Mike works on Christmas Day and is available on weekends and holidays.

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This is your MIDC (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission) in action. As a former Board Member of CDAM, I, and many others, had a hand in the creation of the MIDC. One thing we wanted to ensure was that a person had a lawyer at arraignment (bail hearing) and that there would be one there every day of the year (weekends and holidays). Getting locked up on Christmas is extra terrible. Softened by the fact that a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney can be there to fight for bail. Grateful to work Christmas Day so others can be with their loved ones.

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4th of July Message

As America celebrates its freedom today, it is not lost on me, as I appear for bail hearings, how important it is to be the accused before a magistrate. And to have that accused represented by counsel. In the years of being ruled by a monarchy, citizens languished in Colonial jails for months without being charged, and many, even after being charged, were not afforded, counsel. 

I am proud to say I was a member of a team of shareholders that radically altered how services are rendered to the accused. In Oakland County MI, there is an attorney and magistrate available 365 days a year. 

This is what expedient due process looks like!

Thank you from Michael L. Steinberg Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

32 years ago today, I formally opened my law office.

I was young and full of vim and vigor. While my passion and worldview have changed (I am less aggressive, and arrogant, and not all cops are pricks), some things remain true. On a day-to-day basis, I get to follow my dream. I get to aggressively keep the government in place and get to touch people in ways that no other can.

I proudly wear the title of Attorney and Counselor and make every client human. I am a combination of passion and compassion As many will attest, my clients have unfettered access to me and I make sure to come at them with love and compassion. Years before becoming a lawyer, I decided to approach things holistically That meant not only attacking the problem but getting into the essence of things, so that we could, together, create means to ameliorate the issues for the future.

That is where my spiritual center has come into play. I want to close by giving thanks to all the clients, friends, family, and colleagues who have shared this road with me. Without your belief, love, and support of me, none of this would have happened. I still, almost every day, say I cannot believe I get paid to do a job I love so much

END OF THE YEAR UPDATE FROM THE LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL L. STEINBERG

I have just finished my final two hearings of the year. 2021 is in the bag for the Law Offices of Michael L. Steinberg.   Been a good year as we have had to mitigate the spikes and crests of Delta and now Omicron variants of COVID  More and more in-person hearings, still plenty of Zooms.  Also, hybrid, where I have been in a courthouse and on zoom at the same time.   It has been interesting to see my fellow defenders in an empty conference or in a quiet section of the hall, doing a hearing on a phone app.  I recently purchased a tablet, so I don’t have to schlepp my laptop or so I can be on more than one hearing at a time.

I have really adapted to the “new” normal.  I have involved myself in what is called MIDC  (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission) work.  This assures that Counsel is provided from lockup to sentencing   In application, I am doing countywide arraignments at a courthouse where we are remotely connecting with the jail and the local lockups. This has been on weekends and holidays and rotates.   I do countywide arraignments, in rotation, during the week   That is my zoom.  These have been excellent as we are being able to make bond arguments  I am also handling large misdemeanor dockets, some in person, some on zoom.  In one court, we were able to eliminate a massive backlog from a judge that had suddenly left the bench.  In another court, we are tackling a huge backlog inherited by a newly elected judge.  I have involved myself in tweaking the MIDC and have been advocating at the regional level.  I also was successful in changing how discovery (police reports and recorded evidence) is acquired in Royal Oak We know get it electronically almost immediately and with the departments turning to upload their recorded media to servers, we now get it within a day or so.  The longstanding process that existed was cumbersome and burdensome.  One issue I have been working on is the effective means of getting our client contact information at the appointment stage  Good ideas have been generated, at the several meetings we have held,  from myself and other shareholders in the process.   The MIDC has mandates on when client contact must be established and we are working hard to get there.     

I am still doing all levels of cases and will be trying a Murder case in March.  I have a few felonies with trial dates looming before that. 

I have had some great success on the felony cases this year.  One was tried as a bench trial and was granted a directed verdict (a rare feat where the court determined that the prosecutor had not met the burden of getting the case to the trier of fact).   In another felony case, I turned my client, through a thorough review of the evidence, into a stalking victim rather than a stalker.  A felony where some significant injury was sustained, will end up as a low-level misdemeanor at the end of an 11 month period.   One of my great successes was getting a non-sex offender offense for an autistic young man, who had some inappropriate touching with a relative years earlier.  That was the culmination of a year and a half of advocacy and mitigation.  We also were able to get him into a treatment program tailored to his needs   Several charges of domestic violence, one involving a fight between a father and his teenage, were reduced to disturbing the peace or dismissed.  Also a drunk driving acquittal at a bench trial. 

