Criminal Defense

Arrested for a Crime? We Can Help…

If you’ve been arrested for a crime, or are being investigated for a crime, it can be a very out of control and extremely scary thing. Being accused of a crime is a horrible experience. It can effect your job, your ability to drive, your car insurance rates, your immigration status, your ability to travel internationally, your parenting rights, and other fallout.

The Burns Law Office is here to you help you through this! We will aggressively defend you. The Burns Law Office handles cases all over Michigan, but specializes in matters in West Michigan, from Niles to Mackinaw City.

Our goal at the Burns Law Office is to help you make it through this tough situation, retain your dignity, assist you in understanding the information/accusations/charges that are being thrown at you, and provide you with our vast experience and expert opinion as to what we think you should do in your particular situation.

THE BURNS LAW OFFICE demands all evidence the police and its agents have against you. We try help you understand the evidence and claims made against you so that you can make an informed decision about what to do.

Our approach to Criminal Defense Cases:

  1. Conduct an initial interview with you where we discuss what happened and the important issues surrounding the charges or claims brought against you.
  2. Demand all evidence the police and prosecutor have against you and all evidence they have that shows you did not do what you are accused of.
  3. Review the evidence the police and prosecutor give to us.
  4. Review the reason(s) the police give for detaining/stopping you in the first place and make sure there is are actual legal grounds; or review the warrant and affidavit (used to get the warrant).
  5. Review the reason(s) the police say they did not let you go on your way.
  6. Review the reason(s) the police say they kept you as long as they did.
  7. Review any statement(s) made by you before your arrest and after your arrest. Review any statements made by witnesses.
  8. Review whether Michigan Law allows the police and prosecutor to use the evidence against you at trial. First, whether the evidence shows the police had an acceptable reason to arrest you in the first place. Also, whether the evidence is likely to show you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
  9. Review any defenses you may have. There may be legal defenses you have that are in Michigan Law. You also might have a defense based on the facts of what happened.
  10. Assist you in making a decision based on what is best for you. The Burns Law Office helps you come to a decision as to what to do: whether to file motions, whether to go to trial, whether to settle the matter prior to a trial.

Many attorneys think they are the boss, but we recognize that you are the boss. We work as a team, but at the end of the day, you are in charge. If you think of us (The Burns Law Office) as the quarterback, then you are the Coach; if we (The Burns Law Office) are the Coach, then you are the Owner. We will do our best to make sure you understand the situation, so that you can make a decision that works for your life and your future.

Even though the law keeps making it easier for police to arrest people and charge them with crimes, police and their agents still make mistakes. These can occur in many ways. Again, it is The Burns Law Office’s goal to: provide you with what you need to understand the situation and make an informed decision about what to do.

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