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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Michigan. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Michigan, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Michigan. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Scott Grabel
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lansing, MI
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Steven A Freeman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Windsor charter Township, MI
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Mary Chartier
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
East Lansing, MI
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Michael J Nichols
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
East Lansing, MI
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Jared C Austin
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Lansing, MI
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Barton W Morris Jr
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Royal Oak, MI
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John N. Elliott
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Troy, MI
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Gary K Springstead
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fremont, MI
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Jalal Dallo
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Michael R Bartish
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Grand Rapids, MI
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Steven C. Benson
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Reed City, MI
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James Makowski
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Dearborn, MI
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Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) - Formed in 1976, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) was established by criminal defense lawyers to enhance the representation of indigent defendants and others accused of crimes. By providing training and educational resources to its members, the CDAM strives to better its practice. Members of CDAM come from both private practices and the public sector and have a range of experience from new to well-seasoned.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Michigan Government and Court Resources

Department of Attorney General - State of Michigan

Department of Attorney General - State of Michigan - The Department of Attorney General of Michigan, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the state's chief legal officer. This department is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Michigan in legal matters, and overseeing the enforcement of laws. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission - The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created in response to concerns about the quality of legal representation for indigent individuals. Established in 2013, it aims to ensure constitutionally effective defense services. MIDC sets standards, oversees funding, and offers resources to improve the quality of representation for those who cannot afford private attorneys. The commission collaborates with stakeholders to enhance defense services within Michigan's legal system.

Michigan Judicial Branch

Michigan Judicial Branch - The Michigan Judicial Branch plays a pivotal role in the state's legal system, entrusted with interpreting and upholding the law. Its core duties include adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law matters. With its unique challenges and legal issues, such as those related to the automotive industry and the Great Lakes, the Michigan judiciary addresses state-specific matters while maintaining a commitment to fairness.

Michigan Legislature

Michigan Legislature - The Michigan Legislature operates as a bicameral body, composed of the Michigan Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. The Senate consists of 38 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 110 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and economic development.

Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court - The Michigan Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a diverse array of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Michigan Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to uphold ethical conduct within the legal profession throughout Michigan.

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