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Hiring an attorney to represent you, when you are charged with a crime is the most important decision you can make.  The right attorney can mean the difference between the case being dismissed, or being sentenced to a lengthy jail or prison term.

When you hire the West Michigan Defense Team, you are putting 4 experienced, knowledgeable attorneys in your corner.  Our attorneys are skilled litigators, and will find the most effective defense for each client.

See what our clients have to say:

Teamwork gets a DUI charge changed to a Disturbance Misdemeanor

WMDT Attorney Jerry Lykins was retained by a client to represent him on a drunk driving arrest. The client has been at his house and had gone outside to smoke a cigarette. When finished he discovered he had locked himself out. He had a work van parked on street outside his house with a set of keys inside and took shelter inside the van since it was a cold January night. After a while he fell asleep and a concerning neighbor called the police. The police decided to charge him with drunk driving. Jerry and Attorney Jeff Kortes reviewed all the reports and body cam video. They presented their arguments to the local city attorney and were able to convince her to offer a charge of creating a disturbance, a low level misdemeanor and non-driving offense. The client was very happy since a conviction would have resulted in him being fired from his job. Great Job WMDT!

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Felony Retail Fraud 1st Reduced to Misdemeanor

WMDT attorney, Jerry Lykins was hired to help a client who was arrested after attempting to steal from a local Department Store. This client had 3 prior Retail Fraud convictions in her recent past which elevated the seriousness of this new case. She also was suffering from mental health issues that Jerry felt contributed to her decision making and caused impulse control issues. Jerry and the client worked hard to put together a strategy to demonstrate that her mental health issue was real and contributed to her attempted theft. Jerry also was able to show but the prosecutor and the judge that she had made the necessary adjustments to avoid any further legal issues. The reduction from a 5 year felony offense to a 1 year misdemeanor offense saved the client from not only jail, but serious financial obligations. This was another fantastic result for a worthy client! Good job WMDT!

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Carrying Conceal Weapon Taken Under HYTA

WMDT attorneys were successful in negotiating and representing a client who was charged with felony CCW after being stopped by GRPD while driving home from work. The client, who had no criminal record, was driving home from work and stopped by GRPD for a minor traffic violation. The client had a lawfully owned handgun in a coat pocket that he uses for protection while working in a high crime area of GR. The client listened to our recommendations and in the end his arrest and conviction will be non-public so he can avoid issues with employment and later gun possession and ownership. Another great job WMDT!

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Felony Domestic Violence Case Reduced

WMDT attorneys were able to bring about a reduction in charges for a client who was facing a felony domestic violence charge. The client was given a reduction from a felony domestic violence to a misdemeanor domestic violence, likely avoiding a year in jail.

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Assault by Strangulation, Interference with Telecommunication Device, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer reduced to DV and Attempt R&O of P.O.

WMDT was retained in early January 2016, to represent a client who faced a series of serious felony charges that could have resulted in a 10 year prison sentence. As with so many of our cases, this was a situation that spiraled out of control and resulted in our client being charged with potentially life changing and career ending charges. WMDT went to work building a smart and strong defense to the charges. WMDT was able to skillfully bring this case to a resolution that would save the client's gun rights and reduce the impact upon his life and employment. Another great example of the WMDT advantage!

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Another Successful License Restoration by WMDT

Attorney Jerry Lykins does it again, restoring another WMDT client's license! This client came to WMDT seeking help with gaining back his driving privileges which were revoked after a drunk driving causing serious injury. Jerry provided a solid game plan followed up by great coaching prior to the hearing that enabled the client to walk into his hearing and win back his full privileges! Another great result for another satisfied WMDT client!

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MDOP Dismissed!

WMDT attorney Jerry Lykins was hired by a court employee to represent her grandson in a criminal case involving Malicious Destruction of Property. This young man had been serving a jail sentence in Ottawa County, Michigan. The client denied involvement in the criminal matter and did not want to plead guilty to another offense and risk probation or further jail. Attorney Lykins used his connections and relationship to convince the assigned prosecutor that the case was not worthy of a jury trial. The prosecutor agreed after a review of the file to dismiss the case. Another great result for a WMDT client.

