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Criminal Defense

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Innocent until proven guilty. This principle is the cornerstone of the American criminal justice system and the credo by which every reputable criminal attorney stands. It is the notion that no matter what you have done or not done, said or not said, you deserve the benefit of a presumption that says you are an upstanding, law-abiding, U.S. citizen unless and until the government proves otherwise. The Constitution protects you from unwarranted intrusion, invasion, and allegation. Federal and state law does too.

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, the point to remember is: you are not alone. There are laws designed to protect your constitutional rights, but to do so effectively may require the aid and assistance of a skilled criminal attorney, someone who knows exactly what the law says in any particular case and how to use it to defend you from overzealous law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. This is exactly what you will find at the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC, one of the premier criminal defense law firms in Southwest Michigan.

The Peter J. Johnson Law Office handles a variety of criminal matters from sex crimes, drug offenses, and traffic tickets to domestic violence, theft, fraud, and drunk driving. We also handle cases involving:

  • Assaults (Simple / Aggravated)
  • Trespass
  • Manslaughter / Murder
  • Resisting & Obstructing
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Probation Violations
  • Neglect & Abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Conspiracy
  • Arson
  • Destruction of Property
  • Setting Aside Convictions
  • Solicitation

The attorneys at the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC understand every stage and element of the criminal trial process from arraignment to setting bond conditions to filing pretrial motions to deposing witnesses to jury selection to trial presentation to sentencing to appeal, and we work very closely with our clients during each phase of the process to try to reach the outcomes they desire.

We understand the procedures law enforcement officials have to follow to seize evidence legally in your case and the elements the prosecution has to prove to convince a jury of your guilt, and we aggressively and competently pursue these violations and deficiencies whenever we find them.

We understand the value of scientific evidence and expert testimony to challenge the findings and conclusions of the prosecutor’s case against you and have developed deep relationships in the community with experts in the medical, psychiatric, and forensic fields with whom we regularly consult on the technical issues of our cases.

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense or a civil infraction, if you’re looking to set aside a previous conviction or withdraw a guilty plea, if you want to challenge a personal protection order filed against you or restore your driving privileges, the knowledgeable and skilled attorneys at the Peter J. Johnson Law Office can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation over the phone or in our St. Joseph, Michigan office. If you don’t reach an attorney right away, we guarantee a callback within 24 hours. How many attorneys do you know who can promise that kind of service today?