Skilled, Savvy, and Effective Oakland County Criminal Defense

Oakland County is notorious for overzealous prosecutors who care more about convictions than they do about seeking justice. Similarly, the judges are widely regarded as harsh and conservative.

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Felony and Misdemeanor Charges in Oakland County

As effective criminal defense attorneys who handle cases in Oakland County regularly, the attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can tell you that it is one of the most challenging jurisdictions for defendants to get a fair trial. Whether a case is prosecuted by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office or multiple local city or township attorney’s offices, the government’s aggressiveness in Oakland County is unsurpassed anywhere else in Michigan. In fact, lawyers who are used to practicing in Wayne County, Macomb County, Livingston County, and Washtenaw County frequently refuse to practice in Oakland County because it is so challenging (this was even more true when the economy was rolling and before many criminal defense attorneys in Oakland County were struggling financially).

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland County

It is not true that lawyers from other counties are singled out and mistreated in Oakland County, as some attorneys claim. On the other hand, judges, prosecutors, and court staff in Oakland County like things done in a particular way, and when a criminal defense lawyer does not handle a case in the “Oakland County Way,” things can get a little tricky. One example of this is the Oakland County Circuit Court. More than a dozen Oakland County Circuit Court judges handle felony criminal cases. Each Oakland County Circuit Court judge handles arraignments, pre-trials, and pleas in their unique way. However, the method used in Oakland County is far different from that used in other counties in Michigan. Many Oakland County Circuit Court judges use Cobbs Pleas (again, each in their unique way). A lawyer familiar with the Oakland County Circuit Court will know how to negotiate the most favorable Cobbs Agreement, which will minimize any potential consequences resulting from a conviction by a plea of guilty or no contest. If a lawyer is not highly familiar with the Oakland County Cobb Plea procedure, there is a strong likelihood that they will not know what language to use or what format to request to maximize the potential benefit of the Cobbs Plea.

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Your Best Defense in Oakland County Starts Here – We Are Not Afraid to Win!

When facing serious felony or misdemeanor charges in Oakland County, the stakes are high, and the need for a skilled and dedicated criminal defense lawyer is paramount. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we understand the gravity of your situation and are committed to providing unparalleled legal representation. Here are five vital things you should look for when hiring a criminal defense lawyer to ensure the best possible outcome for your case:

Extensive Experience and Expertise

The legal landscape in Oakland County can be complex and challenging. You need a lawyer who deeply understands the Oakland County courts, judges, and prosecutors. Our team has decades of combined experience handling a wide range of criminal cases, from serious felonies to misdemeanors. We have successfully defended clients against charges such as drug offenses, assault, fraud, computer crimes, shoplifting (retail fraud), domestic violence, OWI, white-collar crimes, and many more.

Proven Track Record of Success in Oakland County Criminal Defense

When your freedom and future are on the line, you want a lawyer with a proven history of winning cases. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we are not afraid to win! Our relentless pursuit of the best possible outcomes has resulted in countless dismissals, acquittals, and favorable plea deals for our clients. We approach every case with the same level of dedication and determination to ensure you receive the best defense possible.

Personalized Attention and Aggressive Advocacy

Every case is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach is not sufficient when it comes to criminal defense. Our attorneys take the time to understand the specifics of your case, listen to your concerns, and develop a customized defense strategy tailored to your needs. We are fierce advocates for our clients, both in and out of the courtroom, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and interests.

Navigating the criminal justice system requires a thorough understanding of the law and access to the right resources. Our firm is well-equipped with the latest legal research tools, expert witnesses, and investigative resources to build a robust defense on your behalf. We stay current with changes in the law and leverage our extensive network, renowned reputation, and combined influence to provide you with the strongest defense possible.

Unwavering Commitment to Client Satisfaction

At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., client satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do. We understand that facing criminal charges is a stressful and daunting experience. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, providing clear communication, compassionate guidance, and unwavering support. We are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for our clients and are committed to being your staunch and fearless ally throughout the legal process.

Client Testimonials

Retail Fraud – Charge Dismissed

“I was facing a retail fraud charge that could have ruined my life. I turned to LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for help, and it was the best decision I ever made. Their team was incredibly professional and dedicated. They thoroughly investigated my case and found inconsistencies in the prosecution’s evidence. Thanks to their hard work and expertise, my charge was completely dismissed. I can’t thank them enough for giving me my life back!” — Sarah T.

