Berrien County is known for their incompetent prosecutor’s and police officers who could care less about following the law. The circuit and district court is filled with judges that love playing politics in the office as much as they do administering justice. You need our criminal defense attorneys by your side in Berrien County to guide you through the system.
If you have been charged with a crime, we know you are frightened and confused. We are worried because you know you are facing 1. jail or prison time. 2. huge fines and court costs. 3. losing your driving privileges. 4 losing your professional license. Any one of these criminal penalties could have a huge detrimental impact on your life. Sometimes people are facing all four of these penalties!
Attorney Shawn Haff and The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan know how to get you results! We won’t rest until you are get the best deal possible. For some, that might mean a not guilty verdict at trial. For others, it might mean getting some charges dropped. For others, it might mean not going to jail and avoiding probation.
Shawn will protect your confidentiality! He Guarantees it!
Criminal convictions have serious consequences. Therefore, it is very important to consult with Attorney Shawn Haff as soon as you get charged or arrested. Shawn and his attorneys understand the law and how prosecutors think. We understand how police think and act. The longer you wait to talk to Shawn, the more harm that can be happening to your case! Do not wait! Call now!
When you call Shawn at 616-438-6719, you will get a free case strategy session! I will answer all your questions, tell you want to expect and what steps you need to take to get yourself the best results possible.
The types of cases we see in Berrien County are DUI/OWI/DWI charges, felony drug cases, retail fraud, domestic violence charges and criminal sexual conduct. At your arraignment for a misdemeanor charge, the district court will have you meet with a prosecutor right afterwards. Do not take any plea deal offered by the prosecutor at that meeting. Call Shawn first and let him talk to you about your case and see if he can help you get a better deal.
Misdemeanor criminal matters having the potential for a jail term of less than one year are handled by various district courts located throughout Berrien County. High court misdemeanors and felony cases in Berrien County are actually handled by the 2nd Circuit Court. Additionally, the Circuit Court hears criminal appeals, including District Court appeals and administrative driver’s license appeals. The Berrien County Courthouse is located at:
Berrien – St. Joseph Courthouse , 118 Port St.
St, Joseph 49085
Sheriff: Paul Bailey 269-983-7000
Pros. Atty. James Cherry 269-983-7111, x8311
2nd CIRCUIT-Berrien County Trial Court
BERRIEN COUNTY – St. Joseph
811 Port St, St. Joseph 49085-1187 269-983-7111
Paul L. Maloney (P25194), Chief Judge x8764
Thomas E. Nelson (P27645), Chief Judge Pro Tem x8376
811 Port St, St. Joseph 49085-1187
Lynda A. Tolen (P27995), Presiding Judge x8386
Angela M. Pasula (P32275), Presiding Judge
Alfred M. Butzbaugh (Pl1492)
Charles T. LaSata (P42878
Dennis M. Wiley (P28314)
Scott Schofield (P26499)
811 Port St, St. Joseph 49085-1187
Thomas E Nelson (P27645), Presiding Judge x8376
John M. Donahue(P38669
Mabel Mayfield (P41498) x8374
South County Building
1205 North Front, Niles 49120
Gary J. Bruce (P31356)
If you are charged with a crime in Berrien County, Michigan, you need aggressive defense lawyers on your side. The court system down there is biased against anyone charged with a crime. Don’t go to court down there by yourself! We don’t care if you are facing a felony or a misdemeanor charge!
We recently got a felony charge of parental kidnapping dismissed. The newbie prosecutor had no idea what the actual law said and our client suffered because of that. Our client lost custody of his kids to an abusive parent because he was facing such “serious” charges. The charge was thrown out after we filed a motion to dismiss the criminal charges, but the charges never should have been filed in the first place.
February 23rd, 2016
At District Court in Berrien County, we were able to get a misdemeanor charge dropped! We are still on a roll! However, the good news for our clients was just getting started. We represent a young man who was facing a life offense. Thanks to our hard work, we were able to get the prosecutor to agree to have our client plead guilty to a one-year misdemeanor.
Attorney Shawn Haff
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