Criminal Defense Law Center
West Michigan

Ionia County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ionia County, Michigan

The expert attorneys of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan are here to aggressively defend your rights! We understand that good people make mistakes! We also understand that good people sometimes get falsely accused of a crime they didn’t commit. Attorney Shawn Haff is a Ionia County Criminal Defense Attorney who knows how to get results!

The Ionia County District Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses where the potential jail time is less than one year, including arraignment, sentencing, and setting and acceptance of bail. The district court also handles felony cases from arraignment through preliminary examination. Felony cases bound over for trial are transferred to the circuit court. The circuit court also handles all serious misdemeanors, as well as domestic relations cases.

Ionia County is located just northwest of Grand Rapids Michigan.  The largest city is Ionia, Michigan.  There are other small cities that are well known in Michigan. For example, there is Portland, Lowell, and Lake Odessa.  The County Prosecutor’s Office is very aggressive.  You need the help of a five-star rated criminal defense lawyer like Shawn James Haff or one of his Ionia County Criminal Defense Attorneys. Shawn or one of his lawyers have the skills, knowledge and fighting spirit you need to get you the best results possible. 

If you are facing criminal charges in this county, do not go to court with out calling Shawn first! He will give you a free case strategy session! The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will be happy to answer your questions and aggressively represent no matter what kind of misdemeanor or felony offense you are facing in court. 

If you are facing criminal charges in any West Michigan County, or any city of West Michigan, you need the representation of expert criminal defense lawyer. Shawn can answer your questions and aggressively represent you no matter how small or serious criminal charges you maybe facing. 

Our team of lawyers knows what it means to fight for their clients’ rights. We have over 20 years of criminal defense experience defending clients in criminal courts West Michigan. Over Shawn and his lawyers have been able to years, deliver amazing results to our clients in court. We’re extremely happy with the fruits of our labor and the things we have achieved for our past clients. We approach every new case with the same focus and motivation to continue to get the same outstanding results for our clients. 

An Expert Ionia County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you think you need a talented criminal defense lawyer on your side, then it is time for you to call Shawn now at 616-438-6719. Shawn firmly believes a strong attorney-client relationship founded on trust and mutual respect.

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has dedicated their whole professional career on ethically fighting for our clients rights. 

Shawn is talented at creating a defense that will achieve you the results that you desire in your case! 

As attorneys, Shawn and his team regularly defend our clients against all kinds of charges, including armed robbery, assault, drug-related crimes, embezzlement, fraud, larceny, DUI/OWI and Criminal Sexual Conduct charges.

Shawn has the the resources, experience and skill to build a effective defense for you during this trying period of your life. This defense will be crafted just for you and based on your specific facts. There is no one size fits all defense.

When your freedom, career and respect of the community is on the line, you are going to feel frightened and worried. You need the best. The best attorneys, the best defense strategy, and the best team to back you up during the fight of your life. 

Ionia County Case Results



Domestic Violence Charge dropped to disorderly conduct and no jail.


DUI/OWI/DWI dropped down to impaired driving.


Felony charges dropped down to misdemeanor. 

If you have to get results like these, call Shawn today at 616-438-6719! Call today for a free case strategy session. The call is free! Will you be?

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Information About Ionia County Courts

The Ionia County 64-A District Court and the 8th Circuit Court are located in the Ionia Courthouse at:

100 W. Main Street
Ionia, Michigan 48846

Hon. Raymond P. Voet

The Hon. Raymond P. Voet is the only district judge for Ionia County. He has been on the bench since 1999. Judge Voet presides over all criminal cases punishable by one year or less in the county jail. He also presides over preliminary examinations in all criminal cases.

Judge Raymond P. Voet Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College in 1984 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Law School in 1987. Judge Voet took the bench in March of 1999 and was re-elected in the years 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Judge Voet is a lifelong resident of Ionia, attending Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School, and graduating from Ionia High School in 1980. Judge Voet received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College in 1984, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1987.

Hon. Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger

Judge Kreeger is the Chief Judge of the 8th Circuit. In addition to presiding over felony criminal matters, she is responsible for overseeing the administrative functions of the court. Judge Kreeger was elected in 2008 to fill the seat vacated by the Hon. Charles H. Miel. Prior to her election, Judge Kreeger was the Friend of the Court for Ionia County.

Hon. Ronald Schafer

Judge Schafer was previously the head Ionia County Prosecutor. He currently serves as a judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court. He has been very reasonable and fair in my dealings with him.

Trials in Ionia County

After a criminal matter is bound over to his court, your attorney will receive a scheduling order indicating the possible trial dates. Normally a case will be set for trial on three to five separate dates. On each trial date, the oldest case will be tried. However, as many cases resolve without trial, it is not uncommon for a case to be tried on the first or second jury trial date.

Sentencing in Ionia County

Judge Schafer is fair when it comes to sentencing.  Judge Schafer may impose a curfew as part of probation or to require that the probationer wear a SCRAM tether. Judge Schafer will give at least some jail time to anyone who tries to smuggle contraband into prison located in Ionia.

Here is a link to the Ionia County Circuit Court.

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