney from Grabel & Associates, we will stand with you and aggressively investigate the true story, challenge false testimonies and eyewitnesses, and analyze the evidence while exposing holes in the prosecution’s case.
Furthermore, our attorneys will work with you along every step of the judicial process, helping you understand the legal issues involved so that you can take control and make informed decisions throughout the investigation and potential trial.
If you have been arrested, or are under investigation for a violent crime, then you need to contact the experienced violent crimes attorneys at Grabel & Associates today. Not only are we one of the leading defense firms working in the 52-4 District Court in Troy as well as other courts, but our diligent attorneys can also give you the strongest chance of reduced or alternative sentencing, an effective plea bargain, or even complete acquittal of the charges. We are available 24/7 at our toll-free number, 1-800-342-7896, and if necessary, we can set up a free consultation. Contact us now to start building an effective defense, and take control of your assault or violent crime case.