Many people think traffic tickets are no big deal. But when your insurance rates go through the roof, having an experienced attorney at your side may be the best investment you ever make.
Don’t pay your ticket without fighting itIf you get a traffic ticket, don’t merely pay it. Call the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC. Often times there are many hidden penalties. For instance, your insurance rates will go up and you will pay these extra premiums for years to come. And just paying the ticket may add points to your driving record resulting in suspension of your driving privileges or being assessed a driver responsibility fee which can be as much as $1000 per year for two years.
We have experience with traffic violations, representing drivers on charges that range from speeding or drunk driving to leaving the scene of an accident and almost everything in between.
For many Traffic Tickets, you don’t even have to appear in court.A lawyer can appear on your behalf and, in many cases, the ticket won’t even appear on your driving record. We will carefully scrutinize the facts, examine the conduct of the police who issued the ticket and look into all the circumstances that may help you to avoid any penalties. In addition, we will negotiate your ticket to minimize fines and points, lessening the impact on your insurance rates.
Calculate the Costs of Your Traffic TicketGetting a Lawyer to fight a traffic ticket might seem like overkill but it probably is the best investment you will ever make. Let’s say, that because of tickets, your insurance premium goes up $150 per quarter and you expect to pay that heightened premium for 5 years, that’s $3000.00. An aggressive Attorney can help reduce the number of points you receive but also to reduce the severity of the ticket itself.
Do You Need a Lawyer?Again, if you get a traffic ticket, don’t merely pay it. Call the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC, today!
If you have been accused of Drunk Driving, don’t let the State take your away your driving privileges. Contact Harsha G Gowda, PLLC, and schedule a no-cost initial consultation to speak with an experienced Drunk Driving defense lawyer.
At the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC, We stive to ensure the best possible result when fighting your Drunk Driving, Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While Visibly Impaired, Operating with a High BAC, or Operating Under the Influence of Drugs charge by obtaining all the evidence the authorities can use against you. We thoroughly review all evidence in order to formulate the best possible defense against your charge.
If you are arrested and charged with Drunk Driving, Harsha defends your case by:
- Obtaining and analyzing police video of the traffic stop to determine whether the officer had probable cause to stop your vehicle,
- Examining whether roadside Field Sobriety Tests were properly administered to determine whether the officer had probable cause to arrest you
- Obtaining video of the police station booking area where you were processed to determine whether you were properly advised of your legal rights
- Obtaining video of the police station booking area to determine whether the breath test was properly and legally administered
- Obtaining breath testing device logs to determine and whether the breath testing device was properly maintained and in working order
- Obtaining police reports and officer training records to ensure the officer was properly trained and certified
Harsha will work to get you the best possible outcome by reviewing all evidence and options with you prior to discussing specifics of the case with the Prosecutor. After determining a strategy, we will proceed to Court where Harsha speaks to the Prosecutor and Judge regarding the facts and circumstances of your case. Harsha has dealt with most, if not all, Prosecutors and Judges in metro-Detroit, and offers credibility when representing you.
You can set aside your conviction or expunge your Michigan felony or misdemeanor criminal record and truthfully say that you have never been convicted of a crime.
Looking for a Job is Tough Enough. Tell Them Your Record is Clean.
Looking for a job is tough enough, especially if you have to tell a prospective employer that you have a criminal record. You need an attorney who can help you set aside your conviction or expunge your Michigan felony or misdemeanor conviction.
Expunge Your Michigan Criminal Record and Set Aside Your Misdemeanor or Felony ConvictionUnder Michigan law, you can apply for a felony expungement or misdemeanor expungement and wipe your record clean. Unfortunately, some offenses like Drunk Driving, DUI, OWI, Traffic Offenses, Capital Offenses, and Criminal Sexual Conduct crimes are not eligible for expungement. You may apply to expunge your felony or misdemeanor if 5 years have passed since your conviction or your release from prison. You may not apply to have your felony or misdemeanor expunged if you have been convicted of another felony or misdemeanor. The laws and procedures to expunge your criminal record in Michigan change frequently so contact the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC to determine if you qualify.
The Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC will work aggressively to expunge a felony or misdemeanor conviction.
To assure your felony or misdemeanor conviction will be expunged or set aside, we will fill out the proper forms to set aside your conviction. obtain all the necessary documentation, and follow the statutory procedures to ensure that your Michigan felony or misdemeanor is expunged or set aside and you can honestly say that you have never been convicted of a crime.
If you are charged with possession of Marijuana or Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC will work to provide you the best defense possible against your marijuana charge.
Possession of Marijuana and Use of MarijuanaIn Michigan, possession of marijuana without a valid medical marijuana card is a misdemeanor or punishable up to 90 days in jail, drivers license sanctions, and fines and costs. A first time offender charged with possession or use may qualify to have the charge dismissed if the prosecutor and judge agree to sentence pursuant to MCL 333.7411. Harsha Gowda can help you avoid conviction and license sanctions by advising you regarding your rights and responsibilities should the Court agree to sentence you pursuant to MCL 333.7411. A dismissal of the charges will preclude a drug charge from appearing on your public criminal record, which potential employers, schools, and others can see.
