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Charles Kronzek

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KRONZEK & CRONKRIGHT P.L.L.C.


Michigan Criminal Attorneys

The criminal defense law firm of KRONZEK & CRONKRIGHT has always been based in Michigan.  Their defense team defends clients throughout all of Michigan.  If you have been charged with a crime or if you think you might be charged with a crime, call our experienced defense attorneys now.  Our phones answer
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of the many services that shows our strong commitment to our clients. We can be reached toll free at 1(866) 7NoJail or 1(866) 766-5245

Our tough defense lawyers have nearly 70 years of combined experience.  We have a track record for success - - - - - proven results in most counties throughout Michigan.  Our attorneys have been in trial in Local, State and Federal courts all around Michigan.  We're proud of our record of winning cases for our clients.  That's why we display them on this page.  From West Michigan to Northern Michigan and from South Michigan to East Michigan, we're known for being Michigan's premier criminal defense law firm. 

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Charles M. Kronzek

Mr. Kronzek received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been admitted to practice law in all Michigan State courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has been admitted pro hac vice to try cases in Texas, Colorado and Florida.

Mr. Kronzek is a highly successful trial lawyer with extensive experience in handling hundreds of criminal cases. He is involved in many of our high profile cases. He has excellent litigation skills and has been a member of numerous legal and professional associations, including the State Bar of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the American Association of Justice. He frequently participates in continuing legal education in order to keep himself updated as to the most current laws, techniques, and areas of expertise and court rulings that might affect our clients.  He was the lead attorney when our client was charged criminal sexual conduct in the first degree in Ingham County, Lansing, Michigan.  That trial ended when the jury acquitted our client of every charge. He also has obtained not guilty verdicts in numerous other types of criminal cases throughout Michigan.  He spends the majority of his time litigating cases. 

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Michael J. Cronkright

Mr. Cronkright received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Spring Arbor College. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been admitted to practice law in all Michigan State courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, pro hac vice.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Cronkright’s practice focuses primarily on trial work within his areas of practice. These areas of practice include Criminal Defense, Family Defense in Child Protective Proceedings, and other complex litigation. Mr. Cronkright has a passion for defending the falsely accused, and those treated unfairly by the authorities. He has served as lead trial attorney on numerous complex cases involving false allegations by children. Mr. Cronkright has extensive training and experience in cross examination of children. He has both training from, and courtroom experience with, nationally prominent medical, psychological and scientific experts. These experts have been helpful with breaking the barrier of false accusations, misleading evidence, and suggestive child interviews by authorities. Mr. Cronkright has obtained “not guilty” verdicts throughout Michigan and has successfully litigated the reunification of families facing allegations by Children’s Protective Services.

Mr. Cronkright’s professional memberships have included the State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the American Association of Justice.

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Charles M. Kronzek

Mr. Kronzek received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been admitted to practice law in all Michigan State courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has been admitted pro hac vice to try cases in Texas, Colorado and Florida.

Mr. Kronzek is a highly successful trial lawyer with extensive experience in handling hundreds of criminal cases. He is involved in many of our high profile cases. He has excellent litigation skills and has been a member of numerous legal and professional associations, including the State Bar of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the American Association of Justice. He frequently participates in continuing legal education in order to keep himself updated as to the most current laws, techniques, and areas of expertise and court rulings that might affect our clients.  He was the lead attorney when our client was charged criminal sexual conduct in the first degree in Ingham County, Lansing, Michigan.  That trial ended when the jury acquitted our client of every charge. He also has obtained not guilty verdicts in numerous other types of criminal cases throughout Michigan.  He spends the majority of his time litigating cases. 

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Steven A. Freeman

Mr. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Michigan State University. He received his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. His professional memberships have included the State Bar of Michigan, National association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

Mr. Freeman is a former 10 year veteran police officer and investigator with the Lansing Township Police Department until 1990. H was able to successfully complete his law school education while working the night shift at the police department. Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law in 1991 and has practiced criminal law defense exclusively ever since. We are pleased to say Mr. Freeman enjoys over 25 years of combined experience in the Michigan criminal justice system and has seen it form “both sides.”

