Grand Rapids Defense Attorney

Experienced legal defense achieving the best possible results for you

At Ryan Maesen Law, we focus on being proactive and doing everything we can to help you achieve the best result possible. We also understand that being accused of a crime can be one of the most stressful and difficult points in your life. Our team will help you manage that stress by keeping you up to date and make sure you feel confident about your case. We create open lines of communication between clients and attorney throughout the course of a case- Let us help you navigate the criminal justice system effectively, to ensure that true justice is served.

We represent individuals from every walk of life in a range of criminal charges- If you have been arrested by a local or state law enforcement officer, charged with a crime, or recently learned about a criminal investigation, now is the time to consult an established criminal defense attorney. Maesen Law handles various defense cases in Grand Rapids and the surrounding localities of Kent County, MI.

If you Have Been Arrested or Accused of a Crime:

Know Your Rights.
Consult With Us First:

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Some Free Advice:

If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation, you face potentially serious consequences that can permanently affect every aspect of your life, not the least of which is the loss of your freedom. Choosing the person who is going to stand between you and your prosecutor is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Realizing the importance of this decision is crucial!

Please refer to these frequently asked questions to get some insight on facing possible jail time, first-time offenses and more.

Where Do I Start?

The best criminal defense is one that starts early and hits hard. Many times clients come to us prior to a case being filed and we are able to effect filing decisions or keep the case from being filed entirely. Your first step is to pick up the phone and speak with us. Call us at (616) 821-7691.  We will listen to you and provide you with a step by step plan of action.

Don’t wait until it is too late.

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Why Trust Us With Your Case?

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in West Michigan is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever need to make. At Ryan Maesen Law, we are dedicated to making sure that each client is given our absolute fullest attention. We are passionate about what we do, and passionate about your constitutional rights.

Experienced Grand Rapids Legal Defense:

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Retail Fraud

As a criminal defense attorney, Ryan Maesen understands how the state pursues shoplifting, theft and burglary charges and how to best protect you. It may be possible to arrange a “civil compromise” and pay back the person or store that you are accused of stealing from.  If this arrangement is accepted, then the charges would be dropped.

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Drunk Driving, (Operating While Intoxicated) and related charges.

The base level first time of an Operating While Impaired starts with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. For blood alcohol above .17, there is an enhancement added that increases the punishment. Many times that enhancement can be dismissed as part of a plea agreement. In many jurisdictions across West Michigan, it can be difficult to get a reduced plea agreement if the driver also causes an accident.

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Criminal Sexual Conduct

Few things are worse than being accused of criminal sexual conduct. Even if you are found innocent of the charges, the stigma can follow you for life. Because of the nature of the charges and the energy and resources that prosecutors devote to these cases, people facing sex crime charges need a sexual conduct defense lawyer experienced in the practice area of these laws.

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Assault and Battery

Whether convicted for a misdemeanor or a felony assault and battery crime, any conviction can change your life forever.

Even the innocent should never assume that a proper legal defense is not necessary. Due to the complex nature of the legal system, foregoing adequate legal representation can lead to unforeseen consequences and affect every aspect of your life.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an area in which we represent the accused and often the victims (although not in the same case). Victims’ rights have expanded greatly over the last few years. We can assist a person who is a victim with making sure their rights are asserted on their behalf and ensuring they are fully aware of the options available to them.

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Armed Robbery

There are essentially three different types of robbery charges that can be filed: Robbery, Armed Robbery, and Aggravated Robbery. The most serious of these criminal acts is armed robbery which is committed when a person uses or threatens to use a gun, knife or other deadly weapon during the commission of a robbery. The law in Michigan regarding armed robbery is strict – a person can be convicted of this offense even if they only “simulate” a weapon.

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Being accused of embezzlement or employee theft can tarnish your reputation and ruin your professional career. If you believe you are under investigation for embezzlement or if you have been questioned about missing funds, contact an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible.

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Drug-Related Charges

Crimes are often committed because of drug or alcohol addiction. The courts will often take into account what a person does to deal with that issue in deciding what the appropriate punishment is. If you have a son or daughter that is charged with a crime and is addicted to drugs or alcohol, we can help. With our experience and training, we work with the best people and treatment programs to get your son or daughter the help they need to get them off drugs or alcohol.

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Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property

When most people think of theft, they tend to think it only includes the actual or intentional taking of the property of another without their permission. Many fail to realize or even believe that accepting (even as a gift) or buying stolen property, commonly called receipt of stolen property, is also considered theft. As with all theft crimes, receiving stolen property is a serious offense that carries the same penalties as ordinary theft.