Attorney Michael B. Brown, J.D.
I am Michael B. Brown, criminal defense attorney and founding owner of The Law Office of Michael B. Brown. A native Michigander, I received my BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Hope College, and my Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. I am a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and practice under the approval of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
I have worked both as a former prosecutor and defense attorney working for a successful law firm, I have experience on both sides of the criminal justice system. I have won cases through written motion practice and through trial. During my time as a prosecutor, I worked around some of the best defense attorneys in Arizona. These real-world teachers ranged from brash and flashy to smooth, experienced, and tough. Working from the inside, I learned how to prepare for trial while remaining open to the option of negotiating a deal. I learned to apply a tactful, prioritized approach to achieve the best possible outcomes for my clients.
My insight into the prosecutor’s mindset has also shown me what law enforcement’s priorities, inherent strengths, and hidden weaknesses. This knowledge is invaluable when my clients have no other option than to stand up at trial and fight for their freedom and reputation. I understand how prosecutors approach a defendant’s criminal charges, criminal history, and pre-trial behavior. Prosecutors often take pride in treating every case the same, even threatening significant punishment against an otherwise law-abiding person for a single criminal act. As you would imagine, prosecutors also use their powers to impose even greater penalties on individuals with prior criminal convictions. A skilled defense attorney can use the time between a criminal charge and trial to develop an action plan with their client to show the prosecutor that the defendant is remorseful, rehabilitating, and not a risk to re-offend.
In 2013, I left my position with a respected law firm near Phoenix, Arizona to start my own practice the beautiful state of Michigan, my home state. In my time as a defense attorney, both in Arizona as well as here in Michigan, I have handled a wide range of cases. From misdemeanor domestic violence, drug possession, and DUI charges to felony theft, firearms, and sexual assault charges. Having spent a considerable time in court, I have earned outright dismissals of serious felony charges prior to trial and have won several misdemeanor trials. Having studied the art of communication and argument before the judge and jury, I relish the competitive nature of trial. I never forget the stakes involved when fighting on behalf of a client whose time, money, reputation, and freedom are on the line. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is not a decision to be taken lightly. You need a teacher, speaker, scholar, and – most importantly – a surrogate fighter. You need an attorney you can trust to pursue justice on your behalf.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, contact the Law Office of Michael B. Brown. There’s no risk, no obligation, no consultation fee, and it’s all completely confidential. I will fight for you.