Criminal Defense Attorneys in Lansing, Michigan
Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC420 South Waverly Road
Lansing, Michigan 48917
Contact Mr. Charles Kronzek
Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONKronzek & Cronkright is a Lansing, Michigan based law firm that prides on its excellent litigation skills that are used in defense of its clients.
We are a law firm that prides itself on making our attorneys completely available to its clients, whether it is through our 24 hour a day monitored phone lines, the capability for you to email your attorney on their personal email addresses, and the flexible hours that our offices are open, you will always feel that you are a priority at Kronzek and Cronkright.
At Kronzek & Cronkright, we offer a free 30-minute consultation, in which we work with you to determine if our firm and your case are a good fit for both parties involved. If we do not think you have a case, or if you do not feel comfortable with our attorneys, at the end of this initial consultation you can choose to look for other representation at no cost to you!
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Firearm Charges; Home Invasion; Medical Marijuana; Miranda Developments; Probation Violations; Protection Orders; Searches; Sentencing; Sexting; Conspiracy; Counterfeiting; False Pretenses; Forgery; Larceny; Tax Evasion; Insanity Defenses; The "Diminished Capacity" Defense.
Areas of Law Description
Our practice includes:
- Assault Charges
In Michigan assaultive crimes range from simple assault to assault with intent to commit murder. Simple assault, Domestic assault and Aggravated assault are examples of misdemeanor cases, which are handled at the District Court level. Felonious assault (Assault with a deadly weapon), assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder (Assault GBH) and assault with intent to commit murder are examples of the more serious felony class of assaults.
Under Michigan law, burglary, or "breaking and entering," means entering a building or remaining in a building with intent to commit a crime - - not necessarily a theft - - inside the building. If the building being entered is a residence (or "dwelling"), the charge is for residential burglary. If the building is a place of business, the charge is for commercial burglary.
- Child Abuse and Neglect
Under Michigan Law there are several different degrees of Child abuse and neglect all carrying substantial criminal penalties. You can be charged with Child abuse and neglect for intentional, knowing, willful, negligent and reckless acts. The vast majority of lawyers who handle these cases are court-appointed attorneys who are terrified of CPS and do not adequately protect the rights of their clients. At Kronzek & Cronkright, we're not afraid of Children's Protective Services. Our attorneys have a track record of success in CPS cases, and we are prepared to stand firm and protect your rights.
- Computer Crimes
In the past two decades, the widespread use of computers and the internet has spawned a proliferation of computer-based crime. In reaction to this, several pieces of legislation, including Michigan's Identity Theft Protection Act of 2004 as well as child-protection laws, have been enacted. Not only can a conviction of computer charges result in severe fines and jail / prison time, but also significant damage to your reputation.
- Domestic Assault
When we hear the words “domestic assault,” a certain picture comes to mind that includes a drunken man punching his wife. However, the truth about domestic assault is that this crime is much broader than that.
- Drug Charges
Drug crimes cover a wide range of criminal offenses involving controlled substances ranging from misdemeanors such as simple possession, to felonies such as trafficking (sale of drugs). The penalties for possession, use, sale, trafficking and manufacture crimes likewise range from a minimal fine or probation to a life sentence. A simple drug possession conviction in Michigan may result in court-ordered drug treatment and for more serious crimes probation may sometimes be available to first-time offenders. On the other hand, although more serious offenses typically result in harsher penalties, even less serious charges (such as possession or use) may have severe consequences, especially if the charged activity involves firearms activity near "protected zones" (like schools and parks), minors, a probation violation, or a prior conviction.
- Drunk Driving
When dealing with drunk driving charges, it is amazing how much information can be obtained by an industrious and tenacious attorney who is willing to give your case the attention it deserves. Until every aspect of your case is carefully reviewed it is not possible to accurately determine how strong your defenses are. Many attorneys simply rely on a police report from a biased police officer to assess the case. You will not know what a skilled trial lawyer can do for you unless you have one working for you.
Michigan law allows for the deletion of all or part of the criminal record of certain criminal offenders. This is called a Motion to Set Aside a Conviction. There are strict requirements that a person must meet in order to be granted such an expungement.
