West Branch Sex Crimes Lawyer
If you find yourself accused of a sex-related crime in the city of West Branch, Michigan, you will need an experienced defense attorney to help you navigate through the complicated criminal process. The lawyers at Grabel & Associations can help clients accused of crimes in West Branch and elsewhere in Ogemaw County, including the crimes of sexual assault, child abuse or molestation, child pornography, Internet sex crimes, gross indecency, and statutory rape, among other sexual offenses.
Get the Help You Need From an Aggressive, Experienced Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Any individual who ends up embroiled in a sex crimes case can find his or her life in tremendous turmoil. Sex crimes allegations usually provoke very strong emotional reactions in people, and, because of that, criminal law enforcement personnel can be especially severe during an investigation, and the discomfort of being even remotely connected to such a crime can make other people very unwelcoming or distant. As a result, it is not unusual, unfortunately, for those who are under investigation for a sex crime to find out that even a hint of involvement in such a case can affect their employment status and personal relationships, even without being convicted or even formally charged. Further, crimes involving minors carry an even greater social cost, as well as lead to the possible involvement of Child Protective Services (CPS), who can interfere in family relationships and leave the individuals involved hurt and bewildered.
If You Are Charged With a Sexual Offense in West Branch, Grabel & Associates Can Help
Because there are so many issues to deal with in these circumstances, if you are being questioned on a sexual criminal offense case, it is absolutely critical that you consult an attorney as soon as you find yourself being implicated. It is important to make sure your rights are protected from the very beginning and, because of the high stress levels involved, it is imperative that you rely on someone who is trained and experienced in handling these matters to represent you. The sex crimes defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates have over 100 years of combined experience assisting clients in just these types of situations, in jurisdictions throughout Michigan. If you or someone you love is involved in a sex crimes investigation, turn to Grabel & Associates to get the help you need.
Criminal Cases Arising in West Branch Are Tried in Ogemaw County Courts
The Ogemaw County 82nd District Court handles all misdemeanor cases (where punishment does not exceed one year), including arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trials, and sentencing. The district court also conducts preliminary examinations for felony cases. For serious misdemeanors and felonies (crimes punishable by more than one year in jail), trial takes place in the 34th Judicial Circuit Court of Ogemaw County. Both the 82nd District Court and 34th Judicial Circuit Court are located in West Branch, Michigan at:
806 W. Houghton Avenue
West Branch, Michigan 48661
The small city of West Branch, Michigan, is the county seat of Ogemaw County in the northeast quadrant of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It is located entirely within the boundaries of West Branch Township, but is politically independent. West Branch was known as Logan's Mills in 1863, but later became West Branch when local lumberjacks renamed it after the "west branch" of the Rifle River, which arises in northeastern Ogemaw County and eventually flows out to Lake Huron. Despite its small population, West Branch is a hub of commercial activity in the area, with many local shopping opportunities in Victorian Downtown and the Tanger Outlet Mall. The area is also an attraction due to local festivals such as Heritage Days, the Victorian Art Fair, the Hog Rally, the Ogemaw County Fair, the Winter Fest, and a children's film festival. The crime rate in West Branch has varied a great deal over the last decade; at one point, the crime rate rivaled the national average, but in recent years, it has dropped considerably. There are 30 registered sex offenders listed as residing in West Branch according to records kept under the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA), making the ratio of residents to sex offenders very high.
For Legal Help in West Branch, Call Grabel & Associates Any Day, Any Time
If you find yourself accused of a crime, you want your questions answered as soon as possible. At Grabel & Associates, we make sure we have an attorney available to answer your questions and to provide you with information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a free, no obligation, initial consultation. When you need immediate advice, contact Grabel & Associates; don't underestimate the risk to your future and end up being a victim of the system.