Delivery/Manufacture of a Controlled SubstanceIn order to be convicted of delivery of of a controlled substance the prosecution must prove that either you transferred or attempted to transfer the substance to another person, knowing that it was an illegal substance. An attempt has two elements. First, the defendant must have intended to deliver the substance to someone else. Second, you must have taken some action toward delivering the substance, but failed to complete the delivery. It is not enough to prove that the defendant made mere preparations for delivering the substance. Penalties for Delivery/Manufacture a Controlled Substance vary depending on the Drug.
Do You Need a Lawyer?If you have been arrested for a drug crime contact Mr. Gowda immediately. Penalties can range from community service to huge fines and the potential for many years in prison.
An accusation of retail fraud, shoplifting or theft is very serious and potentially very embarrassing. Stealing from another is puts into question a person’s honesty and integrity, which are very important principles to maintain. Further, allegations of theft, retail fraud or other crimes of dishonesty can be easily mischaracterized, or misjudged. Consequences range from loss of employment, loss of immigration status, to jail and/or fines. It is important that charges of theft and retail fraud are properly handled and litigated in court to ensure the best results and to prevent any adverse consequences.
Keep the charges off your record
We understand that it is of the upmost importance to keep any retail fraud or theft offense off your criminal record. A theft related conviction leaves a reputation of dishonesty that can discourage employers and educational institutions from associating with you. A retail fraud or theft conviction could change the course of your life. It is important not to allow a one-time mistake invalidate years of hard work and preclude legitimate aspirations in the future. There are several legal strategies to keep a conviction off your record:
Youthful Offender Status – those under the age of 24can and should be provided an opportunity to have the case immediately made non-public and eventually dismissed after satisfactorily completion of a short probationary period.
First offender programs – many jurisdictions and prosecutorial offices will allow a first offender, no matter the age, to engage in programing to keep the offense off their record. Do not assume that this offer will automatically be made because it will not. Harsha Gowda will not only ensure all available programs, but ensure the client is prepared to be eligible to receive said programs. Many require the client to receive certain treatment or previously be engaged with a particular therapy requirement. Every court and jurisdiction is different in this regard, however we know exactly what needs to be done to ensure successful acceptance and completion of every known first offender program.
Often times, those that may not qualify can still be accepted into a first offender program. Harsha Gowda will make sure that every effort is taken to make all qualifying programs available to our clients, even if at first glance, it may seem unavailable. The opportunity to keep someone’s record clean must sometimes be fought hard for. Often times, a favorable result must be achieved no matter the cost and “no” is not an acceptable answer.
Many times, trial and pre-trial litigation is necessary. We do not simply accept the first offer the prosecutor makes, as it is usually not the best one. Sometimes a litigation battle is necessary.
It is important to hire an attorney who knows the jurisdiction, prosecutor preferences, position, tolerances, and which prosecutors and judges will entertain exceptional circumstances which can lead to favorable results.
Why Hire an Attorney?
It is important to know the Court, the Judge, the probation department and their past treatment of similarly situated defendants. It is important to be able to adequately explain and advocate all of the client’s relevant circumstances that can affect the outcome. An attorney should spend as much time as possible to know every relevant and important detail about the client, including his/her education, family, financial circumstance, physical and mental health, professional andpersonal goals and aspirations. It is important to hire a dedicated attorney who knows special and alternative options which are available and helpful to your case. It is important that each client is characterized individually. Each defendant should not be all be treated the same. Whether an accussed is a first-time or repeat offender, this case can be the most significant event in their life. It is critically important that you obtain the best result possible as it could and will have an effect on the rest of your life. Do not trust a court appointed attorney to provide any specialized or individualized assistance. A court appointed attorney will only do what the prosecution wants. They simply do not take the time to fully investigate the whole case. They will not look at videos or LPO reports. They will spend as little time as necessary to finish your case as they have several more to finish. Those with a court appointed attorney will have no one to call for advice, counseling, questions, or assistance. A retail fraud or theft case and its outcome is entirely too important to trust a public defender. As good intentioned as they may be, they simply do not have the time and qualifications to do what ever is necessary to obtain the best result. You may spend three minutes with a lawyer who literally holds your life and future in your hands.
The cost for to defend a theft case can be as little as $1,000.00. Qualified individuals can be placed on a reasonable payment plan. There is no reason not to request a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, your options, expectations, and fees. Most criminal defense attorneys do not specialize in retail fraud and theft offenses. Harsha Gowda realizes the specific needs that are unique to these types of offenses. We understand that by knowing the specific issues unique to these types of cases, including an understanding and previous experience in area courts with high volumes of retail fraud like Troy, Novi, Canton, and Sterling Heights, we can obtain extraordinary results.