Since joining KRONZEK & CRONKRIGHT, PLLC in 2004, Mr. Freeman has had full responsibility to handle many of our clients who have been charged with extremely serious felony offenses.  These include murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual misconduct. We believe his success comes from a combination of his knowledge of the law, his ability to identify constitutional issues and mastering the art of persuasion.  Persuasion is a valuable tool, whether the goal is to convince a prosecuting attorney the case against the client is weak and a jury will not convict, or to convince a judge that a piece of evidence was unlawfully seized by the police and should not be used against the client at trial.  These skills take many years to hone and Mr. Freeman’s involvement with hundreds of criminal cases has proved invaluable in perfecting his courtroom presence.

Mr. Freeman’s primary case load consists of criminal sexual conduct cases, major drug offenses and other serious felony matters.

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John M. English

Mr. English has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1985 and the State Bar of Michigan Bar since 1999. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Franconia College (N.H.) in1977 and his Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord New Hampshire in 1984. Attorney English maintained a statewide OWI defense practice in New Hampshire for 14 years but now concentrates on a plethora of other serious criminal cases. Mr. English has conducted hundreds of administrative hearings, bench trials and jury trials. His professional memberships have included the State Bar of Michigan, American Trial Lawyers Association, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

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Brandy J. Thompson

Ms. Thompson, originally from northern Michigan, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law from Lake Superior State University. She then attended Michigan State University College of Law where she graduated Cum Laude. While in law school she became an editor for the prestigious MSU- Law Review. Her memberships have included the Michigan Association for Justice, the State Bar of Michigan, as well as the Young Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to being licensed to practice in Michigan State courts, she is also licensed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Ms. Thompson has successfully litigated in both State and Federal courts. She has handled a wide range of cases including Children’s Protective Services, child abuse and neglect, as well as criminal defense.

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Our team of attorneys is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and every day of the year. If you are in need of immediate legal assistance, call 1-866-766-5245

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Sex Crime

Michigan Sex Crime Attorneys

In Michigan, rape or sexual assault crimes are generally called criminal sexual conduct or CSC.

These charges range between first and fourth degree. Typically, first and third degree CSC involves penetration, while second and fourth degree CSC result from contact of some other nature.  This is an area of the law where false allegations, distortions, and witness manipulation often affect the results of the case, especially with charges involving minors.  One form of Criminal Sexual Conduct charge is what is commonly referred to as 'statutory rape'.  This is the situation where the sexual encounter involves a person who is less than 16 years of age and therefore not legally able to give consent.   Statutory rape charges are no less serious than any other rape charge and need to be handled correctly. The charges brought against you will depend on the allegations made, as well as by the discretionary decisions of the prosecuting attorney.

The possible penalties for Criminal Sexual Conduct, Rape, or Child Molestation are severe.
Jail time for sexual assault crimes can last for decades, with some offenses carrying possible life sentences and 25 year minimum prison terms.  Even for convictions of a lesser degree of CSC, the penalties are severe.  With few exceptions, anyone convicted of sex related crimes in Michigan will be registered and listed on Michigan's Sex Offender Registry for at least 25 years. This includes juvenile offenders as well, although they generally do not join the public registry until they reach the age of eighteen.  Some convicted sex offenders are now subject to mandatory GPS (global positioning satellite) monitoring once they get out of prison.  Registered sex offenders are now required to post their pictures on the internet and are therefore subject to considerable harassment.
Note: The Michigan Sex Offender Registry has been reinstated pending further judicial review.

The contents of your computer are also subject to search.
Consider carefully the material you allow to show up on your computer, or in your home. In a large number of CSC investigations, police are obtaining search warrants and seizing personal computers and sexually explicit materials. The computer is then sent to the FBI or Michigan State Police crime lab to have the hard drive examined. Much of what is available on the internet can form the basis of a criminal charge if it shows up on your computer. Also, some courts will allow evidence of pornography on a home computer to be admitted even though the allegations have little to do with pornography.

Our Approach:  There is Hope for the Falsely Accused:

CSC cases are some of the most complicated trials.
This is because they very often involve 'fact testimony' from the victim as well as testimony from doctors and other supposed experts such as psychologists and sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE). Some of this 'scientific' evidence is reliable, and some of it is not. Our defense team is both highly trained and extremely experienced in analyzing this type of evidence. Leading up to and during any trial, our aggressive cross-examinations and research is often able to uncover inconsistencies in the testimony of both 'expert' and victim witnesses. This proactive approach has allowed us to have tremendous in trial, by educating and persuading juries across Michigan to rule in our client's favor.