- Firearm Charges
Under Michigan law, the illegal use of a firearm or other weapon can result in very harsh penalties. For example, a felony firearms conviction carries a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence if it is your first offense and a mandatory five-year minimum prison sentence if it is your second offense. In addition, even if you possess a firearm or other weapon legally, if you use that firearm or weapon in the commission of a felony crime your potential punishment will be greater under Michigan law. In addition, a sentence for felony firearm MUST be served consecutive to any other sentence. This means that the more common concurrent sentencing cannot apply to felony firearm charges. Judges are not permitted to impose sentences less than the minimum required sentences above. Therefore, if you are under investigation or arrest for any activity related to a firearm or weapon, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced team of criminal defense attorneys immediately.
Homicide is the killing of one person by another. There are a variety of homicide charges used in Michigan, such as First Degree murder, Second Degree Murder, and Manslaughter. All homicide charges require a thorough, effective, competent and aggressive defense team. However, it is possible in some instances to charge a defendant under the federal murder statute, which in some cases allows for the death penalty.
- Juvenile Charges
Juvenile criminal charges are those brought against a minor who is less than 17 years old. If your child is facing juvenile charges for any crime--referred to under Michigan law as a "delinquency action"--you need a persistent, knowledgeable team of expert, juvenile attorneys on your side. Juvenile criminal charges are in many ways just as serious as charges against an adult. In addition, while defendants in juvenile court enjoy some advantages over adult defendants in criminal court, they also are exposed to potential hazards that adults do not have to consider.
- Motor Vehicle Charges
Under Michigan law, there are two distinct types of traffic violations. The first type is a civil infraction. Civil infractions are violations of local or state traffic laws that carry no potential jail or prison time as part of the maximum potential sentence. For example, a regular, run-of-the-mill speeding ticket is a civil infraction. The maximum penalties include the payment of fines and points added to a driver’s license, but not imprisonment.
- Sex Crimes
In Michigan, rape or sexual assault crimes are generally called criminal sexual conduct or CSC. These charges range between first and fourth degree. This is an area of the law where false allegations, distortions, and witness manipulation often affect the results of the case, especially with charges involving minors. One form of Criminal Sexual Conduct charge is what is commonly referred to as 'statutory rape'. This is the situation where the sexual encounter involves a person who is less than 16 years of age and therefore not legally able to give consent. Statutory rape charges are no less serious than any other rape charge and need to be handled correctly. Let our experienced attorneys protect your name.
- Theft Charges
Retail Fraud, commonly known as "shoplifting," is a major concern for retailers and law enforcement agencies. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), retailers lose more than $13 billion dollars of stolen merchandise each year. That adds up to $35 million dollar in stolen merchandise each day. So when retailers post signs that say, "Shoplifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," they mean it. Theft crimes are important to all stores. If you are accused of retail fraud, do not speak to store security personnel or the police.
- White Collar Charges
White collar crime refers to non-violent activity that is usually business related. Typically the activity centers on dishonesty; for example, embezzlement, fraud, and conspiracy are common white collar crimes. People charged with white collar crimes usually act as agents of a business or organization though sometimes they are acting independently, and white collar offenses typically relate to a breach of trust.
- Probation Violations
According to Michigan law, probation is not a right, but a privilege. It is a "form of leniency" that allows a convicted criminal to remain in (or re-enter) society. A defendant may be sentenced only to probation or probation may be granted after some jail time has been completed. Defendant’s that are placed on probation are supervised by a probation officer (also called a field agent.”) The probation officer is an employee of the prison system - - the Michigan Department of Corrections.
- Personal Protection Orders
A Personal Protection Order or PPO constitutes a civil action between citizens; however, a person in violation of a PPO is subject to criminal penalties, including arrest without warrant. The parties involved in a PPO action are called petitioner and respondent. The petitioner is the party seeking the protection of the PPO and the respondent is the party against whom the PPO is sought.
- Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the time period during which a person who has committed a crime can be charged with having committed that crime in a Michigan court of law. Often in the state of Michigan, this time limit is 6 years. This usually allows the Prosecuting Attorney to charge you with a crime for up to 6 years after the offense took place.
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