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Thanks to the hard work of one of our attorneys, The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan was able to get another misdemeanor charge dropped!  Our client was facing an assault and battery charge at 63rd district court. The prosecutor was willing to make reasonable offers, but we wanted the charges dropped!

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan is not afraid to fight for you!  This may mean we have to take a criminal case to trial.  A trial is the only way sometimes to get the results our firm desires for our client.  We set the case for trial and right before it started, we found out we had gotten another misdemeanor charge dropped by the prosecutor!

If you are facing any felony or misdemeanor charge, please call us today at 616-438-6719. The call is free.  Let us explain to you how we can help you get a good result in a not so good situation.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Another Great Review!

I got Another Great Review by a client on Avvo today!

Here is the review,

“I was facing jail time because of a probation violation. The p.o. wanted me to do ten days downtown and the judge was very hostile. Shawn boldly defended me and told the judge the p.o.’s request was outrageous.  Thanks to Shawn’s efforts, I walked out of court a free man with no jail time. I would definitely recommend hiring Shawn! Thanks again!”

It is always a great pleasure to me when I see another great review come in! I work hard to make sure I will see another great review in the near future.  If you want me to work hard on your case, please contact me today at 616-438-6719!

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We celebrate this time of year because of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We have had a good year and we hope that everyone reading this has had a good year as well.

While you may be having a Merry Christmas right now, it only times a moment for something bad to happen. Please do not wait to hire an attorney this time of year because it is the Holiday season.  It is important to hire an attorney right away.  The longer you wait the more likely it is that your attorney might not be able to get you the best result possible on your case.

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan is willing to work with clients when it comes to payment plans  Our rates are already reasonable.   Again, don't wait to hire an attorney if you are charged during the Holiday Season. Call us today at 616-438-6719.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, 
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Federal Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes Have Been Going Down In The United States

Violent crimes have been going down in the United States, but if you are facing an attack from Uncle Sam related to violent crimes, you need to contact us today at 616-438-6719. We have the attorneys who know how to get you results.

Definition of Federal Violent Crimes

Federal Violent crimes are defined as:

The term “crime of violence” means—

(a) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or

(b) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.

What are the federal crimes and penalties for domestic federal violent crimes?

All the federal domestic violence crimes are felonies. It is a federal crime under VAWA: C to cross state lines or enter or leave Indian country and physically injure an “intimate partner”. 18 U.S.C. Section 2261 C to cross state lines to stalk or harass or to stalk or harass within the maritime or territorial lands of the United States. 18 U.S.C. Section 2261A C to cross state lines or enter or leave Indian country and violate a qualifying Protection Order. 18 U.S.C. Section 2262. It is a federal crime under the Gun Control Act: C to possess a firearm and/or ammunition while subject to a qualifying Protection Order. 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(8)C to possess a firearm and/or ammunition after conviction of a qualifying misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) A violation of the Gun Control Act, Sections 922(g)(8) and 922(g)(9), has a maximum prison term of ten years. A violation under VAWA, Section s 2261, 2261A and 2262, has a maximum prison term of five years to life, depending on the seriousness of the bodily injury caused by the defendant. In a VAWA case, the Court must order restitution to pay the victim the full amount of losses.

These losses include costs for medical or psychological care, physical therapy, transportation, temporary housing, child care expenses, lost income, attorney’s fees, costs incurred in obtaining a civil protection order, and any other losses suffered by the victim as a result of the offense. In a Gun Control Act case, the Court may order restitution. Please keep a record of all expenses caused by the domestic violence crime. What is a qualifying domestic violence misdemeanor? Possession of a firearm and/or ammunition after conviction of a “qualifying” domestic violence misdemeanor is a federal crime under Section 922(g)(9). Generally, the misdemeanor will “qualify” if the conviction was for a crime committed by an intimate partner, parent or guardian of the victim that required the use or attempted use of physical force or the threatened use of a deadly weapon. In addition, Section 922(g)(9) imposes other legal requirements.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Arson Defense Attorneys and Lawyers

When you are facing criminal charges such as arson in the Grand Rapids area, it is important to have the representation of an aggressive criminal defense lawyer. Our Grand Rapids Arson Defense Attorneys and Lawyers provide quality criminal defense for all people charged with Arson.  If you are facing arson charges or are being investigated for arson, call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan at 616-438-6719 for a free phone consultation. Our Grand Rapids Arson Defense Attorneys and Lawyers will work hard for you and fight to get you the best results possible if you are charged with arson.

ARSON MCLA 750.71

750.71 Arson and burning; definitions.

Sec. 71.

Definition of “burn”—The term “burn” as used in this chapter shall mean setting fire to, or doing any act which results in the starting of a fire, or aiding, counseling, inducing, persuading or procuring another to do such act or acts.

