Criminal Defense Attorneys in Grand Rapids Michigan

If you have been arrested, you need an experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to make sure your rights are respected and that your case is properly investigated by a lawyer.

For a Criminal Defense Attorney who knows the law, the courts and how to aggressively represent his clients, contact the law firm of Tanis Schultz in Grand Rapids MI. Our Grand Rapids criminal defense attorneys have handled a wide range of criminal cases, including all felonies & misdemeanors, traffic violations, drunk driving, license restoration & drug forfeitures.


Felonies & Misdemeanors

In Michigan, a felony is defined as a crime for which the potential punishment carries greater than one year in county jail. Felonies can be capital in nature (life imprisonment), can carry a statutory maximum in prison (10 years), or can function as a high-court misdemeanor(2 year maximum). If you are charged with a felony, your case will begin with an arraignment — which is held either in jail or via a self-surrender. Then, you are entitled to a preliminary examination, where the prosecutor is required to prove your guilt to send your case to trial. The attorneys at Tanis Schultz have handled hundreds of preliminary examinations for virtually every felony charge imaginable, and would be glad to review your case to see if your case might be dismissed at this early stage. Our attorneys and legal staff are dedicated to helping you through this stressful time.

In contrast, a misdemeanor is a crime for which the maximum punishment is one year in county jail. Put simply, misdemeanor offenses do not carry the threat of prison. They range from low-level misdemeanors (trespass, retail fraud) to crimes of violence (domestic violence or aggravated assault). Generally, you will either be arrested for a misdemeanor or sent a notice to appear at district court. On misdemeanor offenses, there is no preliminary examination; so many times the prosecution will proceed on the basis of the police report alone. This can be extraordinarily frustrating, especially if you believe the report is false or misleading. Your attorney may be the only person fighting for your position. If you have been sent a notice to appear, investigated or arrested for a misdemeanor, our lawyers will be glad to help.

In short, both felony and misdemeanor charges can take away your freedom, and can be expensive, stressful and embarrassing for your family and you. If you want to protect yourself, and need someone who will stand up and fight, we will be glad to talk to you. We have the experience, desire and skill to handle your criminal charge.

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Drunk Driving, DUI and Traffic Violations

If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact one of our Grand Rapids drunk driving attorneys to find out what your rights are. Our experienced drunk driving attorney will help you through this process. The criminal defense attorneys at Tanis Schultz have effectively and skillfully represented hundreds of people who were charged with DUI, DWI, OUIL and OWI on Michigan roads in Kent County and throughout West Michigan and the greater Grand Rapids area.

Our experienced drunk driving defense and criminal attorneys can help. Our services include, DUI & DWI defense, investigation of every part of the traffic stop and arrest, filing of all appropriate motions to reduce or drop charges, court representation and defense of all related traffic violations.

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Driver License Restoration

If you have lost your driver license in Michigan as a result of multiple drunk driving convictions and you are ready to seek licensure from the Michigan Driver License Appeal Division (DAAD), you are ready for legal advice or representation from a drivers license restoration attorney. If you think you can attend this hearing without an attorney who specializes in driver license restoration law, you are doing yourself a disservice. Why? If you lose at the driver license appeal hearing, you may not be able to reapply for a driver‘s license for at least 6 months to 1 year after the hearing. This is a long time to wait. Don‘t wait until it is too late! Call the Grand Rapids law firm of Tanis Schultz to assist you in restoring your Michigan driver license privileges or to obtain a Michigan clearance in order for you to obtain licensure in your new home state. Whether your license has been suspended or revoked, the experienced attorneys at Tanis Schultz can help you.

How do I get my driver license back in my home state, when the State of Michigan refuses to grant a clearance because of prior drunk driving convictions in Michigan?

If the state of Michigan will not grant you a clearance, you may lose driver license privileges in your home state. You may have had a driver license; however, upon renewal, you may find that the state of Michigan is preventing you from renewing your driver license because of a "hold" on your license.

You will need a Michigan clearance before your state will grant licensure. If you have applied for this clearance and have been denied, you may not reapply for 6 months or even 1 year from the date of the DAAD decision. However, you are entitled to a Circuit Court appeal of this decision.

If your attempt at securing a Michigan clearance has failed, contact a Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney at Tanis Schultz to discuss a Michigan Circuit Court driver license appeal. If you have a drivers license problem in Michigan or another state because of Michigan, call us today at 616.608.7149.

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For additional information about the criminal defense attorneys at Tanis Schultz, or if you have questions about your criminal case, please contact our office or call us directly at 616.608.7149.