Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney | Brian R. Watkins

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

Brian Watkins is a leading Michigan criminal defense attorney with a proven record of winning complex and difficult criminal cases for clients.

We know those facing criminal charges are concerned for their future. Uncertainty and anxiety are only compounded by the stress of having to hire a lawyer. You have questions. We are here to help. Call us now to review your case and learn how we’ve helped countless clients and how we can help you.

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Criminal Defense Services

Sex Crimes Defense

Criminal Sexual Conduct and other sex crimes allegations are very serious and among the most severely punished in Michigan. Because of the sensitive nature of the allegations, the severity of punishment if convicted, and the often technical and scientific evidence, sex crimes are notoriously difficult to defend. Whether formally charged or under investigation, if you are accused of a sexual offense you need a skilled Michigan criminal attorney with experience defending these cases. Brian Watkins has significant experience successfully defending clients accused of sex crimes in Michigan, including:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Statutory Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Sex Offender Registry (SORA) Violations

Assault & Violent Crimes Defense

Assault and violent crimes are always taken seriously in Michigan. They are heavily investigated, charged, and prosecuted. Convictions can result in the most serious sentences. If you are being questioned in connection with an assault or other violent crime, or you are formally charged with one of these crimes, you need to contact a skilled Michigan criminal lawyer immediately. Countless clients have trusted us to successfully defend their rights and freedom. Types of assault and violent crimes include:

  • Murder / Homicide
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
  • Assault & Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm (GBH)
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping

Domestic Violence Defense

Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, is a serious crime in Michigan. It is different from other assault crimes not only due to the social stigma it carries, but also because in Michigan domestic violence charges have some unique, statutory exceptions to traditional rules of evidence as well as opportunities for resolution specific to that crime. If you are charged with domestic violence and need a top Michigan criminal attorney, call the Law Offices of Brian R. Watkins. We know the ins and outs of Michigan domestic violence laws and will aggressively defend your rights. Related crimes and defense areas include:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Aggravated Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Personal Protection Order (PPO) Defense

Juvenile Defense

When a juvenile is charged with a crime in Michigan a delinquency petition is filed in the Juvenile Court, which follows very specific laws found in the Michigan Juvenile Code. More serious allegations can be tried in adult court (waiver cases). The accused could face youth detention, jail, or other serious consequences. We have substantial experience successfully defending juvenile clients in the Michigan juvenile court system and where tried in adult court.

DUI & OWI Defense

Michigan DUI and OWI laws are among the toughest. In addition to the possibility of jail and loss of freedom, a conviction can also result in license suspension and many other collateral consequences. An effective defense against DUI and OWI charges in Michigan requires knowledge of many traffic laws, equipment, and scientific evidence. If you are charged with driving under the influence or operating while intoxicated, it is important you contact a top rated Michigan criminal lawyer immediately. The Law Offices of Brian R. Watkins offers skilled and effective defense against Michigan driving offenses, including:

  • DUI / OWI
  • DUI / OWI Causing Serious Bodily Injury
  • DUI / OWI Causing Death

Drug Crimes Defense

Michigan drug laws are very strict. While marijuana has been legalized, the possession, use, and distribution of other controlled substances remains a high priority for law enforcement and violations of state drug laws are heavily prosecuted. If you are charged with a drug offense, you need a Michigan criminal lawyer who knows your constitutional rights and who is ready and able to defend them. Michigan drug crimes include:

  • Possession (Controlled Substance)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute (Controlled Substance)
  • Manufacture / Delivery (Controlled Substance)

Firearm & Gun Offenses

The Law Offices of Brian R. Watkins are proud advocates and defenders of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We shoot and appreciate the protection responsible gun ownership provides us and our fellow citizens. However clear the language of our Second Amendment, Michigan gun laws are less direct and place a number of restrictions on the possession and use of firearms. The violation of Michigan firearm laws can become very serious very quickly–even for those with concealed pistol licenses (CPL). We have extensive experience successfully defending clients against Michigan gun law charges, including:

  • Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW)
  • Felon in Possession (Firearm)
  • Felony Firearm
  • Negligent Use of a Firearm
  • Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Theft & Property Crimes

Theft and property crimes include many Michigan criminal offenses, from misdemeanors to felonies with potential life sentences. Like other crimes, a conviction for theft and property crimes has serious consequences beyond jail or prison. If you are charged with a Michigan theft or property offense, call us.  We have the skill and experience needed to develope a solid defense strategy. Michigan theft and property offenses include:

  • Armed / Unarmed Robbery
  • Home Invasion
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Uttering and Publishing
  • Auto Theft (UDAA)

Federal Criminal Defense

Few things are as sobering as a federal courtroom. For those facing federal criminal charges, the gravity of your situation becomes immediately apparent when, flanked by US Marshals, your case is called: United States of America versus you. The reality that the world’s most powerful government has accused you of criminal wrongdoing and wants you punished is more than unsettling. If you are under investigation by federal law enforcement, or face federal criminal charges, it is essential that you contact a skilled Michigan criminal attorney who understands federal criminal cases. Brian Watkins is admitted to practice in all Michigan federal criminal courts, including:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

We have experience in federal criminal cases, including those where the following were investigated or charged:

  • RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations
  • Conspiracy, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Bank Robbery
  • Conspiracy, Firearms Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance
    • Distribution of Heroin
    • Cocaine Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Manufacture Controlled Substance
  • Federal Misprision of Felony
  • Federal Firearms Charges / Enhancements
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Brian R. Watkins
Inside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in downtown Detroit, MIchigan. The Southern Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Veterans & Active Military Defense

Veterans and active military: We’ve got your 6. The Law Office of Brian R. Watkins has experience fighting for veterans and active-duty service members in civilian criminal courts where service-related issues were important to a successful defense. Our experience with impaired cognitive function defenses include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Abuse Disorder (SAD)

We firmly believe our service members’ sacrifice shouldn’t be their sentence. To our Military and Veterans, thank you for answering the call. Let us answer yours. We are here to help.