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Represents clients in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and West Michigan communities of Ada, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Cascade, Wyoming, Byron Center, Lowell, Caledonia, Cascade, Rockford, Holland, Grand Haven, Grandville, Kent County, Ottawa County, Muskegon County, Barry County, Ionia County, Newaygo, Montcalm, and Allegan County.
We represent students from Calvin College, Aquinas College, Grand Valley State, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Michigan State University.


Bruce Alan Block, PLC
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Phone: (616) 676-8770

1155 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 300

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Michigan Medical Marijuana – Criminal Defense Lawyer

 

Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer – Michigan Medical Marijuana Lawyer

Criminal and Civil Litigation Attorney in Grand Rapids Michigan

 

Charged with a crime? Served with a lawsuit? Looking for information on medical marijuana? You've come to the right place.

 

NEW PAGE:  Improper Transport of Medical Marijuana

 

NEW LAW ALERT:  Michigan amended the expungement statute. Read more: Expunge a Criminal Offense in Michigan 

 

Welcome. Really. We're glad you stopped by.

 

Your reputation, freedom, and job are on the line. Being accused of a crime affects your whole family. You need help – now. Count on a lawyer skilled and experienced in and out of the courtroom. Our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer has over twenty years experience helping persons just as yourself. There are a lot of attorney options. Make sure you select a criminal defense lawyer who has a reputation for being skilled at his craft, and is experienced.   

 

This is the real deal. Notice how you are not being bombarded by advertisements and pop-ups. Unlike many legal websites written and designed by non-lawyers somewhere out in 'e-land', you are on a website written and designed by me (in the right-hand corner picture). This website may be less glitzy, without all of the bells and whistles, but this is the real deal. No filler, no pages that promise to inform and don't. Instead, each page contains helpful, real-world information gleaned from over twenty years experience as a criminal defense lawyer and trial lawyer. The information and tips come from on the job experience, mano-a-mano combat, experience in representing and defending those who made a mistake and are facing criminal charges, or companies with a business dispute looking to get a fair deal.

 

Knowledge is power. We try to provide helpful information you can use today. There is a LOT of information on these pages. Unlike many websites that seek to lure you in and snatch your business, this one was written to educate and inform. Whether you hire us or not, knowledge is power. Knowing your rights is powerful. Knowing how to deal with a police officer knocking on your door is critical, as how you respond often determines the outcome. Knowing how to defend yourself when a mortgage company refuses to accept your payments or when a bank revokes your line of credit is important, and may well keep you in business.

 

There's no shame in seeking help – you go to a dentist when your tooth hurts… 

 

Experience matters. Relationships matter. Hopefully you will not need a Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer to defend yourself from criminal charges or a civil lawsuit. Hopefully you will never need a personal injury lawyer to represent you when injured in a car accident. Hopefully, you will be like my late grandmother who never set foot inside a lawyer's office except to write her last Will and Testament. But, if you do need legal help, give us a chance to interview for the job. We can help guide you through whatever legal situation you are in. We have practiced criminal and civil law in and around Kent County, Grand Rapids, West Michigan for over the last 20 years.

Bronze statute of blindfolded lady justice

 

Although we have been saying this for many years, here is a saying you should memorize and use in any police encounter: a "citizen has no duty to stop and answer questions when approached by police officer in public place and may decline to listen to questions at all and go on his way.People v. Lambert, 174 Mich.App. 610 (1989).

 

Why Hire a Lawyer?

Good question. The answer is simple: its how you get the best result. You hire a lawyer for the same reasons you hire a heart surgeon: you get the professional advice and experience of someone who went through lengthy schooling, is certified in their profession, has practical knowledge, and worked with thousands of persons with similar problems. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you instantly benefit from years of training, knowledge, relationships, and experience.

 

The laws are more severe. Every year, more laws that tell us what we can do (or not). Thirty years ago, police officers had discretion to give more breaks, there were less Draconian laws, prosecutors were more lenient, and there was less of a drive by the system to 'be tough on crime" or to "get the numbers up,' all of which has the net effect of making criminals out of everyone.

