Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Attorney J.D. Praasterink is committed to protecting and defending the constitutional rights of individuals charged with crimes in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula. Everyone, whether they have been falsely accused or made an error in judgment that has led to a criminal charge, has the right to due process and an attorney who will advocate fiercely on their behalf. 

No matter the circumstances that led to an arrest, criminal charges can have a deep, widespread, and long-lasting effect on the life of the accused. Obviously, the prospect of jail or prison time is uppermost in most peoples' minds. Unfortunately, incarceration is not the only negative consequence for those convicted of crimes in Mackinac County or elsewhere in Michigan. 

A conviction puts more than one's freedom at risk. Depending on the nature of the charges, someone who is convicted of a crime may lose his or her job, and having a criminal record makes it much more difficult to find work in an already tough economy. A conviction can affect one's ability to live in certain areas, receive government benefits, or get into college. And, of course, conviction may carry with it heavy fines or restitution. 

The police and prosecutors have one job: to catch and convict criminals. The accused need someone who will make sure their rights are not violated in pursuit of that goal--someone who will do everything possible to minimize the risk of a conviction and the negative consequences that go with it. J.D Praasterink is dedicated to making sure his clients get fair treatment and the best defense possible.

St. Ignace Criminal Defense Attorney

Having the right attorney makes a world of difference. This is especially true in the area of criminal defense, where having a knowledgeable, skilled, committed attorney can be the difference between freedom and incarceration, or a between a minimal sentence and a very long one. J.D Praasterink knows that his clients want to put the stress of criminal charges behind them and return to life as they knew it before; he works diligently to achieve that for them. 

At Praasterink Law, PLC, our goal is not just to resolve cases quickly, but to resolve them with the best possible outcome for our clients. We understand Michigan criminal law and the practices of the courts in St. Ignace and the eastern Upper Peninsula. We explain every step of the process to our clients, help them understand their options, and fight for their rights in cases including:

  • DUI / OWI 
  • Possession, Manufacture, or Distribution of Drugs including Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth
  • Assault and Battery
  • Homicide
  • Larceny, Theft and Fraud Crimes
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Domestic Violence
  • Vandalism and Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Moving Violations and Vehicle Crimes
  • Weapons and Firearms Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Expungement
  • Appeals

If you have been charged with a crime in St. Ignace, or anywhere in the eastern Upper Peninsula, the sooner you get the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, the better. Contact Praasterink Law, PLC today so that we can guide you through the Michigan criminal law process, defend your rights, and help you reclaim your life.

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