750.72 Burning dwelling house.

Sec. 72.

Burning dwelling house—Any person who willfully or maliciously burns any dwelling house, either occupied or unoccupied, or the contents thereof, whether owned by himself or another, or any building within the curtilage of such dwelling house, or the contents thereof, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 20 years.

750.73 Burning of other real property.

Sec. 73.

Burning of other real property—Any person who willfully or maliciously burns any building or other real property, or the contents thereof, other than those specified in the next preceding section of this chapter, the property of himself or another, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years.

750.74 Burning of personal property.

Sec. 74.

(1) A person who willfully and maliciously burns any personal property, other than personal property specified in section 72 or 73, owned by himself or herself or another person is guilty of a crime as follows:

(a) If the value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned is less than $200.00, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine.

(b) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or 3 times the value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned is $200.00 or more but less than $1,000.00.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (a) and has 1 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to this section.

(c) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or 3 times the value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned is $1,000.00 or more but less than $20,000.00.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (b)(i) and has 1 or more prior convictions for violating or attempting to violate this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (a) or (b)(ii).

(d) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $15,000.00 or 3 times the value of the personal property burned or intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The personal property burned or intended to be burned has a value of $20,000.00 or more.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (c)(i) and has 2 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (a) or (b)(ii).

(2) The values of personal property burned or intended to be burned in separate incidents pursuant to a scheme or course of conduct within any 12-month period may be aggregated to determine the total value of personal property burned or intended to be burned.

(3) If the prosecuting attorney intends to seek an enhanced sentence based upon the defendant having 1 or more prior convictions, the prosecuting attorney shall include on the complaint and information a statement listing the prior conviction or convictions. The existence of the defendant’s prior conviction or convictions shall be determined by the court, without a jury, at sentencing or at a separate hearing for that purpose before sentencing. The existence of a prior conviction may be established by any evidence relevant for that purpose, including, but not limited to, 1 or more of the following:

(a) A copy of the judgment of conviction.

(b) A transcript of a prior trial, plea-taking, or sentencing.

(c) Information contained in a presentence report.

(d) The defendant’s statement.

(4) If the sentence for a conviction under this section is enhanced by 1 or more prior convictions, those prior convictions shall not be used to further enhance the sentence for the conviction pursuant to section 10, 11, or 12 of chapter IX of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 769.10, 769.11, and 769.12.

750.75 Burning of insured property.

Sec. 75.

Burning of insured property—Any person who shall wilfully burn any building or personal property which shall be at the time insured against loss or damage by fire with intent to injure and defraud the insurer, whether such person be the owner of the property or not, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 10 years.

750.76 Applicability of preceding sections.

Sec. 76.

Applicability of preceding sections—The preceding sections of this chapter shall apply to a married woman who may commit any of the offenses herein described although the property burnt may belong partly or wholly to her husband; and said preceding sections shall also apply to a married man although the property burnt may belong partly or wholly to his wife; and although said property may be occupied by such married man or married woman, or by such married man and wife as a residence.

750.77 Willfully and maliciously setting fire.

Sec. 77.

(1) A person who uses, arranges, places, devises, or distributes an inflammable, combustible, or explosive material, liquid, or substance or any device in or near a building or property described in section 72, 73, 74, or 75 with intent to willfully and maliciously set fire to or burn the building or property or who aids, counsels, induces, persuades, or procures another to do so is guilty of a crime as follows:

(a) If the property intended to be burned is personal or real property, or both, with a combined value less than $200.00, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the combined value of the property intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine.

(b) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or 3 times the combined value of the property intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The property intended to be burned is personal or real property, or both, with a combined value of $200.00 or more but less than $1,000.00.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (a) and has 1 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to this section.

(c) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or 3 times the combined value of the property intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The property intended to be burned is personal or real property, or both, with a combined value of $1,000.00 or more but less than $20,000.00.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (b)(i) and has 1 or more prior convictions for violating or attempting to violate this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (a) or (b)(ii).

(d) If any of the following apply, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $15,000.00 or 3 times the combined value of the property intended to be burned, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine:

(i) The property is personal or real property, or both, with a combined value of $20,000.00 or more.

(ii) The person violates subdivision (c)(i) and has 2 or more prior convictions for committing or attempting to commit an offense under this section. For purposes of this subparagraph, however, a prior conviction does not include a conviction for committing or attempting to commit an offense for a violation or attempted violation of subdivision (a) or (b)(ii).

(2) The combined value of property intended to be burned in separate incidents pursuant to a scheme or course of conduct within any 12-month period may be aggregated to determine the total value of property intended to be burned.

