What Is A Criminal Defense Lawyer

What Is A Criminal Defense Lawyer

What is a criminal defense lawyer? He or she is a legal professional who organizes a case in order to represent a client who is accused of a crime.

These crimes include sex, drug and violent offenses which are things that are not approved by society as seen in this countrys laws.

The job now of the criminal defense lawyer is to fight for the client by defending the client in open court in a jury of their peers. In some cases, this person is successful when the jury gives a verdict of not guilty. Other times, the jury will say that the accused is guilty.

If the jury does not have a unanimous decision, the judge has no choice but to call for a retrial. Should there by a mistake made in the trial such as the selection of the jury, the judge will say that it is a mistrial and once again, both sides will have to start over and present their case.

There are instances where the criminal defense lawyer and the prosecutor dont have to settle this matter in court. This may happen as both sides have an agreement and this is approved by the judge.

But how does this all happen? First, a crime has to be committed. Law enforcement authorities will then have to figure out what happen and if they have enough evidence, a suspect is arrested.

The person who is arrested has the right to remain silent during questioning until their lawyer is present. If the person cannot afford one, then a lawyer will be provided so even those who dont have money will be properly represented.

The sixth amendment in the bill of rights state that anyone who is arrested has the right to a speedy trial and this has to be done where the crime was committed. After being arraigned, the criminal defense lawyer will now conduct an investigation by interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports and any other evidence that is related to the case.

The suspect that is charged with the crime can only be convicted if the case presented by the district attorneys office is very convincing. This means that a criminal defense lawyer can get a not guilty verdict by putting holes into the defense of the prosecution. When this happens, the client is freed. Should things go the other away, the criminal defense lawyer can make an appeal to the higher court regarding the lower courts conviction.

Can anyone become a criminal defense lawyer? A lot of experts say no because unlike other specializations in the practice, some find it very intimidating especially when the client that you have to represent is actually guilty of the crime. But given that you are that persons attorney, it is your duty to defend the accused to the best of your ability from start to finish.

Given that crime of all sorts and nature occur, some have set up their own law firms that specialize in criminal law. Most who graduate from law school work for the government and are often referred to as public defenders.

How much you earn as a criminal defense lawyer varies. This depends mainly who your client is because if you are defending a millionaire, you can charge a lot for your legal fees while someone who doesnt earn much will be able to only give how much is in their wallet.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Defend Against Murder Charges

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Defend Against Murder Charges

Murder is one of the harshest things you can ever be charged with. If you are arrested for the crime, it wont be long before you will be charged in court for the crime but you can prove your innocence with the help of a criminal defense lawyer.

When you are brought in for questioning, the first thing you have to do is ask for a lawyer. If you cant afford one, dont worry because a state appointed lawyer will be assigned to you. But if you have money, it is best to hire a private attorney since they often have better success rates than public defenders.

Once counsel is present, work with them so you can come up with a defense strategy. You will have to tell them exactly what happened. If you really committed the crime, they can argue that there are circumstances which made you do it.

It is possible that you killed the person by reason of self-defense or possibly you were temporarily insane. If you do this, you will be examined by a psychiatrist because some people fake it.

You will shortly be arraigned so a trial date can be set so you should already enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Days before trial, your defense lawyer should already work on a plan to create reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury. He or she may hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, present strong counter arguments and attack weaknesses in the prosecutions argument.

Since your lawyer will have a chance to see what will be used in the case, he or she may be able to suppress certain evidence if this was obtained illegally. This may sometimes get a guilty person off on a technicality but this is all part of the judicial process.

On your part, the only thing you have to do is behave yourself during the entire court proceedings because your lawyer will be the only one doing the talking. Better yet, behave in a way that will make the jury think twice if you are capable of doing such a heinous crime.

The objective in a criminal trial is to cast reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury so no matter how many witnesses are called to testify or what evidence is presented, you have a good chance of getting a not guilty verdict. But if things do not work out, then you can appeal the decision of the court.

You can avoid going to court if you decide to negotiate with the prosecution. For instance, if there were other people involved in the crime, you can testify against the others in exchange for immunity or a lesser charge. You should consider this option if ever it is presented to you.

If the evidence is overwhelming, perhaps you should just plead guilty because if you are convicted, some states will sentence you to face the death penalty. Doing so will probably get you life imprisonment probably with no chance of parole.

A criminal defense lawyer is the only person who will be able to help you if ever you are charged with murder. It is only by cooperating with this person that will prevent you from spending the rest of your days in prison.

Arrested for Disorderly Conduct in Michigan

arrested for disorderly conduct in Michigan, Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Michael L Steinberg

Being arrested for Disorderly Conduct in Michigan (MCL 750.167) if convicted is a Misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in county jail and/or probation + a hefty fine and court costs.

  • The city of Royal Oak, Michigan defines Disorderly Conduct in 278.35
  • The city of Mt. Clemens, Michigan defines Disorderly Conduct in 20.001 – Sec 1

Also under Michigan law, there is also a Disorderly Persons offense (MCL 750.168) which is a catch-all for several offenses in Michigan.

Being convicted of Disorderly Conductor Disorderly Persons will result in a criminal record. If you had a prior charge for being “disorderly” and as a result, the prosecutor, judge, and probation officer view it as “contact” with the criminal justice system.  Any contact(s) with the courts and/or the cops are not good. They suggest that the person has a propensity for getting in trouble, and if they didn’t learn the first time, then they obviously need a more severe consequence.

Depending on your circumstances it may be possible to get these charges completely dropped, preserving you from getting a permanent criminal record. Because these offenses are so common, and subjectively applied, it is VERY IMPORTANT to have a skilled and knowledgeable Michigan disorderly conduct defense attorney to represent you.

