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Born, Raised, Live & Practice Here: Hire an Authentic Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney

By Daniel T. Geherin

When a person is arrested or charged with a crime in Washtenaw County, ranging from a misdemeanor drunk driving citation to a capital felony allegation, he/she often doesn’t know where to turn for help.   We see firsthand the anxiety, fear and uncertainty this produces, and we’ve heard the most common questions from clients charged with crimes in the Ann Arbor area:

  • “Does hiring a local attorney matter?”
  • “How do I know if the attorney really practices in Washtenaw County?”
  • “How can I trust the attorney that I am retaining?

These are important questions, and there are easy answers to them. The Geherin Law Group PLLC is a local criminal justice firm based in Ann Arbor.   Dan Geherin is a former prosecutor who was born, raised, lives and practices in Washtenaw County.  He has 25+ years’ experience, has conducted 200+ trials, and has helped 2,000+ clients with criminal cases in Ann Arbor. 

What better proof of a local commitment than an attorney who was born, raised and lives in the very community in which he practices?   What better comfort to know that Dan is the former Chairperson of the Washtenaw County Bar Association Criminal Law Section? What better sight than seeing a local, established law firm with its only office in the heart of Ann Arbor?

So many attorneys advertise that they handle criminal cases in and around Ann Arbor.  But do they really practicehere, or do they “dabble” here?  Ideally, your Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney should have verifiable long-term results in Ann Arbor; should know all of the judges, prosecutors and police officers in the county; and should be comfortable discussing all of the policies and procedures at play for a criminal/traffic case here. 

The Geherin Law Group, PLLC does not have offices in Lansing, or Detroit, or Grand Rapids.   We are not a “satellite” office for a firm based in Oakland or Jackson County. Instead, we are a firmly-established, respected local law firm based HERE in Ann Arbor.  And, unlike many others, we have a 20+ year track record of proven success in the local courtrooms and a long list of satisfied clients. 

Why is local presence so important for a criminal defense attorney? Because local attorneys know how to maneuver through the red-tape of the Washtenaw County system.  We know our jury pools and how different jurisdictional juries might view a case.  We have professional networks and resources that outsiders frankly do not enjoy.  Lastly, it is often local attorneys who can secure the best plea deals for clients who desire them, as their experience and reputation can be a difference-maker with prosecutors, police and judges.    

With all the noise and confusion out there, clients looking for the best Criminal Defense Attorney in Ann Arbor should ask these questions of a potential attorney:

  • “Where is your office actually based?”
  • “How many jury trials have you completed in Washtenaw County in the last 5 years?”
  • “How many times have you appeared before (my judge) in the last year?”

If the answers to these questions are either vague, unsatisfactory or unverifiable, please call us at the Geherin Law Group.  Dan will gladly discuss his local community ties and lengthy Washtenaw County experience with you.  We’re confident that you will find that his experience, reputation and resources will be a perfect fit for any Criminal Defense case in or around Ann Arbor.

If you are confused and anxious about finding the best Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney for your case, please consider calling the Ann-Arbor based practice of the Geherin Law Group, PLLC.  We can be reached 24/7 at (734) 263-2780, or via email  We offer free telephone or office consultations, and we would be happy to discuss why we believe a local practice is the best option for any Criminal Defense case in Ann Arbor.