State Criminal Defense

state-criminal-defense-lansing-michigan-lucas-dillonThe Law Office of Lucas X. Dillon is here to provide the most thorough and aggressive defense for you. We offer defense services for a range of criminal charges such as Driving under the Influences (DUI) to aggravated assault, blue collar crimes to murder. Attorney Lucas X. Dillon has experience fighting for individuals in his past and he intends to use everything he has learned through his experience to fight for you.

We have provided a list of Michigan felonies. If you have been charged with any of these crimes or believe that you will be charged in the near future, we highly recommend seeking our counsel. No one should have to fight for their freedom alone.

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

While you may think of guns and knives when you hear the term weapon, you can be charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for virtually any item depending on the manner in which the prosecutor alleges it was used. This could include a bottle, a broom, or even your foot.

Assault/Resist/Obstruct a Police Officer

These charges are often referred to as disrespecting a cop or making a cop mad because of the frequency with which officers will make an allegation when everything doesn’t go their way.

Breaking and Entering (Home/Vehicle)

Breaking and entering charges are often treated as violent crimes even when no other people were present. Often, a misinterpretation of the circumstances is involved or the accused’s actual actions warranted only minor charges.

Carrying a Concealed Weapon

It’s easy for even an experienced and cautious concealed weapon permit holder to accidentally violate concealed weapons laws. Violations are often technical in nature, and unlawful search and seizure issues frequently arise in any arrest.

Criminal Sexual Conduct (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degree)

Sex crime charges can result in up to lifetime registration as a sex offender, being limited in where you can live, and being barred from many types of employment. Often, these crimes are overcharged due to moral outrage that a “sex crime” was committed without any regard to what actually happened.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is almost always a matter of “he said, she said,” but the police will almost always feel obligated to arrest at least one person. Because of this, mistakes are all too common.

Embezzlement

Embezzlement is the alleged criminal mishandling of funds under a person’s care. The prosecution has a burden to prove not just that money was mishandled but that there was some sort of fraudulent or otherwise criminal intent.

Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Convicted sex offenders are required to register upon conviction or release from prison, and they must promptly notify authorities if they move. Missing a deadline by just a few hours can result in prosecutors trying to bring felony charges.

Falsely Reporting a Felony

It is a crime to falsely report a crime. Often, someone who has been accused of a crime will attempt to seek revenge on their accuser by claiming the accusation was made falsely.

Felon in Possession of Firearm

Felons who have not had their civil rights fully restored are prohibited from being in possession of a firearm. Charges may also be brought if they are in the same vehicle or residence as someone else’s firearm.

Fleeing/Eluding

When someone does not instantly submit to their authority, police will often charge fleeing and eluding. These charges are frequently brought in situations where people did not realize the police were following them or were attempting to pull their car into a safer location.

Forgery

Forgery includes obvious acts such as falsifying a signature or counterfeiting art, but it can also include seemingly innocent acts such as duplicating a coupon or altering the date on a document.

Home Invasion

The penalties for a home invasion are far more severe than a burglary of an unoccupied residence. In many cases, prosecutors will seek these penalties when it is inappropriate such as in an argument between two people who knew each other at one person’s home.

Illegal Use of Financial Transaction Device

Financial transaction devices include credit cards, debit cards, and similar means of making payments or withdrawing money from an ATM. This charge may often be combined with charges such as larceny or burglary.

Larceny Building/Vehicle/Person

Larceny is the unlawful taking of another person’s property. It also includes using property if that use diminishes its condition. The severity of the charge depends on both the value of the property and where it was taken from.

Malicious Destruction Police/Fire Property

Destroying the property of a police or fire department is a felony. This charge will often be inappropriately brought if equipment was accidentally damaged during an emergency situation.

No-Account Checks

A no-account check is an account written knowing that the account the check is drawn on is either not active or does not have sufficient funds. Criminal charges may only be brought when there was an intent to defraud or cheat someone.

Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud

Controlled substances, including prescription drugs, are tightly regulated. Actions such as forging a prescription or using someone eles’s prescription may result in felony charges.

Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated

Michigan takes a tough stand against DWIs. In addition to criminal penalties, a conviction may result in loss of employment, a suspended license, and hefty insurance premium hikes.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

In many cases, possession of drug paraphernalia may be charged even when a person did not have narcotics in their possession and was not currently under the influence.

Possession of Drugs With the Intent to Deliver

If a person has large quantities of drugs, they will be presumed to have had the intent to sell or deliver the drugs regardless of their actual reason for holding them.

Possession of Illegal Drugs

Nearly all possession of drug arrests will raise concerns that the drugs were discovered as a result of an illegal search or seizure.

Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property

It is a crime to be in possession of stolen property even if it was someone else who committed the actual theft.

Refuse to Support Spouse or Children

Refusing to make spousal or child support payments as ordered by a court is a felony. It is not a crime to be unable to pay with proper documentation and notice to the court.

Unlawfully Driving Away Automobile

Unlawfully driving away an automobile includes both what’s commonly known as “grand theft auto” and temporarily driving a car without permission.

Uttering and Publishing

Uttering and publishing is the false making or alteration of documents such as deeds, bonds, and powers of attorney.

Welfare Fraud

Welfare fraud includes misrepresenting income, falsely claiming dependents, and other actions designed to receive payments to which one is not entitled.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are the lowest level of crimes you can be charged for in Michigan, but most can be penalized by up to 90 days in jail, and some may result in up to one year in jail.

We also have extensive experience defending those individuals involved in misdemeanor crimes. Misdemeanors are the lowest level of crimes you can be charged for in Michigan. Most misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

The Law Office of Lucas X. Dillon represents Michigan residents who have been accused of crimes in Eaton County, Clinton County, Ingham County, and Jackson County. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.