A criminal charge can completely derail your life, taking away your hopes and dreams with it. Depending on the severity of the charge and the handling of the case, you can spend a great deal of time in jail or face other equally challenging consequences. This is why we encourage those who are facing a criminal charge to contact an experienced and resourceful criminal defense attorney in Traverse City, Michigan right away.
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Criminal offenses can send you to jail or prison, leave you with a permanent record and erase any possibility of a stable and happy life. Given that as members of society, most people are conditioned and socialized to distrust individuals with a criminal record, starting afresh can be extremely hard for someone with a misdemeanor or felony conviction. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, “Having a criminal record can make it difficult, or even impossible, for an individual to work in a given field, especially one that requires an occupational license. In 2014, employment barriers faced by people with felony convictions—including occupational licensing and other challenges, such as lower levels of education and job skills—were associated with a reduction in the overall employment rate, amounting to a loss of at least 1.7 million workers from the workforce and a cost of at least $78 billion to the economy.”
Nonetheless, the burden of individuals faced with criminal charges can be eased by having an attorney who can advocate for them and successfully represent them, ensuring that they are fairly tried, and that if punished, their punishment actually fits the crime. Defense attorneys take a series of important steps to ensure that their client has a strong and unwavering case before they go in front of a judge and jury. Some of these steps, according to Better Team include “conducting research and analyzing [the] case to determine a probable outcome and devise an effective strategy to defend [the] client in court, interpreting laws for clients and helping them to understand their legal options, representing clients at arraignments, hearings, and court trials; presenting evidence to a judge and/or jury should the case go to trial, preparing and drafting legal documents, including legal briefs and appeals, and negotiating pleas, punishments, and settlements.” If you or someone you know has recently been charged with a criminal offense, be it a drug charge (possession, trafficking, etc.) driving under the influence (DUI) , probation violation, juvenile crime, burglary, or any other criminal charge, we recommend reaching to a criminal defense attorney in Traverse City Michigan at the Neumann Law Group at (231) 221-0050.