Criminal Defense Cases in Michigan

The Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC

Navigating through the complexities of the criminal justice system can be a daunting experience. When facing such circumstances, a competent legal ally can make all the difference. The Law Office of Julian J. Poota is dedicated to representing individuals who have been charged with criminal infractions. With a deep sense of commitment, we vigorously advocate for our clients’ rights ensuring they receive a robust defense. We understand that every case is unique, which calls for a distinctive approach tailored to the specifics of each situation. You’re not just another case file when you seek our help; you’re a person deserving of respect and zealous representation. To help you understand your situation better, we offer a Free Consultation service. Connect with us today at (888) 399-7979, and let’s chart the most effective way forward in preserving your rights.

Burden and Standard of Proof in Criminal Cases

Our distinguished law firm upholds the principles of the American justice system, advocating staunchly for those accused of criminal offenses. At the foundation of our legal ethos lies an unshakeable belief in the presumption of innocence, a keystone of American law. We understand that the onus rests on the prosecution to irrefutably establish guilt in each element of the criminal charge. For you, the defendant, this means the state must convince the jury beyond any reasonable doubt.

At our law firm, we take great strides to ensure that the balance of justice is held. A case of alleged criminal act isn’t just a compilation of facts and allegations, but a narrative that involves human lives, and we’re dedicated to ensuring that your side of the story is heard. We acknowledge the gravity of criminal allegations and the potential impacts they can bring on your life, reputation, and future. Recognizing this, our team of skilled attorneys harness their extensive and diverse legal capacity to craft deft defense strategies tailored to individual case dynamics.

Let it be clear, we are not representatives of victims; our firm is firmly dedicated to defending those facing criminal charges. We aspire to go above and beyond to ensure that your rights are preserved and that justice is served. Our team stands ready to render a robust defense, working tenaciously to challenge the prosecution and strive for the most favorable outcome for you.

Classification of Offenses

Navigating the often complex maze of Michigan law can be daunting, particularly when you’re confronted with a criminal charge. Our law firm boasts a fortified team of knowledgeable professionals who have a deep understanding of Michigan’s criminal laws and can adeptly guide you through your criminal defense journey.

Here’s a breakdown of several key classifications of crimes under Michigan law:

  • Misdemeanors: These are offenses considered less severe by Michigan law, which carry a potential jail term of less than one year. These can range from petty theft to disorderly conduct. Our attorneys thoroughly examine every detail of misdemeanor charges and strategize accordingly to protect your rights and freedom.
  • Felonies: These are serious crimes under Michigan law, associated with harsher penalties which may include more than a year in prison. Felonies encompass crimes like murder, serious assault and grand theft. Our strategic defense could be crucial and instrumental in possibly lowering these charges or sentences.
  • Drug Offenses: Michigan law encompasses many drug-related crimes, from possession and distribution to manufacturing. Some of these are considered federal crimes with severe penalties. We provide vigorous defense to those accused of drug crimes, calming worries over potential conviction outcomes.
  • DUI/DWI offenses: Arrests related to driving under influence/impaired can lead to serious criminal charges. Being charged does not mean conviction. Our seasoned attorneys can help identify key defense strategies to fight your case.

Remember, our firm is here to represent defendants, not victims. We are committed to ensuring your rights are protected under the letter and spirit of Michigan’s criminal laws. Our dedicated and passionate legal team understands the gravity of your situation and works tirelessly to defend you.

Common Defenses in Criminal Cases

Our Law Firm is committed to defending the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses. We have a robust understanding of multiple criminal defense strategies, which we effectively employ to protect our clients’ interests:

  • Self-defense: If you are accused of a violent crime, you may be able to argue that you acted in self-defense. This depends on whether you were genuinely threatened and your reaction was reasonable under the circumstances.
  • Defense of others: Under certain conditions, you may legally defend another person from harm or perceived danger. Our attorneys can help establish if this applies to your case.
  • Lack of intent: Without the intention to commit a crime, your actions may not be legally punishable. Our attorneys can help demonstrate that the requisite criminal intent to commit the act was lacking.
  • Consent: In some instances, consent of the party affected may negate criminal liability. We can help determine if this defense applies to your situation.
  • Entrapment: If law enforcement induced you to commit a crime, you might have an entrapment defense. Our experienced team will scrutinize the actions of law enforcement for any potential entrapment issues.
  • Necessity: You might have committed a crime under duress or out of necessity. We will thoroughly examine your case to see if you had no viable choice but to commit the criminal act in question.
  • Duress: If you were forced to commit a crime under threat of violence or harm, our attorneys will fight to establish duress. We’ll tirelessly work towards proving that duress removed any criminal intention.

Our Law Firm prides itself on a sophisticated understanding of these defenses and a relentless commitment to our clients. When facing criminal charges, you need a team who understands your situation and will fight for your rights. We can provide that level of tireless advocacy.

