Criminal Defense Law Center
West Michigan

Allendale Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal Defense Attorneys
Allendale, Michigan

Allendale is home of Grand Valley State University. GVSU started off as a small university but has grown a lot over the years. When Attorney Shawn Haff graduated from GVSU in 1998, the campus was much smaller in Allendale and the campus in Grand Rapids was also a lot smaller. That is not the case now. The amount of students who are going to GVSU has increased by the thousands since 1998.

GVSU has an excellent Political Science Department. Attorney Shawn Haff has got his political science degree from GVSU in 1998. Shawn also has a legal studies degree and a minor in history from Grand Valley State University. 

Judge Mulder has a reputation for being a fair judge. She is a welcome addition to the judicial branch. She is a huge improvement over the previous judge at Hudsonville district court. The previous person on the bench of Kenneth Post. He ruled that court like it was his own personal kingdom and he ruled it with a harsh hand. As I mentioned earlier, Judge Mulder is a huge improvement and a fair judge.  However, you should never face any criminal charges without an attorney from The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan on your side!  Attorney Shawn Haff lives only five minutes away from this district court. He went to High School at Hudsonville. He knows this courthouse intimately. 

Shawn has watched people hurt themselves at this courthouse by not having a lawyer by their side. Do not go with a court appointed attorney!  At this court, you will be your arraignment first. This is where you need to enter a not guilty plea, not matter what the charge is or regardless of guilt.  By entering a not guilty plea, an attorney can fight for a reduced charge or a guarantee of no jail. If you do not have a lawyer by your side at the first court date which is the arraignment, you will have to face a tough Ottawa County Prosecutor by yourself! Do you really think  you can negotiate with them? Call Shawn instead at 616-438-6719!

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Marijuana Charges Are No Joke!

If you are with a large amount of Marijuana, you could face a felony charge of delivery manufacture of Marijuana.  A conviction of this kind of charge can cause a person to end up in prison! Possession of weed used to be a misdemeanor charge, with penalties of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. If you possess marijuana plants, however, you will face a felony cultivation charge which could lake you in jail for a significant amount of time. The maximum penalty for cultivation charges is up to 4 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Depending on the number of plants you possess, you could spend up to 15 years in prison and be fined as much as ten million dollars. As I mentioned above, Marijuana charges are no joke!

Possession of drug charges are other common charges The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan handles in Allendale. Our Allendale Defense Attorneys and Lawyers has handled numerous possession cases in this town and all other West Michigan Courts. 

In Allendale, if you find yourself charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, or possession of methamphetamines, you are in serious legal trouble. Possession of these drugs is a felony in Michigan. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan believes that the last place for somebody with a drug problem is prison. However, the Michigan legislature, West Michigan Courts, and prosecutor’s seem to think the best place for someone with drug issues is behind bars. Our Allendale Defense Attorneys and Lawyers will fight to keep you out of jail!

Categorizing drugs within different classes is one of the many things the Legislature utilizes to continue justifying extreme punishments for drug-related crimes. In all West Michigan courts, drugs are categorized into different classes called schedules. Schedule one drugs are considered the “worst drugs” and schedule five drugs are considered the least likely for abuse. In making the determination of what drugs belongs in what category, the legislature is supposed to analyze a drug’s actual or relative potential for abuse, it’s pharmacological effect, the history and pattern of abuse, the risk to public health, and the potential of the substance to product psychic or physiological dependence.

The reality of this analysis is that the Legislatures make decisions like marijuana being categorized as a schedule one controlled substance, sharing space with other narcotics, such as heroin. Other schedule one narcotics include Ecstasy, Codeine, Cat, Heroin, Mescaline, Peyote, Psilocyn (mushrooms) Qat, and Marijuana. Schedule two drugs include Cocaine, Opium, Amphetamines, and Methadone.

Case Results in Allendale

June 16th, 2019

Attorney Shawn James Haff represented a client who was facing a drunk driving charge. Shawn was able to get the tough Ottawa County Prosecutor’s office to reduce the charge down to an impaired driving charge. This allowed his client to walk out of court with his driver’s license and less points on his driving record.

January 12, 2019

Shawn represented a client who was facing a felony charge for resisting and obstructing a police officer. Through tough negotiations, Shen was able to this felony charge dropped to a misdemeanor and no jail time!

September 10th, 2018

I was working on a case where my client was charged with a driving misdemeanor for not having proper plates on his vehicle. I was able to get this charge dropped to a civil infaction!

March 16, 2017

A client of our was charged with a drug offense. We were able to get him sentenced under the diversion program known as 7411. No record or jail time for the client after he completed his probationary period!


Defending Criminal Charges In Allendale

If you’re facing misdemeanor criminal charges, here are a few suggestions:

  • Do not face misdemeanor criminal charges alone!
  • You need to hire an experienced and aggressive five-star rated attorney like Shawn Haff to represent you! He knows how to get you the best results possible in your case!
  • Do not face these charges with a court appointed attorney. Arraignment day at this courthouse is packed and the court appointed attorney there will not give you the customer service you deserve on your case.

Why would you risk your freedom, your job, your respect in the community with a court appointed attorney who is handling ten other cases at the same time? Call Shawn now at 616-438-6719 for a free case strategy session! Shawn will go over the facts of your case with you. 

He will go over possible outcomes in your case and tell you what the best possible outcome of your case now! Shawn and his defense attorneys can keep you out of jail and get your charges reduced our dropped without getting ripped off by a bad criminal defense lawyer!  Our defense attorneys are available 24 hours a day seven days a week!

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  • 2675 44th Street SW
    Suite 208
    Wyoming, MI 49519
  • 616-438-6719
Criminal Defense Law Center West Michigan

Attorney Shawn Haff
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