Portage Sex Crimes Lawyer
Our attorneys have successfully defended clients accused of sexual assault, statutory rape, sexual abuse, child molestation, indecent exposure, Internet sex crimes, including those involving child pornography, and other criminal sexual offenses. We also have had success in overturning convictions in sex crimes appeals and in helping clients with other post-conviction processes. If you are accused of a sex-related crime in Portage, MI, you need a competent, experienced lawyer who understands sex crimes cases to defend you. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have over a century of combined experience in sex crime defense work and in representing clients in sexual offense cases throughout Michigan.
When Your Freedom Is on the Line, You Can't Afford to Settle for Just Any Attorney
If you are implicated in a sex crime in Portage, Michigan, you should not wait until charges are formally filed before getting competent legal assistance. Unfortunately, the legal implications of even minor procedures in the criminal justice system are not easily understood by people who are not experienced criminal lawyers, and you cannot afford to risk your future on the hope that some evidence will appear to exonerate you, that law enforcement will make a serious error, or that the police will identify someone else on whom to pin the crime.
If You Are Charged With a Criminal Sexual Offense in Portage, You Need to Have the Right Lawyer on Your Side
Unfortunately, real criminal cases do not always end fairly or with justice being properly served. For the accused, one wrong step may spell the difference between freedom and incarceration. A question that is misheard or misunderstood, or a poorly-worded statement or error, can get you into serious legal trouble. A good defense lawyer can help you avoid the pitfalls and traps that might be set by overzealous law enforcement officials and prosecutors determined to close a case and get a conviction.
At Grabel & Associates, we know that helping our clients is not about luck, but about how thoroughly we investigate the allegations and how well we analyze the prosecution's evidence, so that we can find gaps, inconsistencies, or mistakes that give us the opening we need to create a reasonable doubt. Our record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients demonstrates that hard work and diligent representation of our client's interests are what count. When you need someone to defend you aggressively, you can rely on the attorneys at Grabel & Associates.
Kalamazoo County Courts Try All Crimes Occurring in the City of Portage
If you are charged with a misdemeanor in Kalamazoo County, your case will be handled at all stages in the 8th District Court. The 8th District Court also handles preliminary examinations (that is, an evaluation of whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an indictment) in all serious misdemeanor and felony cases that involve penalties exceeding one year of prison time. For crimes occurring in Portage, the correct 8th District Court location is the South Location at:
8th District Court-South Location
7810 Shaver Rd.
Portage, Michigan 49024
If, after a preliminary examination, a serious misdemeanor or felony case is bound over for trial, the case will be transferred to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court. The 9th Judicial Circuit Court is located in the city of Kalamazoo at:
9th Judicial Circuit Court
Michigan Avenue Courthouse
227 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
The city of Portage, Michigan, lies in Kalamazoo County, adjacent to the southern boundary of the city of Kalamazoo. The population of Portage is 46,292, although the Kalamazoo-Portage metropolitan area has a combined population of over 325,000. Portage is known for its extensive network of historical parks and trails. Since the Portage Bikeway was created in 1989, the city has expanded the network to include over 50 miles of trails, which are used for cycling and walking, and the extensive park system offers opportunities for canoeing and other recreational activities. The crime rate in Portage has been consistently below the national average over the last decade, although not by a significant margin. There are 76 sex offenders registered as living in Portage, making the ratio of residents to sex offenders roughly half of the state average.
Call Grabel & Associates When You Need Help in a Sex Crime Case
When you are charged with a sex-related crime, it may seem as if you cannot count on anybody to help you. The attorneys at the law firm of Grabel & Associates understand what you are going through. Our job is to stand by you, to make sure your rights are not violated, and to see that you get the best defense possible. Contact us for a free, confidential phone consultation about the charges you are facing. We can help you understand the process, and answer your questions. If you need help, call Grabel & Associates today.