My name is Jonathan Paul, and I solve problems for my clients. As part of my criminal law practice, I work with clients on turning one of the worst moments in life, into an opportunity for reflection and growth.
When I work with a client, I view my role as both an attorney and coach. There's going to be a legal aspect to working with the client toward goals in the courtroom, but even more time spent preparing mentally, emotionally and physically for the journey together. I want my clients to know that everything is going to OK, but the client has to be ready to earn the outcome, and that requires a game plan.
This can either be the worst day, or best day for a client. I like to embrace the best day approach, and use it as an opportunity for growth, reflection, and learning a major life lesson. Accept the challenge, and be better for it in the long-term.
I work with and defend doctors, fellow attorneys, nurses, executives, business professionals, union workers, military officers, teachers, entrepreneurs, professional and college athletes, airline pilots, and the good hard working people of Michigan who find themselves charged with a criminal offense.
We take a stressful situation, which seems very much "up in the air" and turn it into a manageable set of goals with a plan in place. I believe that a client should not be judged on a single moment, but rather should have the opportunity to turn this poor "first impression" into what I call a "true impression".
Should your case define you? Absolutely not.
Your past, present and future should define who you are. This means your family, career, reputation and standing in your community should be the most important factors in how the prosecutor and court treats you.
Unfortunately words alone can't do the job, so we put real actions into place. This is a proactive approach to criminal defense in Michigan, and something that my clients do on various types of cases. My clients improve their case every single day, with my role as a coach guiding this progress.
Here's some background on myself:
I'm licensed to practice law in Michigan and New York. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. I have authored five books and counting:
- Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Playbook
- Michigan DUI Playbook
- Win Your Retail Fraud Case
- Maximum Strength Expungement: How to File and Win
- Confessions of a Former Michigan Prosecutor
I educate and lecture on criminal defense with ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) for other Michigan attorneys looking to improve their own knowledge and career success.
I've been selected and recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine; the prestigious magazine selects the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Michigan. 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.
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 cases, including felony, misdemeanor and drunk driving cases.
Because of my success, and the demand for my services, my law firm uses 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. We take every call, and talk to every client, but we cannot represent everyone that calls us. If we don't have room to take your case, we will try to 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. Our firm does the same exact thing when selecting our criminal clients.
Based on my experience as a prosecutor, and now working with clients, hiring strong legal counsel is simply an investment in your future.
To discuss your case, give me a call at 248-924-9458 or email me. 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.