Criminal Law

If you’ve been charged with a crime, consider the dedicated attorneys at Gold Star Law. We are zealous defenders of our clients’ rights.

When you’re facing criminal charges, the prosecution can put you in jail, take away your vehicle, and put a permanent black mark on your record. Don’t try to handle this situation on your own.

A court-appointed attorney can take weeks to get involved with your case, and you may not even be eligible for one. They often have high caseloads and limited resources, and they may not have time to answer your questions. The attorneys at Gold Star Law will give your case all the attention it deserves and guide you through the court system in a caring a professional manner. Contact Gold Star Law for a free and confidential consultation.

Drunk Driving

If you have been charged with an intoxicated driving offense, you will be facing more than just fines. Even a first offense can be punished by up to 93 days in jail, and you could also lose your driving privileges. A motorist can be suspended from driving for up to 180 days on a first offense, depending on the circumstances. Penalties escalate further for repeat offenders.

If a motorist refuses a breath test, they can be suspended from driving for a full year. You have a right to a hearing to contest that suspension, but you must request it within 14 days of your arrest. That is why you should call us as soon as possible. We can represent you at any license hearings in addition to the court proceedings.

Intoxicated driving offenses can also be punishable with community service, participation in drug or alcohol counseling, and vehicle immobilization or forfeiture.

Criminal Offenses

In Michigan, crimes are divided between misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and probation. Some misdemeanors, considered less serious by Michigan law, are only punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Felonies are crimes that are considered more serious, and they can punished by incarceration in the Michigan Department of Corrections. Many felonies can be punished by probation, as an alternative to incarceration.

Probation is a period of monitoring where the court, through a probation office, places certain conditions on a defendant. These can include meeting with a probation officer, community service, drug and alcohol testing, and counseling. Defendants are also expected to comply with the law. There are special types of probation which can further benefit a criminal defendant. It is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with all of the sentencing options that exist in your case.

If you have been charged with any manner of criminal or traffic offense, contact Gold Star Law for a free confidential consultation.