 

Not long ago, a 17 year old caught drinking was told to 'dump it out' and then instructed to walk home or their parents were summoned. In contrast, today the same young person is lined up and told to take a breath test. If the PBT test is positive, or if the under-21-year-old "minor" was holding an alcoholic drink, they are charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense of Minor in Possession (MIP), a criminal offense, which will likely kick up their automobile insurance rates, and is placed on their master driving record — forever.

 

Do Not Plead Guilty without first talking with a Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer.

 

Always talk to a Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. It is critical to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, as your statements and actions right before or after an arrest or during a pending criminal investigation can have a tremendous impact on the outcome.

 

Many accused of a crime simply plead guilty. This is a mistake.

 

Never go to court alone and Never, Never just plead guilty. Always talk with a West Michigan criminal defense lawyer before going to court. Usually either the charge itself can be reduced or one of the criminal charges dropped. In over 20 years there have been very few cases I was not able to impact. I am a criminal defense lawyer who will advise and guide you through the criminal law maze. Your rights will be protected, and I will raise effective defenses, file appropriate motions, and protect your Constitutional rights.

 

Michigan Medical Marijuana Lawyer.

 

When you have been charged with a marijuana crime even though you are a medical marijuana patient or a caregiver, you need experienced help. Our Michigan Marijuana Lawyer has handled cases since the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in November 2008. Our Michigan marijuana attorney has won many cases involving medical marijuana patients and caregivers, many of whom thought they were in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Go to our Medical Marijuana Page for extensive information and updates.

 

Confessions 101.

 

Never talk to police. Contrary to conventional wisdom, usually by the time you are read your right to remain silent it's too late. Miranda warnings do not have to be given until someone is 'under arrest' which has a much different meaning then you may think. We have seen cases where an accused was held in the back of a police car and unable to get out (doors open from outside). But, since the police officer told him he "could leave at any time," the court decided he was not "under arrest" and thus no Miranda warnings were required.

 

You cannot talk your way out of a compromising situation — don't bother. The more you say the worse it gets.

 

DON'T TALK. When in doubt – remain silent. About all you have to do is give your name and address; most situations do not even require that. What to say? NOTHING – remain silent. From our experience, it is usually a very bad idea to try and explain yourself to police officers. You may be told that if you talk it will help but don't be fooled — it won't. Your words will be used to convict you. Police officers are allowed to lie to you.

 

Persons who have been arrested in West Michigan trust Grand Rapids Michigan criminal defense and marijuana Lawyer Bruce Alan Block to handle their criminal cases:

  • extensive experience in state courts and federal court experience.
  • considerable courtroom experience including numerous jury trials.
  • a long and successful track record of successfully resolving cases.
  • creative legal strategies gleaned from consultation with other legal professionals.

 

Whether or not you hire us: Don't go it alone! State prosecutors have the vast resources of the State and unlimited help from law enforcement. You do not know the rules. You will lose. You will be outplayed and outwitted. Shop around, find a criminal defense lawyer you feel good about, someone who cares about you as a person.

 

Defending yourself is like playing chess with a master, except you are blindfolded and don't know the rules.

 
Abraham Lincoln once remarked that a person who is his own lawyer "has a fool for a client." This is strong language — and yet true. Even seasoned attorneys in a legal jam immediately hire a lawyer. So should you.
 
Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer Bruce Alan Block will guide you through the steps of your case, ensuring your rights are protected by raising effective defenses, timely filing motions, and protecting your Constitutional rights. You can trust that he will defend your rights both in and out of court and maximize your chances of acquittal.
 
West Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce Alan Block's practice includes:
 
Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. We are experienced and well versed in the Michigan medical marijuana law. We accept cases involving marijuana crimes and medical marihuana defenses. The stakes are high. You will be charged with felonies and your drivers license suspended. Let us give you back some peace of mind. See our Medical Marijuana Act page.
 
Expungement of Criminal Offenses. One in four Michigan residents has a misdemeanor conviction. One in six has a felony conviction. Expungement or Setting Aside a Conviction is the process where a person is allowed to ask the court where they were convicted and sentenced to have the conviction removed or expunged. Read more here:  Expungement in Michigan
 
Criminal Defense for Felonies and Misdemeanors. Any criminal conviction can have a lasting impact on your life, your freedom, and that of your family. We are experienced call us.
 
