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Thanks to my work, I was able to get criminal charges dismissed again for my client!

My client was facing a retail fraud charge at 63rd district court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  My client was going to into his arraignment and was going to enter a guilty plea! I strongly advised him not to do so! I knew that through my skills as a lawyer, I could get the criminal charges dismissed!

I showed up at the arraignment with my client and we entered a not guilty plea. After this, I entered into negotiations with the local prosecutor.  We set the case up for another pretrial conference, but the case never made it that far!  A few weeks later, I got notice that the prosecutor was going to have the criminal charges dismissed!

If you want results like this, please contact me today at 616-438-6719. I will give you an honest assessment of your case and always keep you updated on your case.

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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District Court trials take place at local courthouses all across West Michigan.  District Court trials are usually only one day long. However, in some rare cases they may last two days.  

The life of district court trials starts at an arraignment.  Arraignment is where the district court judge reads the charges to the person accused of the crime and informs of them of the maximum possible punishments if they plea guilty or are convicted of the charges at trial.

A lot of people charged with misdemeanor crimes get very nervous when they hear the maximum possible punishment. I always assure my clients that they are not likely to get the maximum possible punishment. In my years of practicing criminal law, I have never seen a person get the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor conviction.

After the arraignment, the next step that leads to district court trials is a pre-trial conference. At the pre-trial conference, the defense lawyer and prosecutor sit down and try to settle the case short of trial. If the prosecutor and the defense lawyer are not able to settle short of trial, a jury trial or bench trial will happen.

A bench trial is where the judge decides the guilt of the defendant. A jury trial is where six peers will decide if the defendant is guilty of the crime based on the evidence that is submitted to them.

After the trial, the defendant will be sentenced if he is found guilty. If the defendant is found not guilty, the case is over and the defendant walks out of court a free man.

If you have any questions on how district court trials go, please call me today at  616-438-6179! I will call you back promptly and always work hard on your case.

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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I was very pleased with my experience in Wyoming, Michigan district court today.  Wyoming, Michigan district court Judge Pablo Cortes was the judge my client and I were in front of today for sentencing.

The case involved an alleged assault that took place at a local bar.  My client was insistent that he did nothing wrong. He always maintained that he was attacked first by three other men.   Sadly for my client, the Wyoming, Michigan police department was not able to get video evidence at the scene of the crime that would have proved my client was innocent.

Many people in our criminal justice system plea guilty to lesser charges out of fear of being convicted of more serious charges.  This is what happened in this case. I explained to my client the pros and cons of going to trial. In the end, he decided to take a plea deal to a lesser charge.

After entering his plea, my client came in for sentencing at the Wyoming, Michigan district court about a week later.  Judge Cortes gave my client a deferred sentence and non-reporting probation. This means that my client only has to keep from getting a criminal conviction on his record over the next year and his guilty plea would be wiped off the record. My client could truthfully say that he wasn’t convicted for assault and battery after he completes his probation. My client was thrilled and so was I. We are both pleased with Judge Cortes for keeping an open mind and heart on this case and giving out a just sentence today.

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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Defense attorneys are constantly running into issues with Ottawa County policy cases. Ottawa County Prosecutors refuse to make offers on certain criminal charges.  These Ottawa County policy cases cause a lot of harm to good people who make a mistake and should get a break.

I recently had a OWI case at Holland district court. My client is a good man who has never been in trouble before in his life. He has an outstanding job making 70k a year.  His job requires him to be able to drive around for work. He travels out of state to fix machinery. If he has an OWI conviction on his record, he will no longer have this job.

I pointed these facts out to the Ottawa County prosecutor and they refused to offer my client an impaired driving. I appealed this up to the head of the office and he politely informed me that this was one of those Ottawa County policy cases and they would not make an impaired driving offer.

This same office let someone kill a minority in an automobile accident and let the lady plea her charges down to a 93 day misdemeanor. I encourage the Ottawa County Prosecutors office to reconsider their Ottawa County policy cases and be more realistic when it comes to certain cases. It's the right thing to do!

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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Why should you hire an attorney?  There are a lot of reasons why, but let me list some of them for you right now.  I can't stress to the reader how important it is to hire an attorney!  Here are some reasons why you should hire The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan to represent you!

1.  We take the time to keep our clients informed about their case! If a person doesn't hire an attorney, they risk getting stuck with a poor public defender or court appointed attorney who won't put in the time or effort needed to build a winning case.

2.  We only practice criminal defense! Why hire an attorney who spends 70% of their time doing family law and only 30% of their time doing criminal law? Don't you want to hire an attorney who spends most of his or her time practicing law in the field you are looking for a lawyer?

3.  We know how to get results! You can see this by all the client praise we get and by our results! Why hire an attorney who doesn't get the kind of results we do?

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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Not Guilty! It is two little words that I love hearing over and over and over again!  Last Friday, in Kentwood’s district court, I got a not guilty verdict for my client.  My client was being charged with a second offense domestic violence charge.  Even though this was a misdemeanor charge, my client was facing prison time because he was on parole if he didn’t get a not guilty verdict from the jury.  There pressure was on but I wouldn’t let the prosecutor get away with his dirty tricks and my client was found not guilty at trial!

