If you have been accused of a felony or misdemeanor, here is what you need to know to protect your rights and safeguard your future. HIRE AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. Felonies are serious crimes and can result in over a year of prison time, while misdemeanors are “lesser” crimes with sentences ranging from 90 days or up to one year in jail. Both can have lasting impact on your freedom, reputation and employment opportunities.
Do not hesitate to call The Law Office of Gerald F. Chefalo at (231) 929-7744. This phone number is answered 24/7 by an actual person! We can assist you any day or time necessary. Our attorneys are professional and experienced throughout Northern Michigan. We defend ALL felony and misdemeanor crimes ranging from drunk driving to probation violation to murder and everything in between.
We cannot stress this enough. PLEASE CALL AN ATTORNEY BEFORE TALKING TO THE POLICE. If you have not yet been charged with a crime and the police want to talk to you, call us first. NEVER consent to an interview without an attorney present. Statements that you may view as innocent can often be used against you later. ALWAYS call us first. If you have been charged already, please DO NOT speak with the police, call and speak with Gerald F. Chefalo first, we answer our telephones 24/7 just for this reason.
If you hire The Law Office of Gerald F. Chefalo immediately, there are some things we can do for you: Obtain a low or personal recognizance bond, review the case immediately for defects, move to suppress evidence, obtain vital information from the prosecution that may be used against you, prevent important evidence such as 911 tapes, police dispatch tapes, vehicle information, video tapes, etc., from being lost or destroyed.
Lastly, arm yourself with the best legal defense possible. You need an attorney who will develop a clear strategy for your specific case and will not push you to make hasty decisions. At The Law Office of Gerald F. Chefalo, it is our job to advise you, counsel you and help you make the best legal decisions you can. Only the judge has the ability to determine your sentence, if you are ultimately convicted, you need an attorney who will present your unique situation to obtain the most lenient sentence possible for you. Our experienced attorneys can use some of the following tactics to help you: Review and examine the police procedures to determine if your constitutional rights were violated, interview witnesses, make sure the prosecutor follows proper procedures, negotiate plea bargains on your behalf, negotiate sentencing deals eliminating the threat of jail, take every opportunity to obtain a dismissal before trial, work as co-counsel with other lawyers in those unique case where additional resources are needed, file motions, argue and most importantly keep you informed!
If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, you deserve a legal team committed to protecting your rights.