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Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing criminal charges in Michigan is a terrifying prospect. Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to handle your case from every angle. If you’ve been arrested or are under investigation, time will be of the essence as the government is building its case. You are likely worried about time in jail, the collateral damage a conviction could have on your life, and the devastating impact to your and your family’s future. As an experienced Ingham County and Lansing criminal defense attorney, Tiffany L. DeBruin shares your concerns and is the obvious choice to guide you through the Michigan legal process. She will passionately defend your rights at every turn.

With a history of repeated success defending clients against a wide-range of criminal charges throughout Michigan, DeBruin Law PLLC is ready to stand by your side – no matter the charge.

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3 Reasons to Contact DeBruin Law PLLC

Experience When You Need It MostAttorney DeBruin has dedicated her legal career to preserving the rights of the accused. From domestic violence, assault, theft, DUI, and drug charges, we can help you at whatever stage of the Michigan criminal justice process you may find yourself.
Personalized Attention from the BeginningEveryone that contacts our offices is in a distinct situation that may very well affect the rest of their lives. Given your unique needs and concerns, attorney DeBruin offers one-on-one attention to every client and will always take the most appropriate path forward.
A Reputation for Achieving ResultsThrough her history of success, attorney DeBruin has earned a reputation as a highly effective lawyer. Whether you require aggressive negotiation, the reinstatement of your license, or fierce representation at trial, she will always be working towards your goals.

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Even a conviction for a misdemeanor charge can leave a stain on your record for years to come. With so much at stake, a criminal defense attorney can prove to be an invaluable asset to fight the charges against you. Although you can opt for a public defender, a private attorney provides unmatched dedication to your case that a public defender cannot.

In-Depth Knowledge of Michigan Law

An experienced criminal defense lawyer understands how the legal system works, so you’ll know what to expect at every stage. We will plainly explain your rights and effectively defend them in the court of law.

Exploiting Weaknesses in the Prosecution’s Case

The prosecution has the burden of proof, and a criminal defense lawyer knows the evidence they need to convict you. Therefore, your attorney can challenge that evidence and file pre-trial motions to have it suppressed in the event of an unlawful arrest.

Establishing enough doubt in the prosecution’s arguments can help sway the court’s decision in your favor.

Providing Options to Reduce Charges

There are many mitigating factors available depending on the charges brought against you. An attorney can inform you of the options you have to reduce or dismiss your charges. These include drug and alcohol treatment programs or the installation of an ignition interlock device for OWI cases, among others.

Experienced Representation Fighting for the Best Outcome

When you face criminal charges alone, you risk incriminating yourself and making your situation worse. If an acceptable plea bargain can’t be made, a criminal defense attorney has trial experience representing people just like you in similar cases. This experience can significantly increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.

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No one expects to be arrested, let alone charged with a crime. The notion of defending yourself in court or the prospect of being sentenced to time behind bars and having a haunting conviction attached to your criminal record would turn anyone’s life upside down. However, it is important to remember that you do not need to face it alone. In fact, with a skilled and experienced attorney, a criminal charge does not have to define the rest of your life.

At DeBruin Law PLLC, our sole focus is providing the people of Michigan with client-centered and sensible criminal defense options, when they need it most. Our only goal is your protection, and we are prepared to preserve your rights, freedom, and future. Law enforcement and prosecutors may tell you that your case is open and shut, but Attorney DeBruin knows what it takes to dismantle these cases and how to minimize or totally avoid any negative repercussions.

Felony & Misdemeanor Penalties

The penalties for felony and misdemeanor offenses should not be taken lightly. Skilled in mitigation, attorney DeBruin knows you have options to reduce your charges no matter what you’re up against.

Misdemeanors

The following is the range of penalties you might face if convicted of a misdemeanor. There are a total of three classes:
  • 93 days in jail; fines up to $500 – Includes disturbing the peace, larceny of property worth less than $200, and assault and battery
  • One year in jail; fines up to $1,000 – Includes larceny of property valued between $200 to $1,000, and intentional discharge of a firearm without the intent to injure
  • Two years in jail; fines up to $2,000 (or High Court Misdemeanors) – Includes negligent homicide by vehicle and indecent exposure

Felonies

Felonies can significantly impact your rights if convicted. This includes your right to vote or your right to own a firearm. The class of felony committed determines penalties.

  • Class H Felonies – Light jail time; probation, or electronic monitoring. Offenses include stolen ID to commit a felony
  • Class G Felonies – Two years in prison; offenses include domestic abuse
  • Class F Felonies – Four years in prison; offenses include delivering five kilograms or less of marijuana
  • Class E Felonies – Five years in prison; offenses include home invasion of third-degree
  • Class D Felonies – 10 years in prison; offenses include human trafficking or embezzlement
  • Class C Felonies – 15 years in prison; crimes include robbery or manslaughter
  • Class B Felonies – 20 years in prison; offenses include child abuse
  • Class A Felonies – Life in prison; offenses include murder or kidnapping

Overview of the Criminal Court Process

If you are being charged with your first crime, you might fear your next steps or the criminal court process. The process is different depending on the crime you’re charged with, and we’ll guide you through the process every step of the way.

