Criminal Defense

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Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorneys

Defending Your Rights & Future in Grand Rapids

Being charged with a crime, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is a serious matter. Even if you are not facing jail time, having a criminal conviction on your record will limit your opportunities for employment, housing, and more. The first thing you need to do after an arrest is find a skilled Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney.

Anything you say after an arrest can be used against you, so do not try to talk to the police without an attorney present. One of your most valuable rights is the right to remain silent. Law enforcement does not want to hear your side of the story, they are listening for any inconsistencies in your story that will make you look guilty. The Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers at Tanis Schultz are here to fight for your rights and protect your best interests.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact our criminal defense attorney in Grand Rapids, MI, Tanis Schultz today at 616-227-3737.

Criminal Charges We Defend Against in Michigan

Your Grand Rapids attorney has one job: protect your best interests. No matter what crime you are accused of, it is your lawyer’s duty to secure the best possible outcome. This is why it is strongly recommended that you not discuss the details of your situation with anyone other than your attorney. Even well-meaning friends and family members can end up incriminating you if called to testify. Prosecutors know how to press on ambiguous issues with witnesses and cast doubt upon a defendant’s innocence. By keeping the details private and speaking only with your lawyer, you can prevent this from happening.

Criminal cases we handle include:

At Tanis Schultz, our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers fight aggressively to secure the best possible outcome. What this looks like is different for everyone. Some clients can secure a complete dismissal of charges, while others might have serious felonies reduced to misdemeanors. We work closely with our clients through every stage of the case, making sure they understand how their case is proceeding to help our clients make informed decisions.

Questions About Your Criminal Defense Case

When defending your case, you may need to answer the following questions:

  • Have you been violated by the police?
  • Was the police investigation thorough?
  • Does a witness' testimony seem inconsistent?
  • Should you consider a private polygraph?
  • Can you benefit from an expert witness?
  • Who is the witness and what is their motive for falsely accusing you?
  • Is there any evidence to support your claim?
  • Did you act in self-defense?

Your attorney will be able to formulate an appropriate defense for you based on the answers to these and other case-specific questions. A plea deal may be presented to you once your case is fully evaluated and any necessary investigation is completed. To make sure that you can make the best decision, you should discuss any deal proposed by the prosecution at length with your attorney.

Is probation different from parole?

A probationary period is different from a parole period. Parole is a shorter period of time in jail than probation, while probation takes the place of prison. You can suspend your jail time on probation if you comply with certain conditions. Checking in regularly with a probation officer, attending rehab programs, and attending work/school are some examples of these terms. People who have already served a portion of their jail sentence can apply for parole to complete their sentence outside of jail.

Tanis Schultz is here to be your dedicated ally through this difficult time. Contact us today.

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