Judges and prosecutors know that when a retail fraud specialist attorney is representing a client, that client will be properly diagnosed, their relevant circumstances evaluated and an appropriate plan for resolution will be presented without the need for incarceration, overly burdensome penalties or unnecessary services, treatments or probationary terms. Harsha Gowda travels all over the State of Michigan to defend these charges. No matter where in Michigan our lawyers will ensure that the best results are obtained in retail fraud and theft related offenses.
Harsha Gowda has dedicated countless hours in leaning the issues, defenses and evidentiary matters specific to retail fraud and theft related cases. He has developed significant relationships with area prosecuting attorneys, judges and counselors to whom he is known as a retail fraud specialist defense attorney. Harsha prides himself on getting results for his clients charged with retail fraud and theft offenses that other attorneys, especially court appointed public defenders, do not obtain. He also has significant experience for theft offense cases and knows how to effectively argue issues to juries, judges and prosecutors with great success. Harsha knows how to educate the court about the issues specific to retail fraud and theft offenses, as well as issues specific to the individual client. His expertise is quickly recognized as reliable and incredibly helpful.
You are facing severe penalties, if you have been arrested and charged with Domestic Violence. If you charged with Domestic Violence, you could go to jail, be shut out of many jobs, and even lose your children. You need an experienced and aggressive Domestic Violence Lawyer and Attorney to defend your rights.
When the police are called for Domestic Violence, someone is going to jail.When police are called to a home or residence on a Domestic Violence call, they usually end up removing someone from the home. Police may feel compelled to make an arrest in the interests of safety.
You need an Domestic Violence Defense Attorney who will treat your Domestic Violence defense seriously.Everyone has argument with their boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, but if it gets out of hand and the police are called, you can bet they will show up at your door. And once they do show up, they will take the matter seriously and someone is going to jail. You should take this matter seriously too. A conviction or even allegations of Domestic Violence may effect your rights to child custody or visitation, you or your children could be removed from your home, and you could face jail time. You need and deserve competent Domestic Violence representation to protect your rights and reputation.
At the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC, if you are charged with Domestic Violence we will:
- We listen to our client and investigate all the facts related to a Domestic Violence charge.
- We examine any prior history of your accuser for making false statements and accusations about Domestic Violence.
- We work to uncover any reason that person may have for making false accusations.
- We use any means necessary to uncover the truth and prove your innocence.
- Advise you of your options in fighting Domestic Violence charges.
- Determine whether there are any diversion programs that may be available to keep a Domestic Violence conviction off your record.
Even if the victim agrees, you may not be able to get the Prosecutor to “Drop the Charge”Once charged with Domestic Violence/Assault, it is very difficult to get the charges dropped; even if the alleged victim of the Domestic Violence/Assault forgives you and wants to drop the matter. In fact, in many Domestic Violence cases, especially with spousal abuse, once an arrest has been made for Domestic Violence, the Prosecutor will take over the case. When this happens, even if the victim wants to forgive and forget, the victim is simply a witness and must take a back seat while the Prosecutor goes ahead with the criminal case.
With all you have to lose, this is not the time to go it alone. Being charged with Domestic Violence could have a devastating impact on your life and the lives of your family.
Do You Need a Lawyer?It is very important to contact a Michigan Domestic Violence Attorney immediately. Because the penalties can range from minor hassles and community service to huge fines and the potential for many years in prison, a good lawyer can make all the difference.
Sentencing and Probation
If you have been arrested or charged with a felony or misdemeanor you need an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney. Detroit Criminal Defense Lawyer and Attorney Harsha G Gowda represents clients who have been charged with Felony, Misdemeanor, and Traffic offenses. We serve clients in Michigan, Metro Detroit, and all Southeastern Michigan Cities and Counties with a commitment to quality representation. If you need an experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense Firm, we will provide the best criminal defense available. A conviction can lead to job loss, stiff fines, a criminal record and jail. The Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, PLLC will represent you and protect your rights to ensure the best outcome possible. Here is how we help you fight for your rights!
Harsha treats each client as a partner in his or her case and emphasizes that the best defense results from a well-informed client and a well-informed attorney. We remain keenly aware that clients are facing personal stress and we work to minimize that anxiety and reduce the impact criminal charges have on our clients and their family. Clients are encouraged to contact Harsha anytime, including evenings, weekends, or any other time when they feel the need to discuss their case.
If you or or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Michigan, hiring an attorney to represent you is a critical decision. At the Law Office of Harsha G Gowda, we offer experienced and aggressive Criminal Defense. By retaining our office you will have a lawyer that is not only qualified and knowledgable about the law, but someone who provides excellent and professional service when handling your case.
Contact Harsha today to find out if you can enter a diversion program that keeps the charge off your public record. Harsha has successfully negotiated plea agreements with Judges and Prosecutors whereby the original charges are dismissed contingent upon completion of predetermined terms and conditions. Harsha has experience in Courts throughout metro-Detroit and can properly advise you whether dimissal or deferal of your charge is possible. By going to Court without a knowledgeable and prepared attorney, you may squander an opportunity to maintain a clean record.
Our office represents indivuduals charged with all type of criminal offenses including:
- Retail Fraud
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Traffic Misdemeanors