Most criminal charges will be handled by the 54-A District Court located at 124 W Michigan Ave. in Lansing.

Misdemeanors

Your court process would be slightly different if you were charged with a misdemeanor offense.

  • Arraignment – At your arraignment, you will appear before the judge and enter a plea.
  • Pre-trial Conference – In this stage, your attorney and the prosecutors will meet to discuss a resolution before going to trial. Here, your attorney can negotiate a plea bargain. If an agreement can’t be made, the process moves to pre-trial motions and continuances.
  • Judge or Jury Trial – At trial, the judge or jury will listen to both arguments and reach a verdict. Your attorney can counter and discredit the prosecution’s arguments.
  • Verdict – After both sides have been heard, the judge or jury will assess the evidence and decide on whether you are guilty or not guilty. A not-guilty verdict means that the case will be closed, and you are free to go. A guilty verdict will result in sentencing either the same day or a later date.

Felonies

If charged with a felony, you should expect a slightly different process.

  • Arraignment – Your arraignment will be similar to the misdemeanor court process; however, you will not be able to enter a plea at this time. Here, you will be informed of the charges against you and the date of your preliminary hearing.
  • Preliminary Hearing – At this stage, the prosecution will attempt to convince the court there is enough probable cause for your case to move forward. On the other hand, your attorney will be given a chance to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and try to have your case dismissed.
  • Second Arraignment & Pre-trial Conference – Your second arraignment will most likely be held at the 30th Judicial Circuit Court located at 341 S. Jefferson in Mason, Michigan. Here, you will enter a plea. A not-guilty plea will result in a pre-trial conference. You will move forward to trial if an pre-trial agreement can’t be met, similar to the misdemeanor court process.

Lansing DUI Lawyer & Michigan Traffic Defense

One of the most common criminal charges that people face in Lansing and throughout Michigan is driving under the influence. While every state handles DUIs differently and may sometimes refer to them interchangeably as DUI, OWI, or OVI, the legal penalties and ramifications are always severe and should be taken seriously.

In Michigan, the specific charge for driving while impaired is operating a vehicle while intoxicated, or OWI, which makes it illegal to drive any time you’re under the influence or show signs of impairment— even if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is less than the legal limit of .08. The penalties for a Michigan OWI, even for a first-time DUI offender can sometimes result in jail and hefty fines, but in many cases, the worst case scenario for someone facing an OWI or another severe traffic case is the loss of their driver’s license.

A license suspension and the sudden loss of your ability to drive can significantly hinder your everyday life. Recurrent offenses will only result in harsher consequences, both to your driving and criminal records. Specifically, an OWI will stay on your driving record permanently, so it is important that you have a capable and knowledgeable attorney with experience in handling OWIs and traffic-related cases on your side.

As a certified member of The Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) Tiffany DeBruin is fully committed to providing the best DUI defense strategy available for those charged with violating Michigan’s drunk and drugged driving laws. Through the MIAOWIA, and by completing the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Course – the same course that law enforcement takes to detect, test, and prosecute impaired drivers, attorney DeBruin has a unique insight into how police officers and prosecutors craft DUI cases, and what it takes to identify and exploit their weaknesses.

From disputing field and chemical tests to calling into question the validity of initial traffic stops in Ingham County, Clinton County or elsewhere in East Lansing, Lansing DUI attorney Tiffany L. DeBruin will help you avoid the fallout from an OWI, either through a dismissal, a reduction in charges, or by mitigating the consequences, including:

  • Preventing license suspension or related revocations
  • Reducing any court-related consequences
  • Maintaining your insurance privileges and current premiums
  • Counteracting any negative employment consequences

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Michigan Drug Charges

Have you or a family member been charged with a drug crime?

It is no secret that drug abuse can destroy lives and rip families apart. Even sadder is the fact that when people are arrested and charged with drug-related offenses, they also face some of the most unforgiving penalties under the law. Michigan drug crimes including drug trafficking charges and the trafficking of marijuana are serious matters and can lead to several life-altering consequences such as:

  • Lengthy jail or penitentiary sentences
  • Financially devastating fines
  • Losing federal financial aid
  • A permanent criminal record as a drug offender
  • Loss or denial of many professional licenses
  • Child custody or visitation complications
  • Immigration delays or denials

People charged with drug offenses are often suffering from addiction or dependency issues and simply do not belong in custody. They need appropriate treatment, and with skilled and compassionate advocacy from a criminal defense lawyer, you or your loved one can get the help they require.

