In Michigan, there are many crimes where the principal element is the death of the victim. Prosecutors and law enforcement spend considerable time, attention and resources investigating and prosecuting these crimes. If you are being investigated or prosecuted for a death related crime, you are going up against the most well-funded and experienced team of investigators and prosecutors. Your defense team will need to be up to the task. At Cronkright Law, our team has decades of experience defending people facing daunting challenges in court. We have successfully defended numerous life offense felony charges for our clients. Contact us for your initial consultation.
Michigan Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
Under Michigan Statutes and Common Law, crimes which involve death of a victim include:
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Negligent Homicide
- OWI causing death
- DWLS causing death
- Child Abuse 1st degree (death not a necessary element)
- Delivery of Schedule 1 or 2 Controlled Substance causing death
The defense of a serious felony requires the assistance of an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney willing to assist a defendant facing very steep penalties if convicted and an often-overwhelming amount of evidence. This is not a job for a timid or lightweight attorney. When selecting an attorney for a person facing mandatory life, or “life or any term of years”, you need to carefully assess the courtroom skill, competence, legal knowledge and savvy of the lawyer before you commit. The first and best opportunity to defend a case is at the pre-trial and trial level because the vast majority of appeals fail. If you have a case heading for trial, make sure you have the best possible defense attorney at your side.
Creating a Criminal Defense Team
Creating a good criminal defense team means a lot more than hiring a good attorney. Believe it or not, the pivotal components of a good defense often are related to the client and the client support group as much as the attorney. We choose to work with clients who are willing to get heavily involved in their own defense. We love to work with support groups, especially close family members willing and able to help. A good defense is almost always a group project. We believe that good attorneys work without letting their egos and pride get in the way. We spend a lot of time listening to our clients. At the same time, we recognize that we have experience, knowledge and expertise that our clients may not possess. The task is to bring our knowledge, skill and expertise together with the client’s knowledge of the facts and other valuable contributions in order to develop a defense that works. This can be a lot of work, but it is what our clients need and deserve. If you are ready to form a defense team for yourself or a loved one, contact us for an initial phone screening with one of our attorneys.