Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys And Lawyers Are Protecting Kentwood, Michigan from prosecutors and police officers who want to hammer you with big fines and prison time!

The Kentwood defense attorneys and lawyers 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. Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers will not judge you!  Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers will fight hard to get you the best results possible!

Don’t wait, call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan today at 616-438-6719 if you are being charged with a crime in Kentwood, Michigan.

 Kentwood Defense Attorneys And Lawyers

Our attorneys offer aggressive criminal defense to individuals charged with crimes in Kentwood and all of West Michigan.  Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers work diligently to protect your rights and to ensure that the best results are achieved in every case.

Kentwood, Michigan DUI, Drunk Driving Attorneys

Michigan law defines standard drunk driving as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08.  Drunk driving charges and related impaired driving offenses can have a serious impact on your life. That’s why it’s so important to understand the law, your rights and your legal options when facing drunk driving charges. Read more about Kentwood DUI and drunk driving defense here.

Call our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers today at 616-438-6719 and we’ll protect you against aggressive prosecutors and hostile police officers who want you to go to jail and pay high fines.  Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers can take your call 24/7.

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Kentwood, Michigan Criminal Defense

The most common criminal charges issued in Kentwood, Michigan are domestic violence, retail fraud, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana, use of marijuana, assault and battery, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and finally child abuse in the fourth degree.

The first court appearance anyone has when they are facing a criminal charge is the arraignment process.  At the arraignment, the judge will explain to the defendant what they are being charged with.  This explanation includes the maximum possible jail time the defendant may receive and how high the fines could be.  Next, Judge Kelly will go over the advice of rights form. The advice of rights form explains the rights a defendant has regarding their criminal case.  Finally, the defendant will enter a guilty or not guilty plea.  Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers are happy to be with our clients at the arraignment.

If the defendant enters a guilty plea, Judge Kelly will likely sentence the person on the spot.  There are some exceptions.  If the crime is domestic violence or drunk driving, the defendant will have a pre-sentence investigation report done and come back for sentencing on another date.

If the defendant pleads not guilty, there will be two pre-trial conferences.  This is a chance for the defendant’s attorney and the prosecutor to discuss the charges and see if they can come up with a deal to settle the case short of trial.  If no agreement is reached, the case will be set for trial.

In Kentwood, jury pick and trial can be held on the same day. If more than one trial is set to go on the same date, the oldest case will go first and the newest case will have trial another day.  After trial, Judge Kelly will sentence the defendant if the jury comes back with a guilty verdict.  Judge Kelly will have the defendant go through the pre-sentence investigation and come back later for sentencing on drunk driving and domestic violence jury convictions.  Sentencing is where Judge Kelly decides if the defendant is going to get probation and fines or receive jail, probation and fines.

Judge Kelly has a reputation for being a fair and balanced Judge. Most Kentwood, Michigan criminal defense attorneys enjoy practicing law in his courtroom. He is laid back, but firm and runs a courtroom that has advanced technological features.  Our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers have vast experience practicing law in front of Judge Kelly.

In 1978, Judge Kelly was elected as Kentwood’s District Court Judge. Kentwood only has one District Court Judge. He has served the Kentwood community as Kentwood’s only District Court Judge from 1978. Judge Kelly took over the District Court Judge posistion from his father, who was the only District Court Judge from 1970 till 1978. Judge Kelly has been a longtime restident of Kentwood. Judge Kelly attends church at Saint Mary magdalen. He is the father of five children.

Judge Kelly has a great interest in technology and he looks for ways that technology can better serve the justice system and the community of Kentwood.  Judge Kelly has an impressive educational resume. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary in 1966. He has a BA from the University of Detroit in 1970 and a Jd from the University of Detroit School of law in 1975.

The Judge also has an impressive work history. He has worked for the peace corps as a math teacher, as a prosecutor in Kalamazoo from 1975 till 1978. He then tried his hand at the public defender’s office of Kent County from 1977 till 1978.

He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for Cooley Law School, the National Center for State Courts and the Judicial Institute since 1985. Judge Kelly has also received numerous awards during his career. He was given the Marian Hilligan Public Service Award from Cooley Law School and the Judicial Excellence Award from the Michigan District Judges Association.

If you get arrested and are facing charges in front of Judge Kelly, you need our Kentwood Defense Attorneys and Lawyers to help you fight those charges! Call us today at 616-438-6719!

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Michigan Proudly Serve: Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County, Ionia County, Barry County, Berrien County, Mason County, Manistee County, Mecosta County, Oceana County, Muskegon County, Montcalm County, Newaygo County, Kalamazoo County, Lake County, Van Buren County, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers Also Proudly Serve The West Michigan Cities Of: Grand Rapids, Holland, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Spring Lake, Ionia, Zeeland, Hastings, Stanton, White Cloud, Newaygo and Allegan.