Children alleging rape or sexual contact present additional issues.
Children are highly impressionable and can easily be led to report events that are not true.  Even worse, they can easily be led to believe they are telling the truth when the events they are reporting did not happen.  Michigan child protective service workers, police officers, and children’s assessment center investigators are supposed to be trained in the use of the Forensic Interviewing Protocol.  Our experience is that many Michigan investigators are notoriously bad at interviewing children, and often aid in the process of eliciting false testimony.  Our team of defense lawyers constantly educate themselves on child interview issues. It is critical to stay current with the latest defenses from top rated attorneys around the country and the world. Our law firm is closely aligned with The National Center for Child Abuse Defense.
http://www.falseallegation.org/ We also serve as referral attorneys for individuals seeking the center's assistance or advice in their defense. Our extensive network of medical and psychological experts is composed of nationally recognized authorities. It is with the assistance of these experts that we are able to put our years of experience defending child molestation cases to work. We know and understand the protocols for questioning children, and are able to expose a tainted, leading, or biased questioning process.  We are also trained in understanding the fallacies surrounding medical or anatomical evidence.  Exposing false allegations is an extremely important aspect of a viable defense to any sexual assault charge.  It requires an aggressive and competent team of attorneys, investigators and scientific experts. 

Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys

If You Have Been Charged With CSC

Let's begin with the understanding that the police are not your friends and they are not there to help you. It is legal to for the police to lie to you. Promises made by the police are not enforceable. Miranda warnings may not help you, so if the police are investigating:

  • Do not talk. Be polite and courteous, but refuse to discuss their investigation with them. You should plainly and repeatedly tell them that you do not want to discuss anything with them, and that you want an attorney present. Do not allow yourself to be tricked or coerced by the police. 

  • Police are trained to take advantage of your fears.  They will often suggest that only guilty people need an attorney, that if you don’t have anything to hide you should be willing to talk to them.  This is nonsense!  Remember that if someone is trying to put you in prison it is not a good idea to help them.  A much better plan is to let us deal with the police or CPS investigator.

  • Never consent to anything without the advice of your attorney. This includes giving the police permission to search, draw blood or discuss the case with you.

  • Never resist arrest. If a police officer is attempting to arrest you, be polite and cooperative. Inform the officer that you will go along peacefully. It is also important to immediately inform the officer -or any officer that tries to question you- that you do not want to talk without an attorney.

  • The only information you should provide without consulting an attorney is necessary biographical information; this includes your full legal name and address. If the police want to fingerprint or photograph you, cooperate fully.

  • Inform the officers that you wish to make a telephone call. Get an attorney quickly, if you call family or friends have them contact an attorney. Our criminal defense team is on call at all times of the day and night. You can reach us at 1-866-766-5245.

  • Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. Jail house snitches have ruined numerous cases.

  • Post bond as quickly as possible. If you are arraigned and asked how you plead, your response should be, "I stand mute."

  • Do not waive any of your rights or your preliminary examination. In a felony case, a district court 'prelim' is required before the case can be moved to circuit court. This hearing is the first chance to make significant progress on your case, and should not be waived without consulting a skilled attorney. Once this chance for a preliminary examination is waived, it is gone forever.

  • Finally, meet with your attorney as soon as possible. When you meet with an attorney from our criminal defense team, be completely honest with your version of events. Tell us about any past criminal record or witness that might help or hurt your case. Remember that you are the most important part of your defense team.


Michigan Sex Crime Attorneys

Our results speak for themselves on Rape, Criminal Sexual Conduct and Assault with Intent to Commit Penetration Charges


A Few Examples:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – 1st degree, not guilty

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree, Attempted Murder – Not Guilty

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – 2nd degree, not guilty

  • Assault with intent to commit penetration – dismissed after preliminary examination

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct 3rd degree – dismissed after preliminary examination

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – 2nd degree – Mistrial declared during trial based upon arguments developed by defense team.  Case dismissed prior to retrial.

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct 3rd degree – Plea to misdemeanor, No sex offender registration.

