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How Do You Search for the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Ann Arbor?

By Daniel T. Geherin

Many attorneys only “dabble” in criminal defense cases, taking an occasional drunk driving or traffic case. Likewise, some attorneys specialize in criminal cases, but rarely do they FIGHT or go to TRIAL—instead they plea-bargain every single case. So, while searching for the best criminal attorney in Ann Arbor, you should search for actual, specialized criminal defense attorneys—with the key word being defense

Why is so important to find a specialized criminal DEFENSE attorney with a proven record of success in the courtroom in Ann Arbor? 4 reasons:

  1. You need a strong and aggressive advocate to match the police and prosecution, who often are working aggressively to convict you and take away your freedom;

  2. You need to feel comfortable that your chosen attorney has a verifiable track record of success in litigating cases similar to their own;

  3. You pay a lot of hard-earned money to your criminal defense attorney, and cannot afford (literally and figuratively) to waste that money on an attorney who has no interest, ability or experience in fighting their case; and

  4. Individuals who retain experienced, specialized criminal defense attorneys often see better results—especially if the police/prosecutors/judges know that the attorney is willing to fight and achieve success in the courtroom.  

So, when you’re searching for the “best” criminal attorney in Ann Arbor, you ideally should be focusing your search on the best defense/trial attorneys. These are some of the questions you might want to ask prospective attorneys:

“Can you tell me the last 5 jury trials you completed as a criminal defense attorney, and what those results were?”

“Can you point me to recent criminal litigation successes you’ve achieved, especially on my type of charge?”

“Are you a board-certified trial attorney?”

“Do you handle all criminal defense cases, or only certain low-level misdemeanors?”

Daniel T. Geherin is the owner of the Geherin Law Group PLLC (GLG Michigan), a local criminal justice firm based in Ann Arbor. GLG Michigan is a trial-based firm that specializes in criminal defense and DUI/OWI cases. Dan is a former prosecutor and board-certified criminal trial attorney with over 25+ years’ experience in criminal law. He has completed nearly 300 criminal trials; has helped over 2,000 clients in criminal cases; has taught other attorneys criminal defense topics ranging from OWI defense, to sex crimes defense, to theft crime defense, to trial tactics; has written several books on criminal defense topics; and devotes nearly 90% of his practice to defending criminal cases in and around Ann Arbor.

As of 2018, Dan Geherin is one of only 4 attorneys in the State of Michigan who has received board certification the by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Nationwide, only 5% of attorneys have received board-certification. To do so, attorneys must demonstrate a long history of trial experience and success and must receive recommendations from local judges/attorneys.  Further, Dan posts and updates litigation success on his website (, and those successes are extensive and verifiable. Lastly, Dan focuses his trial-based practice on defense of all criminal cases, ranging from the most serious Capital Felony charges, to Misdemeanor offense, to DUI/OWI/Drunk Driving, to Traffic Cases, to Juvenile Delinquency cases. While he cannot guarantee success in every case, he can guarantee that he is a specialized criminal defense attorney who devotes every ounce of effort and resources to help clients achieve personal justice.   

If you are looking to consult with an actual criminal defense attorney in Ann Arbor, please consider calling the trial-based practice of GLG Michigan. We can be reached 24/7 at (734) 263-2780, or via email We’ll be happy to discuss our background; our recent successes in the courtroom; our commitment to top-notch client service and satisfaction; and our options for achieving the best possible result for a criminal case in and around Ann Arbor.  In short, we will be happy to discuss with you whether we are the best criminal DEFENSE firm to handle your case.