Richard L. Williams, Attorney at Law
35 Years of Legal Expertise in Drunk Driving, Criminal Defense, Business, Wills & Trusts
You may at this time have reason to consider retaining a lawyer to represent you regarding a criminal charge or other legal matter. If that is the case, then welcome to our site. Attorney Richard L. Williams provides comprehensive criminal defense for felonies and misdemeanors, including drunk driving, OWI (DUI, DWI) drug possession, driver license restoration, expungement of criminal records, domestic assault, and other related issues and offenses. He has represented more than five thousand individuals and business entities in matters ranging from divorce, real estate, wills, corporations and personal injury/wrongful death to defending those who are criminally accused. He will advise you through all essential parts of the court proceedings. Richard Williams also provides services for wills and trusts, franchising, and setting up new businesses via corporate form or otherwise.
If you are facing a criminal matter, this website provides information to familiarize you with what will likely occur in the near future as to court appearances, to help you understand the precise nature of your charge and what the law is in your situation, to advise you of your Constitutional rights, and to explain to you the nature of the attorney-client relationship. We believe that everyone deserves access to aggressive and affordable criminal defense. If we may be of help to you, call us today to schedule a free consultation.
Our results speak for themselves. With a record of success and a practice philosophy that puts respect and compassion at the core of our personalized defense strategies, The Williams Law Firm has been a choice for effective, professional criminal defense for 35 years.
Gun related charges
Motor vehicle crimes / charges
Immigration / Removal charges
Professional misconduct charges
Corporate compliance violations
An attorney-client relationship is simply a matter of you, the accused, hiring an agent, the attorney, to perform a specialized task on your behalf. This often includes court appearances, advice, negotiations, and taking care of required paperwork. I am not sheltering you as a family member might. I extend to you my fiduciary duty. There are four such duties. This means that I will be honest with you in all of our dealings. This guarantees trust. It also means that I will treat you fairly, that I will not compromise my attention when focusing on your case. Everything will be held in confidence to outsiders unless you wish me to include family members, etc. It also includes the duty to give you full disclosure of all material facts which come to my attention by way of phone calls to or from me to people involved in your case, letters, police reports, etc., and that I convey this information to you in a timely fashion. Lastly, I will always work in your best interests, and to our office this means three things. It includes your immediate best interests, such as “get me out of this situation as quickly, cheaply and as painlessly as you can.” It means also your long term best interests, such as the “what about my driver’s license coming back down the road.. will this remedial measure that you suggest help with that too” type of concern. Lastly, I will look out for and protect your financial best interests. We do this type of work every day. You don’t. There are pitfalls which one can easily fall into by over reacting and going into programs which are otherwise unnecessary, by going to overly qualified professionals for basic evaluations or assessments, and by our office keeping track of money that you have already spent and having credit given for them, as well as the bond application against fines and costs, these just to name a few.
It is of paramount importance that you are open and honest in your disclosures to this office and to the court as your character is now in keen focus. A failure to disclose a past conviction of any type will be deemed not only as a deception but perhaps as your being in denial which is a factor of the difficulty that you are now in. Such failure to be honest may well result in harsher penalties being imposed, such as counseling, a longer than otherwise jail term, lengthy probation, and other unpleasantness in lieu of the maximum term being imposed. Do not confuse the matter of a Secretary of State driving record going back only ten years with the sheriff’s lien or a compiled criminal history lien (CCH) as the latter two go back for an indefinite period of time. Please remember that we are in the age of computers. Computers don’t retire, they remember everything.
Lastly, “Heidi’s Law,” passed in early 2007, made third offense drunk driving convictions a felony. Unlike all other traffic matters which no longer appear on the SOS abstract after ten years on the lien, it keeps keeps alcohol driving convictions on the lien forever. Also, out of state prior convictions, depending on the jurisdiction, are likewise frequently tractable. Be smart. Best be honest about ALL past matters. It will go so much better for you than being caught attempting to deceive the court. Judges seem to take this personally, and my advocacy on your behalf becomes compromised if you are caught in a lie or in a seemingly deliberate omission.