(3) If the prosecuting attorney intends to seek an enhanced sentence based upon the defendant having 1 or more prior convictions, the prosecuting attorney shall include on the complaint and information a statement listing the prior conviction or convictions. The existence of the defendant’s prior conviction or convictions shall be determined by the court, without a jury, at sentencing or at a separate hearing for that purpose before sentencing. The existence of a prior conviction may be established by any evidence relevant for that purpose, including, but not limited to, 1 or more of the following:

(a) The total value of property intended to be burned.

(b) A transcript of a prior trial, plea-taking, or sentencing.

(c) Information contained in a presentence report.

(d) The defendant’s statement.

(4) If the sentence for a conviction under this section is enhanced by 1 or more prior convictions, those prior convictions shall not be used to further enhance the sentence for the conviction pursuant to section 10, 11, or 12 of chapter IX of the code of criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 769.10, 769.11, and 769.12.

750.78 Wilfully or negligently setting fire to woods, prairies or grounds.

Sec. 78.

Wilfully setting fire to woods, etc.—Any person who shall wilfully or negligently set fire to any woods, prairies or grounds, not his property, or shall wilfully permit any fire to pass from his own woods, prairies or grounds, to the injury or destruction of the property of any other person, shall be guilty of a felony.

750.79 Clearing of land and disposing of refuse in townships.

Sec. 79.

Clearing land by fire and disposing of refuse materials in townships—Whenever in pursuance of the authority given by law, any township board shall, by order, rule or regulation, designate a period during which it shall be unlawful to set forest fires or fires for the purpose of clearing lands, and disposing by burning of refuse material and waste matter within its respective jurisdiction or any part thereof, any person who shall be found guilty of violating the orders, rules and regulations of such board by setting any such fire in such township contrary to the provisions thereof shall be guilty of a felony: Provided, That any person desiring to dispose of refuse material by burning the same during the time prohibited by the board of such township, may do so after first procuring permission in writing, signed by the supervisor and township clerk, or by a majority of such township board, and the said supervisor and township clerk, or a majority of the said board are hereby authorized to grant such permission in their discretion, under such conditions as they may prescribe, upon application made in writing for such purpose: Provided further, That said board is hereby authorized at any time to repeal by resolution any order, rule or regulation herein mentioned.

750.80 Setting fire to mines and mining material.

Sec. 80.

Setting fire to mines and mining materials—Any person who shall wilfully and maliciously burn or set fire to or cause to be burned or set fire to any wood, timber, or other material in any part of a mine under ground, or shall wilfully and maliciously set fire to or burn any shaft house or other structure or materials built or placed over, or upon a shaft, adit, level or other opening into any mine, such mine being then in use or operation, shall be guilty of felony, and be punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years.

GRAND RAPIDS ARSON DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

If you are facing an arson charge, having our experienced and aggressive Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers on your side is a requirement! Our arson defense lawyers will answer your questions honestly. Having the right arson defense attorney on your side can relieve your stress during this difficult situation.  Call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan today at 616-438-6719 right away if you are charged with arson.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of:Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Stanton, Hastings, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Criminal Sexual Conduct

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree – Rape

In Michigan, Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree (CSC1) is the most serious rape charge. The maximum penalty for a CSC1 conviction is life in prison.  If the victim is under the age of 13, a person convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree-Rape, will serve minimum of 25 years in prison.  If a person has previously been convicted of a sex offense involving a child under the age of 13, a defendant is convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 13 again, the penalty is life in prison without parole.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree charges are serious, and because of this anyone charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree should contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan asap! and don’t simply include prison time.  Those convicted of CSC 1st Degree will also be required to register on the Michigan Sex Offender’s registry.

Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree charges are incredibly complex cases, often involving children or young adults who are lying.  Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree charges also require an attorney to be erudite in DNA evidence, and prosecution “experts” in sex crimes.  The government has unlimited resources in these cases and will unleash those resources on anyone charged with this kind of crime.

Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree – Rape

CSC 1st charges require a defendant to have an aggressive criminal defense lawyer reprsenting him. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has the aggressive defense lawyers you need to fight the Criminal Sexual Conduct charges in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

When choosing an attorney to defend you against serious charges with life-altering consequences such as prison, a client needs to have an attorney he can trust.  CSC 1st charges require an attorney and client have a close working relationship with each other.  The Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Law Firm have lawyers who have exceptional communications skills.  We make having a great relationship with our clients our top priority. be afraid to ask the tough questions.  If you can’t communicate well with your current attorney and you are facing Criminal Sexual Conduct charges in Grand Rapids, Michigan, call uas asap!