Domestic Violence – Charge Reduced

“When I was charged with domestic violence, I was terrified of the potential consequences. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. came to my rescue. They were compassionate and understanding, providing me with the support I needed during such a stressful time. They negotiated with the prosecutor and managed to get my charge reduced to disturbing the peace. I only had to pay a fine, with no probation or jail time. I am incredibly grateful for their relentless dedication and skill.” — Michael R.

Felony Embezzlement – Not Guilty Verdict

“Facing a felony embezzlement charge was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I knew I needed the best defense possible, and that’s exactly what I got with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. Their team was thorough, strategic, and never backed down. They believed in my innocence and fought tirelessly on my behalf. The not guilty verdict at trial was a testament to their exceptional legal prowess and unwavering commitment. I highly recommend them to anyone in need of a top-notch criminal defense lawyer.” — David W.

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The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office – Overcharging

Regretfully, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) is known for overcharging defendants and refusing to engage in a plea bargaining process. OCPO’s main office is in the West Wing of the Oakland County Circuit Court building. An argument can be made that the warrant prosecutor who initially authorized the warrant tried to cover any potential criminal offense by charging several serious offenses when issuing the charges. Maybe they were unaware of a fact or circumstance that comes to light as the case develops. The problem is that in the variety of instances where such additional facts or circumstances come to light and make it clear that the original charge is excessive or in error, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is somewhat infamous for refusing to adjust the charge in exchange for a plea. A great Oakland County criminal defense trial lawyer can often get the Oakland County Prosecutor to offer a charge reduction or dismissal when another lawyer, who is less well known, could not achieve such an extraordinary result.

Frequently Asked Questions – Oakland County Criminal Defense Lawyer

What should I do if I’ve been arrested in Oakland County?

If you’ve been arrested in Oakland County, remaining calm and exercising your right to remain silent is crucial. Do not answer any questions from law enforcement without an attorney present. Contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately to protect your rights and build your defense. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we offer immediate assistance, a free consultation, and guidance to ensure your case is handled properly from the start.

How can a criminal defense lawyer help me with my case?

A criminal defense lawyer provides critical support by evaluating the charges against you, identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and developing a strong defense strategy. They negotiate with prosecutors and judges, represent you in and out of court, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome, whether that means a reduction of charges, a plea bargain, or a dismissal. Our experienced attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are dedicated to defending your rights and fighting for your freedom.

What types of cases does your firm handle?

Our firm handles a wide range of criminal cases, including but not limited to:

  • Pre-Charge Intervention, Investigation, and Representation
  • Retail Fraud (Shoplifting)
  • Drug Possession, Delivery, Manufacture, and Trafficking Offenses
  • Assault Crimes
  • Weapon Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft, Fraud, and other White-Collar Offenses
  • OWI (Operating While Intoxicated)
  • Probation violations
  • Sex crimes

We have extensive experience in felony and misdemeanor cases and are equipped to handle the most complex legal challenges.

The legal process typically involves several stages, including arraignment, pre-trial motions, plea negotiations, trial, and sentencing. Our team will guide you through each step, explaining what to expect and preparing you for the proceedings. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we ensure you are well informed and prepared, providing strong, intelligent, and tenacious representation at every stage to achieve the best possible outcome.

How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense lawyer?

The cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer can vary depending on the case’s complexity, the charges involved, and the attorney’s experience. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our criminal defense attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your Oakland County case and provide a clear understanding of the potential costs. We believe in transparency and will work with you to develop a payment option that fits your budget while ensuring you receive the high-quality defense you deserve. We know and respect that money doesn’t grow on trees. Anything you spend on your defense is less you can spend on your family. That said, investing in a high-quality defense is one of the most important investments you can make.

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They Are Tough; We Are Tougher – Your Best Defense Starts Here

Oakland County prosecutor and circuit and district judges are notoriously tough on domestic violence cases, DUI/OWI cases, criminal sexual conduct, home invasion, violations of probation (VOP), assault and weapons charges, appeals, and drug possession and distribution charges. The Oakland County defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are not intimidated by any judge or prosecutor! If you are looking for a lawyer who will faithfully, tenaciously, and fearlessly fight to protect and defend you, we are here to help you. Call us today for a free consultation. We will find a way to help you!

