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  • Recent trends make even a first driving under the influence charge a more serious crime than in the past. Going to jail or losing your license is a matter of great importance.
  • Several factors could affect the outcome of your case:
  • Why were you stopped? 
  • Was there a crime, a civil infraction, or a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity? 
  • Where were you stopped? 
  • Were there any witnesses? 
  • Were there any passengers in your car?
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law DUI/OWI Lawyer at 248-550-0990. Your driving privileges, liberty, and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

Arson & Property Crimes
  • Arson occurs when a person willfully or maliciously burns, damages, or destroys by fire or explosive, one of the following: (1) An apartment or multi-unit structure, regardless of whether any of the units are occupied or not or whether you own it. (first-degree); (2) Real property that results in physical injury (first-degree); (3) A dwelling (second-degree); (4) A building (third-degree); (5) Personal property (third-degree/fourth-degree)—the degree of arson (third/fourth) is determined by the dollar value of the property and whether you have a prior conviction.
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law Arson Lawyer at 248-550-0990 Your liberty, and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

White Collar Crimes
  • White-collar crime charges pose significant threats to personal and professional reputations, with potential long-term consequences. This category of non-violent offenses includes public corruption, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, bribery, financial institution crimes, perjury, obstruction, environmental crime, and RICO violations, among others.
  • The impact of such charges extends beyond individuals, with the potential to destroy companies, deplete family life savings, and incur substantial losses for investors. Recognizing the gravity of these consequences, obtaining the guidance of an experienced white-collar crime attorney is paramount. Soka Law specializes in navigating the complexities of these charges, offering tailored defenses aligned with the evidence and specifics of each case.
  • If you face charges or are under investigation, prompt consultation with a Soka Law lawyer is vital. Delaying could jeopardize your freedom, reputation, and future. Our team is committed to protecting your interests, exploring avenues for reduced charges or dismissal based on the evidence and case particulars.
  • Don’t take any steps without calling Soka Law White Collar Lawyer at 248-550-0990. Your freedom, reputation, and future are at stake—don’t risk losing them.

Drug Charges
  • If you are charged with possession, you need someone on your side to tell your story and attend to your needs. Soka Law lawyers believe in fighting hard for your freedom and help minimize or drop charges.  
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law Drug Possession Lawyer at 248-550-0990 . Your liberty, reputation, and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

Traffic Violations
  • Did you know paying your traffic ticket without ever challenging it is equivalent to pleading guilty? Call Soka Law lawyers to help you fight for your rights and to protect your driving records. We can reduce the penalties or even eliminate them.
  • Before you take any steps or pay that ticket, call Soka Law Traffic Attorneys at 248-550-0990 . Do not fight that ticket alone, and risk having long-term damaging records on your driving history.

Marijuana Charges
  • In Michigan adult use marijuana is legal. However, you may still face criminal charges related to the use or possession of marijuana with possibly jail time. 
  • Before you take any steps or assume your charges will be dropped due to marijuana legalities in Michigan, call Soka Law Marijuana Attorneys at 248-550-0990 to avoid prison time and/or fines.

Sex Crimes
  • Getting charged with a sex crime can be damaging to your personal and professional reputation. Can you imagine getting convicted of a sex crime and potentially having to register on the sex offender registry? Never being able to chaperone you child’s field trip? You could spend years in prison and lose your reputation in the community. 
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law Sex Crimes Lawyer at 248-550-0990 . Your freedom, reputation, and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

Violent Crimes
  • What is a violent crime? Violent crimes in Michigan may include assault and battery, carjacking, domestic violence, aggravated assault, robbery, and murder.
  • What do I do if I am being investigated for a violent crime? If you are under investigation for a violent crime in Michigan, it is essential to secure an experienced LAWYER for pre-file representation to start developing your defense. 
  • What do I do if I was arrested for a violent crime? If you have been arrested on a violent crime charge, a criminal defense attorney will represent you throughout the entire process and vigorously defend you in either state or federal court. 
  • What do I do I was convicted and sentenced for a violent crime? If you have already been convicted, it is your right to consult an attorney to discuss post-conviction options and appeal services to work toward expunging your record or altering your sentence.
  • You may lose your reputation, freedom and lifelong relations if charged and/or convicted. 
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law Violent Crimes Lawyer at 248-550-0990 . Your freedom, reputation, and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