  • Allegation of CSC  1st degree – No charges brought after intervention (multiple cases throughout Michigan)

  • Allegations of CSC 2nd degree – No charges filed after intervention by defense team (multiple cases throughout Michigan)

  • Allegations of CSC 3rd degree – No charges brought after intervention by defense team (multiple cases throughout Michigan)

  • Allegations of CSC 4th degree – No charges brought after intervention by defense team (Multiple cases throughout Michigan)

  • Allegations of Spousal Rape – No Charges brought after intervention by defense team

  • Allegations of Rape involving force – No charges brought after intervention by defense team.

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Computer Crimes

Michgan Computer Crimes Attorneys

In the past two decades, the widespread use of computers and the internet has spawned a proliferation of computer-based crime. In reaction to this, several pieces of legislation, including Michigan's Identity Theft Protection Act of 2004 as well as child-protection laws, have been enacted.  Not only can a conviction of computer charges result in severe fines and jail / prison time, but also significant damage to your reputation.

The field of computer crime is rapidly changing and growing more complex, and prosecution of computer crimes has become increasingly aggressive.  Therefore, if you are facing criminal charges for computer crimes you should consult with an expert in computer criminal defense as soon as possible.  While there are several ways in which a crime can be committed with the use of a computer, the three most common (and actively investigated and prosecuted) computer charges are those for identity theft, child pornography, and solicitation of a minor.

Identity Theft
Identity theft is the intentional use of another person’s "personal identifying information," without that person's consent,  in order to benefit financially, professionally, or otherwise  Identity theft can often result in the acquisition of personal or real property, a line of credit, employment opportunities, etc.  "Personal identifying information" includes another's Social Security number, addresses, phone numbers, and bank account and credit card information.  Because identity theft is the most common computer crime today, prosecution of identity theft charges are vigorous.

Child Pornography
Child pornography is any depiction--in photographs, video, or other forms of expression - - of a minor under 18 engaging in sexual behavior.  Possessing any child pornography (kiddie porn) is a serious crime under both Michigan law and federal law.  According to Michigan law, both "child sexually abusive material" and "child sexually abusive activity" are illegal.  "Child sexually abusive material" means any depiction which is of a child or appears to include a child engaging in a sexual act. "Child sexually abusive activity" means sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, sadomasochistic abuse, masturbation, passive sexual involvement, sexual excitement, or erotic nudity.  Obviously, law enforcement takes such crimes very seriously, and the penalty for such crimes can be up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $100,000.  We are seeing more and more involvement of federal law enforcement agencies in the child porn investigations.  Federal penalties for having, duplicating or distributing kiddie porn are often much more severe than state penalties.

Solicitation of a Minor
Solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes occurs when an adult contacts a minor under the age of 18 with the intent of engaging in sexual activity that minor.  While solicitation of a minor can occur anywhere, it is becoming increasingly prevalent online.  Internet sting operations are in progress now!  Many county sheriff departments are carrying out sting operations.  Many federal agencies are also carrying out their own police investigations.  Under Michigan law, online solicitation of a minor carries a mandatory two-year minimum sentence.   A defendant can be convicted even if no sexual activity actually took place.   This is because solicitation is a separate crime from sexual activity with a minor;  if the adult does indeed engage in a sexual act with a minor, there would be a separate criminal charge and additional punishment upon conviction.  

If You are Facing Computer Charges
Being investigated or arrested for computer crimes, especially ones of a sexual nature, often results in the suspect feeling embarrassed or stigmatized.  These feelings, along with the secretive nature of computer crime, often lead people to want to admit their wrongdoing or to offer an explanation to law enforcement officials in hopes of gaining sympathy. But such a response, while understandable, is ultimately not your best interest.   If you are suspected of a computer crime, do not volunteer any information about the computer, the data that might be stored on it, or your access to it.  Don't even admit that it is “your” computer.  Instead, immediately enlist the aid of a knowledgeable attorney who can speak for you.

Fighting Internet Crimes
Criminal defense of computer crimes is technologically complex.  Just as technological innovations have allowed law enforcement to investigate and prosecute computer charges more thoroughly, they have also complicated and expanded computer crime defense strategies.  Evidence of computer crime will almost always be focused on electronic, digital data from computers and the internet.  In the same way that prosecutors need to be technologically proficient in order to show precisely how certain content may have been accessed, stored and transmitted, a criminal defense team also has to have the knowledge and experience to analyze electronic data in order to safeguard the defendant’s rights. 

