Recently, the experienced Lansing criminal defense team with DeBruin Law, PLLC assisted a 17-year-old, when he found himself in substantial legal trouble when he was charged with a felony offense of breaking and entering with intent, malicious destruction of a building, and being a minor in possession. Due to the escalated level of these offenses, if this young man was convicted, he would face the potentially life-shattering consequence of a 10-year sentence. With his whole life ahead of him, he did not want this transgression to dictate the rest of his life; therefore, his family began looking for capable legal counsel and chose an attorney with considerable experience dealing with various criminal charges in Michigan.
The highly skilled Lansing criminal defense lawyer Tiffany DeBruin took the young man’s case and passionately advocated on his behalf. This led to fervent negotiations with the prosecution and after pointing out the weakness in the state’s case, attorney DeBruin effectively convinced the prosecution to withdraw the more severe felony offense of breaking and entering as well as the malicious destruction charge. Once the fear of incarceration was removed, attorney DeBruin was able to facilitate an agreement for her client to plead to the possession charge, which only required the payment of a fine and court costs. In the end, this young client was very happy to move on from this experience, without spending any time behind bars, the haunting limitations of a felony conviction, and hopefully having learned a valuable lesson.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.