In May, I got to celebrate 31 years of licensing, and on July 1st, I celebrated the 30th anniversary of opening my solo law practice.  2021 also marked my 30th year of membership in the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan  In the Spring of 2022, I will have served on the Board of Directors for 20 years.   I continue to be senior faculty for the Evidence Boot Camp. This is a specific skill set and we met the challenges of doing it on zoom.  Fortunately, in October we returned in person Our conferences had been virtual in the spring and returned to in-person in the summer

2021 has been a good year for the Law Offices. Justice was continued to be served in these trying times.

For all my clients, thank you for entrusting me with your cases.  Thanks for your willingness to work with me.

Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2022

30 Years ago today . . .


I took the Oath to become a Member of the Michigan State Bar.  My mentor, Ron Bretz motioned me into the bar.

Many have often heard me say, that  I am living the ultimate “hippy” dream.  Getting paid to  go up against “the man.” All kidding aside, every day I still wake up ready, willing, and able to be a shield for someone accused of wrongdoing by the government. For years, I have carried the Criminal Defense Attorney of Michigan’s (CDAM)  highest distinction-Constitutional Warrior. I have always brought a holistic approach to my practice. That means my clients and I will interact a lot (I pride myself on being accessible and have been answering my phone directly for years), looking for solutions outside of the case, to better themselves so they will not be on my docket again. As a very young man, I was exposed that we should do for others,  hence, my docket is full of appointed cases, I also have a daily spiritual practice that guides me.

I have met some of the best people in the world. My colleagues have become my friends and I have seen many of them become judges. I respect all the shareholders in the system and know they are human like me and us.

The pandemic has allowed me to have greater respect for this profession. I and my colleagues have gone the extra length for our clients. Doing this, as we, too, are suffering a great financial impact. I remain willing to go into a courtroom and jail (we see our clients behind glass in Macomb County) if called to do so. Because someone is sitting in a cell, and as an 18-year member of the Board of Directors for CDAM, I will resist any efforts to run contested confrontation hearings by remote technology. Specifically jury trials, I fight the voice inside that sometimes rears its head, causing doubts as to whether my practice is dying a slow death.  Way too many signs from the Universe to the contrary.

Thanks for being on this ride with me . . . 

How Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do Their Job

How does a criminal defense Lawyer do their job

How does a criminal defense lawyer do their job; well everyone is entitled to have their day in court. This means that even if the client is guilty, the criminal defense lawyer must do whatever is necessary so that person will not be convicted of the crime.

How does that work? If you are a public defender, the client will be appointed and you have to meet with them. Before this person is arraigned in court, you will have time to discuss what will be their plea which will then be presented to the judge. Afterward, ample time will be given so you can conduct an investigation, review police reports, and examine the evidence to prepare you for trial.

During the trial, both sides will be able to present witnesses. Some of these are experts and after the prosecution questions this person on the stand, you will have the chance to cross-examine them and vice versa.

Before the trial starts or even during, you can try to settle this matter out of court. You have the right to accept or turn it down but you must first discuss this with your client.

When all the witnesses have spoken and the evidence has been presented, the only thing you have to work on now is your closing argument. You should summarize everything that has happened in front of the jury because the prosecution will do the same so the jury can now go to the jury room and make their decision.

How long will the jury will be deliberating is anyone’s guess. Sometimes a verdict will be announced in less than an hour while others will take longer. When the jury has returned, you will know if the jury has reached a guilty or not guilty verdict.

If the verdict is guilty, then you can appeal the decision to the higher court. If the verdict is not guilty, then your client can walk out of the courtroom as a free man.

The same thing happens when you are working for or have your own criminal defense law firm. The only difference is that clients will go up to you. When they walk in, they will want to interview you first to find out a little about you.

You should be ready to answer questions such as how long have you been a criminal defense attorney, how many cases have you won, do you go to trial often or decide to settle this matter out of court, and so on. How you answer will help them decide if they want to hire you or not.

Another difference between those who operate privately is that you can charge a certain fee for your legal services. You can charge a flat fee or on an hourly basis. This depends on you.

If you are handling a lot of cases right now, be honest with the client and tell them you can’t because you will not be able to represent them to the fullest of your ability in that condition.

