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Assault, Domestic Violence, Home Invasion, Weapons Charges, Sex Crimes

Violent crimes and crimes involving weapons are treated very seriously by Michigan prosecutors. Conviction can result in prison time. A sex crime conviction can result in 25 years or lifetime reporting requirements. If you have been charged with a violent felony, you need a trial lawyer who will fight for you.  At the Toivonen Law Office we handle cases where people are charged with violent crimes.  We have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights. If you have been arrested or have received an arrest warrant, call us.  If you are not sure if a warrant has been arrested, we can check for you.  Above all else, say nothing to the police. Speak to us first.

For a free initial consultation, call (517)402-5229

Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter

The claim that a Defendant has taken the life of another person is the most serious accusation in our society.  First Degree Murder carries a life sentence in Michigan. Second Degree Murder can put someone in prison for decades. Even a manslaughter conviction can result in prison time. What many people do not know is that behavior that was not meant to cause death can result in a felony conviction.  A drunk driver can commit manslaughter with the possible result a 15 year prison sentence.  If you have been charged with any serious violent offense or even suspect that you are under investigation, call us.  There are many steps in a homicide case. We will be there with you every step of the way.

Assault and Stalking

Assault cases are fact intensive. While you have been charged, it does not mean that you are guilty. In most cases we demand a preliminary examination to protect your rights.  Criminal Defense Attorney John Toivonen uses all his skill to prepare for court. He interviews witnesses, and gather all of the available evidence.  Attorney Toivonen’s skill in the courtroom has led to dismissals with the client walking out the door a free man or woman. He has won dismissals on assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, interference with electronic communication device, witness intimidation, assault case where a child allegedly witnessed the assault, and personal protection order violations.

Home Invasion

A conviction for Home Invasion 1st Degree carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Because the penalties are so severe, when you are facing a home invasion charge you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. We know that is crucial to cross-examine hostile witnesses in the relentless pursuit of your interests.  Attorney Toivonen’s courtroom experience allows him to read the subtle nuances of police witnesses and complaining witnesses.

Weapons Charges

Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony carries a harsh penalty. Upon conviction, a felon will receive an automatic 2 years in prison. This is in addition to time for other charges. But this requires a conviction. When we force the prosecutor to clear every hurdle, he finds that it is one tough race. While being charged with illegal possession of a firearm is a serious charge, the person who has been charged can be innocent.  In some cases the gun is the property of someone other than the Defendant. In other cases the Defendant did not know that the gun was in the car. We investigate to determine if there is an innocent reason for the gun being near a citizen. We investigate all of the facts. When appropriate, we force the police officers to take the stand to determine if their stories are credible.

Sex Crimes

Because a sex crime conviction can place a person on the sex offender registry for 25 years or life, fighting the charge from day one is crucial.  We start by examining the physical evidence to determine if the prosecution has a viable case. We assess the credibility of witnesses, and will hold a complaining witness accountable on the witness stand. Not all people who claim to be victims are actually victims. Many have other reasons for claiming that they were assaulted. Many acquaintance rape cases involve a long-existing relationship. We root out these crucial details and shine a light on the facts so that we can protect your rights.

For a free initial consultation, call (517)402-5229

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