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Violent Crimes

If you're a Lansing resident that has been accused of a violent crime, you're probably looking for a local attorney with experience defending clients in state court. At O'Keefe Law, we have considerable experience dealing with violent crimes charges. We know how hard it is to win a case when the prosecutors throw everything at you.

Fortunately, we have an excellent track record of winning cases at the state level. We can fight your violent crimes allegations and work hard to ensure you have a fair chance in court. Many people make the mistake of trusting public attorneys –this may result in a lengthy prison sentence and a lifetime criminal record.

If you're facing charges from any of the violent crimes below, contact us to discuss your case.


Murder is the most severe violent crime allegation you can face. If it’s found you planned the murder, you may face a first-degree murder charge that can result in a life sentence with no chance of parole. If you are found guilty of second-degree murder, you may receive a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years.


Arson is another severe crime that falls under the violent crimes umbrella. While this may not seem like a violent crime, Michigan state courts see it differently. If you are convicted of a severe arson, you may face up to ten years in prison.

Keep in mind if someone dies in the fire, you may also face murder or manslaughter charges in addition to your original arson charge. This may result in a life sentence if you are found guilty.

Assault & Battery

Assault and battery are some of the most common forms of violent crime charges. The punishments range in severity depending on the type of assault and the number of times you've been convicted in the past. If you're facing a first-time charge of simple assault, you could face up to 93 days in jail.

While on the other hand, if you're charged with grievous bodily harm, you may face up to ten years in prison. Assault and battery should always be taken extremely seriously.


Kidnapping is another serious crime with a broad range of repercussions in the state of Michigan. In many cases, you may not realize your actions could result in a kidnapping charge. For example, if you take your children out of the state, your ex-spouse may be able to accuse you of kidnapping them.

In some cases, kidnapping may result in a life sentence -- it is often considered a capital offense.

Gun Laws

Michigan authorities take illegal possession of a firearm exceptionally seriously. If you are excluded from owning a gun because of your age or because of a felony, you may face up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Also, there are areas in Michigan that you are not allowed to carry a firearm. For example, if you take a gun to a church, you may face even stricter punishments.

Protecting Your Reputation

Violent crimes often come with a large stigma attached. If you have a crime sheet that details violent crimes and offenses, you'll find it hard to get a job or travel out of the country. If you want to ensure you can protect your reputation from undue judgment, it's essential to defend yourself as much as possible.

The only way to truly clear your name is to win in court, and that's why it's so important to find an attorney that can win your case. We don't just fight for shorter sentences— we aim to have our clients completely acquitted by the end of the trial.

If you need to speak to a defense attorney in East Lansing or the surrounding region, get in contact today.

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