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Criminal Defense

Facing a criminal charge in the State of Michigan is understandably an overwhelming time in your life. At DeMatteis & Ricciardello, PLLC, we are here to ensure you, that you are not alone. Our team is equipped with experience in the Michigan Criminal Courts and a genuine passion for criminal law. It is our goal to present your case to the prosecutor and jury to secure the best outcome for you. Whether that outcome is a dismissal, a not guilty verdict or another outcome that achieves your goals. The effect that a conviction can have on your life can be equally devastating. In Michigan, a criminal charge has severe consequences.

Drug Offenses

A potential drug charge in the State of Michigan, even if it is your first offense, should be taken very seriously. Depending on the type of drug in your possession and the amount determines what type of charge the prosecutor will bring against you. At DeMatteis & Ricciardello, our team is experienced in every drug case and understand the ways in which the prosecution will view your case. Our knowledge provides us the insight on how to prepare your defense strategy and diligently represent you throughout negotiations or at trial.
In the State of Michigan there are numerous drug offenses. The way in which the prosecution will charge your case depends on the type of drug and its drug schedule classification. All of the scheduled drugs carry a potential for jail time, driver’s license sanction, and a drug conviction on your record.

Operating While Intoxicated

If you have been arrested for Drunk Driving it is imperative that you act quickly. Insuring that your rights are protected is of the utmost importance. Do not immediately assume you are guilty. Being charged with a DUI is different than being convicted of a DUI. At DeMatteis & Ricciardello, our team is experienced in Drunk Driving defense. We know what evidence must be brought forward by the prosecution to obtain a conviction as well as strategies to attack their case.
There are numerous Drunk Driving charges in the State of Michigan. All of which carry a potential for jail time and significant license sanctions.

Traffic Violations

At some point during every driver’s life, they get a pulled over and receive a ticket. Most, upon receipt of a ticket, just pay the fine. Come to find out later, that ticket carried “points” which can create several driver’s licensing and insurance issues. Some traffic tickets in Michigan are Misdemeanors, depending on the offense. A Misdemeanor is a criminal offense and the penalties are more harsh than a simple traffic ticket.

In Michigan, a Criminal Charge has severe consequences

  • Jail or Prison
  • Probation
  • Punitive Fines and Court Costs
  • A permanent record
  • Inability to retain employment due to criminal record
  • Suspension or termination of professional license(s)
  • Potential immigration issues

Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor that you are facing, the attorneys at DeMatteis & Ricciardello, PLLC are committed to the defense and representation that you deserve. Our attorneys have the necessary experience with judges, prosecutors, and the Courts to successfully secure the best result and allow you to get back on the right track.

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Michigan Drug Charges Include

Schedule 1 and 2:

Drugs in the schedule 1 and 2 classification are substances that have no currently accepted medical use in the United State, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse. The drugs included in these classifications are Heroin, LSD (Acid), Marijuana, peyote, Methamphetamines, Ecstacy, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Meperidine, Oxycontin, Percocet, Fentaynl, Morphine, Opium, Codeine, and etc. Penalties for possession of a schedule 1 or 2 drug are:

Possession of Marijuana:

In Michigan in you are charged with possession of marijuana you will be facing a misdemeanor. The potential penalties include up to 1 year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Along with criminal penalties, a possession of marijuana conviction can result in your driver’s license being suspended, being ineligible for student loans, and problems with finding and maintaining employment.

Possession of Less than 25 Grams:

If you are charged with possession of less than 25 grams of a schedule 1 or 2 drug in Michigan, you have been charged with a felony. You need an experienced attorney to protect your rights so that this charge doesn’t remain a felony and appear on your criminal record. The potential penalties include up to 4 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25,000. Along with the criminal penalties, your driver’s license could be suspended, could become ineligible for student loans, as well as road blocks to finding and maintaining employment.

Possession of 25-50 Grams:

If you are charged with possession of 25 grams to 50 grams of a schedule 1 or 2 drug in Michigan, you have been charged with a felony. You need an experienced attorney to protect your rights so that this charge doesn’t remain a felony and appear on your criminal record. The potential penalties include up to 4 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25,000. Along with the criminal penalties, your driver’s license could be suspended, you could become ineligible for student loans, as well as road blocks to finding and maintaining employment.