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Two Felonies Dismissed!

Attorney Jason Jansma showed his professionalism & ability to truly help his clients by running a preliminary hearing for two felony cases- "Assault by Strangulation" & "Assault with Intent to Maim". Both of these 10-year felonies were dismissed.

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Embezzlement Case Dismissed by the Prosecutor!

WMDT attorney Jerry Lykins was hired to help a client who was charged with Embezzlement from his former employer. The charge was from 5 years earlier and the client was unaware until he went to submit an application for a Concealed Weapons Permit that he had a warrant. Jerry went into immediate action and helped the client with the initial court process getting him in and out of court without having to be arrested or taken to the jail. Jerry then contacted the client's former employer and was able to convince the employer to support dismissal of the charges. Jerry presented the prosecutor's office with all the information and the prosecutor after careful consideration agreed to dismiss the case. This dismissal saved the client's job and will permit him to move forward without an impediment to his career. Another great result for WMDT attorney Jerry Lykins!

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No Jail Time for Domestic Violence - Third Offense

Client was facing a domestic violence third offense and looking at significant jail or prison time. Attorney Jason Jansma helped the client secure a no-jail agreement as part of his plea deal and the client only ended up with probation as a result of his conviction.

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Larceny of a Building Dismissed!

A WMDT client was charged with Larceny of a Building, a 4 year felony offense, when her friend stole a purse from a restaurant they were both leaving. The Client claimed her innocence telling Attorney Lykins that she did not know her friend took the purse. Attorney Lykins obtained all the police reports and available video and was able to determine that there was no direct evidence to support the State's charges. Attorney Lykins worked hard prepare for the upcoming Preliminary Examination and to convince the assigned prosecutor that this was not a good case. On the morning of the Preliminary Examination the prosecutor called Attorney Lykins to indicated he was dismissing the charge and his client would be release from jail. Good job Attorney Lykins!

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Jason Jansma helps a client facing 17-20 years in prison!

Attorney Jansma represented a client in federal court who was facing sentencing guidelines of 210 to 240 months. Due to the hard work of attorney Jansma and the ability of the client to seek help through the proper channels at the direction of attorney Jansma, the client was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 60 months. The client, if sentenced in the guideline range faced the likelihood of never leaving prison, but thanks to the West Michigan Defense Team he has the hope of being reunited with his family and continuing his life once his sentence is served.

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Client gets Impaired Driving Case and Resisting the Police Dismissed

Attorney Jerry Lykins does it again! Jerry was hired by a client who was charged in the City of Grand Rapids with Impaired Driving, Preliminary Breath Test Refusal and Resisting the Police in early June 2016. Jerry obtained all the police reports, the in car videos and body cameras for his review. Based upon Jerry's assessment of all the evidence he was able to convince the assigned prosecutor that a trial could likely result in a not guilty verdict for both the Impaired Driving and Resisting charge. The assigned prosecutor after extensive negotiations offered to dismiss the original charges and permit a plea to a civil infraction of careless driving, a $215.00 ticket. The client, a 22 year old college student could not have been happier. He avoided several misdemeanor convictions and all license sanctions. Good job Jerry!

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Moving Violation Causing Injury Amended to Careless Driving

WMDT was hired by a local law enforcement officer to help his daughter after she was charged with Moving Violation Causing Injury (MVCI). The client had been involved in a traffic accident after driving through a red light striking the other driving and pinning him inside his car. The client had no driving record or criminal record. The charge of MVCI is a criminal misdemeanor offense carrying the possibility of jail and a 1 year total suspension of her driving privileges. WMDT worked hard to distinguish her case from other MVCI cases to bring the prosecutor to the table with a better offer. After several months of persistent negotiations, the prosecutor agreed to amend the charge to a civil infraction of Careless Driving. This was a great resolution for the client saving her from having a criminal record, a license suspension and driving responsibility fees of $1000.00 this year and $500.00 next year. Another great resolution by the attorneys of WMDT.

