Oliver Law Group Defends Clients throughout Michigan & Nationwide
Being accused of a crime can derail your entire life. Depending on the seriousness of the charge, you could be faced with probation, fines, or even prison time. You may have your driver's license revoked, lose your job, or have to register as a sex offender. In short, you need a good attorney to help you face those charges.
At Oliver Law Group P.C., we make criminal defense a cornerstone of our practice. Our firm's founder, Alyson Oliver, is a highly regarded criminal defense lawyer with years of trial experience and a 90% win rate. We understand the intricacies of the courts in Oakland County and we are committed to fighting for your legal rights and pushing for dismissal or a not guilty verdict at trial. We have experience defending clients facing charges in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills as well as courts throughout the region.
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What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?
It’s important to remember that if you’ve been arrested, you have rights that need to be read to you if authorities want to question you and use your answers as evidence at trial. Known as the Miranda warning, if these rights aren’t read to you before questioning, authorities are not allowed to use anything you might say as evidence.
Your rights consist of:
- The right to remain silent
- Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law
- The right to consult with a lawyer and have the lawyer present during questioning
- If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you
- If you choose to speak with the police officer, you have the right to stop the interview at any time
Until you have a chance to hire a criminal defense lawyer, it’s recommended that you remain silent. While authorities can legally question you, you can legally say “I claim my Miranda rights” and then refuse to speak. Answering a question can cause you to say something you may regret.
How Does an Arrested Person Obtain Freedom?
After an arrest, the only way for an individual to obtain freedom is if the government dismisses charges against them, or if the individual abides by the legal procedures needed.
Legal procedures suspects can follow to achieve freedom include:
- Being released on bail
- Being released based on recognizance (known as “release O.R.”)
- Proving innocence with the help of a lawyer
- Entering a plea bargain that allows release from custody
A plea bargain is an agreement between the defendant and prosecutor in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for having one or more charges dropped, having an offense reduced, or being recommended for a specific sentence to the judge. Many individuals feel compelled to take plea bargains due to the amount of time criminal trials take, as well as their unpredictability.
More than 90% of convictions come from negotiated pleas, resulting in less than 10% of criminal cases that go to trial. Many states have specific rules that dictate how plea bargains should be arranged and accepted by the court.