Criminal Law

There is no such thing as a minor criminal charge, DUI, or other moving violation. At a minimum, you will be faced with fines, court costs, and increased insurance rates. At worst, you could lose your driver's license, be excluded from jobs or other opportunities, and face jail or even prison time. The criminal defense attorney team at Kuhn Rogers understands how stressful it can be to be faced with criminal charges or a traffic violation. While we have extensive experience representing clients in these matters, we never treat them as routine. We know what is at stake for you, and we treat your legal matter as if it were our own.

Misdemeanor and Felony Defense

The firm provides zealous representation for individuals charged with crimes throughout Northern Michigan and the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula. We have represented individuals charged with misdemeanors and lower-level felonies.

Misdemeanor representation includes assistance with charges of:

  • OUIL and driving-related offenses
  • Criminal trespass
  • Disturbing the peace
  • DNR violations
  • Assault and battery
  • Minor drug offenses

Felony representation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • NSF checks
  • Property-related offenses
  • Weapons and assault charges

We pride ourselves on providing timely, vigorous, and cost-effective defense to our clients.

Traffic Violations

In Michigan, traffic violations fall into one of two categories: civil infractions or misdemeanors. Civil infractions do not result in jail time (unless you are found in contempt of court for some reason) but will result in fines, costs, and fees, as well as points on your Michigan driving record. Accumulating too many points could result in a suspension of your license.

Many people choose to accept the consequences of a traffic violation because they assume it would be too costly to be represented by an attorney. In reality, an attorney can often negotiate effectively on behalf of a person charged with a traffic violation, resulting in reduced fines and court costs, and, more importantly, minimizing the effect of the ticket on your insurance rates. Kuhn Rogers represents clients in all traffic violation matters, including:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to stop for a stop sign or signal
  • Failure to yield
  • Careless or reckless driving
  • Open intoxicant in motor vehicle
  • Improper turn or passing
  • Violations associated with a motor vehicle accident
  • Driving without a license or with a suspended license

While you are not required to have a criminal defense attorney in court for a traffic violation, it is recommended that you do, both for the impact on the outcome of the case, and for your own peace of mind during the court process.

Drunk Driving and Related Offenses

If you have been charged with drunk driving in Michigan, you could face criminal conviction, jail time, and suspension or loss of your driver’s license. Many employers will not hire or keep an employee with a criminal conviction, even if their record is otherwise spotless. It is essential to have experienced legal representation as soon as possible after you are arrested or charged to prevent a momentary mistake from having lasting consequences.

Kuhn Rogers represents clients who have been charged with drunk driving offenses in Michigan, including:

  • Operating While Impaired (first or subsequent)
  • Operating While Intoxicated (first or subsequent)
  • Operating While Intoxicated - Child Endangerment
  • “Super Drunk” (BAC in excess of .17)
  • Zero tolerance

Criminal Record Expungement

Over the last few years Michigan law has changed to make available significantly greater opportunities for an individual with a prior criminal record to pursue expungement of the prior conviction(s). Having any criminal conviction on your record—especially one that is significantly remote in time—potentially impacts employment, travel, and other areas of your life. People need to take advantage of the opportunities presented by recent legislation.

A DUI conviction can affect your life for years to come, costing you money and robbing you of job opportunities, the ability to drive, and even your freedom. Work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is deeply familiar not only with Michigan law, but the local courts, and who is committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. If you have been charged with a traffic violation, DUI, or would like to pursue expungement, contact Kuhn Rogers to schedule a consultation immediately.