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Top Rated Clinton Township Criminal Defense Lawyer

Clinton Township

If you are looking for a best and top-rated Clinton Township criminal defense lawyer, contact Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law today at (810) 394-2952. Barnwell Law is widely respected in Macomb County and throughout the state of Michigan and handles all felony and misdemeanor criminal matters.

Clinton Township DUI and OWI Attorney

William (Bill) Barnwell of Barnwell Law is a proven trial lawyer with a history of results of winning OWI and DUI drunk driving cases. Barnwell Law handles:

  • DUI
  • OWI
  • OUIL
  • OWI With a High BAC (“Super Drunk)
  • OWI Causing Serious Impairment of a Bodily Function
  • OWI Causing Death
  • OWVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired)

In Michigan, a “DUI” is actually an “OWI”, that is, Operating While Intoxicated. The legal limit of intoxication in Michigan is .08. A so-called “super drunk” or “High BAC” charge is any BAC of .17 or higher. If you are convicted of a first-offense OWI, you face up to 93 days in jail if your BAC was .16 or lower. If your BAC was .17 or higher, you face a maximum of 180 days in jail. If you are convicted a second OWI or DUI case within 7 years of a prior drunk driving conviction, you will face a maximum of one-year in jail, with 5 days being mandatory in jail. If you are convicted of three OWI/DUI offenses within any time period, no matter how far apart, you will face a maximum of five years in state prison, and a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail. Convictions also come with license suspensions or revocations.

If you are facing a drunk driving charge, you likely want to know if it’s possible to get your case dismissed or to beat your case. This is why it is important to hire one of the best and top rated criminal defense attorneys in Clinton Township to make sure you have a chance to avoid jail or prison, and to save your driver’s license. Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law hasn’t just gotten cases reduced, he’s beat a DUI/OWI Causing Death case and won DUI cases at trial, including second and subsequent offenses where a jury voted “Not Guilty.”

Many lawyers “handle” DUI and OWI cases, few actually have taken them to trial and won, or gotten outright dismissals. Barnwell Law has.

Top Rated Clinton Township Domestic Violence Attorney

William Barnwell of Barnwell Law has taken domestic violence cases to trial and won, and has gotten countless domestic violence cases dismissed. Being accused of domestic violence can affect your ability to return to your own home and right to possess firearms. An assaultive conviction can have life-altering consequences. A first offense domestic violence charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail plus court fines and costs. A second offense domestic violence charge carries a penalty up to one year in the county jail plus fines and costs. A third offense carries a penalty of up to five years in state prison. It is possible for certain first-offense domestic violence cases to be “kept off your (public) record” after a term of probation, but every case is unique and different. The best outcome, however, is to outright beat your case.

Barnwell Law is ranked as a top Macomb County domestic violence defense firm. If you have been accused of domestic violence, the case against you may be very thin. It’s extremely common for police to be called to a home or elsewhere and either the wrong person gets arrested (the accuser being the real aggressor), or there being an arrest just based on poor or flimsy evidence. To determine your best defense, contact Barnwell Law today for a case evaluation.

Top Clinton Township Sex Crimes Attorney

Being accused of a sex crime and criminal sexual conduct is a life-shattering accusation that needs to be vigorously defended. Unlike most other charges, all a prosecutor needs to charge a case is an accuser’s words. Worse yet, the law instructs jurors that they can convict somebody after a trial even if all the evidence they have is an accuser’s word. But many people can and have been acquitted of false accusations of sex crimes. Such cases can be difficult for the prosecution to prove, and many should never have been charged to begin with. This is why you need to call Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law to immediately begin your defense. Barnwell Law defends sex crime cases in Clinton Township and Macomb County, including, but not limited to:

Sex offenses can range between maximum penalties of up to life in prison to misdemeanors with as little as a year in jail. However, many sex crime cases also carry consequences of the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA). Persons convicted of certain sex crimes face mandatory registration and reporting requirements for up to life down to 15 years. Some sex crime cases such as solicitation generally don’t require SORA registration. To determine if you are facing potential prison time and decades or even life of sex offender registration requirements, contact William Barnwell today.