At The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, we have both the knowledge and experience necessary to fight your Criminal Sexual Conduct Case.  We won’t pressure you to plead because we are scared of a jury trial.  Our Criminal Sexual Conduct lawyers will fight for you, every step of the law!  Don’t wait, call today at 616-438-6719.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of:Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, , Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Retail Fraud In Michigan

Fraud is lying in order to induce someone to believe the lie and give up something of value. Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys have handled many retail fraud cases. The three types of fraud charges are mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud. However, fraud is frequently broken down into other categories such as:

Bankruptcy fraud

Credit card fraud or check fraud

Internet fraud and computer hacking

Insurance fraud

Tax fraud

Identity fraud or identity theft

Accounting fraud

Retail Fraud

Embezzlement, fraud and retail fraud charges can be very complex and very unique for every individual. This makes it very important to have an experienced Grand Rapids fraud defense lawyer in your corner. At the Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Law Firm, we can provide you with aggressive criminal defense against any and all forms of fraud or embezzlement charges.  Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys can also represent you against all white collar criminal charges such as embezzlement and retail fraud. Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys won’t judge you. Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys will work hard on your case! Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys will keep you in touch every step of the way.

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for charges of embezzlement or retail fraud, contact one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers at 616-929-3199 asap!

Michigan Retail Fraud Defense Lawyer

Embezzlement charges come about if you are entrusted with property or money by a business or an individual and are then accused of stealing that money or property. Examples of these kind of charges include:

Computer fraud

Credit card fraud

Bad checks

Forgery

Tax evasion or tax fraud

Bank fraud

Counterfeiting

If you have been accused of embezzlement in Michigan, you could face serious penalties, including jail, large fines, community service and even prison. Contact one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers today at 616-929-3199 if you are being investigated for any charges related to fraud.

Fighting Charges of Retail Fraud and Other Types of Fraud Throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan.

No matter what type of fraud you are being investigated for or have been charged with, our Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys can assist you through the process. By fighting the prosecution at every turn, we can help to minimize the consequences you face and will strive to have your charges eliminated. Whether you are facing accusations of securities fraud, health care fraud, business fraud, insurance fraud or retail fraud, you can rely on the experience of our Our Retail Fraud Defense Lawyers And Attorneys to protect your rights in court.

The Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Law Firm provides criminal defense representation to individuals, professionals and businesses charged with all types of fraud. If you are charged with embezzlement or retail fraud, you need to contact one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers at 616-929-3199 asap!

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of:Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Stanton, Hastings, Newaygo, White Cloud, Zeeland and Allegan.
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“How can you represent criminals?” Criminal defense lawyers are asked this question all the time. As a criminal defense lawyer, I try to find the humanity in the people I represent.  People make mistakes. The vast majority of people I have worked with in my criminal defense practice are not evil. They made a stupid mistake. Maybe they made a stupid mistake under the influence of drugs, or maybe they made their stupid mistake because they were filled with anger.  Regardless of the reason, these people I have represented don't want to be defined as a bad person because of one instance in their life.

If you were arrested, would you want to be labeled an evil person? If you made a mistake and had a criminal conviction on your record would you want to be called an evil person?  As New York criminal defense attorney Don Murray said, “Someday, God forbid, you may be arrested. And when the whole world knows you are guilty even if you aren’t; when the vast and virtually limitless resources of the Government are arrayed against you to ruin your life and take your freedom, there will be at least one person on this earth who will agree to stand up and fight for you against those fearsome odds – a criminal defense attorney."

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan wants to fight for you against the power of the government. We know what you are up against and we are here to make sure you get a fair deal if you are guilty and to work hard to get you a not guilty verdict if you are innocent.

The founding fathers thought a defense lawyer was so important that they put defense attorneys in the Sixth Amendment, ". . . .and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."

As a Criminal Defense Attorney, I follow in the footsteps of great people like found father and early American President John Adams.  John Adams once declared that one of his greatest services to our country was to successfully defend British soldiers.  The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan is happy to follow in the footsteps of President Adams. 

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Federal Child Abuse legislation provides guidance to States by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g), as amended by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:

"Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation"; or
"An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm."
This definition of federal child abuse and neglect refers specifically to parents and other caregivers. A "child" under this definition generally means a person who is younger than age 18 or who is not an emancipated minor. Our Federal Child Abuse Defense Lawyers won't judge you! Our Federal Child Abuse Defense Lawyers will work hard to get you the best results possible!

While CAPTA provides definitions for sexual abuse and the special cases of neglect related to withholding or failing to provide medically indicated treatment, it does not provide specific definitions for other types of maltreatment such as physical abuse, neglect, or emotional abuse. While Federal legislation sets minimum standards for States that accept CAPTA funding, each State provides its own definitions of maltreatment within civil and criminal statutes.

Federal Child Abuse Defense Lawyers

If you are charged and convicted on a Federal Child Abuse case with Uncle Sam, you can face up to life in prison!  Rest assured, federal charges are much stiffer than charges on a state level. Federal prosecutors are experts at their craft and they will take all the time needed to hammer anyone charged for federal child abuse! Call us today at 616-438-6719 if you are ever hit with a federal child abuse charge. Our Federal Child Abuse Defense Lawyers will work hard to get you results!

