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Jeffrey Randa
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If you or someone you care about has been arrested…

They may have already been charged, or are still waiting to be charged with a crime, and may or may not be out of jail. You are looking to hire a lawyer, and have questions. If they are still in jail, you may not know how to get them out. You’re not sure what the charges mean or what the outcome will be. 

What happens at an arraignment? I have a warrant for my arrest; what should I do? You need some help and answers, and we are here to give them.

Choosing the Right Lawyer

Our initial consultations are free, confidential, and done right over the phone, during regular business hours. Most people are scared and nervous about their charge or upcoming case, and would prefer to have information sooner than later. 

If you’re looking to hire a lawyer for a case in the Metro-Detroit area, meaning in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or one of the surrounding counties, call us. We will spend the time with you to thoroughly answer your questions and tell you what we can do for you. We won’t make you come in for an appointment. In each and every case, you will know our exact fee, what we can do for you, and how your case will be handled.

Your call will be answered by a friendly staff member who will know what kinds of questions to ask you right from the start in order to learn exactly what the situation is. We’ll want to know, who was arrested (you, husband, boyfriend, brother, sister, son or daughter, etc.), when, and in what city. 

Our firm limits its criminal practice to the Metro-Detroit area, meaning Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and the surrounding counties. We deal with the same prosecutors and appear in the same courts, in front of the same Judges, day after day. 

It’s that kind of experience which allows us to give you an accurate picture of what will happen in your case.

Depending on the charge, your first appointment with us can take an hour or two. We’ll go over your situation in detail so that when you leave, you’ll know exactly what to expect next, and what we’ll be doing for you.

The Court Date

On your Court date, we’ll check in with the clerk, confer with you briefly, and then go meet with the prosecutor to discuss your case. In many misdemeanor cases (except DUI cases), we can successfully wrap everything up the first time so you won’t have to come back to court. 

If that can’t be done, you’ll at least walk out of court after that first date knowing almost exactly what to expect next time.

Felony cases are different, and can only be handled and finalized in the county circuit court. The first real court date (after the arraignment) in a felony case is called a probable cause conference, and is held in the local district court where the case has been brought. We’ll be right there with you, and will walk you through every step. 

You will never be left to feel alone, or uncertain.

Depending on the offense and where the case is being heard, it is sometimes possible for a felony charge to be reduced or “dropped” to a misdemeanor at the probable cause conference, meaning the whole thing gets wrapped up in the district court. 

Even if a felony charge doesn’t get dropped to a misdemeanor on the first court date, we’ll be able to give you a pretty good picture of how things look and what you can expect as the case continues.

Whether your case is a felony or misdemeanor, and whenever it’s wrapped up, the biggest concern anyone has is “What’s going to happen to me?” This question really means something like “What is the Judge going to do to me at sentencing? Am I going to go to jail? Will I get probation? How much are the fines and costs likely to be?”

It’s usually not very difficult for us to keep our clients out of jail. Whatever your situation, because of our experience and knowledge of the court’s where my team and I routinely practice, we can always give you a pretty accurate estimation of what other consequences you’re facing. 

Remember, we have one primary concern: to make the fallout from your charge as minimal as possible. That means to keep you out of jail and avoid as many of the legal penalties and negative consequences as possible.

This ability to know how things will work out is a key reason that we restrict our criminal and DUI practice to the local courts in the Metro-Detroit area. We know the Prosecutors, the Judges and the probation departments. We understand how they view things. My team and I know what they consider important.

Moreover, we know what doesn’t and wont fly with them, as well. We will guide you through their world carefully, so you don’t step on any “land mines,” so to speak.

Through this whole process, you will always find my team and I to be as friendly and helpful as we were on day one, when you first called. We talk the language of real people and explain things in a way that you can understand so that you can make an informed decisions and know what is really happening.

As your lawyer, we will protect your freedom and your interests throughout the case. Sometimes, that can involve interests you don’t even know you have: A person may be so happy to avoid jail or a lengthy term of probation, for example, that they’ll unwittingly accept a deal that screws up their future. This could leave them with a record that will prevent them from getting a job in a certain field. It could prevent him or her from owning a gun and being unable to go hunting next year. 

That’s no good. We will explain how the choices we make today can affect you (or not) weeks and months and years later, and help you decide what to do.

My team and I will make sure that you never find that what seemed like a good deal in the first place, wasn’t such a good deal after all. It might take more work and negotiating, but we will leave no stone unturned in order to make sure you end up with the best outcome possible.

If you are facing a criminal charge need to hire a lawyer, you owe it to yourself call our office and get answers right away.