The proliferation of internet criminal investigations has encouraged the possibility of entrapment.   Our criminal defense team will pursue this possibility to ensure that your rights have been protected.  Entrapment defenses are especially viable when the defendant has no history of predatory sexual conduct.  In addition, even if data are found on a computer that the defendant had access to, that computer might be shared or infected with viruses that allow others to access to the infected computer.  In short, clearly identifying the computer user responsible for particular data is not as easy as it might seem and our computer criminal defense experts can use that uncertainty to your advantage.

Our defense team has access to dozens of computer forensic experts to assist us with your defense.  The right defense team is critical!

Juvenile Crimes

Michigan Juvenile Crimes Attorneys

Juvenile criminal charges are those brought against a minor who is less than 17 years old.  If your child is facing juvenile charges for any crime--referred to under Michigan law as a "delinquency action"--you need an persistent, knowledgeable team of expert, juvenile attorneys on your side.  Juvenile criminal charges are in many ways just as serious as charges against an adult.  In addition, while defendants in juvenile court enjoy some advantages over adult defendants in criminal court, they also are exposed to potential hazards that adults do not have to consider.

The criminal penalties juveniles face can be significant and long-lasting.  This is so even though minors are not officially considered under Michigan law to be "criminals" (since their actions are technically "acts of delinquency".)  Juvenile acts of delinquency range from "status crimes" which are activities made illegal by the mere fact of the child's age - - curfew violations, possession of tobacco and/or alcohol, etc. - - to "criminal conduct" which encompasses activities that would be illegal regardless of the defendants' age - - assault, theft, vandalism, drug crimes, sex assaults, theft, etc.  While all juvenile criminal charges should be taken seriously, it is especially important to consult with an attorney if your child is facing charges of criminal conduct.  If your child is accused of serious criminal conduct (usually major felonies), he or she can be charged and sentenced as an adult.  Under Michigan law, the Prosecuting Attorney can choose to “waive” a juvenile up into adult court for certain specified felony cases. 

If Your Child is Facing Criminal Charges

Parents need to be proactive if their son or daughter is in danger of facing juvenile criminal charges.   Many parents take a "wait and see" attitude toward the possibility that their child will be subject to the juvenile criminal justice system.  Sometimes this passive approach is based on the fact they think their child is innocent, that the juvenile criminal justice system will be lenient toward a minor defendant, or that even a conviction of a minor is "no big deal." 

But these attitudes are often inaccurate:  the juvenile criminal justice system prosecutes just as zealously as the adult system, and juvenile convictions can result in very harmful, long lasting consequences to your child’s educational and professional futures   When parents wait until their child is arrested (or even later) before consulting with a juvenile criminal defense attorney, they make their child's situation more complicated and difficult than it needs to be.  Therefore, at the first sign that your child is being investigated or suspected of criminal behavior, immediately contact legal counsel.

Our Defense of Juvenile Charges

The most important step your juvenile criminal defense attorney can make is keeping your child's case in juvenile court.  Juveniles accused of a crime typically must appear at preliminary inquiry in juvenile court.  If the crime is serious enough, juvenile defendants over 14 years old may be subject to "waiver" into adult court.  Having your child's case tried in adult court is not to your advantage.  Cases in juvenile court cases generally remain confidential, while adult court cases may be made public, become and part of your child's permanent record, and/or result in more severe punishment for the convicted defendant.

In addition, juvenile court often uses more flexible sentencing.  Juveniles are never “convicted” of a crime in juvenile court.  Instead, they are “adjudicated.”  Obviously, you want your child to avoid incarceration, and if your child goes to adult court, jail is a more likely alternative. Penalties in juvenile court are more likely to include probation, fines, counseling, and community services although they sometimes include “confinement.”  Under Michigan law, the most severe penalty issued by the juvenile court is usually "juvenile detention" until the age of 19 or 21, depending on the crime. Our experienced team of skilled juvenile criminal defense attorneys will work hard to protect the rights of your child and to ensure that their case remains in juvenile court.

Assault

Michgan Assault Attorneys

In Michigan assaultive crimes range from simple assault to assault with intent to commit murder.
Simple assault, Domestic assault and Aggravated assault are examples of misdemeanor cases, which are handled at the District Court level. Felonious assault (Assault with a deadly weapon), assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder (Assault GBH) and assault with intent to commit murder are examples of the more serious felony class of assaults.