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!

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William Pearl
William Pearl
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I cannot speak highly enough of the exceptional legal representation provided by Loren Dickstein. Mr. Dickstein recently assisted my grandmother with her DUI case, and his expertise, professionalism, and compassion were truly unmatched. From our initial conversation, Mr. Dickstein demonstrated a deep understanding of DUI law and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for my grandmother. His attention to detail and strategic approach were evident throughout the process, instilling confidence in us during a challenging time. Not only did Mr. Dickstein provide expert legal guidance, but he also showed genuine empathy towards my grandmother, easing much of the stress and anxiety associated with the situation. His transparent communication and willingness to address our concerns promptly were greatly appreciated. Thanks to Mr. Dickstein's outstanding representation, my grandmother's case was resolved with a result that exceeded our expectations. I am immensely grateful for his dedication, professionalism, and integrity, and I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone in need of legal assistance. If you're looking for an attorney who will go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, look no further than Loren Dickstein. Thank you, Mr. Dickstein, for your exceptional service.
Mike Trevino
Mike Trevino
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Loren was quick and professional in assiting me. He got an un-prosecuted arrest off of my criminal record in only a few weeks.
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Loren made me feel extremely comfortable in a situation that has been one of the most serious of my life. The comfort didn't come from coddling, or selling false hope, and it definitely didn't come from empty promises. He is very proactive, very dependable and really upfront. The initial contact was when I called the 24hr office line, after business hours. I received a call, the following morning from Loren. I expected it to be a representative and was working. I was already nervous about my situation, but the fact that he "checked in", was a huge deal. He asked preliminary info like my court date and offense(s). My court date was way down the line, and I had 2 months to figure out representation and finance stuff. We followed up again, when he called a couple weeks later, but he let me know that I could contact him when my funds were ok. He let me know, that even though I was calling a month ahead of time, that if I didn't get the retainer funds until the week before, that the team was experienced and prepared. (*Fast forward tidbit**, I Called 6 firms in 10/2023.. *Mr. Dickstein and I have already been to court 3 times and received my sentence, and 2 of the 5 originally contacted lawyers, haven't even responded.) I gathered the funds and called back. He offered the interview flexibility between in-person and on the phone. For everything I've been through about this case, I opted to meet. The meeting was not very long, but factual and informational. When I would mumble nervously or jabber (a slight goofy thing about me..), he pointedly and calmly redirected to the facts and realities. I knew he was listening, but I was just at a shameful point in my life. It's a big deal, when you're reassured with FACTS and potential outcomes. I couldn't have hired better representation. Mr. Dickstein's appearance is professional and his eloquence is everything. He has a seriousness and class about him, which communicates comfortably in court. The judge will give you your 15 seconds, but might give your defense team, 3 minutes. When I say, that Loren made the MOST out of those 3 minutes?!.. Wow!. (We had three appearances, and he was early for every one. We always sat in the front row, which is best. Anyone in this situation, shouldn't be bumbling from the back, or stepping over people, while preparing to go before judgement.) He started with FACTS, mixed with some meaningful biography. He said everything positive and helpful about me, within the opening. Because my offense was so aggregious, the judge interrupted him. But then, my whole lawyer, didn't fumble and continued with other recommendations (a little more for me, but not at all what I could have been facing). He made sure to have a response to meet the judges discomfort/dismay. I never realized how fast, counsel has to speak to respond and present to the judge. As a side note, I've seen cases where lawyers fumble and stutter and shuffle pages, but I have never been more amazed than when I noticed that being ON POINT, was another one of his strengths. The fact that he remains organized and has already absorbed his clients backstory, while having the knowledge to speak quickly and CLEARLY to a judge, means everything. *Again, the lawyers communication means EVERYTHING. Judges hear tons of cases, and recognize excuses immediately. Loren made sure that I presented the best summary for my case. He summarized my main points, and balanced with what the judge wanted and needed to hear. My case was difficult for my family and livelihood. Loren secured the most favorable outcome we could have hoped for. I would recommend him to anyone trying to save their job, or life, or livelihood.
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Robert J. Andretz, was my attorney in the Livingston County Courts. I hired him after I was not pleased with results of another lawyer. Mr. Andretz was able inform me of what to expect and guide me through the process. He welcomed me texting him with any questions or concerns I had, and was quick to respond, unless he was in court. My situation was all new for me and I was nervous. I am glad that I went with another attorney, Robert J. Andretz.--This was a self-defense case, and he would go back and forth with the courts to work on the best option.
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I highly recommend hiring Mr. Loren Dickstein and his team. From the very beginning of my case I was nervous that I would be sent to jail because of the facts of my owi case and with a BAC on the higher side. Loren and his team worked endlessly and together on my case, were very compassionate, and cared about what happened to me and my future. He was always available if I had any questions, and able to give me the most favorable outcome that could come out of this with a very tough judge in the 48th district court. My original charge was reduced, no jail time, and I was given probation. During my sentencing, Mr.Randy Lewis stepped in to help and advised and assured me that he would not let me down and he did just that! I am very grateful to everyone involved and could not have picked better representation!
santosha harris
santosha harris
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Attorney Dickstein was awesome. He listened and he followed through with everything that he explained to me. If I ever need help in the future I will definitely use his services again.
Robert Schuetz
Robert Schuetz
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My experience was extremely positive. My lawyer RobertAndretz do an incredible job , worked very hard for me and am sure more than I realize behind the scenes .he made it very easy to understand all that was going on with my case by explaining every detail . My case results were exactly what I had hoped for. I am very thankful he was my lawyer .
Jessica Woodring
Jessica Woodring
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Parisa is extremely knowledgeable, professional and I was always well informed. I will forever recommend Parisa to anyone and everyone.
Bethany Racer
Bethany Racer
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I hired George to represent me as a victim's advocate in a domestic violence case. I was the 'alleged victim' in a situation that was grossly misrepresented from the start. He quickly identified issues that could cause self-incrimination if I were to testify. He did NOT let the prosecution bully me into testifying without the protection of immunity. Immunity was granted because of his expertise and knowledge of the law. I was given the opportunity to testify without fear, set things right, and exonerate someone who was falsely accused of domestic violence. George was direct, honest, and didn't sugarcoat anything. He was always prompt in his communication and made sure I understood my rights and my options. In short, he gave me and my family our lives back. He even held my purse when I thought I couldn't bring it with me to the stand (turns out I could. Sorry George!) If you're looking for fair, aggressive representation and someone who truly makes you feel understood, look no further. He's absolutely not afraid to win

