Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorney
While Grabel & Associates is a statewide and nationally recognized criminal defense firm, the Grand Rapids area is a major hub of our firm’s practice. We have a dedicated office in Grand Rapids, and several of our criminal defense attorneys are based in West Michigan.
No matter where your case is located, facing a criminal charge is daunting. Will I go to jail? Will I have a conviction on my record? Will this affect my job? Can I beat it? These are likely just a few of the questions swirling in your head right now. Our criminal lawyers are here to help.
It’s said that the three most important factors for real estate are “location, location, location.” The same could be said to a certain extent about criminal cases. Where your case is located will determine which police agency investigates the alleged crime, which prosecutor’s office decides whether to issue charges, and—if the case goes to court—who your judge will be. Each of these elements varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For instance, a prosecutor in one jurisdiction may decide to never charge a certain crime while a prosecutor in the neighboring jurisdiction may decide to aggressively prosecute the same crime. In short, the jurisdiction where your case is located can have a determinative effect on the outcome of your case.
That’s why local knowledge matters. Knowing the idiosyncrasies of a jurisdiction can often be the difference between a good result and a bad one. The criminal defense attorneys at Grabel & Associates practice frequently throughout the Grand Rapids area. We’re familiar with the police, the prosecutors, and the judges. You want that kind of expertise on your side when you’re facing the possibility of a criminal conviction, which is often attended by life-altering consequences.
Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer Results
How do you know that we’re as good as we say we are? Take a look at some of our recent and notable results from the Grand Rapids area.
- Charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident dismissed.
- Retail fraud charge dismissed after probation.
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct charge reduced to fourth-degree with only 30 days in jail.
- Operating while intoxicated dismissed based on improper arrest.
- Aggravated assault and strangulation charges dismissed at a preliminary examination
- Failure to stop at the scene of an accident charge dismissed
- Operating while intoxicated, third offense, reduced to second offense, with only 30 days in jail.
Let’s take a look at the courts in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area in Kent County.
District Courts in Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids area district courts handle traffic matters and misdemeanors. They also handle preliminary proceedings in felony cases.
If your case is in Grand Rapids proper, you’ll be in the 61st District Court, located at 180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, 49503. This court is staffed by several judges, including Judge Michael J. Distel, Judge Jennifer L. Faber, Judge Nicholas S. Ayoub, Judge David J. Buter, Judge Jeanine N. LaVille, and Judge Kimberly A. Schaefer.
If your case is in Grandville or Walker, you’ll be in the 59th District Court, which has two locations. The Grandville court is located at 3161 Wilson Avenue, SW, Grandville, 49418. The Walker court is located at 4343 Remembrance Road, Walker, 49534. Judge Peter P. Versluis presides in both courts.
If your case is in Wyoming, you’ll be in the 62A District Court, located at 2650 DeHoop Avenue, SW, Wyoming, 49509. There are two judges in this court—Judge Pablo Cortes and Judge Steven Timmers.
If your case is in Kentwood, you’ll be in the 62B District Court, located at 4740 Walma Avenue SE, Kentwood, 49512. Judge William G. Kelly presides in this court.
If your case is anywhere else in Kent County, you’ll be in the 63rd District Court, located at 1950 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, 49525. There are two judges in this court—Judge Sara J. Smolenski and Judge Jeffry J. O’Hara.
The attorneys at Grabel & Associates are frequent visitors to these courts and familiar faces to the judges. Our attorneys know the correct practices and procedures in these courtrooms; what to do and what not to do. Again, this knowledge can often be the difference between a good and a bad result in your case.
Here are just some of the kinds of cases we handle in the Grand Rapids area district courts:
- Operating while intoxicated (OWI) (aka drunk driving or DUI)
- Driving while license suspended
- Drug possession
- Domestic violence
- Sex charges
Circuit Court in Grand Rapids
The 17th Circuit Court handles all felony cases arising out of Grand Rapids and elsewhere in Kent County. The court is staffed by several judges, including Judge Mark A. Trusock, Judge Terence J. Ackert, Judge Curt A. Benson, Judge Paul J. Denenfeld, Judge Christina M. Elmore, Judge Kathleen A. Feeney, Judge Patricia D. Gardner, Judge G. Patrick Hillary, Judge Deborah L. McNabb, Judge George J. Quist, Judge J. Joseph Rossi, Judge Paul J. Sullivan, Judge Christopher P. Yates, and Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis.
Again, the attorneys at Grabel & Associates are often in this court, and we’re no strangers to these judges. We know what flies with them and what doesn’t. When you’re facing a felony case with the possibility of a lengthy term of incarceration, you want that kind of experience on your side.
Here are just some of the kinds of felony cases we handle in the Kent Circuit Court:
- Criminal sexual conduct (CSC)
- Felony drunk driving
- White collar crime
- Delivery and manufacture of controlled substances
- Aggravated assault
- Armed and unarmed robbery
- Home invasion
- Identity theft
- Possession of a firearm
- Internet sex crimes
Contact us Today
If you’re facing a criminal case in the Grand Rapids area, contact us online or call us at our 24/7 defense hotline at 1-800-342-7896 to discuss your case.