Resisting Arrest in Michigan

Resisting Arrest in Michigan, Michael L Steinberg Michigan Assault Defense Lawyer

Been charged with Resisting Arrest in Michigan for the very first time, this doesn’t make you a criminal or a bad person. It’s quite common that a good person will get themselves unfortunately into a bad situation, which results in them being charged with Resisting Arrest in Michigan.

According to Michigan Legislature Section 750.81d, assaulting, battering, resisting, obstructing, or opposing a person performing their legal duty is a felony criminal offense, which can result in both jail time and significant fines. The definition of “a person” as used in this statute includes state or local police, campus police, conservation officers, sheriffs, constables, peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, or search and rescue teams.

Any resistance or opposition could result in criminal charges, and this legislation is by no means limited to physical assault on an officer. If you have been charged with resisting arrest, you need to contact a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney now to discuss your case and work through the best legal actions you can take. Mr. Steinberg is always available 24/7 for clients, and can immediately begin working to protect your rights.

Michigan State Police Roadside Drug Testing

Michigan State Police roadside drug testing, Michael L Steinberg Macomb Defense Lawyer

The Michigan State Police roadside drug testing has announced five counties where the testing pilot program will begin on Nov. 8.  You can read more about it here: http://bit.ly/2z0NkDt

You do not have to submit to a saliva sample.  It is a civil infraction.  Michigan DREs are junk science.
Other than marijuana (see below for medical marijuana), prescription drug users MAY have a defense for operating with the presence of a controlled substance.  There is a defense of therapeutic levels.  That is the sample has a level consistent with that as prescribed by the doctor
TO MY MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLIENTS, I want to remind you that you are still permitted to operate a vehicle after you’ve consumed your medicine, provided YOU ARE A CARDHOLDER.   The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that the government must prove actual impairment for these class of drivers.  A difficult task being there is no quantified level for THC also known as the therapeutic level which is considered acceptable.  Patient a needs a different level of THC than Patient B.  Along with many studies showing that THC does not impair driving.
When hiring a lawyer, for these cases, make sure they are plugged into the Defenses.

Fighting for one’s Fourth Amendment Rights

Fighting for one's Fourth Amendment Rights
It’s been a spectacular few days at the Law Offices of Michael L. Steinberg in Fighting for one’s Fourth Amendment Rights.
The Court granted Defendant’s Motion to Quash the Information.  Defendant was charged with Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer.  Part of that charge encompasses disobeying the lawful order of a police officer. Defendant has a common law right to resist an illegal arrest.  The Fourth Amendment requires the police to have probable cause to arrest, defined as Criminal activity afoot or some very narrow grounds.
In the case, Mike Steinberg argued to the district court judge that a citizen can legally, loudly protest the towing of her friend’s car and not be subject to arrest.  That there was nothing to investigate as the police agreed to the same  That there was no valid exception to detain “to sort things out”  The District Court Judge agreed that the defendant could protest, but nonetheless interfered with their duties.  Mr. Steinberg filed an extensive brief on Fourth Amendment jurisdiction including some from our overseeing Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his brief, Mike Steinberg analyzed exceptions and argued why they did not apply. Mr. Steinberg thanks, Thomas Loeb for his immediate access and grasp of a very helpful Sixth Circuit case.   The Circuit Court agreed with Steinberg’s analysis and GRANTED the Motion to Quash which extinguished the case.  As my colleagues would report, getting such a result is very rare.
There are many choices for lawyers out there.  To paraphrase my favorite coach Mark Dantonio. While some are talking about results, Michael L. Steinberg is getting them.  Michael L Steinberg remains committed to fighting any case along with fighting for one’s Fourth Amendment rights.

Macomb County Circuit Court Armed Robbery Defense

Macomb County Circuit Court Armed Robbery Defense. Not guilty of Armed Robbery. Guilty of Unarmed. Life Felony gone. Convicted of a 15 year. Given the event was captured on HD video recording and when he was apprehended a month later, he just happened to have a very unique hoodie in his personal belongings. The very one used in the incident. Client IDd by clerks recognition of his voice. The assailant was a previous frequent customer. Stellar outcome.
Key to success. Us playing the video in slow motion from 2  camera angles, one capturing a view of the assailant’s hands. Jury found no implied weapon
There are a lot of lawyers that parade results. Me I have a primarily capital case (life max) docket. As in this case and many of mind, damaging evidence such as client statements, video recordings and physical evidence, all came in.  I didn’t go to law school to try traffic tickets, I try the toughest ones.  Most the time as court-appointed with no resources. When assessing whom you hire, have them talk about those tough cases.
Michael L. Steinberg, Esq
A Constitutional Warrior

Michael Steinberg the relentless Criminal Defense Lawyer

Mike not only practices law, he also fights tirelessly to set policy, standards, and procedures for the maximum and zealous representation of the accused in the State of Michigan. He is currently getting ready to run for his 6th term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Criminal Defense Attys of MI (CDAM).  The picture above is with fellow members of the Board and Executive Committee. Mike is at the highest level of membership (Constitutional Warrior-1st one ever), has held membership in the organization since 1991 and have served on the Education Committee for over 20 years.  During his tenure, we have created the award-winning Trial College, A is for  Attorney, Small Group Practice Skills, and the  Evidence Bootcamps.  Mike is a regular lecturer at conferences and has been part of the planning for every conference that has occurred for over 20 years.  Mike is on a special subcommittee that will be spearheading CDAM’s mandate to educate and meet the needs of the individual county’s that are no compelled to meet the standards set by state law as defined by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.
When choosing a criminal defense lawyer, choose one that has a level of commitment to the defense of the accused.  Mike Steinberg is that lawyer