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Lapeer County Felony Attorney

Standing Up Against Felony Charges in Tuscola County and Sanilac County

If you’ve been charged with a felony, you might feel the effects of the accusation right away because of the stigma attached to them. For instance, your personal and professional relationships might be strained, and your employment status could be in jeopardy. All this even though your criminal case has not yet started. 

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Michigan Felony Laws

In Michigan, felonies are the most serious crimes, carrying years to life in prison. Law enforcement officials diligently investigate them, and prosecutors are keen on seeking maximum penalties. Knowing that such great forces are opposing you can feel scary and overwhelming. However, do not lose hope. You have the right to counsel, and retaining a Lapeer defense lawyer can help level the playing field.

We Can Help Build Your Defense

At Bernard Anthony Jocuns & Associates, Attorney Bernard Jocuns has the skills and know-how to fight for you. A felony lawyer in Lapeer County, he has handled a range of serious crimes. No matter your situation, speak with him about your case. He will listen to your side of the story and review the evidence against you. 

Additionally, he works with an investigator to gather information and develop a comprehensive picture of the alleged incident. Throughout your case, Mr. Jocuns will ensure that your voice is heard.


To schedule a free consultation, please contact Lapeer County felony attorney Bernard Jocuns at (810) 255-4033 today.


What Are Examples of Felonies in Michigan?

In Michigan, felonies are penalized by imprisonment in the state prison, fines, and other sanctions. 

What Is Considered a Felony?


  • Homicide: Several offenses are listed in Michigan’s homicide statutes. They include:
    • First-degree murder: Premeditated killing of another person. Punishable by life in prison without parole.
    • Second-degree murder: Any murder not falling under the definition for first-degree. Punishable by any number of years in prison to life.
    • Murder by controlled substances: Delivering a drug to another person, and the substance causes the individual’s death. Punishable by any number of years in prison to life.
    • Manslaughter: Intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another person but without premeditation.
  • Drug crimes: Drug crimes include manufacturing, delivering, creating, possessing with intent, and possessing controlled substances. Depending on the type and amount of the drug involved, these acts can be charged as felonies penalized by any term of years to life imprisonment. 
  • DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a felony when it is a person’s third or subsequent violation (punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison) or it results in serious injury (punishable by up to 5 years in prison) or death of another person (punishable by up to 15 years in prison).
  • Sexual assault (rape): In Michigan, this offense is referred to as criminal sexual conduct. It’s separated into four degrees. First-, second-, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct are felonies. Penalties range from not more than 15 years to life.
  • Child abuse and neglect: Causing harm to or neglecting a minor. First-degree child abuse can result in a prison term for life. Second-degree abuse can be penalized by up to 10 years in prison, and third-degree abuse carries a penalty of no more than 2 years in prison.

Fighting a criminal charge requires time, effort, and a firm grasp of Michigan’s laws. Lapeer County felony lawyer Mr. Jocuns leverages his skills, resources, and knowledge to seek optimal results for his clients. He can identify and pursue the legal options available for you to protect your rights and future.

How to Expunge a Felony in Michigan

If you’re convicted of a felony, your life can be completely upended. For example, you might find it difficult to get a job or find a place to live. Additionally, you could be ineligible for some government benefits depending on your situation. Expungement is a way to seek relief from these disabilities. It sets aside your conviction, making it inaccessible to the public. 

Although you can expunge a felony in Michigan, doing so can be challenging. You can only have a certain number of felonies on your record and cannot have been convicted of offenses like child sexually abusive material or activity, child abuse, or criminal sexual conduct.  You must also wait at least 7 years after completing your sentence before you can expunge a conviction in Michigan. That is a substantial amount of time to be limited by the effects of a felony.

By aggressively challenging the allegations against you, you can seek to minimize or avoid the long-term consequences of a felony conviction. Speak with Lapeer felony lawyer Mr. Jocuns to discover what defenses can be raised in your case.

Get Defense from an Experienced Lapeer County Felony Lawyer

At Bernard Anthony Jocuns & Associates in Michigan, Mr. Jocuns will work closely with you through every stage of your case. He will be responsive to your questions and concerns and will be sure to provide the straightforward and intuitive guidance you need.


For a free consultation with a felony attorney in Lapeer County ready to vigorously defend you, call (810) 255-4033 or submit an online contact form.


  • “I felt very confident with him representing me in court and he ultimately helped me win back not only my reputation, but also my freedom. I owe this man my life. Thank you, Bernard Jocuns.”

    - Jordan F.
  • “I would highly recommend Bernard is one of the candidates you discuss your legal needs with before hiring and be reassured from my perspective you won’t be disappointed.”

    - Kory B.
  • “Mr. Jocuns is truly a blessing.. This is the guy that will get the job done... feels good having him by ur side.

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