Theft Charges
  • What are theft crimes? Theft crimes are crimes that involve the unauthorized taking of the property of another person with the intent to deprive them of it permanently. Michigan laws classify theft crimes as misdemeanor, and felony larceny and retail fraud.
  • What are theft crimes that result in a larceny misdemeanor charge? Michigan classifies misdemeanor larceny into two classifications: 
  • Larceny Misdemeanor: 
  • Value less than $200. A person who steals property worth less than $200 commits a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days’ jail time and a $500 fine. If the person has a prior theft conviction, the penalty bumps up to the next misdemeanor level (one year’s jail time and a $2,000 fine).
  • Value of $200 to $1,000. Stealing property valued at $200 or more but less than $1,000 carries misdemeanor penalties of up to one year’s jail time and a $2,000 fine. If the person has a prior theft conviction, the person faces a five-year felony sentence.
  • Felony Larceny 
  • For larceny involving more than $1,000 or certain property, two felony-level penalties exist:
  • Value of $1,000 to $20,000; certain property. A person commits a felony by stealing property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. A judge may impose a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Regardless of value, stealing a firearm or certain parts from a vehicle is also punishable at this felony level. For a person with a record of two or more prior theft convictions involving $200 or more, the person can face a 10-year felony sentence.
  • Value of $20,000 or more. The highest felony level for larceny involves stealing property worth $20,000 or more. A person convicted under this section faces 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Taking property, of any amount, from a person also constitutes a 10-year felony. 
  • (Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.356, .357, .357b, .413 (2020).)
  • In Michigan, a judge can order a fine up to three times the value of the property.
  • Retail Fraud: Criminal and Civil Punishments
  •  Michigan allows both criminal and civil penalties for shoplifting-related offenses. The law in Michigan prohibits:
  • stealing or concealing merchandise with the intent of not paying for it.
  • switching containers, labels, or price tags with the intent of not paying the full retail value for the merchandise, or
  • fraudulently obtaining or attempting to obtain money or property as a refund or exchange.
  • Criminal Punishment 
  • Depending on the value of the merchandise or the difference in price if the offender misrepresented the price, Michigan divides retail fraud offenses into three degrees: Like larceny offenses, a judge could order a fine up to three times the value of the property. 
  • Third-degree retail fraud-misdemeanor. Third-degree retail fraud is a misdemeanor offense and carries the same penalties as larceny. A person commits third-degree retail fraud when the value or price difference is less than $200. A conviction can result in up to 93 days of jail time and a $500 fine. The offense increases to second-degree retail fraud if you have a prior retail fraud or larceny conviction.
  • Second-degree retail fraud-misdemeanor. Second-degree retail fraud occurs when the offense involves merchandise with a value or price difference of $200 or more but less than $1,000. The offender faces a misdemeanor penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. A second-degree retail fraud can be charged as first-degree if you have a prior retail fraud or larceny conviction.
  • First-degree retail fraud-felony. A person commits first-degree retail fraud if the offense involves merchandise or a price difference of more than $1,000. If convicted for first-degree retail fraud, you may face up to a five-year of prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.
  • Theft detection devices-misdemeanor. Michigan also makes it a separate crime to make, sell, distribute, or possess a laminated or coated bag or another device with the intent of avoiding or deactivating a retail establishment’s theft-detection devices. If you are charged with this crime, you may face a misdemeanor penalty of one year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Subsequent offenses can be punished as a felony, and you may be facing up to four years in prison or a $4,000 fine.
  • (Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.356c, .356d, .360a (2020).)
  • Civil Fines 
  • In addition to criminal charges, if you are charged for retail fraud crime, you can also face civil penalties if the store owner decides to bring an action in civil court. A store owner can recover from you or your parents, if you are a minor under the age of 18 the following:
  • the full retail price of the stolen property if it is not returned or returned in a condition in which it can be resold, and
  • civil damages of up to ten times the retail price of the property, up to a maximum of $200.
  • (Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.2953 (2020).)
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka LawTheft Crimes Lawyer at 248-550-0990 . Your freedom, reputation, finances and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

Gun Charges
  • Are you being investigated or charged for a crime that involves a weapon? If you answer yes, then is likely going to receive special attention from both the prosecutor and the judge because of the potential for injury or loss of life. Prosecutors will often-times take a very aggressive approach both to the charges issued and in seeking incarceration in areas with high levels of gun violence.
  • Once a weapon is introduced into a criminal context it can result in a more serious charges against you than had a weapon not been involved. For example, if you are being charged with a misdemeanor assault and battery, the charge can be aggravated to felonious assault because you may have used or threatened to use a ‘dangerous weapon.’ That means you may go from facing a 93-day misdemeanor to a four year felony.
  • What are the consequences of possessing aa firearm while committing a felony? Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony can result in a felony firearm charge. If you are convicted with a felony firearm, you may face a mandatory 2-year prison term served consecutive to the other underlying felony. In their zeal to prosecute gun charges, prosecutors frequently tack on a felony firearm charge to increase the potential prison time faced by a defendant.
  • Michigan Carrying a Concealed Weapon (‘CCW’)
  • Under Michigan law it is illegal to carry either a ‘dangerous weapon’ or a firearm concealed on or about your person or in a vehicle (concealed or otherwise) unless licensed to do so. If you are charged with carrying a concealed weapon crime, it is a felony, and you may face up to 5 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
  • Michigan does have a concealed pistol license (‘CPL’) law that allows individuals to carry a firearm if they meet the statutory requirements. However, an individual licensed to carry a concealed pistol is prohibited from possessing a concealed pistol on their person or motor vehicle while they have any bodily alcohol content of 0.02 bodily alcohol content [BAC] or above, or a controlled substance. Violations can result in a civil infraction and/or a misdemeanor charge and loss of your CPL.
  • It is also felony to manufacture, distribute, sell, or possess certain weapons including short-barreled shotguns and rifles, armor-piercing ammunition, silencers, brass knuckles and bombs.
  • Before you take any steps, call Soka Law Gun Crimes Lawyer at 248-550-0990 . Your freedom, finances and future are on the line, do not risk losing them.

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