William (Bill) Barnwell has successfully taken sex crimes cases to trial and secured outright dismissals for other cases. While such charges may feel overwhelming, have the assurance of having a respected and top sex crimes criminal defense attorney at your side with Barnwell Law.

Clinton Township 41-B District Court Top Misdemeanor Lawyer

If you are being charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Clinton Township, your case will be heard at the 41-B District Court located at 22380 Starks Dr. Charter Township of Clinton, MI 48036 . If you are being charged with a misdemeanor you could face up to a year in the county jail. Common misdemeanor charges are:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault and Battery
  • Retail Fraud
  • DUI, OWI, OUIL, Drunk Driving
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Larceny
  • Driving While License Suspended

Do not assume a case is not “serious” because it is “only” a misdemeanor. Defendants in Clinton Township and Macomb County often get sent to jail for misdemeanor offenses. A misdemeanor conviction can also come with hefty probation, heavy fines, classes, license suspensions, cause the loss of a professional license or job, and other restrictive conditions. Contact Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law today to fight and win your misdemeanor case.

Clinton Township 41-B District Court Top Felony Attorney

If you are charged with a felony your case will begin in the 41B District Court for an arraignment, a Probable Cause Conference, and then a Preliminary Exam. If the case is not dismissed at the time of the preliminary exam, it will proceed to the Macomb County Circuit Court located at 40 N. Main St. Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.

Common felony cases that Barnwell Law defends in Clinton Township include, but are not limited to,:

  • Murder and Homicide
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Embezzlement
  • Felonious Assault
  • Drug Offenses (Possession of a Controlled Substance, Distributing, Delivery and Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug House, and more)
  • Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Fentanyl cases
  • Home Invasion
  • Arson
  • Child Pornography
  • Felony DUI (OWI Causing Injury, OWI Causing Death)

Felony cases can carry up to life in prison and as low as two years in prison depending upon the charge. Every felony case has applicable “sentencing guidelines” that can determine an ultimate sentence in Circuit Court. William Barnwell has a proven record of both dismissals of felony cases after holding a preliminary exam and beating felony cases at trial in Circuit Court. This is why you want an actual trial lawyer defending your felony case.

About the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township

There are three judges in the 41B District Court: Judge Sebastian Lucido, Judge Jacob Femminineo, and Judge Carrie Lynn Fuca. Magistrate Ryan Zemke handles the majority of the criminal arraignments. Each Judge has their own distinctive style and is well acquainted with Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law. Barnwell Law is respected in the 41-B District Court. The Court is located at: 22380 Starks Drive Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036.

Barnwell Law has extensive experience in the 41B District Court defending both felony and misdemeanor offenses. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Clinton Township or elsewhere in Macomb County or Metro-Detroit, it is important you contact Barnwell Law today at (810) 394-2952 to begin a strong and effective defense for your case.

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Excellent attorney. Fights hard for all his clients and produces results. Not only knows his stuff but you can tell cares about all his clients and sees them as real people and worth fighting for.

Jake A.

Absolutely amazing. Bill goes above and beyond for his client. I have been blessed to have had him by my side and would definitely recommend him to anyone needing legal counsel.

Jamie N.

I contacted Bill Barnwell personally, spoke with him and hired. He represented me in a domestic violence case. I felt that the accusations on me we're incorrect. Bill was able to have the case dismissed with no key...


Mr. Bill Barnwell is by far the Best Attorney I have ever had the luxury of representing me. He was very persistent and persuasive to the point of me only serving 12 days in county on a 4th Habitual felony of violation...


Bill was extremely helpful, from the beginning of my initial consultation through my appearance in front of the judge. I was charged with a misdemeanor in Highland Park while on vacation from a different state. I had no...


Mr. Bill Barnwell assisted me through a pretty scary situation where I had a person harass/stalk me. Mr. Barnwell was very empathetic and helpful. After dealing with police, detectives, different attorneys and judges...


Receiving an OWI ticket with a .15 bac from a State police officer on I-696 was something I wasn't ready for. It was also written on the ticket that I was speeding more than 15mph over the speed limit. The officer didn't...


I hired Bill for a felony case on which I wrongly accused and my rights were violated. Mr. Barnwell fought this charge tooth and nail and I am happy to say all charges were dismissed. His dedication for his clients...


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