Proactive Criminal Defense- Domestic Violence - Taking Back the House Advantage
You've come to my website, because you're considering hiring me for your domestic violence case, and you want to know how I can help. In Michigan, there are different levels of domestic violence crimes, most are misdemeanors, but based on your record and the severity of injuries, the offense could be elevated to a felony.
Domestic violence cases in Michigan have four outcomes. Your case could be dismissed due to suppression of evidence or unavailability of a witness, you may enter into a negotiated plea agreement to a reduced charge with a sentencing agreement, including a dismissal of charges, or you may go to trial and be found not guilty or you go to trial and you're found guilty.
So how do I get you the best outcome for your Michigan domestic violence case?
As a former New York City and Michigan prosecutor I know both sides of this system, and I know what gets results. My method of criminal defense is unique for marijuana possession, because my clients take a proactive approach rather than sitting back and simply hoping for things to go well. This approach has worked very well for drug possession cases, because many of my clients have no criminal record, and simply had a bad night or a misunderstanding that they deeply regret.
I've represented doctors, teachers, lawyers, professional athletes, nurses, sales professionals, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and just about every other profession in domestic violence cases. This offense seems to happen to just about anyone in society, and it's my job to help make sure it doesn't happen again.
I don't publish the secrets to my approach on my website, because other attorneys would steal it for their clients, and my clients would no longer have a distinct advantage.
My approach for domestic violence cases has sometimes resulted in better bond conditions, less or no alcohol/drug testing, dismissal of charges, avoiding jail, keeping a valid driver's license shorter probation terms, non-reporting probation, lower fines and costs and a number of other benefits. My clients get great satisfaction knowing that they can have a positive influence on their case both inside and outside the courtroom. I always ask my clients if they want to strive for an average or an exceptional result. If the potential client wants to settle for being average, I will pass on the case.
When you're charged with domestic violence in Michigan you're considered a criminal and a dangerous and violent person by the court, prosecutor and police department who can't be trusted on the streets or in your own home. Your case and file have no face, history, background or information other than the crime you're alleged to have committed.
No wonder most judges and prosecutors only think of you as a criminal and violent abuser who deserves to be punished. I know that's not the case, but we need to convince them of the same thing. It's my job to be your biggest fan, and promote all the positive things in your life and background.
Based on my experience, I compare the police department, prosecutor and court to a powerful and rich casino with all the resources and power to take advantage of you. The casino has the house advantage, and potential clients are fighting an uphill battle without the proper education and game plan. I empower my clients to take back the house advantage, and even up the score, or even get an advantage over the casino.
This is where my game plan takes over, and begins to turn this vicious cycle around. On my plan, which I like to compare to a boot camp, we create positive currency to counteract all the negative vibes around your case. Do good honest people make mistakes? You bet. Does a judge or prosecutor think you're actually a good person who deserves a second chance? Right now - NO! .... you don't get the benefit of the doubt by simply showing up in court.
Even if your attorney says how wonderful you are, those words are cheap, because any good attorney is going to speak well of his/her client. A court and prosecutor want real action! This is what we do as a team. We develop a specific game plan tailored to your case and your background in order to present you as the good and honest person that you are - a good person who made a mistake or had a lapse in judgment.
Without doing this a judge may think you need to be taught a lesson by going to jail, or the judge can't trust you not to return home, and your record should be tainted forever with a domestic violence conviction.
Wouldn't it just be easier to start a program before even going to court on your domestic violence case, do well on it, and ask the judge to just continue allowing you to do that rather than what he had in mind for you? It's like creating your own punishment as a kid and having your parents accept it rather than them coming up with their own terms. I've had many judges in Michigan, simply adopt what my client has already done proactively for their domestic violence case - I have literally created my own sentence for clients.
By being proactive outside of the courtroom, it helps when you get in the courtroom on your domestic violence case. I provide the tools to accomplish your goals.
What if I'm innocent and don't think I should have to do anything?
Despite your constitutional right to be innocent until proven guilty, the judges in Michigan are still going to give you bond conditions, and can keep you in jail and locked out of your home. Just being charged with a crime allows the court to have total control over your life until your case is concluded. My plan puts all of my clients in a better position during their case, allowing the opportunity for favorable bond conditions, because we're taking control of the situation for the judge. Doesn't it just sound better, and makes you feel a little better if we can tell a judge you're attending counseling, testing negatively for alcohol and drugs, and community service rather than a judge yelling and screaming and telling you that you need to go? What about if we can tell the judge that you've met with a counselor or are undergoing treatment and we have the situation under control, and you deserve for your case to be dismissed, and back in your home rather than having a criminal record and going to jail?
