In some cases, a “win” is a not guilty verdict at the end of a hard fought trial. In other cases, finding a way to avoid trial and still make your client happy is what’s best for all parties involved. In a case this week, while there was no trial, there was definitely a win for our client. Originally, our client was charged with two felonies: breaking and entering a building and malicious destruction of property – greater than $20,000. Each of these charges carries up to 10 years in the Michigan department of corrections, as well as thousands of dollars in fines. Our client has a wife and a young son, so even a jail sentence was not an option.
Thankfully, our client had hired two of Michigan’s top criminal defense attorneys. After having multiple meetings with the special prosecutor out of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, we were able to have both felony counts reduced to misdemeanors. Not only that, but we were able to lock in a sentence of probation, meaning our client wouldn’t have a spend a single night away from his family. However, this plea had another positive note to it. By only having two misdemeanors on his record, out client will be eligible to have his convictions set aside (expungement) after his probation is complete.
Chris Kessel is an expert in expungements and wanted to make sure that when this process is over, his client will have a clean record. In Michigan, a person may have two misdemeanors on their record and have them BOTH expunged afterwards. Thus, not only will our client avoid a felony conviction and jail time, but his record will be clean when all is said and done.