Criminal Defense Attorneys


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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michigan

If you have been charged with a crime, our experienced Michigan attorneys can help you with your criminal defense. We have an experienced network of criminal defense attorneys that have a proven record of protecting Michiganians’ rights and freedom.

Inexperienced representation should never be allowed when your freedom is at stake.  Consequently, we only use experienced criminal trial lawyers who regularly try and win jury trials. 

Many attorneys will never conduct a jury trial or will conduct very few and never become good at it.  You should avoid these attorneys.   Instead, they will plea you out as fast as they can without holding exams or evidentiary hearings or filing motions or proceeding to jury trial.  They will spend most of their time and energy convincing you that they obtained a great plea deal for you that very few attorneys could do.  You must avoid these attorneys right from the beginning because you will be paying good money for very little or no representation.

The truth of the matter is, attorneys who do not regularly try and win jury trials typically do not obtain good plea deals either.  The prosecutors know they don’t have to offer their best deal to these attorneys because these attorneys, sometimes known as “plea dogs”, will take whatever is offered just so they don’t have to go to trial. 

The best criminal defense attorneys regularly go to trial and win jury trials.  They also obtain case dismissals with timely motions.  When they do obtain a plea deal, they obtain the best plea deals available because they force the prosecutor into a position in which the prosecutor does not want to go to trial and risk losing the whole case.  So, when confronted with the top criminal defense attorneys, the prosecutors will often bend over backwards to offer their very best deal. 

At my office, we know who the top criminal defense attorneys are.  We also know many of the bad ones.  We know who the best criminal defense attorneys are who regularly try and win trials and we know the attorneys who will do nothing but plea you out.   We only utilize the best criminal defense lawyers who can win your jury trial when necessary and keep your record clean.  We can discuss all of the above and more during your Free Consultation.

Public Defender vs Private Attorney

Is it better to hire a private attorney instead of taking a court-appointed lawyer?  Many people think it is always better to hire your own attorney. 

The truth of the matter is that there are good and bad attorneys no matter which way you go.  Some of the best trial attorneys are actually court-appointed attorneys but, on the other hand, some are “plea dogs”.  The same holds true, however, for retained attorneys.  There are some hired attorneys who are simply very expensive “plea dogs” who will not go to jury trial when you need to.

The biggest advantage of a retained attorney is that you have the power to choose whichever attorney you want to hire.  You don’t get to choose your court-appointed attorney as the court simply assigns an attorney to you.  Whichever you choose, whether you go with a court-appointed or retained counsel, you want an attorney who has a track record of winning jury trials.  When hiring an attorney, my office can tell you who the plea dogs are and who the trial winners are.

Areas of Criminal Defense in Michigan

  • Acquittals

  • Aggravated Assault

  • Appeals

  • Arson Defense

  • Assault and Battery

  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

  • Child Abuse

  • Child Molestation

  • Child Pornography Defense

  • Child Sex Crimes

  • Computer Crimes

  • Controlled Substance Crimes

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)

  • Dismissals

  • Domestic Violence

  • Drivers License Restoration

  • Drug Crimes

  • Drug Possession
  • Drunk Driving
  • Embezzlement
  • Entry Without Owner’s Permission
  • Expungement
  • Federal Crimes
  • Felonies
  • Felonious Assault
  • Firearms Criminal Defense
  • Gun Restoration
  • Homicide
  • Internet Crimes
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Larceny
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Manslaughter
  • Marijuana Crimes


  • Medical Marijuana Card
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • OWI / DUI
  • Parole violations

  • Postconviction Motions

  • Pre-charge

  • Probation violations

  • Reckless Driving Defense

  • Retail Fraud

  • Sex Crimes

  • Shoplifting

  • Spouse Abuse

  • Stalking

  • Theft

  • Weapons Crimes

The Law Offices of Donald H Peters has been practicing law in the State of Michigan for over 30 years. We practice across Michigan and have handled many different types of cases. We understand that every case is different so we approach them that way. Contact us today to consult with our compassionate and caring staff so you can begin to get some answers and have some peace of mind about you or your loved one’s criminal case. 

At The Law Offices of Donald H Peters, we’ll do everything we can to keep you out of jail and the charges off your record. Contact us today by clicking one of the two buttons below or by emailing us here.