So how do you a criminal defense attorney do their job? By operating on the assumption that anyone who is arrested is innocent until proven guilty. This is hard especially if you know your client did it but this is your duty as a public defender. You failed to do so will mean this person will spend the rest of their time in jail.

How to Find a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer

How to Find a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer

How to find a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer, when you are arrested for a crime, is a proven criminal defense attorney that will fight for your rights. You can choose who wants to represent you which shouldn’t be a problem if you have money but if you don’t, you will have to settle with whoever the court appoints for you. But for those who can hire one, here are a few tips to help you select a professional.

First, when you meet the criminal defense lawyer, you should ask how long has he or she been practicing criminal law and also how many cases did they win. Surely you don’t want to work with a lawyer who is fresh out of college or has never won a case. You also don’t want to work with someone who chooses to settle the matter out of court very often because you will probably get the shorter end of the stick when you decide to go for the plea bargain.

The more years of experience this person has, the better because this professional should already know the ins and outs of the judicial system. That person may have already dealt with the prosecution in the past and knows how to get a winning verdict.

You should also check if the lawyer that is representing you is a certified Michigan criminal defense lawyer. This will save you the time of asking how long this person has been in the practice because getting such recognition means you have actively participated in 100+ cases involving the taking of testimony.

Naturally, you have to be comfortable with the criminal defense lawyer who will be representing you in the case. He or she should be able to give you updates like when is the trial, what strategy will be used during trial and other matters that may help make the outcome go in your favor.

Since you are already in your office, be sure that the criminal defense lawyer you are speaking with will be the one who will actually defending you and not handed over to another person in the firm.

Given that the practice of criminal defense work is their bread and butter, you should also discuss the fee arrangements. Some lawyers charge a flat fee while others do it on an hourly basis. It is better to get a flat fee so you are not charged every time you have to consult your lawyer over the phone or in person. You should also find out if this already covers the case should this go to trial.

While the criminal defense lawyer will do their share to maintain your innocence, you should also do your share so this can happen. You do this by cooperating with them so they will be able to come up with a good defense.

The best criminal defense lawyer to get is the one who is experienced. After all, a criminal trial may last weeks or even months before a verdict is reached. This may cost you a great amount of money but if you get a not guilty verdict from the jury, it is surely worth every penny so you can move on with your life instead of spending the rest of it behind bars.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Defend Against Murder Charges

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Defend Against Murder Charges

Murder is one of the harshest things you can ever be charged with. If you are arrested for the crime, it wont be long before you will be charged in court for the crime but you can prove your innocence with the help of a criminal defense lawyer.

When you are brought in for questioning, the first thing you have to do is ask for a lawyer. If you cant afford one, dont worry because a state appointed lawyer will be assigned to you. But if you have money, it is best to hire a private attorney since they often have better success rates than public defenders.

Once counsel is present, work with them so you can come up with a defense strategy. You will have to tell them exactly what happened. If you really committed the crime, they can argue that there are circumstances which made you do it.

It is possible that you killed the person by reason of self-defense or possibly you were temporarily insane. If you do this, you will be examined by a psychiatrist because some people fake it.

You will shortly be arraigned so a trial date can be set so you should already enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Days before trial, your defense lawyer should already work on a plan to create reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury. He or she may hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, present strong counter arguments and attack weaknesses in the prosecutions argument.

Since your lawyer will have a chance to see what will be used in the case, he or she may be able to suppress certain evidence if this was obtained illegally. This may sometimes get a guilty person off on a technicality but this is all part of the judicial process.

On your part, the only thing you have to do is behave yourself during the entire court proceedings because your lawyer will be the only one doing the talking. Better yet, behave in a way that will make the jury think twice if you are capable of doing such a heinous crime.

The objective in a criminal trial is to cast reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury so no matter how many witnesses are called to testify or what evidence is presented, you have a good chance of getting a not guilty verdict. But if things do not work out, then you can appeal the decision of the court.

You can avoid going to court if you decide to negotiate with the prosecution. For instance, if there were other people involved in the crime, you can testify against the others in exchange for immunity or a lesser charge. You should consider this option if ever it is presented to you.

If the evidence is overwhelming, perhaps you should just plead guilty because if you are convicted, some states will sentence you to face the death penalty. Doing so will probably get you life imprisonment probably with no chance of parole.

A criminal defense lawyer is the only person who will be able to help you if ever you are charged with murder. It is only by cooperating with this person that will prevent you from spending the rest of your days in prison.