It is also extremely important that you not omit in telling me anything that may be relevant to the case. By failing to indicate that other charges might be or potentially could be pending... such as marijuana being found in the car, so that we might possibly combine or outright dismiss those charges all together is counter productive. Just because you were not cited for the offense at the arrest does not mean that the officer has thrown it away. It may well have been sent out to the police lab for testing, which often takes several weeks or even months for the results to get to the prosecutor, or for new charges to be filed ..and hence a new case against you. Tell us about this type of thing. It is much easier and efficient to deal with several charges simultaneously than with each one separately as they sometimes surface after the original case is over. It will also save you money.
Your plea being placed on the record before the Judge may well be the first time that you have ever stood before the Court. We will instruct you beforehand regarding etiquette, i.e. what to say, how to dress, stand (no hands in your pockets), speaking loud enough, direct eye contact, etc. We will also advise you about court procedure, and I will be standing right next to you in case a problem or issue should arise.
At the time of sentencing, the Judge will ultimately, after input from me as to your qualities and remedial efforts performed, listen to what you have to say quite carefully, and will thereafter decide on what the bottom line will be. He or she will gauge such a decision upon how much you may have learned from this, on whether or not this has truly gotten your attention, on whether this is something that requires the impact of some loss of freedom, on whether sending a message to the community is required, and lastly, whether or not you might learn from some old-fashioned forms of remedial education. Each sentencing is based upon its own fact situation, and is tempered by what the Judge perceives to be your overall attitude.
From day one the Judge did not know anything about you except why the police thought it necessary for you come before the court. If you plead guilty to some charge, he or she expects you to say that this will never happen again. He or she also expects you to say that you are sorry. During this process two primary things are reviewed: Your capacity for telling the truth consistently and, again, your disposition by way of complacency, seriousness, sincere embarrassment, and so forth. What is in the past, you cannot now change. This office will attempt to place you in the best possible light, but please understand that what happens to you will be affected by you and your sincerity.
Lastly, if it is your choice to select this office to represent you, I will make every effort through the proceedings to ensure that your rights as guaranteed in the Michigan and Federal Constitution are applied to your case. My office will attempt to make you feel as comfortable and calm as we possibly can. My staff is here to provide you with all necessary assistance, and to remove any confusion which may arise. If you cannot reach me, as I am quite often in court, leave your message with my assistant, and she will make sure that I get it as soon as possible. The fact that you may not hear from me for a period of time does not mean that we are not working on your behalf. Please keep in contact with our office with regard to any changes to your address and/or telephone number, or any missed remedial efforts or appointments immediately.
Please make note of any questions or concerns you have so that we may discuss them during our next meeting or telephone conversation. You have retained me to give your cause my best efforts and professional attention, and this will be done. Lastly, please inform me of any change in circumstance that may affect your case when and if such may occur.
If you have come to our site because of a criminal matter, please visit The Criminal Process section, which provides a potential client with precatory information so that a better understanding might be achieved when we first meet.
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The Williams Law Firm has the experience and expertise to deliver case altering results on behalf of our clients. Our office has represented thousands of individuals singled out during criminal investigations and charged with all levels of crimes. We have successfully tried dozens of cases to verdicts on all kinds of criminal charges, from complicated violent offenses and sex crimes to criminal domestic disputes, OWI and traffic crimes, weapons charges, theft, and drug cases. Our Firm works closely with outstanding forensic experts and private investigators, many of whom have a federal and state law enforcement background. These resources and the skills of our experienced lawyers have resulted in many not guilty jury verdicts.
We are now into our fourth decade of in-court legal representation. We have handled nearly every type of criminal case. This Firm has prepared thousands of witnesses for testimony and interviews with prosecutors, police and investigative agencies. We are dedicated to providing our clients with unfailing service from the moment an incident arises through the conclusion of the case, no matter how long it takes.
Motivated by the highest standards of professionalism, a passion for justice and a drive to succeed, we work to deliver results for our clients in these and in all areas. We are available to respond to emergencies and staff can accommodate clients speaking Russian, Serbian / Croatian / Bosnian, and other Eastern European languages.