Constitutional Rights of Criminal Defendants

Our firm provides substantive and passionate legal representation for those accused of criminal offenses. We robustly defend the following constitutional rights of alleged offenders:

  • Right to Remain Silent: This permits you as a defendant to refrain from testifying against yourself during a trial or from providing self-incriminating statements. We vehemently urge our clients to utilize this right to the fullest extent.
  • Right to Counsel: Being accused of a criminal offense entitles you to legal representation. Your constitutionally protected rights are best defended by a knowledgeable, seasoned attorney which our firm ardently provides.
  • Right to Confront Witnesses: Accused individuals have a firmly established right to scrutinize the veracity of the prosecution’s witnesses. Our attorneys maintain vigilance in ensuring that this right is never compromised.
  • Right to a Jury Trial: This right enables you to have your case evaluated by a panel of your peers. Our team extensively prepares to present a robust defense in this critical stage of the legal process.
  • Right against Double Jeopardy: Our constitution protects individuals from being tried twice for the same offense. Our attorneys stand on the front lines defending this primary aspect of justice.
  • Right against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures: Our firm continually fights to prevent unauthorized government encroachments and ensure that only lawfully obtained evidence is used in court.

Infringed constitutional rights can severely hinder the prosecution’s ability to secure a conviction. Keep in mind, this information only scratches the surface of the Rights of the Accused. As your defense team, we strive to protect these rights fervently and maintain the sanctity of your defense.

Plea Bargains in Criminal Cases

Navigating the complex landscape of criminal law can be a daunting process. Everyday, individuals facing allegations of criminal misconduct are thrust into a system where the stakes could not be higher. That’s why our law firm is committed to providing robust and strategic defense services to those facing criminal charges. We bring our abundance of knowledge, seasoned trial acumen, and our unwavering commitment to the table for each client we represent.

One of the pivotal aspects of criminal law is the plea bargain. To put it simply, a plea bargain is an agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor and defendant, where the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. This may involve dropping other charges, or reducing the severity of the charges, in exchange for a guilty plea.

There are certainly advantages to this approach. For one, plea bargains tend to expedite the legal process and reduce uncertainty. Instead of going to trial, which can often be a lengthy and stressful process, a plea bargain allows both parties to reach an agreed-upon resolution more promptly. It might also result in lesser penalties than if the defendant were found guilty at trial.

However, one must also consider the drawbacks. Entering a plea bargain could potentially mean admitting guilt to a crime that the defendant may not have committed. Furthermore, the decision hinges solely on the prosecutor’s concessions which might not be as favorable as expected.

The Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC, our law firm in Michigan, stands at the ready to assist in these critical decisions, comprehending the layers of complexity in every claim and utilizing calculated strategies to ensure your rights are steadfastly protected throughout the legal process. We never back down from a challenge and are prepared to fight vigorously in our pursuit for justice.

Expungement or Record Sealing of Criminal Convictions

When a person has been convicted of a crime, the consequences can be far reaching and long lasting affecting various aspects of daily life from employment to housing, adding unnecessary burdens to an already difficult situation. At our law firm we devote our practice to supporting individuals facing these challenging circumstances. We work tirelessly to secure our clients not just favorable outcomes in the courtroom, but we also prioritize post-conviction relief options such as expungement or record sealing.

Expungement and record sealing are nuanced aspects of criminal law, the formers entails the removal of a crime from a person’s public record while the latter limits the accessibility of a person’s criminal history. It’s crucial to understand the subtle yet significant differences between each and when they apply under Michigan law. Expungement can offer a fresh start, as if the conviction never occurred, while record sealing may shield the conviction from public view, offering more privacy and less prejudice when undergoing background checks.

These relief options often come into play after demonstrating evidence of rehabilitation and the passing of a specific period since the conviction. Each has different requirements and the circumstances of a crime can significantly affect eligibility. Providing accurate information, advice, and representation in these matters is an area in which we excel, using our deep knowledge of Michigan’s legal landscape to assist our clients.

Our clear aim: to support and represent criminal defendants. We are here to pass no judgement, but solely to represent your interests and uphold your rights. We are devoted to not just your defense, but to your life beyond it. Each client is more than a case – they are individuals looking for understanding, respect, and diligent representation. That’s the standard of service we strive to deliver every day.

Ready to Battle the Prosecution for You

If you’re facing criminal charges, you don’t need to navigate this rocky terrain alone. This is a time when you need a formidable ally who can champion your cause without wavering. At our law firm, we provide you with just that. Our devoted team, known for their powerful advocacy, will tackle the prosecution head-on to protect your rights. Our attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge and trial-experience to your defense. We confront the complexities of criminal law to aggressively challenge the prosecution’s case. Our aim is to set a strong defense, question the evidence rigorously, and diffuse their arguments to safeguard your future. When you reach out to us, we offer a Free Consultation to help you understand your situation and the charges levied against you. Our commitment to your cause remains unwavering, from arraignment to trial, and beyond. Connect with us, and let us fight for your rights tirelessly.


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Very professional. Met with me the same day I contacted the office. Went to court the following day and my case was dismissed. Don’t hesitate to contact him for help. Highly recommended thank u so much for your...

J. Bandia

It was a pleasure to have Mr. Poota as our representative. From the time we meet till the end of our case, he was there every step of the way guiding us and making sure our rights were protected and presented...

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