Criminal Defense

Michigan Drug Law Attorney

Garrison LawHouse, PC has represented hundreds of persons accused of crimes. We have defended clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Our criminal law attorney, John B. Payne, can assess your situation and quickly determine the best way to assist you.

Contact a Michigan drug law attorney at Garrison LawHouse, PC today to schedule an initial consultation.

We understand that quite often a criminal charge may simply be a situational occurrence - you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We work to minimize your sentence or eliminate it all together. To help you get a deeper understanding of the types of cases we handle, here are some typical criminal cases:

In 1992, our firm represented an accused accomplice of two defendants charged with abducting two women at gunpoint. They were accused of raping the women repeatedly and outrageously for more than ten hours. Mr. Payne's client, an ex-convict, was facing life in prison if convicted. After nine days of jury trial, we persuaded the court to dismiss all charges against our client. People v. Dunning, Recorder's Court File 92 2227.

A man was accused of raping his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter. Garrison LawHouse, PC represented the defendant for over two years in Recorder's Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court. The case ended in dismissal. People v. Johnson, 191 Mich. App. 222, 477 N.W.2d 426 (1991); Recorder's Court File 89 11373.

A mentally-retarded man accused of beating his nephew to death with a hammer was acquitted when we represented him at trial. People v. Burnett, Recorder's Court File 92 4261.

Garrison LawHouse, PC secured an acquittal of a robbery charge for the driver of a car who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. People v. Burrell, Recorder's Court File 92 6572.

When our firm took his case in 1989, our client had been sent to prison for life. He was convicted of conspiring to deliver over 650g. of cocaine. He was additionally sentenced to 40 to 60 years for attempting to possess the same amount. He had been convicted by a jury, but because of improper actions by the judge, the firm convinced the court of appeals that the trial had been unfair. The conviction was reversed and finally dismissed. He never went back to court. People v. McKinney, No. 118865 (Mich. App. October 10, 1991).

In another case, Garrison LawHouse, PCs client made the mistake of talking back to the judge and was given the maximum sentence. After we appealed and won a new sentence, our client's parole eligibility was moved up by 32 months. People v. Garvin, 159 Mich. App. 38, 406 N.W.2d 469 (1987).

John B. Payne, criminal law attorney at Garrison LawHouse, PC has appealed more than 25 criminal, civil rights and tax cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Examples include United States v. Glover, 846 F.2d 339 (6th Cir. 1988) and United States v. Walton, 909 F.2d 915 (6th Cir. 1990). The firm has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Fex v. Michigan, 507 U.S. 43 (1993).


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