Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Oakland County, Michigan
When there is no room for errors and false promises, you need a team of Oakland County criminal defense attorneys who will do everything possible to help you. We are not afraid to win!
Felony or Misdemeanor Defense in Oakland County
When someone is charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Oakland County, they want a criminal defense attorney in Oakland County who is not just familiar with the law but also known and respected in the circuit and district courts in Oakland County, Michigan. Each lawyer with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience tenaciously and fearlessly defending clients with felony and misdemeanor charges. We know the prosecutors and judges very well, and they respect us as being among the most effective criminal defense lawyers in Southeastern Michigan. Similarly, we also make it our practice to know the local police and city and township prosecutors.
Oakland County, Michigan
Oakland County ranks as one of the safest counties in Michigan and the United States but still sees its share of legal trouble. In Oakland County, there are burglaries, theft, domestic violence, retail fraud (shoplifting), OWI, robbery, and other crimes. With over one million people, allegations of wrongdoing happen.
Large populations don’t necessarily equal high crime rates, however. Comparing cities and townships within Oakland County, AreaVibes reveals that Pontiac, the Oakland County seat, has an overall crime rate 47 percent higher than the nation’s average. That percentage starkly contrasts the safety of the crime rate throughout Oakland County. If you compare Pontiac to Rochester Hills, you will see another similar distinction with its population of over 71,000. Rochester Hills is larger than Pontiac by over 11,000 people, yet the crime rate in that big Michigan city is lower than the national average by 58 percent.
Looking at other Oakland County cities, it would be easy to conclude that the smaller communities are less safe. For example, Auburn Hills, with its small population of around 21,400, is less secure than 66 percent of U.S. cities, based on AreaVibes data. Then there is West Bloomfield, with its larger populace of almost 66,000, and NeighborhoodScout says it is safer than 78 percent of cities in the nation. Yet, with about 58,000, Royal Oak is one of the smaller areas, even smaller than Pontiac, but AreaVibes says it is safer than 72 percent of other cities.
The Best Criminal Defense Team in Oakland County
The bottom line is that crime is possible no matter where you go in Oakland County. It is also possible that the overzealous police and prosecutors in Oakland County will bring false or exaggerated charges in their zeal to protect the community’s reputation. Most people are unaware of their rights, so having an experienced criminal defense attorney in Oakland County, Michigan is vital. The team of attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have the knowledge and skill earned through decades of criminal defense practice to back up their reputation as the most formidable and influential criminal lawyers in Oakland County.
Advantages of Using a Criminal Defense Law Firm
Anyone facing felony or misdemeanor charges in Oakland County can work with court-appointed counsel or a retained criminal defense lawyer. In part, a defense attorney’s experience, resources, tenacity, and skill can determine whether there is a conviction and the sentence, if any. There are distinct and clear advantages to hiring a top criminal defense law firm in Oakland County, such as LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., including the following:
- A unique team approach that consistently achieves extraordinary results.
- A crew of experienced defense lawyers who collaborate on all aspects of a client’s defense.
- Outstanding communication and the prompt return of phone and email messages.
- The combined power and influence of several respected trial attorneys.
- The legal resources necessary to ensure a case is never “covered” by an attorney unfamiliar or not loyal to the client.
When one of us walks in a courtroom, our collective reputation and influence protects our client.– THE LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. DEFENSE TEAM
What about using an Oakland County Court Appointed Attorney?
Getting a good, conscientious court-appointed lawyer in Oakland County is possible; however, you get the luck of the draw. Some lawyers are more concerned with burning through quantities of cases instead of providing quality representation. There are significant advantages to having an experienced, aggressive, and well-respected retained lawyer. As a few examples, a court-appointed lawyer cannot or will not do any of the following:
- Pre-Charge Representation – Trying to stop charges before they start!
- Pre-Arraignment Preparation – A low bond can be the difference between freedom and jail.
- Informed and Prepared Negotiations – A good retained lawyer will take the time necessary to be fully prepared and informed to make negotiations as effective as possible.
- Extraordinary Deals – A known and respected retained attorney gives the client the best possible chance of achieving an exceptional settlement.
- Experts and Resources – Some retained lawyers have more significant resources for exploring every possible defense. Penny-pinching judges do not second guess them like they do court-appointed attorneys.
- Team Approach – A court-appointed lawyer is almost always a “one-man show.” The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., collaborates on all cases to explore every possible perspective and pursue every avenue to help the client.
OWI, DUI, OWPD, and Drunk Driving Defense
From Northern Oakland County to Southern Oakland County, prosecutors and city attorneys are extraordinarily aggressive in DUI and OWI prosecutions. Criminal defense attorneys are well known to prosecutors, and they know which defense lawyers are “plea lawyers” and which ones are credible threats. The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are known for fighting DUI and OWI cases aggressively, intelligently, and fearlessly. City and township prosecutors are generally more reasonable but have limits, and local judges and police chiefs watch them closely. Reductions in charges, sometimes to non-alcohol relates offenses, are possible, but a lawyer must have the reputation and credibility to back up any threats of litigation.
Experience. Dedication. Integrity. A Track Record of Success in Oakland County.
The Oakland County Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has an unparalleled track record of success in Oakland County. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in Oakland County Circuit Court and the various district courts. We are highly familiar with the judges, court staff, and prosecutors. Similarly, they are familiar with our firm and know we bring the highest caliber of legal representation to every case.
If you are looking for defense lawyers who will do whatever it takes to obtain the best possible result, you are in the right place. Call us for a free consultation, and we can discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and work with you to develop a winning strategy. Our attorney fees reflect our extensive experience in criminal defense. Still, you can rest assured that we will be fair and endeavor to work with you to make our legal fees affordable and within your budget.
We know how to effectively defend our clients, whether the charges are DUI & OWI, retail fraud, domestic violence, theft, violation of probation, or sex offenses, among others. The team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is not afraid to win!
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.
We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!
Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Southfield, Madison Heights, Novi, South Lyon, Ferndale, Oak Park, Beverly Hills, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Clarkston, Troy, Farmington Hills, Pontiac, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Throughout Oakland County. We Aggressively Defend Our Clients.