One of the most important rights we have in this country is the right to an attorney. If you are facing criminal charges, your first and most urgent issue is finding a quality defense lawyer that will seek out every possibility for your defense. Although many law firms offer legal services in the areas of DUI/OWI and criminal defense, few can boast the exceptional court record that my firm does. I am Shaun Marks, Clarkston criminal attorney, and I have dedicated my practice to serving those who need it the most, people facing criminal charges.
Clarkston MI Criminal Defense Areas of Practice
Michigan has very harsh penalties for all drunk driving offenses. Even a first-time OWI charge can lead to expensive fines, the suspension of your driver’s license, jail time, and community service, as well as affecting your job, your family, and your future opportunities.
OWI with Accident
An OWI accusation that involves an accident, particularly one in which another person was injured, will likely affect your life long term should you be convicted. You need to exercise your right to remain silent and get an attorney as your first critical action.
The authorities in the Clarkston area have increased their vigilance with regard to boating and drinking. If you are caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) that is above the legal limit, you will face similar repercussions to driving a car, truck or another vehicle while intoxicated.
Minor Operating with BAC
Young people face serious challenges if they have a conviction for any alcohol-related offense. Our state operates under a “zero tolerance” policy, and a minor that registers at .02% or higher can be charged with this offense. It is crucial that every possible defense action is taken to protect your son’s or daughter’s future.
Driver’s License Appeals / Restoration
If you are facing a driver’s license suspension or revocation, you can fight back. The issue involving your right to drive in the state is an important one; if your license has been revoked for drugs or alcohol, you must wait one year before appealing the loss of your license.
It is important that you get legal representation familiar with the process of appealing a suspended license if you are hoping to drive legally after a suspension. Our record of success has led to many client referrals, and we take on these cases with exceptional dedication and have the record to prove it.
Minor in possession
Was your son or daughter charged with being in possession of alcohol? In 2004, the law was changed, allowing for one of the strongest MIP laws in the USA. If your child has been charged with this offense, they have certain opportunities that should be explored by a qualified DUI defense lawyer.
Expungement of Criminal Records
A criminal record, even for a DUI or OWI, can haunt you for years, affecting your work opportunities and your personal and professional reputation. Certain crimes can be expunged, allowing you to have the information about an earlier arrest or conviction to not be available to regular people who run a background search on you.
Are you racking up points on your driver’s license? A moving violation, such as speeding, reckless driving, DUI/OWI, racing, or other traffic offense will seriously affect your driver’s license and your insurance costs. Defending traffic offenses can lead to having the charges completely dropped and help you avoid these repercussions.
Are you accused of committing the crime of domestic violence? These difficult charges should be addressed by a skilled defense lawyer that has a proven court record. A conviction can lead to very serious penalties, including jail or prison time.
An assault charge does not have to include actual physical contact, merely the accusation that another person was in fear of imminent harm. If you are accused of assault, you could be facing severe penalties under Michigan state law. How the case is addressed by your defense attorney can significantly impact the outcome of your case.
A criminal charge of battery is often filed in conjunction with an assault charge. These charges will be filed against you if you are accused of physically attacking another person. Some battery charges could be filed as a misdemeanor, and others will be felony charges. If you are facing battery charges, it is necessary to act quickly.
Criminal charges involving controlled substances are treated harshly under Michigan state law. Certain types of drugs, including methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, and others will lead to felony charges, even when a very small amount of the substance is found in your possession.
Certain types of crimes get heavy media attention, and sex crimes of any type, but particularly those involving children, can create an atmosphere of fear and you could be shunned by everyone in the community. If you are accused of a sex crime such as rape, sexual assault, prostitution, child pornography, or other offense, you need to have an aggressive defense lawyer that is willing to fight back on your behalf.
When you get probation as part of your sentence, the court expects you to adhere to the terms of your probation. Even failing to attend a court-ordered treatment program, or getting arrested on any minor offense can lead to immediate incarceration and you then facing the full sentence you avoided in your probation.
Young people make errors in judgment, can be with the wrong people, or make mistakes. My firm is committed to protecting the rights of young people who are facing any criminal charge. Whether accused of possession of alcohol, shoplifting, or a more serious felony offense, I believe that they deserve the best defense possible.
Retail Fraud / Shoplifting
One of the more common offenses charged in Clarkston is either retail fraud or shoplifting. If you are accused of either of these crimes, early involvement by a Clarkston criminal defense lawyer from Shaun R. Marks, P.C. can be the best possible move.
Get responsive care from an experienced Clarkston criminal defense attorney
If you are facing criminal charges including drunk driving, drug possession, assault & battery, shoplifting, domestic violence, or sex crimes, then make sure to meet those charges with the best possible defense. Shaun Marks and his team are standing by to provide you with a consultation and discuss what they can do as your Clarkston criminal defense attorney.