The following is an inexhaustive list of matters handled by the firm.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Criminal defense is the cornerstone of this law firm. Since its inception, Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk has dedicated his practice to providing personal and passionate legal representation on behalf of his clients. Make no mistake; if you have been accused or arrested for a crime, you are in serious peril. Your life, liberty and livelihood are in certain jeopardy. You need an aggressive and experienced attorney, fighting for you.

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DUI/OWI/DRUNK DRIVING

Michigan has enacted some of the harshest drunk driving penalties in the nation. Even a first-offender faces potential jail time, mandatory suspension to his or her driving privileges and severe economic sanctions. For repeat offenders, the consequences can be devastating. Drunk driving defense is a delicate matter. Whether this is your first offense or you have previously found yourself in similar circumstance, retain the attorney with the experience and determination to affectively defend your rights

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CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/DRUG CHARGES

An arrest on a drug charge is an extremely confusing and upsetting experience. The charges against you often seem confusing, complicated and undeserved. Penalties can be unforgiving depending on the type and amount of drug involved. Contact the attorney with the knowledge and proven track record for defending his clients accused of the variety of felony and misdemeanor drug-related crimes.

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VIOLENT CRIMES/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

As a matter of policy, crimes involving violence are routinely investigated and prosecuted with the added incentive of securing a conviction. Whether charged with misdemeanor domestic violence or a violent felony, the laws regarding these offenses are tough and the penalties severe. Adequate preparation and skillful representation is essential for your defense. Hire the attorney committed to fighting relentlessly to protect your best interests.

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PROPERTY/THEFT CRIMES

Crimes involving property and theft result in significant punishment. The penalties are severe. As an added consequence, a conviction for a theft-related crime carries a stigma that will remain with the individual forever. Future education, career and social opportunities can be severely impacted. Don’t take chances with your future, get the assistance of an experienced attorney today.

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WEAPON/FIREARM OFFESES

A criminal act involving a weapon or firearm is a serious matter. These charges carry extreme life-altering penalties. Whether you are accused of unlawfully carrying or concealing a weapon or suspected of using a weapon in the commission of a criminal act, it is important to act quickly. Proceeding without an attorney is unforgivable. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk will fight for you, ensuring that your rights are protected and your defense well-prepared

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The enactment of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in 2008 created an exciting, yet equally uncertain area of law for Michigan citizens. Although the spirit of the Act recognizes the rights and privileges of qualifying patients and their respective caregivers, law enforcement officials and prosecutors alike routinely misinterpret the law. Moreover, the federal government does not recognize medical marijuana in any regard. Patients and caregivers relying on the protection afforded by the law are often wrongfully charged with a drug crime. Should you find yourself in this circumstance, you need an attorney experienced with matters involving medical marijuana. Contact Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk today.

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PROBATION VIOLATIONS

Probation is often given in lieu of jail time. While on probation, the person is subject to numerous terms and conditions as prescribed by the court. Individuals found guilty of violating their probation face an exceptionally high risk of jail time since the court has previously spared the defendant a term of incarceration. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk will ensure a strong, well-prepared defense and greatly improve your chances of remaining on probation and out of jail.

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WARRANTS/BOND HEARINGS

Matters involving an outstanding arrest warrant, bench warrant or a pending bond hearing are delicate in nature and require immediate attention. Warrants are promptly entered into a statewide law enforcement information network. Any subsequent contact with a law enforcement officer will result in the immediate arrest of the individual. Inadequate representation at the bond hearing could result in the accused being incarcerated pending the outcome of their case. Don’t let yourself walk into the police station or courthouse unprepared. If you find yourself in a situation involving a warrant or bond hearing, you need Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk at your defense.

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DRIVER’S LICENSE RESTORATION

Driving an automobile is a privilege most citizens often take for granted. Multiple convictions for alcohol-related driving offenses will result in mandatory revocation of your driver’s license. The consequences are devastating. Michigan lawmakers have taken much of the power away from the courts as it relates to driver’s license restoration matters, and have instead vested this great authority with the Secretary of State. Individuals denied reinstatement of their driving privileges have a limited opportunity to appeal before the circuit court. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk has appeared numerous times before the Driver License Appeal Division and circuit court and will provide the skillful representation necessary to obtaining a successful license appeal.

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TRAFFIC MATTERS

Each time you are convicted of a traffic violation, you will have to pay certain court fines and costs. In addition, points may be assessed to your driving record. These points will often result in an increase to your insurance costs. Repeated traffic violation convictions will trigger an automatic review by Secretary of State and could result in a loss of your driving privileges. Commercial driver license holders face even greater consequences. An attorney experienced in handling traffic matters can greatly reduce the severity of these penalties ensuring you remain on the road and your insurance rates reasonable. Contact Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk today.

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PERSONAL PROTECTION ORDERS (PPO’S)

Matters involving a Personal Protection Order (PPO) are serious in nature and require immediate attention. This issuance of a PPO has severe real-life consequences. In addition to damaging your reputation and affecting education opportunities, certain types of employment trigger an automatic notification of the PPO to the employer, and those with a CPL/CCW may have action taken against their license. Once an Ex Parte PPO has been entered, it is necessary to file an immediate response. An uncontested Ex Parte PPO will become a permanent order. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk has the unique experience of defending individuals whom have received a PPO as well as representing clients who desire to initiate a PPO action. Contact his office today to schedule a brief, free consultation, focused on your particular situation.

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WITNESS RIGHTS/5TH AMENDMENT CLAIMS

There are many occasions where a victim later regrets the decision to involve law enforcement with an argument or dispute that arose with a wife, husband, family member or friend. Both the police and prosecuting attorney represent the interests of the People of the community in which they serve, and criminal charges are regularly filed despite the victim’s desire to have the matter dismissed. Victim and witnesses reluctant to cooperate are routinely met with contempt and threats of repercussion. Subpoenas are issued compelling a victim or witness to appear at court to testify. Failure to comply with the order could result in that individual being found guilty of contempt of court. Often times a victim or witness can avoid testifying by hiring a competent attorney to raise a valid 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Situations where it may be necessary to assert a 5th Amendment privilege include instances where a victim or witness may have lied to the police and/or made a false police report, or in domestic violence cases where testimony could reveal that the victim or witness was the aggressor or committed an assault or other criminal act. Victims and witnesses have an absolute legal right to retain an attorney to defend their interest and zealously advocate their issues or concerns to the prosecuting attorney and before the court. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk has represented many victims and witnesses involved in criminal law matters, and will ensure that your rights are protected throughout this stressful situation.

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JUVENILE CRIMES/DELINQUENCY

Children and teenagers make mistakes — it's part of the process of growing up. Unfortunately, when an error in judgment leads to criminal behavior, juveniles face serious consequences in the juvenile or criminal justice system. Juvenile criminal charges are those brought against a child who is less than 17 years old. If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, he or she requires a knowledgeable and aggressive juvenile defense attorney. Contact Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk and secure the representation your child needs to protect his or her future.

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EXPUNGEMENTS

Are past mistakes holding you back? Aside from preventing you from securing gainful employment, having a criminal history may prevent you from obtaining student loans, housing assistance, and professional licenses and certificates. Michigan law allows certain qualifying individuals to apply to “set aside” a prior misdemeanor or felony conviction. The laws and procedures governing expungements are continually changing. Attorney Ryan D. Streefkerk can promptly identify whether or not your prior conviction may be set aside, and provide the necessary representation to assist you in achieving a successful expungement.

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