Kelly & Kelly, P.C.
Family Man, Attorney & Author
Hi, my name is Jonathan Paul, and I solve problems for my clients; very real and serious problems. As part of my criminal law practice, I defend doctors, fellow attorneys, executives, senior military officers, teachers, professional and college athletes, airline pilots, and the good hard working people of Michigan who find themselves charged with a crime. I am also an author of three books, the Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Playbook, the Michigan DUI Playbook: Defenses, Techniques & Strategies and CASE DISMISSED: How to Win Your Retail Fraud Case: A Proactive Approach to Criminal Defense, which can purchased on Amazon.
I currently live in Ann Arbor with my wife and my kids, and prior to entering private practice, I was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, and an Oakland County (Michigan) Prosecutor. As a prosecutor, I successfully prosecuted thousands of high profile felony, misdemeanor and drunk driving cases.
During my career as a prosecutor, I never lost a trial, and had a 100 percent conviction rate. This was a major accomplishment as the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is the busiest in the entire country, and Oakland County has a reputation as having some of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State of Michigan. I was pretty good at prosecuting people, but now I'm on the other side of the table using that experience for your benefit.
I'm currently a criminal defense attorney at Kelly & Kelly, P.C., a well established and Better Business Bureaus Accredited law firm that has been fighting for clients for the past twenty-five years. While I'm usually the lead attorney on criminal cases, I use a team approach, which gives the client multiple legal minds working on their case, and helping the client get the absolute best outcome.
Since leaving my career as a prosecutor, I've been selected and recognized in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine; the prestigious magazine selects the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Michigan, and in my opinion is the gold standard for attorney rankings. My selection by Super Lawyers Magazine was featured in Hour Detroit Magazine and the New York Times. My work as a Michigan criminal defense lawyer has also earned me a "Superb" 10.0 Avvo Rating.
I'm licensed to practice law in Michigan and New York. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and I'm not at all shy about bragging that I graduated from one of the best law schools in the world. My educational background and my experience as a prosecutor have pushed me to the forefront of criminal defense attorneys in Michigan. I currently serve as the criminal law co-chair for the Washtenaw County Bar Association and I'm a member of the Oakland County Criminal Law Committee.
Because of my success, and the demand for my services, I have an exclusive legal representation policy. This policy limits the number of criminal law cases that I accept each year. The policy was developed to ensure that my select clients receive the proper care and attention their case deserves. I take every call, and talk to every client, but I cannot represent everyone that calls me. If I don't have room to take your case, I will provide you with the name and number of another excellent attorney.
That being said, you should do your research, and learn about what you're looking for in a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan. You're hiring someone to protect your rights, possibly keep you out of jail, and save you from having a criminal record. You also need to work closely with your attorney for weeks, months or even a year; you should be comfortable communicating with them. I do the same exact thing when selecting my criminal clients.
To discuss your case, give me a call at 248-924-9458 or email me. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. It may take me a moment to get back to you as I may be in court or with my family, but I will do my best to respond within this time frame.
I will tell you that my services are not cheap, because my services are in demand, and I don't take just any case, but I work with clients to make sure they can afford good legal representation. Fees for misdemeanors are typically anywhere from $1500-$5000, drunk driving cases are $2000-$15,000, and felonies are $4000-$20,000.
Based on my experience as a prosecutor, and now working with clients, hiring strong legal counsel is simply an investment in your future. I can't tell you how many times potential clients who initially contacted me, but decided to go with a cheaper option, called me a month later regretting their decision. You simply need to be a wise consumer, and should not look for the easiest/cheapest way to get rid of your case. You only get one chance to defend yourself. Think twice about why some attorney is giving you a hard sell and such a low price. Ask questions, be smart.
Now you have some insight into my background and my qualifications. I'm happy to provide more information, and answer your questions. Talk to you soon - Jonathan