THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM:
THE PROCESS YOU WILL GO THROUGH
Blank Law, PC has put together a step by step process to easily assist you in navigating the unknowns of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system is not easy to navigate, especially if this is the accused’s first time involved with the system. The legal system itself can be both scary and overwhelming to conquer alone. When you are in the fight for your life, you need Blank Law, PC on your side. Time is of the essence. Blank Law, PC should be the first call you make the moment you learn that you are being investigated and/or charged with a crime. Blank Law, PC will be there to guide you through this difficult time and NEVER back down.
Nicole Blank Becker was the Chief of Sex Crimes Unit. Blank Law, PC has a unique skill set, different from any other lawyer in Michigan. Attorney Nicole Blank Becker, of Blank Law, PC has been on both sides of the law for the last 20 + years. Nicole was both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. But even more impressive and unique is the fact that Nicole was the prior Chief of the the Sex Unit and Child Abuse Unit in Macomb County for years. Nicole has been solely focused on Sex Crimes for over ten years. Niocle is beyond qualified to handle any kind of Criminal Sexual Conduct case that comes her way.
Criminal Sexual Conduct (also commonly known as “CSC”), First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree are extremely serious criminal charge and can result in a lengthy prison sentence, lifetime electronic monitioring and/or lifetime registration as a sex offender. Criminal Sexual Conduct is defined as any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent and/or obtained through the use of force, threat of force, or coercion.
The moment you think you may be investigated, you actually are being investigated and/or you have been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct: First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree, at that moment, you should call Blank Law, PC because we solely focus on sex crimes, we will be able to assist you immediately.
NAVIGATING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
More times than not, when a client hires Blank Law, PC the client and his family have no idea how to navigate the criminal justice system. That is completely normal. Most clients (and their families) have the weight of the world on their shoulders once they learn their loved one is being investigated and / or charged with a Sex Crime (and/or any other crime). Your best opportunity at a fair and successful experience with the justice system is to immediately call Blank Law, PC.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
In Criminal Sexual Conduct cases, First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree, the timing of getting representation involved is an extremely important factor in getting ahead of charges. People think there is NO NEED TO HIRE A LAWYER “YET” because they have not been officially charged with a crime, “YET”. Nicole has heard it all, “I am not spending money on an attorney yet because I am hoping this will all just go away” or they say “maybe the police will not move forward with an investigation because the accuser will never be believed”. That kind of thought process couldn’t be more untrue when it comes to Sex Crimes. That thought process will cause one of the most crucial steps in successfully combatting potential Criminal Sexual Conduct chages to get overlooked.
BREAKDOWN OF THE COURTS
There are two levels of the court system that the accused will have to become familiar with once charged with a Criminal Sexual Conduct charge.
- District Court – The criminal process for the accused begins at the District Court level. In Michigan there are several different district courts. In order to determine which district court the accused must go to depends on which city the accuser claims to have been assaulted in. District court is where all misdemeanors are handled.
- Circuit Court – After the accused has completed court at the district court level, the accused will next go to court at Circuit Court. Every County has one Circuit Court. Felonies, i.e. Sex Crimes, are dealt with at Circuit Court.
STAGES OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Below is a general list of stages that an accused will be required to navigate through the criminal justice system. Review the list below. Figure out what stage you are at and then continue to follow the next step:
★ INVESTIGATION STAGE – An accuser has made a police report & either of the following may apply: A Detective has called you and asked you to come to the station and talk to him; and/or a phone call or text message has been made to you and has been recorded by the police. (see below: “One Party Consent Call”)
★ CHARGED WITH A SEX CRIME – Charged by the state.
★ ARRAIGNED ON THE CHARGE/S – Charges are read and bond decided.
★ COURT DATE: Preliminary Calendar Conference – “PCC” – Blank Law, PC meets with the state for preliminary discussions.
★ COURT DATE: Preliminary Exam – “ PE ” – Equivalent to a mini trial.
★ YOUR CASE IS MOVED UP TO CIRCUIT COURT – Felony cases only.
★ ARRAIGNMENT ON THE INFORMATION – Charges are read again.
★ COURT DATE: PT – Pretrial – Blank Law, PC meets with the state.
★ COURT DATE: PLEA / SET FOR JURY TRIAL
★ COURT DATE: TAKING OF PLEA / JURY TRIAL
PUT YOURSELF IN THE BEST POSITION TO FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE
In order to put you in the best position to fight your charge/s, you must have Blank Law, PC involved at the very beginning. Every stage of the criminal process requires a strong advocate on your side. Blank Law, PC will put you in the best position to combat such salacious charges.