Most clients feel better about themselves about going to court on their domestic violence cases when they are already being proactive about their case. It's the difference between studying for an exam and being confident versus just showing up and hoping something good happens. You'll enter court confident and ready to face the judges with my plan.
During this proactive approach, we're also exploring every single defense to your case as a team. If the case can be defeated or won at trial, that is what we do. I've been a prosecutor in New York City and here in Michigan, if trial is your best option, we will go ahead and go down that path. If we decide as a team that the cons outweigh the pros in pursuing that approach then our proactive approach is already in place, and your case is in a better position to be reduced, dismissed or some other favorable outcome, which may not have been possible without being proactive from the very beginning. A judge and prosecutor in my experience are going to look a lot more favorably on giving a client the benefit of the doubt if they are already doing things during their case.
How can you apply to be one of my clients?
No that's not a typo, potential clients must apply for my legal services. My services are in high demand for domestic violence cases, and I cannot represent every person that contacts me. I have to turn down around half of all potential clients that call or email me, because I'm either fully booked with my current clients or your case may not be the best fit for my law firm. I carefully select clients who are committed to following my game plan, and want to better themselves going forward. If you simply want to show up and hope for the best, I can give you the name of another attorney who will take your money.
When you contact me today, I'll want to know where it happened, who was involved, what your relationship with this person is, what police department was involved along with a number of other pieces of information. I want to know your goals and whether or not this is your first contact with the law. I use a basketball analogy to describe my approach. We call a timeout, regroup and put forth a well thought out game plan, which results in an efficient and successful score on the offensive end. We don't sit back on our heels and play defense hoping not to lose. We work with the strengths of your case, and spin the negatives into positives.
"Jonathan is professional, yet I did not feel like I was talking to a machine. He was friendly, and kept me posted on a regular basis on what was happening with my case. He was able to reduce me from a misdemeanor to a CI just by talking with the prosecutor. Could not have been happier, I would highly recommend him".
Mr. Paul did a great job with my son's case. He had an assault charge in which Mr. Paul got dismissed, with no fines and no probation. He is very responsive and contacts you back right away. He was patient and answered all questions and addressed all of our concerns. He was very encouraging to work with and also very knowledgeable. He also personally encouraged my son after the case to stay positive and focused. We could not have asked for a better outcome! We were very pleased with his services. - Satisfied Mom
Jonathan handled my daughter's first offense DUI/OWI. I contacted him online after business hours and he called back first thing the next morning. He took the time to speak to both my daughter and myself about her case. He had a very pro-active approach to her case, a plan, when we had no plan. He offered good advice that worked in getting her case reduced to the lowest offense without going to trial. Jonathan was exemplary in contacting us via email and by phone, and we always knew exactly what was going on in the case. We would recommend him to our family and friends. - DUI Client
"I first came across Jonathan's name on this exact website, and I read all of his amazing reviews. This, plus the fact that he works from Northville (which is where I was arrested for OWI) are really what prompted me to contact him. I sent him an email detailing lots of things from my terrible experience, and he emailed AND texted me back right away, even though it was a Sunday and he was out with his wife. He later sent me an even more extensive email telling me when he thinks he could do to help me in my particular case. This kind of prompt and thourogh feedback was standard the entire time I worked with Jonathan.
Some background on my case in particular: I was arrested in Northville Township for OWI with a BAC of 0.21. This technically falls under the Michigan Super Drunk law. However, as it was my first offense of any kind, they only charged me with misdemenor OWI. I spent the night in jail, my car was impounded, it was terrifying. I am almost done with college in the medical field and I just kept thinking "my life is over."
So I hired Jonathan after meeting with him. He used to be a prosecutor so he knows both sides of the game. He put me on a unique "proactive approach" which was AMAZING and completely helped me out in the eyes of the court. He also really helped to walk me through the process and ease my mind about what to expect in terms of sentencing.