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Assault Stragulation Reduced to Misdemeanor Domestic Assault with Diversion

WMDT attorneys Mark Hunting and Jerry Lykins represented a male client who was accused by this live in girlfriend of a Assault Strangulation, a 10 year felony offense in Kent County. Hunting and Lykins presented a strong defense to the prosecuting attorney and were able to poke holes and raise legal issues as to the felony charge. The charge was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor Domestic Assault with the diversion act know as MCL 769.4a. This reduction and placement under the 769.4a means the client will avoid a public criminal record. This was another fantastic result for a worthy client! Good job, WMDT!

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DUI CASE DISMISSED

WMDT attorney, Jeff Kortes was hired by a client who was arrested and charged with drunk driving in the 64-B, Stanton District Court. The client's career required driving and so he had a lot on the line. Jeff prepared the case for the initial pretrial conference obtaining all the evidence from the police and prosecutor. When Jeff met with the prosecutor and they examined the evidence Jeff presented to the prosecutor our defense and evidence. The prosecutor decided that the case could not be prosecuted to a conviction and dismissed the charges. This was a huge victory for the client and an real example how WMDT can make a difference!

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Felonious Assault Charges Denied by the Kent County Prosecutor

WMDT's attorney Jerry Lykins, was hired in February of 2016, by a client who was accused of assaulting a family member. Our client had been interviewed by police prior to retaining our services and after the police asked him to undergo a polygraph examination. The client came to us unsure as to how to proceed. After meeting with the client we planned out a strategy to address his case and concerns. We immediately contact the detective handling the case which halted any further harassment. WMDT then went to work attacking the accusation and within 2 weeks WMDT was successful in shutting down the police investigation. Another great example of protecting the rights of our clients! RECENT CASE EXAMPLE

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Creative Resolution to Assault Case

WMDT's attorney Jerry Lykins, was hired in early January 2016, by a client who was accused of assaulting a client at a group home were he worked. In addition, he had charges of Failing to Stop and ID after an accident. The client had already been terminated from his job so he was concerned about future employment and moving on from a bad situation. Jerry worked hard to negotiate a resolution that would provide the client the chance to avoid a criminal record. Jerry convinced both the city attorney and the District Court Judge that a Domestic Assault charge with diversion would satisfy justice. The client accepted the deal was very happy with the resolution. Good job!

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Uttering & Publishing Supp 4 reduced to Misdemeanor No Jail & BATTERY

Attorney Jason Jansma does it again with a great result for one of WMDT's client. Jason was able to skillfully negotiate the reduction of this possible 14 year felony offense to a simple misdemeanor with no jail for the client. This was an excellent resolution for a client who had significant exposure to a possibly prison sentence given a lengthy criminal record. This resolution allowed the client to move forward with his life. Super job, Attorney Jasma!

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Life Offense Dismissed

WMDT's attorney Jason Jansma handled a matter where a client faced a life offense of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree. The allegations made against the client were false and the charges were ultimately dismissed by the prosecutor as a result of the hard work put forward by the West Michigan Defense Team.

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OWI High BAC Reduced

WMDT recently represented a young mother of two who had been arrested after a two car accident and charged with OWI High BAC. At the time of her arrest, she registered a .22%. Our client was facing a possibility of jail and loss of her driving privileges with requirements of using a Breath Alcohol Interlock Device. After lengthy discussions and meeting the prosecutor WMDT was able to negotiate a reduction to simple OWI. This fantastic resolution given the client's elevated BAC saved her significant amounts of money and preserved her privileges.

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Receiving and Concealing Felony Case Reduced to Misdemeanor!

WMDT was hired to help a young man who had been charged with buying a stolen computer. Being thrusted into the criminal system was scary for our client. Jail, a permanent criminal record and loss of employment were causing the client to lose sleep and focus at work. WMDT stepped in and provided direction and hope to the client. At the first court appearance, WMDT was successful in convincing the prosecutor to reduce the case to a simple misdemeanor and to delay the conviction which meant that the client could move forward without having a permanent criminal record. Good job attorney Lykins!

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