No matter what charge or citation is brought against you, you deserve effective representation. You have many rights as a defendant. Our aggressive defense attorneys will fight to preserve and exercise your rights. Norman Yatooma and Associates has experienced criminal defense attorneys who know the courts and know how to handle your case from investigation to arraignment to the jury verdict and if necessary, the criminal appeals process.
Traffic Citations. For traffic citations, you have a limited window of time to contest your traffic ticket. Time is of the essence. Traffic citations can cost you money, insurance premiums, and sometimes even your license. Get the most aggressive attorneys to contest your citation. Red light cameras and speed radars are not infallible; they are just evidence. Our traffic attorneys have the scientific knowledge to dispute these machine readouts in court. Our attorneys can fight your red light ticket, speeding ticket, or any other traffic citation.
Criminal proceedings are a lengthy and stressful process; and you certainly have the right to effective counsel to help you through it. The steps in a criminal proceeding often include the following: investigation, indictment or preliminary hearing, arrest, arraignment, plea-bargaining, trial, sentencing, criminal appeal, and possibly re-trial.
Criminal or Civil Investigation. Sometimes federal and state crimes begin with a drawn-out intrusive investigation before any arrest is made. Sometimes you may be interviewed as a witness before the police or FBI decides to make you a suspect. If you believe that you may be at risk of criminal investigation, you should hire a defense attorney to advise you. Under the United States Constitution, you have Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure. You also have Fifth Amendment rights against coercive interrogation. Avoid accidentally waiving your rights when you interact with authorities. The criminal defense attorneys of Norman Yatooma and Associates can advise you on how to protect your rights. And if you are arrested, you will already have an attorney to call before police begin an interrogation.
Indictment, Preliminary Hearing, or Arraignment. The authorities may bring criminal proceedings against you either with an indictment from a grand jury or a charge and preliminary hearing. After you have been charged or indicted, you have the right to be represented by an attorney. At arraignment, you will be presented with the charges against you and will have a chance to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. You should contact our attorneys before a hearing or arraignment. During the legal proceedings, our attorneys will serve as your advocates and offer you ongoing support. We will fight to ensure you receive a fair hearing, challenge any evidence that is illegally obtained, and make certain that the strongest possible defense is presented on your behalf. Our attorneys only consider your best interests. If it is in your best interest, we will assist you in working with the prosecutor to obtain a plea bargain that is fair to you.
Jury or Bench Trial. At trial, our criminal defense attorneys will zealously advocate for you. We understand that your life, livelihood, and reputation are on the line. We strive to minimize the overwhelming aspect of the criminal process for you. We carefully investigate your case(s) to uncover both documents and physical evidence. We interview all parties involved, including the police; and we follow up on all promising leads. We bring witnesses, when appropriate, to testify on your behalf. We meticulously investigate and aggressively cross-examine any accusing witnesses at trial. Our attorneys know the key to success is diminishing the credibility of prosecution witnesses and bolstering your own. We present you with options to help you feel comfortable with your defense. Our skilled attorneys can argue before a jury or a judge. Our attorneys are tough negotiators who know how to talk to prosecutors. We negotiate to have your charges or sentence reduced wherever possible.
Criminal Appeal. Many adverse trial verdicts can be overturned or reduced on appeal. The issues on appeal can include an unfair ruling during trial, illegal evidence, improper jury instructions, errors in sentencing discretion, or any number of constitutional rights. If you feel your trial was unfair, our criminal appeal attorneys can help. Whether your trial was handled by our law firm or other counsel, Norman Yatooma and Associates can set the matter right. Our attorneys take appeals to state and federal circuit courts.
Medical Marihuana Act. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was passed by Michigan voters in 2008 and permits a qualifying patient to possess up to 2.5 ounces of useable marihuana and useable marihuana equivalents at one time. Patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, hepatitis C, nail patella, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures, and severe and persistent muscle spasms may qualify for a medical marihuana card. If you have been charged with a violation of the MMMA, our firm is dedicated to providing you with the best legal defense for all medical marihuana related charges.