Other Criminal Defense Cases
Manley & Manley handles gun rights, charges again young adults, removal from sex registry and more
Criminal defense cases in Michigan go beyond assault, murder and other serious crimes. The criminal defense attorneys at Manley & Manley provide top quality representation for individuals facing a broad range of charges, from traffic violations to weapons infractions and charges against young adults. Whatever type of crime you have been charged with, contact us immediately. Attorney Michael P. Manley is viewed as an honest, aggressive and experienced lawyer who is committed to getting clients the results they need. Read our case results page to see how Mr. Manley has helped others.
Our attorneys understand the laws involving a range of criminal charges. We gained this knowledge through years of working on different types of cases throughout Michigan. That's why people routinely rely on him to defend them in some of the biggest, most complicated cases throughout Michigan.
What other types of criminal defense cases does Manley & Manley handle?
If you don't see your specific type of criminal case, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances. We can help you or point you in the right direction to make sure you get the help you need now. Call (810) 238-0500 and schedule a free consultation.
Why should I hire an attorney from Manley & Manley to handle my case?
Being a criminal defense lawyer is more than just a job to brothers Michael P. Manley and Frank J. Manley. Natives of Flint, they became attorneys because they truly wanted to help people throughout their home state get exceptional legal advice. People in Michigan have relied on both attorneys for years because they know this area of law inside and out.
Michael P. Manley graduated at the top of his law school. He is recognized as a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Expert, one of very few such criminal defense lawyers in Central Michigan. The National Trial Lawyers named Manley one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Frank J. Manley has been named among the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. And he has also been listed among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Michigan, the Top 100 OWI Attorneys in the State of Michigan, and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Both attorneys are proud of their testimonials, and they're eager to earn your praise.
The U.S. Constitution preserves the right to possess firearms, but a conviction can make gun ownership a complex matter. Convicted felons and those convicted of domestic violence are prohibited from carrying or possessing firearms. In Michigan, gun rights are automatically restored three years after the completion of a sentence (probation or parole). For more serious offenses, rights can be restored five years after the completion of a sentence (probation or parole). However, this will require an application for the restoration of these rights. (Read more about the difference between misdemeanor and felony convictions in Michigan.)
It should be noted that even if an individual's state guns rights have been restored automatically or by application, it could still be a violation of Federal Law to possess or carry a firearm or to possess ammunition.
Many Michiganders don’t understand their legal rights when it comes to gun ownership. If you find yourself facing a weapons charge, call Manley & Manley. Our lawyers have helped bring many cases to a successful conclusion. We will defend your rights if you are charged with violating one of the state of Michigan’s gun law statutes.
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Charges Against Young Adults
Young adults in Michigan from a legal standpoint are defined as adults between the ages of 17 and 20 years old. If you have been charged with a crime and you are between the ages of 17 and 20 years, you may be eligible for a program that could prevent you from going to jail and ensure that you will not have a criminal conviction.
In particular, the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) may affect the outcome of your case. This act was created to help young adults that commit a crime and keep their criminal record clean. If you're convicted of a crime, it could affect the rest of your life. You might not be able to get certain jobs or obtain funding for higher education.
The act allows courts to defer a conviction on charges that young people face. However, some capital offenses such as murder, criminal sexual conduct charges, major drug offenses and traffic offenses are excluded.
Our attorneys understand that many young people make mistakes, but shouldn't be punished for the rest of their lives. If you are battling addiction or facing other circumstances that led to your arrest, we can help you get to the place you need to be.
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Removal from Sex Registry
Anyone convicted of certain sex crimes must register on a public list in Michigan known as a Sex Offender Registry. This list requires people convicted of certain sex crimes to provide their:
- Place of work
Michigan's Sex Offender Registry, which is available to the public and sometimes even published in newspapers, also contains:
- Brief description and date of crime
- Jurisdiction where crime was committed
- Current photograph of sex offender
In certain cases, a person who is currently required to register pursuant to Michigan's Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) may qualify for a reduced registration period or removal from the Registry. July 2011 amendments to the Act now allow a broader group to apply for a reduction or removal. Contact Manley & Manley to see if you qualify under recent changes in the law and can have your name removed from Michigan's Sex Offender Registry.
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You may have a misdemeanor or felony conviction and are worried it will follow you around for the rest of your life. Fortunately, you have options that may allow you to make the conviction disappear. Expungement is a legal term used to describe the complete removal of a criminal charge or conviction from a person's police record. As part of the expungement process, court records and police records are destroyed.
Having a criminal record can sometimes prevent people from getting certain jobs, buying a home easily or other achieving other important milestones in life. While you might have made a mistake years ago, you shouldn't have to suffer because of a previous criminal conviction. Many but not all criminal convictions can be expunged. Those that are not eligible include felonies that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or attempts to commit a felony that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment; certain sex offenses such as criminal sexual conduct in the first, second or third degree; and traffic violations.
Clearing a person’s criminal record can often be an extremely complicated legal process. Our attorneys know how to present a successful “motion to set aside a conviction.” With deep knowledge of the complex expungement process and years of experience, we can help you get a fresh start. Call Manley & Manley today if you want to learn more about clearing your name and moving on with your life.
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Serious criminal traffic violations demand strong legal action. If you've have been charged with a crime in connection with a car accident, attorney Manley can work with you and make sure you receive the legal assistance you need.
Some of the criminal charges related to auto accidents that our firm handles include:
- Vehicular homicide or manslaughter
- OWI causing death or serious injury
We can also help you if you've been charged with theft in connection with allegedly stealing a car. Whatever charge you're dealing with, make sure you contact Manley & Manley as soon as possible. We can work with you and make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Case results matter here - and so do you!