Additionally, legal defense options and recourses are available to those charged with various drug crimes, including the opportunity to become a confidential informant in Michigan. If you are facing a charge for the possession of controlled substances or the delivery or manufacturing of controlled substances without a valid prescription, you must act immediately to defend yourself against these charges. As a Lansing resident, it will be in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer in your area.

Attorney DeBruin will fight on your behalf for the best possible outcome by taking the following initiatives:
  • Assure no evidence was illegally obtained
  • Employ a private investigator who can strengthen your case
  • Negotiate with the prosecutor so you will face the minimum possible charge
  • Get the charges against you dismissed or reduced

Your Rights When Charged with a Crime

When someone is charged with a crime, they often think the world is against them. However, what many people do not understand is that just because you are charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty. In the United States, someone is not “guilty” of a crime unless that person admits to the offense in court or a guilty verdict is reached through a trial. This is referred to as “presumed innocence,” which can be a difficult concept, since most people think that if someone is arrested, they must have done something wrong.

At DeBruin Law PLLC, we know this is simply not the case. People find themselves charged with crimes due to a variety of reasons such as police oversights, false allegations, or because you were the victim of mistaken identity. Other times, the situation is not so clear cut and you deserve to have your story told. Attorney DeBruin is dedicated to protecting your rights and getting the justice you deserve, which may otherwise lead to unjust convictions and ruined lives. Until you find yourself charged with a crime, you may take some of your rights for granted.

With help from a skilled attorney you can assert these rights and ensure you receive every protection under the law:

  • You have the right to a jury trial.
  • You have the right to remain silent and consult an attorney before answering questions.
  • You have the right to testify and present evidence at trial.
  • You have the right to subpoena witnesses and cross examine them.
  • You have the right to a unanimous verdict (less than a unanimous verdict results in mistrial).
  • You have the right to have the government prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Your Questions Are Important

A Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer Has Answers

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, we know you are going through a lot and will obviously have several pressing concerns and questions. It’s not a situation people find themselves in every day. When you speak with attorney DeBruin, you can expect a careful review of what led to your charges, proactive solutions to the problems you face, and most importantly, honest and direct answers at every step along the way.

Some of the common questions we hear from clients are:

How do I prove my innocence?

The government must prove your guilt ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ which is a hard standard to meet. By speaking with an attorney, you can evaluate your options for presenting evidence and if it becomes clear that the prosecution will be unable to meet its burden, they will likely be willing to dismiss or reduce the charges.

Will I go to jail?

Your sentence and penalties upon conviction will depend on several factors. These include the crime in question, whether it is classified as a misdemeanor or felony, your criminal history, any aggravating factors involved, as well as any mandatory guidelines or mitigating factors that may apply.

Can my record be expunged?

Depending on your offense and if you’ve complied with the terms of your sentence, you may be able to seal or remove any mention of your charges if you otherwise qualify for an expungement.

How can I get my license back?

After an OWI or other serious traffic offense, you’ll want to get your license back as soon as possible. The best way to accomplish this is to understand how license reinstatement works in Michigan and to work with an experienced attorney who can facilitate its return.

How can I tell if a search or seizure was illegal?Law enforcement performs various types of searches for evidence of criminal activity and may confiscate items they believe to be illicit or incriminating. There are very strict rules on how these searches and seizures are conducted to ensure your rights are protected and respected. It’s always wise to contact a lawyer to discuss your situation and determine if any violations took place.

How will a conviction affect my life?

Protecting your freedom should always be a top priority when facing criminal charges, but time in custody is not the only negative consequence you’ll face. A conviction on your record can impact your life in a number of ways from future job opportunities, to where you can live, and how you are viewed in the community.

What should I expect in court?

When someone is charged with a crime it often begins with an arrest and ends with a verdict, but there is a lot in between that can vastly affect the outcome. The technical aspects of the Michigan court process can be confusing and difficult to manage without an effective and experienced lawyer.

How can a lawyer help?

When someone is facing criminal charges in Michigan, a lot of questions and concerns will be racing through your mind. Having a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side will be essential in setting the record straight, reducing the impact to your and your family’s life, and obtaining the best outcome in your situation.

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Attorney Tiffany L. DeBruin is devoted to each client that she represents and proudly handles cases in East Lansing, Ingham County, Clinton County, or anywhere in the surrounding counties throughout Michigan.

Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer

Tiffany DeBruin has had repeated successes defending her clients against charges for which they were at risk. Just as every individual is as distinct as the situation he or she faces, so are the crimes or offenses with which they have been charged.

Get the help when you need it most. If you have been accused of a crime, whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, you need a Michigan criminal defense lawyer who understands how to handle your case from every angle, thereby providing you with the strongest possible defense.

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