Well today I had my day in court, and I have been dreading this day for a month now. Thanks to Jonathan's approach, he was able to convince the prosecution to give me a lesser charge of OWVI (the lowest and cheapest alcohol-related driving charge). This is a HUGE success, especially since I could've been charged with felony Super Drunk. I was also given 9 months of reporting probation with only holiday blows, 5 days of community service of my choice, and an alcohol class that probation recommends. I did NOT lose my license (which was another huge fear of mine), and only have a restricted license (work, school, medical appts) for 90 days.
I am so happy I chose to work with Jonathan Paul. Without him I probably would have never been offered the lesser charge, as it was his unique proactive approach that finally made the prosecutor offer it to me. He really makes you see that you're not a bad person because you got a DUI/OWI, you just made a really bad mistake. I would highly, highly recommend Jonathan Paul to anyone in need of a DUI Lawyer, because I could not have gotten that outcome without him. - OWI Client"
"I started out my possession of weed case with another lawyer who I was unhappy with. After getting Jonathan Paul on the case things completely turned around for me. Jonathan quickly came up with a plan for me. He was able to get me on the right path and reverse the damage done by my former representation. He kept me very well informed and responded very quickly. In the end I really enjoyed working with him and got the best outcome possible in my situation. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for a lawyer" - Possession of Marijuana Client
I was arrested for retail fraud in Novi Michigan, and I hired Jonathan because of his proactive approach. He had me start community service immediately and do special shoplifting classes to show that I was a good person and not a bad person or a criminal. His approach made me feel better, because I was moving in the right direction and had goals. Because of his plan, he was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss my case, and I was left with no criminal record. I am grateful for his unique approach, and I would have a criminal record and a questionable future without his help - Shoplifting Client
When I was arrested for drunk driving I thought my life was over. Luckily I found Jonathan's website and his action game plan, which puts a strong emphasis on treatment and being proactive in my community. He had me attending AA meetings within days, meeting with a great counselor and doing community service. This plan resulted in the judge not even testing me for alcohol during my case, which can be expensive and time consuming, and I was able to keep my driver's license, which allowed me to keep my job and take care of my family. I would not have had such a great result without being proactive. Jonathan's plan convinced the judge that I had already done enough to show I would not be a repeat offender, and I didn't deserve to be treated like a dangerous criminal.
Hiring a lawyer was like hiring a doctor for me. I wanted someone who I trusted with my well-being, and would have a game plan that I was comfortable with. Jonathan told me that he was very selective with who he represented, and I would need to follow his game plan to even be considered as his client. He told me I would need to do community service, attend special classes and commit myself to working hard outside of the courtroom. I liked his game plan and trusted the reasons behind it. Ultimately, I got so much out of this proactive approach, and it ended up getting my case dismissed! I can so thankful for Jonathan's guidance, and for doing my research to find his services. Every other lawyer just wanted to go to court and kept telling me how aggressive they were - this wasn't very appealing, it was like a doctor telling me they'd be aggressive, but without a real direction our purpose. Working with Jonathan was like working with a world-class surgeon who kept me informed at every step and I saw results while working with him. My life is back on track and my mistake is now in the past thanks to his hard work. Thank you!
Jonathan Paul was a great lawyer. I felt as if I could speak with him at any time and he would answer my questions. I had doubts about my situations, but he gave me the necessary information to be a positive person and not get down on myself. Things could have gone bad, but he was able to tell me what I should do to be pro-active and I believe because of this information, both of my cases were deferred. Thanks to him, these two situations will not be on my record. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is seeking a lawyer.
Jonathan is a top notch attorney who listened to me, thoroughly reviewed my case, formulated a plan of action and executed it perfectly achieving the goals we set. Jonathan is a true professional who always made himself available to address any questions or concern I had during my case. I really enjoyed working with Jonathan and would recommend him to anyone who in need of a top notch attorney.
As you read this, you're worried about going to jail, having a criminal record, being removed from your home permanently, losing your driver's license, testing positive for drugs and alcohol and possibly losing a job, student loans, being kicked out of school or even being deported from this country. Let me take that weight off your shoulders by explaining to you my method for defending your case. I promise that you'll feel better after speaking to me about your case and your goals. You will have a game plan in place, and will be actively involved in influencing the outcome of your case. The average client feels isolated and helpless when charged with a crime; my clients are involved and actively doing things every day to improve their position and their future.
My unique approach requires immediate action for domestic violence cases. The longer we wait, the less impact we can have on your case. Call me today at 248-924-9458 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org