Uncle Sam takes federal child abuse charges very seriously. If you are facing federal child abuse charges, call us today at 616-438-6719. We will get to work on your case right away.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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If you are facing homicide or murder criminal charges in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area you need an experienced and aggressive criminal defense law firm on your side! The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will fight for you every step of the way.  Homicide, murder manslaughter, criminal charges carry extreme penalties and anyone charged with these crimes is facing serious prison time!  Contact The Criminal Defense Law Center today at 616-438-6719 if you charged or being investigated for murder, homocide, or manslaughter.

MCLA 750.316 First degree murder; penalty; definitions.

Sec. 316.

(1) A person who commits any of the following is guilty of first degree murder and shall be punished by imprisonment for life:

(a) Murder perpetrated by means of poison, lying in wait, or any other willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing.

(b) Murder committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, arson, criminal sexual conduct in the first, second, or third degree, child abuse in the first degree, a major controlled substance offense, robbery, carjacking, breaking and entering of a dwelling, home invasion in the first or second degree, larceny of any kind, extortion, kidnapping, vulnerable adult abuse in the first and second degree under section 145n, torture under section 85, or aggravated stalking under section 411i.

(c) A murder of a peace officer or a corrections officer committed while the peace officer or corrections officer is lawfully engaged in the performance of any of his or her duties as a peace officer or corrections officer, knowing that the peace officer or corrections officer is a peace officer or corrections officer engaged in the performance of his or her duty as a peace officer or corrections officer.

(2) As used in this section:

(a) "Arson" means a felony violation of chapter X.

(b) "Corrections officer" means any of the following:

(i) A prison or jail guard or other prison or jail personnel.

(ii) Any of the personnel of a boot camp, special alternative incarceration unit, or other minimum security correctional facility.

(iii) A parole or probation officer.

(c) "Major controlled substance offense" means any of the following:

(i) A violation of section 7401(2)(a)(i) to (iii) of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7401.

(ii) A violation of section 7403(2)(a)(i) to (iii) of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7403.

(iii) A conspiracy to commit an offense listed in subparagraph (i) or (ii).

(d) "Peace officer" means any of the following:

(i) A police or conservation officer of this state or a political subdivision of this state.

(ii) A police or conservation officer of the United States.

(iii) A police or conservation officer of another state or a political subdivision of another state.

MCLA 750.317 Second degree murder; penalty.

Sec. 317.

Second degree murder—All other kinds of murder shall be murder of the second degree, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life, or any term of years, in the discretion of the court trying the same.

MCLA 750.317a Delivery of schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance; death as felony; penalty.

Sec. 317a.

A person who delivers a schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, other than marihuana, to another person in violation of section 7401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7401, that is consumed by that person or any other person and that causes the death of that person or other person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years.

MCLA 750.318 Degree of murder; determination; testimony, open court, transcript.

Sec. 318.

The jury before whom any person indicted for murder shall be tried shall, if they find such person guilty thereof, ascertain in their verdict, whether it be murder of the first or second degree; but, if such person shall be convicted by confession, the court shall proceed by examination of witnesses to determine the degree of the crime, and shall render judgment accordingly. All testimony taken at such examination shall be taken in open court and a typewritten transcript or copy thereof, certified by the court reporter taking the same, shall be placed in the file of the case in the office of the county clerk.

MCLA 750.319 Death as result of fighting duel.

Sec. 319.

Death as result of fighting a duel—Any person, being an inhabitant or resident of this state, who shall, by previous appointment or engagement made within the same, fight a duel without the jurisdiction of this state, or who shall fight a duel within this state, and in so doing shall inflict a mortal wound upon any person, whereof the person so injured shall afterwards die within this state, shall be guilty of murder of the first degree within this state, and may be indicted, tried and convicted in the county where such death shall happen.

MCLA 750.321 Manslaughter.

Sec. 321.

Manslaughter—Any person who shall commit the crime of manslaughter shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, not more than 15 years or by fine of not more than 7,500 dollars, or both, at the discretion of the court.

MCLA 750.322 Manslaughter; wilful killing of unborn quick child.

Sec. 322.

Wilful killing of unborn quick child—The wilful killing of an unborn quick child by any injury to the mother of such child, which would be murder if it resulted in the death of such mother, shall be deemed manslaughter.

MCLA 750.324 Negligent homicide; penalty.

Sec. 324.

Any person who, by the operation of any vehicle upon any highway or upon any other property, public or private, at an immoderate rate of speed or in a careless, reckless or negligent manner, but not wilfully or wantonly, shall cause the death of another, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

MCLA 750.325 Negligent homicide; manslaughter where due to operation of motor vehicle.