Blank Law, PC knows the right timing for EXECUTING each stage of the process. Because Nicole has been on both sides of the table (Prosecution and Defense) and was the prior Chief of the Sex Unit, she has navigated these waters 100s, if not 1000s, of times. Nicole knows exactly what argument to make during each stage of the legal process. Blank Law, PC will be there to guide you and fight for you.
If your case is past one of the above stages, do NOT freak out, Blank Law, PC can undoubtedly still help you. Nicole can easily get up to speed on your case quickly. Don’t settle for a firm that “says” they handle Sex Crime cases, get the best, get the one who truly has handled 1000s of Sex Crimes cases. Nicole has the experience that no other lawyer in Michigan has.
Negotiating is a learned skill. For the 20 + years of practicing criminal law and having been both a prosecutor and a defense attoreny, and more importantly the Chief of the Sex Unit, Nicole knows her way around the ring. Nicole is a master at negotiating. The importance of negotiating when it comes to Criminal Sexual Conduct charges should not be understated. In order to successfully negotiate on your behalf, you need a lawyer with extreme knowledge about First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, with a child under 13 years old. Nicole has successfully negotiated 100s of cases involving First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, with a child under 13 years old. Although negotiating is not always the answer for your case, as the case evolves it may become something to consider. Not only do you need an extraordinary trial lawyer, you need an extraordinary negotiator. Nicole is both those things wrapped into one.
SERIOUSNESS OF BEING CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT
The police departments and the state do not take a report of Criminal Sexual Conduct lightly. Especially due to the climate of the world right now, a majority of Sexual Assault claims are followed through on, investigated and ultimately charged. If the accuser decides, today is the day that he/she makes a police report including accusations of a Sexual Assault (rape), the accuser’s world is about to be turned upsidedown. The accused needs to contact Blank Law, PC and get the help he/she deserves.
THE NEED FOR PROPER REPRESENTATION
Blank Law, PC is beyond qualified to represent the accused. By hiring Blank Law, PC you have the benefit of hiring a lawyer who was the Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit for years in Macomb County. Nicole has read and reviewed 1,000s of warrants (requests by the police to charge the accused). Nicole has approved and denied 1000s of warrants. Nicole was the one instructing others on how to handle Criminal Sexual Conduct cases. Nicole has negotiated 1000s of Sexual Assault cases. Nicole has gone to trial on 100s of Criminal Sexual Conduct cases. Nicole has put in the work to be able to say there isn’t a case she can’t handle. With Nicole’s knowledge and focus on solely sex crimes, you can rest assured you are getting the best representation out there.
CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT – SCARLET LETTER
Criminal Sexual Conduct is one of the most heinous crimes a person can be charged with. Criminal Sexual Conduct is a crime that will undoubtedly change the rest of your life. When facing a life altering experience, who do you want by your side?… Someone who pretends to know the ins and outs of combating Criminal Sexual Conduct charges, or someone who truly knows the ins and outs and how to effectively and successfully combat Criminal Sexual Conduct charges and has the life experience to back up her claims?!! You need Blank Law, PC in your corner. Blank Law, PC is ready and prepared to get in the ring and fight for you. There is no time to delay, the bell starts now. Contact Blank Law, PC immediately.
BLANK LAW, PC IS BEYOND QUALIFIED TO FIGHT FOR YOU
Nicole, of Blank Law, PC was the Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Child Abuse Unit for years in Macomb County. Nicole’s 20 years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, as an assistant prosecutor and a as a defense attorney, are weapons that every person accused of a Sex Crime should have in their corner. Nicole has the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for you and be the advocate you need to fight for your freedom. There are a number of lawyers who claim they have worked on both sides of the courtroom, but none can say they were previously the Chief of the Sex Crimes or Child Abuse Unit. Nicole is an anomaly who stands ready to fight for justice.
IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF:
Think about it, if you or someone you love had a life threatening heart problem, would you go to your general family doctor, or would you go to a specialist, a doctor who focuses solely on hearts? Obviously, when your life’s on the line, you go see the doctor who focuses solely on hears, no matter what the cost, in order to save yourself or the person you love. Same goes for a defense attorney, why go to a firm that has a “general” practice, who will tell you “yes we handle sex crimes”, when you can go to a lawyer who truly only focuses on sex crimes and understands the seriousness, uncertainty and anxiety and of being charged with a Criminal Sexual Condcut charge.
Blank Law, PC has been hired on Sexual Assault cases at all different stages of the criminal process. Nicole is beyond qualified to handle the criminal process and your rights. The fight of your life has begun, contact Blank Law, PC immediately so you can have justice in your corner.
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