We are a criminal defense lawyer Grand Rapids, MI respects. If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer Grand Rapids, MI turns to when the stakes are high, we’re the firm you’re seeking. Our team of lawyers have a combined total of more than 75 years experience defending serious criminal allegations in the Grand Rapids, MI area. Grand Rapids, MI residents have turned to us for help in defending against false allegations ranging from drug possession to murder.
Our lawyers understand that whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or capital felony, the outcome of the case can change your life forever. That’s why the attorneys at Blanchard Law work every case from the beginning like it is going to trial. While it is true that many cases resolve with a plea agreement, we are not a plea mill. Our lawyers have successfully tried dozens of criminal jury trials in the Grand Rapids, MI area.
When we’re preparing a criminal case for trial, we start with a complete investigation. This often means we start by obtaining the police report, video or audio recordings, witness statements, lab reports, and other documents. Once we have collected the documentary evidence, we often send out a local licensed Grand Rapids, MI private investigator to follow up on areas that weren’t investigated by the police. Finally, we review the discovery with our clients to make sure we’re not missing anything.
After we have obtained evidence from the government and begun our own independent investigation, we may hire experts to help us in formulation of the defense or to testify at trial. Depending on the facts of the case, these experts may be local or may be from outside the Grand Rapids, MI area. We have retained experts from all over the country to consult and testify on issues like DNA, computer forensics, psychology, and more. It’s important to hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience and connections working with experienced expert witnesses.
As we get closer to trial, we often test our cases in front of a focus group. Because you only get one shot at a criminal trial, it’s important to put our best foot forward. For this reason, we find it is very valuable to get feedback from people who have no connection to the case. Focus groups drawn from the Grand Rapids, MI area can be very helpful in getting a sense of what local jurors may think about the case when it ultimately proceeds to trial.
When considering who to trust with your future, it’s important to consider the qualifications of your criminal defense attorney, their understanding of the process, and their familiarity with the area. All of our attorneys live in the Grand Rapids, MI area. Each of our lawyers have extensive training in trial practice, including things like attending the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, the CDAM Trial College, Death Penalty College, and other advanced trainings. Similarly, our lawyers are often sought out to speak on criminal defense topics at events in the Grand Rapids, MI area and across the country.
If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer Grand Rapids, MI trusts, we’re ready to meet with you to discuss your case. Our lawyers are available to sit down and learn about your story so that we can help you make a plan to get through this situation. To schedule a meeting to discuss how our attorneys can help defend your case, please give us a call at 616-773-2945.