Sec. 325.

The crime of negligent homicide shall be deemed to be included within every crime of manslaughter charged to have been committed in the operation of any vehicle, and in any case where a defendant is charged with manslaughter committed in the operation of any vehicle, if the jury shall find the defendant not guilty of the crime of manslaughter, it may render a verdict of guilty of negligent homicide.

 MCLA 750.327 Death due to explosives.

Sec. 327.

Death due to explosives—No person shall order, send, take or carry, or attempt to order, send, take or carry dynamite, nitro-glycerine or any other explosive substance which explodes by concussion or friction, concealed in any bag, satchel, valise, trunk, box or in any other manner, either as freight or baggage, on any passenger boat or vessel, or any railroad car or train of cars, street car, motor bus, stage or other vehicle used wholly or partly for carrying passengers.

In case any person violates any of the provisions of this section, he, and any consignee to whom any such dynamite, nitro-glycerine, or other explosive substance has been consigned by his procurement in violation of any of the provisions hereof, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or any term of years, in case such dynamite, nitro-glycerine or other explosive substance explodes and destroys human life while in possession of any carrier or on any boat, vessel, railroad car, street car, motor bus, stage or other vehicle contrary to any of the provisions hereof.

MCLA 750.328 Death due to explosives; placed with intent to destroy building or object.

Sec. 328.

Death from explosives placed with intent to destroy, etc., building or object—Any person who with intent to destroy, throw down or injure the whole or any part of any building or object, places or causes to be placed in, upon, under, against or near such building or object any gun powder or other explosive substance which upon explosion causes the death of any person, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or any term of years.

MCLA 750.329 Discharging firearm pointed or aimed at another person resulting in death; manslaughter; exception; "peace officer" defined.

Sec. 329.

(1) A person who wounds, maims, or injures another person by discharging a firearm that is pointed or aimed intentionally but without malice at another person is guilty of manslaughter if the wounds, maiming, or injuries result in death.

(2) This section does not apply to a peace officer of this state or another state, or of a local unit of government of this state or another state, or of the United States, performing his or her duties as a peace officer. As used in this section, "peace officer" means that term as defined in section 215.

MCLA 750.329a Intent to assist individual in suicide; prohibited conduct; felony; exception; effect of common law offense.

Sec. 329a.

(1) A person who knows that an individual intends to kill himself or herself and does any of the following with the intent to assist the individual in killing himself or herself is guilty of criminal assistance to the killing of an individual, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both:

(a) Provides the means by which the individual attempts to kill himself or herself or kills himself or herself.

(b) Participates in an act by which the individual attempts to kill himself or herself or kills himself or herself.

(c) Helps the individual plan to attempt to kill himself or herself or to kill himself or herself.

(2) This section does not apply to withholding or withdrawing medical treatment.

(3) This section does not prohibit a prosecution under the common law offense of assisting in a suicide, but a person shall not be convicted under both this section and that common law offense for conduct arising out of the same transaction.

Grand Rapids Murder, Homicide and Manslaughter Attorneys

If you are facing a felony, a good murder, homicide, or manslaughter defense attorney is required to get you the best results possible. Our criminal defense attorneys in Grand Rapids, Michigan can answer your questions. Having an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side can make or break your case! Our criminal defense attorneys in Grand Rapids, Michigan will fight for you ever step of the way! Our criminal defense attorneys can provide you with outstanding criminal defense representation.

My Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

My Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.
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A robbery conviction will destroy your reputation. If you work with an experienced West Michigan attorney for your unarmed robbery or armed robbery charge, you can stay out of jail and avoid the life-changing penalties that could result from a conviction. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan provides aggressive criminal defense, and experienced lawyers who will work with you to get the results you want!

Our Robbery and Theft Defense Lawyers represent clients faced with a variety of Robbery And Theft including:

          Felony Retail Fraud
          Embezzlement
          White Color Crimes
          Misdemeanor Theft
          Armed Robbery
          Unarmed Robbery
          Shoplifting
          Retail Fraud 1st-3rd Degree
          Running a Criminal Enterprise

Robbery and Theft cases can result in a felony conviction in West Michigan. If you have been accused of stealing or robbing someone in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hire a lawyer from The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan as soon as possible to begin building a powerful defense. Unarmed robbery in Michigan also packs powerful penalties for convictions and guilty pleas.

We know how to win unarmed robbery cases and armed robbery cases. When you work with us, you can rest easy knowing your lawyers will work hard and fight for your rights in your armed or unarmed robbery charges.

We are committed to Grand Rapids, Mi criminal defense and your Grand Rapids criminal lawyer will not rest until you have achieved the results you deserve when you are facing robbery or unarmed robbery charges.

Why hire The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan to represent You?