There are many criminal defense lawyers who don’t want to take your case to trial. They are not able to get a not guilty verdict many times for their clients and they know it!  Others simply don’t want to put the time or effort into your case. I will fight for you! I promise!

If you want to take your case to trial, give me a call at  616-438-6719 and I will work hard to get you the not guilty verdict you desire!

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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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan!  We love what we do here and the praise we get from our clients shows how much we love what we do!

Because we want everyone to have a Merry Christmas, we offer special reduced rates for the Holiday season.  Please call us today at 616-438-6719 if you are facing any criminal charges in any West Michigan court!

Do not face criminal charges this holiday season without a lawyer! We know how to get results in all West Michigan courts!  We can promise you that you won’t be having a Merry Christmas if you face criminal charges without a lawyer.

Recently, I had a client who had a BAC of .17.  That is enough to be charged under the Super Drunk law in Michigan.   Thankfully, I was able to get my client an impaired driving plea deal!  My client was thrilled with the result and even left me a good review!

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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The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan gets questions sometimes about Sex Offender Registry Removal.  The Sex Offender Registry Removal process can be confusing and you want to hire a law firm that knows how to handle these types of cases.  We take great pride in keeping our clients informed every step of the way when it comes to these kinds of cases. We know how to get you results!

The amendments to Sex Offender Registry Removal have provided for those previously required to register as a sex offender to petition the court to be removed from the from the sex offender registry. There is a chance now that a person maybe able to ask the court to order your sex offender registry removal.

A person only has one chance to request removal from SORA. It is critically important that you hire an attorney who understands the law, to increase your chance of being removed from the Sex Offender Registry.  In a Romeo & Juliet type situation, there are three things that must be shown.  1) there was an age difference of less than 4 years between the registrant and the complainant, 2) that the complainant was between the age of 13-15 years at the time of the offense, and 3) that the sexual contact was consensual. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan knows how to maximize your chances of being removed from the Sex Offender Reigistry. If you have any questions, please call us 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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Expungement – How to Delete a Criminal History

HB 4186 has been passed the house with 0 dissenting votes and it has passed the senate and been signed into law by Mr. Snyder. The bill will allow more people to set aside their convictions.

To set a conviction aside a person who is filing a motion for an expungement will need to have an experienced criminal defense attorney go over your background to determine if you qualify for an expungement.

It now appears that an individual will be able to set aside a conviction through an expungement with misdemeanors that are not “minor offenses.”  Minor Offenses were a big obstacle for many individuals because they were offenses that had maximum jail of 90 days or less.  A simple assault and battery is a 93 day misdemeanor and so is a DUI.  That means for individuals that had an assault and battery and any other offense with more than a 93 day maximum jail sentence could not expunge a conviction.  This prior incarnation of the law limited expungement to primarily those that were only ever convicted of one offense.

An additional provision of the new bill will allow an individual to expunge more than one conviction at a time as long as they are both misdemeanors.

Juveniles are maybe eligible for an expungement under MCL 712A.18e.  An adult expungement can be made nonpublic under MCL 780.621.

WHAT IT MEANS

 The MDOC will expunge records if it receives a TRUE COPY of the expungement directly from the presiding court.

If you are interested in getting an expungement, call us today at 616-438-6719. We know how to get you results!

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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Happy New Year from The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan.  We hope you have a safe and peaceful year.  We realize there are many things that can ruin a happy new year such as a dui/owi/drunk driving charge or any other criminal charge for that matter.

However, The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan wants you to have a happy new year and if you mention this blog post, you will get a reduction in your retainer fee this month only!

It is never a good idea to drink and driving. Michigan law are tough!  You can lose your license, you can go to jail and you can pay a lot of money on fees, fines and court costs. Always contact an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer if you are charged with a dui. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has the aggressive and experienced dui lawyers you need.

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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The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan is an aggressive criminal defense firm that puts customers first! We are a dedicated legal firm serving clients facing criminal charges in Ottawa, Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Ionia, Mecosta, Oceana, Montcalm, Newaygo and Barry Counties in West Michigan.

We provide a comprehensive range of services in Criminal Law, including:
  • Retail Fraud 
  • Drug and Drunk Driving 
  • Charges Marijuana Charges 
  • Domestic Violence Crimes 
  • Firearm Crimes 
  • Weapons Charges 
  • Traffic Crimes 
  • White Collar Crime  
  • Theft Crime 
  • Internet Crimes 
  • Sexual Offenses 
  • Perjury
  • Stalking
Our customers appreciate how we keep them informed about what is going on with their case and how we always promptly return all phone calls. We take the time to ease your worries. We act professionally and kindly to all of our clients. 

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marvin Thomas
a year ago
I was facing a serious felony charge. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan filed a motion and got it dismissed! They also charged me a fair price!
Jeannie Haff
a year ago
Great lawyers, Great guys, who fight for their clients!
tommy Daydonti
10 months ago
I was very pleased with the results I got on my felony case. Their rates were fair and they kept me informed on my case every step of they way. I will use them again if I ever need their services.