What You Need to Know About Oakland County, Michigan

Over 1.2 million people reside in Oakland County, Michigan, a suburban county in the state’s north-central portion. Since its settlement in the 1820s, the county has developed into one of the most prosperous regions in Michigan, with a flourishing economy and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

Throughout the years, Oakland County has also been the site of several high-profile prosecutions and erroneous convictions. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Oakland County Child Killer case was one of the most notorious crimes. The case involving the kidnapping and murder of multiple small children remains unresolved.

Recently, Oakland County has been the setting for some high-profile cases of erroneous conviction. Davontae Sanford, who was only 14 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of four homicides in 2008, was one of the most prominent cases. In 2016, when the actual perpetrator confessed to the crimes, he was exonerated after nearly nine years in prison.

Thelonious Searcy, convicted of homicide in 2005 based on the testimony of a jailhouse informant, was the subject of a second wrongful conviction in Oakland County. Searcy maintained his innocence throughout his imprisonment and was exonerated in 2015 after DNA evidence proved he was not the perpetrator.

In addition, in 2020, a significant police scandal involving the Special Investigations Unit of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office led to the dismissal of hundreds of cases, including several wrongful convictions. Allegations that members of the unit planted evidence on suspects to secure convictions led to the resignation of the Oakland County Prosecutor.

In 2020, Oakland County was the site of a significant police scandal in which members of a defunct special operations unit were accused of planting narcotics and firearms on suspects to secure convictions. The scandal led to the dismissal of hundreds of cases and the prosecutor’s resignation. The best defense against police and prosecutorial misconduct, including over-charging, is an effective Oakland County criminal defense lawyer, such as those with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.