Any assault involving the use of a firearm is potentially more serious. This is because the prosecutor can add the charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (Felony Firearm). This charge adds a mandatory additional two-year prison term to any other sentence.

All assault charges are serious. The effect on your life of being convicted of an assault charge can be devastating. Although potential jail and prison sentences can range from 93 days for a simple assault misdemeanor to life in prison for assault with intent to commit murder, there are many other consequences which make any assault a serious charge. Judges routinely give heavy fines, costs, jail time and probation for charges of assault. As with other crimes, convictions of assault are generally published in the local newspaper and employers may be reluctant to hire someone with an assault conviction. Felony convictions, including assaultive crimes, often result in the inability to be bonded. Being bonded is a requirement of many jobs and might eliminate you as a potential candidate for some jobs.

Our Approach to Assault Defense

An aggressive defense lawyer is critical. In most assault cases, the prosecution relies heavily on the testimony of witnesses in order to prove its case. Typically witnesses are agitated, excited, angry or intoxicated. In the hands of a skilled defense attorney, the testimony of such witnesses begins to fall apart. In felony cases it is very important for the defense to cross-examine all of the potential prosecution witnesses at the preliminary examination.

Many attorneys would have you waive your right to a preliminary examination, DON'T! This preliminay examination (prelim) is often the first opportunity your attorney will have to make significant progress on your case. It should not be waived lightly or without a specific, important reason. Once you have waived your right to a prelim, it is generally gone forever.

Self defense is a powerful tool. In Michigan the prosecutor must prove that a defendant did not act in self defense if the defense attorney properly raises this argument. In cases where the client has acted out of fear for their own safety, or the safety of others, it is important to have an attorney who knows how to present a strong argument for self-defense.

Thorough investigation of the case is vital. The attorney or private investigator working for the attorney should attempt to interview all witnesses prior to a preliminary examination or trial. The success of an assault trial may well depend on the skill and knowledge of the attorney. It is vital that your attorney be well prepared for trial.

You must be part of the team. Kronzek & Cronkright prefers a team approach. All of our cases get the attention of at least two attorneys. However, a successful defense team always involves more than the attorneys. While we work hard to keep our trial skills sharp and our knowledge of the law current, no one knows the facts of your case better than you do. It is important that you are involved in your case, and that you work with your attorneys. The best results in your case will come when you have open communication with your attorney and you make informed decisions in the case.

If You are Facing Assault Charges

Let's begin with the understanding that the police are not your friends and they are not there to help you. It is legal to for the police to lie to you. Promises made by the police are not enforceable. Miranda warnings may not help you, so if the police are investigating:

  • Do not talk. Be polite and courteous, but refuse to discuss their investigation with them. You should plainly and repeatedly tell them that you do not want to discuss anything with them, and that you want an attorney present. Do not allow yourself to be tricked or coerced by the police.

  • Anything you say about the case to anyone, including most family members, can be used against you in court. Many defendants hurt their case by discussing it with family, friends, co-workers, police officers and prosecutors. If you have made such statements, we will deal with it together. If you have not, DON'T!

  • Never consent to anything without the advice of your attorney. This includes giving the police permission to search, draw blood or discuss the case with you.

  • Never resist arrest. If a police officer is attempting to arrest you, be polite and cooperative. Inform the officer that you will go along peacefully. It is also important to immediately inform the officer -or any officer that tries to question you- that you do not want to talk without an attorney.

  • The only information you should provide without consulting an attorney is necessary biographical information; this includes your full legal name and address. If the police want to fingerprint you after arrest cooperate fully.

  • Inform the officers that you wish to make a telephone call. Get an attorney quickly, if you call family or friends have them contact an attorney. Our criminal defense team is on call at all times of the day and night. You can reach us at 1-866-766-5245.

  • Post bond as quickly as possible. If you are arraigned and asked how you plead, your response should be, "I stand mute." At the arraignment, do not try to talk to the judge about your case.

  • Finally, meet with your attorney as soon as possible. When you meet with an attorney from our criminal defense team, be completely honest with your version of events. Tell us about any past criminal record or witness that might help or hurt your case. Remember that you are the most important part of your defense team.


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