The criminal defense attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain specialize in providing quality advice, representation and litigation support for a wide range of practice areas for criminal charges from white collar crime and health care fraud to murder, tax evasion and sex crimes.
When you or someone you care about is charged with a crime, it is vital to enlist the legal support of experienced and proven attorneys who know the law and the court system — and how to navigate the legal process effectively.
Our firm offers quality legal counsel for numerous practices areas, including:
White Collar Crime
The term white collar crime describes crimes that typically do not involve violence and often involve money. The effective criminal defense of these charges can be complex and often requires familiarity with other areas of expertise, such as accounting, banking or medicine.
In terms of the penalties and consequences of conviction, however, these crimes can be just as serious, if not more, than other more common crimes. Learn more about white collar crime here.
Health Care Fraud
As the cost of health care rises and the political debate over it increases, state and federal government investigations into allegations of fraud and abuse have become more aggressive. If you are under investigation for or accused of health care fraud, it is essential that you protect your rights from overzealous criminal investigators and prosecutors.
Tax evasion and tax fraud offenses typically involve the non-reporting or under-reporting of income, sales, payroll and other taxes, as well as offenses stemming from tax returns. Both the state and federal government aggressively uses criminal law to enforce tax violations — while also seeking visibility to deter taxpayers from cheating.
Representation of a client accused of a tax crime involves a high degree of sophistication and attention to detail, which the tax crime attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain are uniquely qualified to provide. Learn more about tax evasion here.
Sex Crimes & Pornography Offenses
If you or a loved one has been implicated in a violent sexual offense, your most fundamental rights are at serious risk. Police investigations into such crimes are typically conducted quickly and often involve the gathering — by all possible means — of emotionally compelling evidence. This is particularly true in cases of sex crimes, also referred to as criminal sexual conduct in Michigan.
Moreover, in the case of sex crimes and pornography offenses, false allegations are not uncommon, and certain types of convictions can result in mandatory registration as a sex offender, a punishment often more severe than the conviction itself. Learn more about sex crimes and pornography offenses here.
Fraud & Embezzlement
The government is vigilant in prosecuting frauds against government programs as well as schemes perpetrated against members of the public. Fraud against government programs can take a variety of forms, including program fraud, embezzlement, false statements to government entities, contract fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud.
Frauds against members of the public also vary, and they include investment fraud schemes, bank fraud, credit union fraud, money laundering and securities fraud.
Criminal investigations of drug crimes involve a variety of aggressive investigative techniques, including the use of search warrants, grand jury subpoenas, forfeitures and wiretaps. Investigating agents and officers move quickly, often giving those charged with drug related crimes little time to make critical decisions.
The drug crime defense attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain have years of combined legal experience handling all sorts of drug crime charges, including the rapidly changing medical marijuana regulations — and numerous other controlled substance violations. Learn more about drug crimes here.
OWI, DUI & Drunk Driving Offenses
Commonly referred to as drunk driving or DUI, operating while intoxicated (OWI) comes in many varieties in Michigan. Each separate OWI offense carries with it a criminal penalty and a driver’s license sanction from the Michigan Secretary of State.
Defending a drunk driving offense may feel hopeless, but it is not. The experienced OWI attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain will closely examine potential Constitutional violations or the misapplication of field sobriety testing by the arresting officer to determine what, if any, defenses are available. Learn more about drunk driving and OWI here.
Violent crimes, by definition, typically involve serious physical injury to the person or property of another individual. Because of their nature, they are among the most vigorously prosecuted cases — requiring a defense strategy based on an aggressive and thorough approach. The experienced attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain have earned the respect needed in federal and state courts to handle these cases effectively.
Our firm can represent clients for a wide range of violent crimes, including arson, assault and battery, bank robbery, domestic abuse, weapons offenses, murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, armed and unarmed robbery and ethnic intimidation. Learn more about violent crimes here.
In cases where time has passed since an unsatisfactory trial, plea or sentencing hearing, there may still be an opportunity to raise legal issues even if an appeal can no longer be pursued. Such challenges take various forms and are often described as collateral review or post conviction relief.
If you are dissatisfied with your conviction or your sentence — you should discuss your concerns with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Willey & Chamberlain to determine whether there is any legal basis for a challenge. Learn more about appeals and post conviction here.
Criminal defendants who are not United States citizens can suffer adverse immigration consequences as a result of the criminal case against them. Non-citizen criminal defendants can be subject to removal due to convictions for even the most minor criminal offenses. In addition, even mere admissions of certain types of criminal behavior can negatively affect the immigration status of non-citizens.
Criminal convictions can make a non-citizen, even a long-time permanent resident, removable from the United States — meaning that person can be expelled from the country. Criminal convictions or admissions of criminal activity can also make a person inadmissible to the United States. Learn more about immigration consequences here.
Warrants & Bail Bonds
If a warrant for your arrest has been issued — regardless of what you may think of the allegations — contact an experienced attorney immediately. How you handle the initial stages of your case is critical. Moreover, arresting officers are likely to ask you questions, and you should consider first talking to a lawyer.
When a criminal charge is filed, the court also issues an arrest warrant. The arrest could lead to the person’s continued detention pending trial, so often the lawyer’s first challenge is to get the client released on bond. A bond is an agreement for release on conditions, designed to serve two general purposes — ensure the person’s continued appearance in court and the safety of the community by placing conditions on the defendant. Learn more about warrants and bonds here.
For more information about how to handle your case, or to learn more about the experienced and trusted criminal defense attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain, contact us here or call our office directly at 616.458.2212.