Drunk Driving – Drugged Driving (DUI/OWI/DUID) / Traffic Violations. A conviction for drunk or drugged driving DUI or any other traffic violation can have a lasting impact on your life and seriously affect your driver’s license, insurance rates, finances, and freedom. We have the experience to protect you and obtain the best results possible. See our DUI-Drunk Driving, Traffic Violations page.
 
Drug Crimes. We provide experienced representation to those accused of illegal drug crimes, including drug possession, distribution, manufacturing, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs and controlled substances. See our Marijuana Crimes or our Drug Offenses pages.
 
Felony Crimes. Felonies are criminal offenses punishable by at least one year of prison, including crimes committed with weapons, arson, fleeing and eluding, armed robbery, car jacking, white collar crimes, kidnapping, sex offenses, felon in possession of a firearm, and home invasion. A felony poses the greatest risk to your freedom, as they usually result in prison terms. You need an experienced West Michigan felony criminal defense lawyer.
 
Misdemeanor Crimes. Misdemeanors are lesser crimes punishable by up to one year in jail, and include offenses such possession of marijuana, drunk boating, retail fraud, driving suspended (DWLS), drunk driving (DUI/OWI), malicious destruction of property (MDOP), disorderly conduct, domestic violence, trespass, indecent exposure, resisting or opposing police officer, solicitation, prostitution, and probation revocation.
 
High Court Misdemeanors. These crimes are considered "misdemeanors" by the state even though they are punishable by over a year in jail. Some examples are: Maintaining a Drug House, any Attempt to commit a 4-year felony crime, such as Welfare Fraud, or Negligent Homicide: a death resulting from an automobile accident. You should be aware that any crime punishable by over a year in jail are considered felonies by the federal government and other states.
 
Civil Infractions. Speeding tickets, many traffic violations, noise infractions, and other offenses the state does not consider criminal. These can be paid at the front counter of the local court without seeing a judge. Don't make the mistake of paying your ticket without first consulting a lawyer. Many times the original traffic ticket can be reduced to a lesser offense with less points and less impact on your driving record and insurance rates.
 
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Car Accidents. If you have been injured by an accident you may be able to collect for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. We handle civil lawsuits for money damages arising from breach of contract, construction lien, personal injury, and more. See our Civil Litigation page for more information.
 
Driver's License Restoration. Whether your license has been suspended from a criminal case, a drug conviction, failure to pay the drivers license responsibility fee, or for accumulating too many points, we can review your license history and assist you to regain your driving privileges.
 
Church and Religious Organization Advice.  We have represented and advised churches and church leaders in legal matters for the past twenty years. We have defended church staff and members who were wrongfully charged or may have made a mistake. We have represented their sons and daughters who strayed into trouble. We are also well versed in the clergy-penitent privilege and when it applies to cases of suspected child abuse or neglect. Please visit our Church Lawyer – Church Property Lawyer.
 
A criminal conviction can change your life forever. You can trust in our skill and experience to ensure that you have your day in court. If you have been accused or are under investigation, contact us today for a consultation. Our rates are reasonable and will do our best to see speak with you as soon as possible.
 
Immigration Consequences. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should be aware that any criminal conviction could affect your immigration status. Even if you have been a hard working legal resident for years, you could be subject to deportation proceedings as a result of a criminal conviction. The goal of our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer is to resolve your case in a way that does not affect your immigration status.
 

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Attorney Bruce Alan Block is a Grand Rapids Criminal lawyer and Michigan criminal defense lawyer who has successfully handled Grand Rapids criminal cases. Call and find out more. 

 
Charged with a marijuana crime even though you are a medical marijuana patient or a caregiver? You need experienced help. Our Michigan Marijuana Lawyer has handled cases since the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in November 2008. Our Michigan marijuana attorney has won many cases involving medical marijuana patients and caregivers, including appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
 
If you or a family member has been charged with or accused of a crime you need immediate advice from an experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer. Contact our Grand Rapids Michigan, criminal defense attorney at (616) 676-8770.
 
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Bruce Alan Block, PLC

Attorney and Counselor at Law
1155 East Paris Ave. SE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 676-8770


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We represent college students from Calvin College, Aquinas, Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University.