Possession of 50-450 Grams:

If you are charged with possession of 50 grams to 450 grams of a schedule 1 or 2 drug in Michigan, you have been charged with a severe felony. You need an experienced team attorneys to protect your rights throughout the criminal justice process. The potential penalties include 20 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. Along with criminal penalties, your life can and will be effected negatively for the rest of your life, if convicted of a charge of this magnitude. An experienced attorney knows what to look for, so a diligent defense of your rights can be furthered, so in the end, you are able to get your life back on track.

Schedule 3 and 4

Substances in the schedule 3 or 4 classification have been accepted for medical use in the United States. Unlike that of the drugs listed above, schedule 3 and 4 drugs have a lower potential for abuse. Examples of schedule 3 & 4 narcotics include: Vicodin, Tylenol w/ Codeine, Suboxone, Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, and etc. Penalties for schedule 3 and 4 drugs include:

Possession of Schedule 3 or 4 Narcotic:

  • A felony conviction
  • Imprisonment for not more than 2 years
  • Drivers License Sanctions
  • A fine of not more than $2,000

If you are charged with possession of a schedule 3 or 4 drug in Michigan, you have been charged with a felony. You need an experienced attorney to protect your rights so that this charge doesn’t remain a felony and appear on your criminal record. The potential penalties include, up to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $2,000. Along with criminal penalties, your driver’s license could be suspended, you could become ineligible for student loans, as well as road block in finding and maintaining employment.

Dealing with the repercussions of Operating While Intoxicated

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI, DWI, OUI, DUI):

  • Potential 93 days in county jail and/or 360 hours of community service.
  • Fine of $100-$500 not including Court Costs and Probation Oversight.
  • Drivers license suspension for one month followed by five months of license restrictions
  • Six points on your driving record
  • Secretary of State Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 oer year for two consecutive years
  • Potential Vehicle Immobilization

Operating While Intoxicated as a Minor (Zero Tolerance OWI):

Zero Tolerance refers to the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of an individual operating a motor vehicle that is under the age of 21. If you are a minor and your BAC is above a .02 but below .08 you will be charged with a Zero Tolerance drunk driving offense. If you are under 21 and your BAC is over .08, you will be charged with a Drunk Driving charge the same as a person over 21. The potential penalties include:

  • Fines up to $250 not including Court Costs and Probation Oversight.
  • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Four points on your Secretary of State Driving Record.
  • Secretary of State Driver Responsibility Fee of $500 per year for two years.

Operating While Visibly Impaired

  • Potential 93 days in county jail and/or 360 hours of community service.
  • Fine up to $300 not including Court Costs and Probation Oversight.
  • License restrictions for 90 days (NO HARD SUSPENSION OF YOUR LICENSE).
  • Four points on your Secretary of State Driving Record.
  • Secretary of State Driver Responsibility Fee of $500 per year for two years.

    • Operating While Intoxicated with High BAC (Super Drunk)

      In 2010 the High BAC law, commonly referred to as Super Drunk, went into effect. This new law increased penalties for individuals charged with a Drunk Driving Offense where their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over a .17. Michigan Super Drunk Law imposes some very strict sanctions if convicted. It is imperative to be proactive and hire an attorney that knows how to protect your rights at all costs. The potential penalties include:

      • Potential 180 days in county jail and/or 360 hours of community service.
      • Fines of $200-$700 for 45 days followed by a year of license restrictions.
      • Vehicle immobilization.
      • Six points on your Secretary of State Driving Record.
      • Mandatory alcohol treatment of not less than one year.

Being charged with drunk driving in Michigan leaves many individuals feeling hopeless. At DeMatteis & Ricciardello our team of attorneys are experienced drunk driving lawyers and know how to protect your rights. There are many defenses and tactics that we employ when representing you on drunk driving matters. By exhausting all of the resources at our disposal we allow you to have peace of mind in knowing that your rights and future are being valiantly protected. We understand the personal attention that each drunk driving case demands and want you to know that you are not alone throughout the criminal justice process.

Let us make sure your Traffic Violation doesn't become Unmanageable

  • Jail
  • Suspension or Outright Revocation of your Michigan Drivers License
  • Points on your Michigan Drivers License
  • Higher Car Insurance
  • Staggering Fines and Court Costs

If you have been issued a traffic citation or charged with a criminal offense, representation by a diligent attorney can mean all the difference. At DeMatteis & Ricciardello, PLLC our attorneys fight until the best result is achieved. We are equipped to represent you in any court within the State of Michigan for your traffic violation, big or small, and can help get you back on the road with your driving record unaffected.