Anyone charged with unarmed robbery or armed robbery in Grand Rapids, Michigan is facing a serious criminal charge.  Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers understand that you do not want your life to be harmed because an unarmed or armed robbery conviction. The we will work to ease your concerns by building a strong defense. Our Grand Rapids Michigan Criminal Lawyers will investigate every aspect and legal option available.  We can pursue a case dismissal or court victory, or look at sentencing options that will keep you out of jail.

We will secure you a just result. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has experience in courts in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and throughout West Michigan.  Our Grand Rapids Michigan Criminal Lawyers know the tactics that will be effective in unarmed robbery defense cases and armed robbery cases.  We will efficiently utilize our skills to get you the best result possible.

We will show you why we get good results. Our dedication to criminal defense is evident all throughout Grand Rapids, Mi and the entire West Michigan area. Our clients consistently love the work we do for them on criminal cases.  We practice only criminal defense in Grand Rapids and the entire West Michigan area. Call us now at 616-438-6719 to fight your Michigan unarmed robbery, theft or armed robbery charge.  One of our experienced Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers will call you back asap!

Our aggressive Grand Rapids, Michigan defense lawyers build your case with goal of getting you the best possible results possible.  We aren't afraid to win!

We can represent you in any stage of your armed robbery, unarmed robbery or theft case. Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers are experienced in all West Michigan Courts.

Criminal Penalties for Michigan Unarmed Robbery or Theft Charge

According to the Michigan Penal Code (750.530), anyone who uses violence or fear to obtain money or property without consent is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  An attempted robbery conviction carries tough criminal punishments and you should still hire The Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Law Firm to represent you in your case.

Armed robbery charges in Michigan could land you in jail for life. Contact a Grand Rapids, Michigan robbery lawyer no matter what the details of your theft case are. Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers can help you achieve a great result, and will aggressively fight for you in all West Michigan courts, including Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call us 24/7 to Fight Your Unarmed Robbery or Robbery Charge at 616-438-6719!

My Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Allegan County, Barry County, Berrien County, Ionia County, Kalamazoo County, Kent County, Lake County,Manistee County, Mason County, Mecosta County, Montcalm County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County, Oceana County, Ottawa County, Van Buren County, and theCity of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

My Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Ada,Allegan, Allendale, Byron Center, Caledonia, Coopersville, Cutlerville, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids,  Grandville, Greenville, Hastings, Holland, Hudsonville, Ionia, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Ludington, Muskegeon, Newaygo,Northview, Norton Shores, Rockford, Spring Lake, Stanton, Walker,  White Cloud,         Wyoming and Zeeland.
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Drug Possession Defense Lawyers

Drug Possession Defense Lawyers for those who are facing Drug Possession Charges in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and throughout West Michigan

The state of Michigan has waged war upon illegal drugs such as methamphetamines, LSD, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.  Our Drug Possession Defense Lawyers work hard to defend people against false drug charges in all court rooms in Grand Rapids, Mi and West Michigan.

Drug charges should not be taken lightly. You need to hire the our Drug Possession Defense Lawyers if you are facing any criminal charge related to illegal use, possession or distribution  of drugs.

Why should you hire the Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan?

We work with our clients to ensure no important aspect  of our clients case is missed. We will examine potential rights violations that led to your drug arrest, search for any unreasonable search and seizure, and improper search warrants.

We practice only criminal defense in Grand Rapids, Mi and all West Michigan courts. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has handled numerous criminal defense cases and will fight hard to get you the results you deserve in your West Michigan or Grand Rapids, Mi drug possession case.

Michigan Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V Drug Possession Lawyer

The Michigan Penal Code separates drugs into schedules with differing criminal penalties for drugs in each category. Schedule 1 drugs include heroin or LSD.  Schedule 2 drugs include cocaine and methamphetamines. Schedule 3 drugs include steroids and morphine. Schedule 4 drugs, such as Valium and Xanax, are widely used in medical treatment.  Schedule 5 drugs have widely accepted medical uses .

Penalties for Criminal Drug Possession in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

According to the Michigan Penal Code (333.7403) penalties for drug possession are as follows:

Schedule I or II controlled substance:

Between 25g and 50g (felony): Up to 4 years prison time and up to $25,000 in fines.
Between 50g and 450g (felony): Up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
Between 450g and 1kg (felony): Up to 30 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Over 1kg (felony): Life imprisonment and up to $1,000,000 in fines.

Possessing marijuana in any amount can result in a penalty of up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines. Possession of ecstasy or methamphetamines in any amount can result in jail time of up to 10 years and up to $15,000 in fines. Possessing drugs in any form in a public or private park could put you behind bars for 2 years. Locations, such as schools, churches, or businesses could result in enhanced sentences. Call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan now at 616-438-6719 if you are facing possession charges for any illicit narcotic.

