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If you've been accused of a crime, call Attorney Michael Manning today to get the aggressive legal representation you deserve.

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In trouble with the law? We can help you!

If you have been arrested, you need an experienced local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to make sure your rights are respected and that your case is properly investigated by a lawyer.

For a criminal defense attorney who knows the law, knows the courts, and knows how to aggressively represent his clients, contact ManningLaw in Escanaba, MI. Our firm handles a wide range of criminal cases including all felonies and misdemeanors, traffic violations, drunk driving, license restoration and drug forfeitures. We also handle federal and tribal court criminal defense.

Felonies & Misdemeanors

In Michigan, a felony is defined as a crime for which the potential punishment carries greater than one year in county jail. Felonies can be capital in nature (i.e., life imprisonment), can carry a statutory maximum in prison (i.e., 10 years), or can function as a "high-court misdemeanor" (i.e., 2 year maximum). If you are charged with a felony, your case will begin with an arraignment. Then you are entitled to a preliminary examination, where the prosecutor is required to prove your guilt to send your case to trial. Attorney Manning has handled hundreds of preliminary examinations for virtually every felony charge imaginable, and would be glad to review your case to see if your case might be dismissed at this early stage. Our staff is dedicated to helping you through this stressful time.

In contrast, a misdemeanor is a crime for which the maximum punishment is one year in county jail. Put simply, misdemeanor offenses do not carry the threat of prison. They range from low-level misdemeanors (trespass, retail fraud) to crimes of violence (domestic violence, aggravated assault). Generally, you will either be arrested for a misdemeanor or sent a notice to appear at district court. On misdemeanor offenses, there is no preliminary examination, so many times the prosecution will proceed on the basis of the police report alone. This can be extraordinarily frustrating, especially if you believe the report is false or misleading. Your attorney may be the only person fighting for your position. If you have been sent a notice to appear, investigated or arrested for a misdemeanor, we will be glad to help.

In short, both felony and misdemeanor charges can take away your freedom, and can be expensive, stressful and embarrassing for you and your family. If you want to protect yourself and need someone who will stand up and fight, we will be glad to talk to you. We have the experience, desire and skill to handle your criminal charge. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, contact us today receive a free initial consultation.

Visit our office at 524 Ludington Street in Escanaba!

Call us today - 906-786-7224

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