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Detroit Defense Attorney Gets Home Invasion Dismissed

Home Invasion Attorney Gets 20 Year Felony Dismissed

This week, in the Wayne County Circuit Court, Detroit defense attorney Chris Kessel of Nessel & Kessel Law achieved another significant legal victory.  Our client was charged with Home Invasion – First Degree, Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile (UDAA), and misdemeanor Domestic Violence.  The Home Invasion charge carries a maximum 20 year prison sentence, while the Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.  Generally, when a defendant is sentenced on two or more crimes at the same time, the sentences will run “concurrent”; meaning that both sentences will be run at the same time.  However, because of the state of the law in Michigan, if a defendant is convicted of Home Invasion and another crime, the sentences will run consecutive; meaning a defendant will have to serve their sentence on the Home Invasion THEN serve their sentence on the other crime.

Our client was scheduled for a preliminary exam at the Hamtramck District Court.  After lengthy and considerable negotiations involving the prosecutor and the complainant in the case, Chris Kessel was able to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss both of the felony charges, allowing our client to plead to the misdemeanor count of Domestic Violence, and walk away with a short term of probation.  Not only will the client be free of a felony on his record, but he will be eligible for an expungement in the near future.

It’s not always the loudest and most brash attorney that gets the best results.  At Nessel & Kessel Law, we have taken the time to cultivate and grow our relationships with prosecutors and judges.  These relationships are what allow prosecutors and judges to trust us and listen when we explain how and why charges should be dismissed.  These relationships are what make us the top criminal defense attorneys in Michigan.

If you or a friend or family member has been charged with a crime, or you believe that you will be charged with a crime, trust the attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law to help you through this trying time.  When you need the top Michigan criminal defense lawyer, you need Nessel and Kessel Law.  Contact us today for a free consultation.


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