Drug Possession Defense Lawyers

If you are caught with drugs, West Michigan police and West Michigan prosecutors will look for ways to enhance charges to a possession with intent. Possession with intent charges carry harsher criminal penalties.  The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan can ensure you are not facing possession with intent charges in Grand Rapids, Michigan courtrooms in many cases.

According to the Michigan Penal Code (333.7413), anyone who is convicted of a second drug crime, such as possession of a Schedule I or II drug in an amount over 50g, is subject to life imprisonment.  You need to call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan if you have a previous drug crime conviction on your record and are facing Michigan drug possession accusations.

Call Now to Start Your Grand Rapids, Michigan Drug Possession Defense

To speak with an experienced case analyst concerning your drug crime case, call us at 616-929-3199.  Start defending your criminal possession charges now to ensure the best result. We are experienced in cases involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, prescription drugs, and other illegal substances, and can prevent enhanced sentences or wrongful convictions.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of:Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, , Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo, Zeeland and Allegan.
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Melanie Mccarty
3 months ago
Shawn was an amazing attorney! From the very first consult to the end Shawn was professional, knowlagable, and so friendly. I talked to many different attorneys when I began my search for hire and Shawn outshined the rest with his personable and dedicated demeanor. He made me feel at ease with the legal process and got the end result I wanted. Highly recommended!
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thank you so much! I am glad I could help you out!
Herman Tuohy
4 months ago
"Shawn Haff was very polite whenever we spoke, and he never once judged me based on my charges. Shawn was always on time looked presentable and worked great Magic for my case. By the time we were done at sentencing the judge throw out my paperwork for a 45 day sentence and I walked with 90 hours community service and 5 years probation when I was facing 2, 5 year felonies to begin with. I felt Shawn had a great relationship with the judges we seen, he even went to every court hearing with me from arraignment to sentencing. It was a huge benefit to have him show up at my arraignments because 1st felony was a rare 100$ bond and 2nd arraignment they granted me a p.r bond. I recommend Shawn to all my friends ... he was very helpful and walked us through every step of the way. My outcome was great !!! 10 stars for this lawyer :)!!!"
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Billy Barnett
4 months ago
Shawn is a tough lawyer who fights hard for his clients. You can trust him and his firm to get you results on your case.
Ryan Maesen
10 months ago
Good lawyers work here who know how to get results! If you are facing criminal charges, I would use them.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
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Tom Tubergen
5 months ago
I've had the privilege of working with Shawn for several years with his criminal defense legal practice in West Michigan. Shawn is a tremendously competent criminal defense attorney representing hundreds of clients throughout all of Western Michigan. I admire him for his honesty, ethics and a high level of personal integrity. But most of all, I especially appreciate his concern for protecting average citizens from zealous prosecutors and sloppy law enforcement investigators. When people get caught up in our scary, heavy-handed legal system, you need somebody like Shawn Haff that you know is going to defend you, and really cares as much as I know Shawn does.
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Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thanks Tom! I'm glad to have worked with you as well!
Lisa agr
9 months ago
Society will have you believe that lawyers are sharks and will try to trick you at every corner if you aren't careful. Mr. Haff defied every stereo type possible. He was kind and understanding and was willing to work with me--something I did not find in the nine other lawyers I contacted. I was hesitant to obtain legal council because I thought I could not afford it, and wasn't sure there was anything a lawyer could do for me. If you are on the fence about hiring or obtaining a lawyer, then you really do need one. Having a lawyer means you aren't fighting for yourself on your own. It means there is someone who will be sitting next to you at court, and someone who you can ask all of the middle of the night questions that pop into your head. Family is great. But there is no substitute for someone who has gone to law school and knows the ins and outs of the system and can tell you what to expect. If you are in the Grand Rapids area and have been charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense attorney, and I highly recommend you consult with Mr. Haff before hiring anyone else. With Mr. Haff you will get an experienced, down to earth man, who will look out for your best interest. He is very professional, but personable, and isn't someone who will show up to court with sucker in his mouth. Mr. Haff has assisted me at every stop in the road, and hasn't stopped looking out for me. Like you are, I read all of these reviews before calling Mr. Haff. I wasn't sure that I would have the same great experience that others had, and to be honest I thought they were inflated, but please listen to me when I say, every word of this is true. Do yourself a favor and call or email him. You don't have anything to loose by doing so, but you might have a lot to gain. I wish you all the luck on whatever your situation is and hope this has helped you.
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George M. Ropp
4 months ago
I was facing a felony charge of parental kidnapping! Shawn told me he would file a motion to dismiss the criminal charges. Shawn kept his word and the prosecutor dismissed the charges the day of the hearing.
Sandra Johnson
5 months ago
Very competent attorney who really cares about getting results for your case.
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