If you are facing criminal charges in Grandville, the last thing you’ll want to do is face them without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
Grandville is a small city that is located 10 minutes away from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The population of this town is around 16,000. The small community has its own police force.
The chief if police is Dan Steere. The officers in this department are outstanding. Being a criminal defense law firm, our lawyers hear a lot of people complaining about how bad they are treated by police. We don’t hear those types of complaints about this police department.
Rivertown Crossings Mall is is located in the jurisdiction of the Grandville district court. Because of this, it should come as no surprise to anyone that our office gets a lot of calls about retail fraud charges. Other common charges we see all the time in this court are operating while intoxicated, driving under the influence and domestic violence.
Judge Versluis has been the district court judge in Grandville for over twenty years. He was first elected in 1998. The last time he ran for election he ran unopposed. Judge Versluis is a former Kent County prosecutor. He went to Thomas M. Cooley Law School and graduated from Grand Valley State University for his undergraduate degree. Peter Versluis is one of the tougher district court judges in Kent County. He regularly gives out jail sentences to people driving under the influence of alcohol. We have had great success in front of this judge, but you need to know what he wants, what he expects and what he likes to see in his courtroom. Do not face criminal charges in front of him by yourself!
As if facing a tough judge wasn’t enough of a problem for those facing criminal charges, the city attorney is also one of the toughest prosecutors in the area. Kent County prosecutors that work in Grandville are fair, open minded and more flexable to deal with. The City Attorney used to be an Ottawa County prosecutor. In Ottawa County, the prosecutor has numerous policy cases. A policy case means that if the prosecutor believes a person is above a certain limit on their blood alcohol content (BAC) they will not be open to lowering the charge. It can also mean they are less likely to offer diversion programs. The city attorney has brought this thought process with him to this district court. Do not face him without an exceptional attorney like Shawn Haff by your side!
January 16th, 2017
I was working diligently on my clients case, trying to get them a diversion program call the Holmes Youthful Trainee program (HYTA). The city attorney was being his usual tough self. However, I was able to get him to agree to consent to my 23 year old clients to getting HYTA if I could persuade the judge. Versluis was not buying my argument at first. He told me to write a brief explaining why my clients should be allowed to be sentenced under the diversion program. Given the fact that my client would have no criminal record if they completed HYTA successful, I went to work on writing the legal memorandum of law. The judge was impressed with my passionately argued and legally relevant material I presented him. He sentenced my clients under the HYTA diversion program.
April 18th, 2016
My client was facing an OWI second offense and a felony charge. I was able to get the OWI second offense dropped to a lesser charge and I was also able to get the felony charge dropped!
September 7th, 2016
We had an assault and battery case that went to trial. The facts were tough and didn’t look good for us. However, we fought hard and enjoyed the fruits of our nice win when the jury came back with a not guilty verdict.
Trials are not always the best way to settle a case. Many times, a plea deal can be a nice win as well. In some cases, the facts are not good for a defendant. In these cases, we will work hard to get you the best results possible. We will take a proactive approach to your case. Once you retain us, we will use every little trick we know to get you the best results possible.
November 2nd, 2015
At the 59th district court in Grandville, Michigan, we were able to get misdemeanor charges dropped for our client!
This case is a classic example of why a person should hire an attorney when they are charged with any misdemeanor offense. The prosecutor, in this case, tried to bully the defendant into taking a plea deal. Sadly, far too many prosecutor’s will try to bully someone into taking a plea deal that is not in the defendant’s best interest. The prosecutor was certainly not going to have the misdemeanor charges dropped if they were going against a defendant without an aggressive attorney by his side.
Once the prosecutor saw that the defendant had retained our aggressive services, the prosecutor knew they could not win this case. It was a great feeling for us having the misdemeanor charges dropped!
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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