View Our Practice Areas

Criminal Defense Law

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been arrested for a crime, some of the potential consequences are more serious than others. While most people are concerned about whether they spend time in jail or pay significant fines, others are concerned about the possibility of carrying a permanent criminal.

At the law firm of McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane in Grand Rapids, our lawyers are experienced in defending people charged with all types of crimes, including:

  • Drunk driving
  • Drug charges
  • Domestic violence
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Burglary and robbery
  • Assault and battery
  • Break and entering
  • Home invasion
  • Credit card fraud
  • White collar crimes such as credit card fraud
  • Embezzlement

If you have been arrested for any crime, you should seek immediate legal help. You should never confess to police or plead guilty to a crime without having spoken with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

In this economic environment, good jobs are hard to come by. It is even more difficult to secure employment with a criminal conviction on your permanent record. Employers frequently utilize background checks as part of their hiring process. Likewise, background checks may impact your ability to rent an apartment, obtain a mortgage or secure insurance. If you have a past criminal conviction, lawyers at McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane may be able to clear your record through the expungement process.

First-time offenders between the ages of 17 and 21 may be eligible for diversionary treatment under Michigan's Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA). Many Michigan courts will allow youthful offenders the opportunity for HYTA treatment. The HYTA allows a court to take one's plea under advisement. The individual is then placed on probation, If the conditions of probation are successfully complied with, the criminal charges will be dismissed and a judgment of conviction will not be entered on your permanent record. Attorneys at McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane have handled numerous HYTA cases and are prepared to consider yours.

Free Attorney Consultation

To discuss your criminal defense case with a lawyer at McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane, call 616-426-9609 or fill out the contact form on this site. From our office in Grand Rapids, we represent clients throughout Michigan.