Foster Swift has a rich history of protecting the rights of the accused and ensuring fairness in criminal cases. Many of our founding partners earned their reputations in the criminal law arena.
Our criminal defense section represents persons accused of crimes including all types of traffic offenses, municipal ordinance violations, and serious felony charges. We handle cases before both state and federal trial and appellate courts. We also handle administrative hearings before state agencies involving professional licensing matters and driver's license appeals. In many situations, a criminal conviction can be a life-changing event. We utilize independent experts to confront charges. We have helped many individuals navigate the criminal justice process and arrive at just outcomes.
Our expertise extends to the following areas:
- Federal trial
- State trial
- Federal appellate
- State appellate
- Probation violations
- Drivers licensing actions
- University relations, implications of criminal charges/convictions
- Family law implications of criminal charges
- Professional licensing implications of criminal charges
- Expungement of conviction
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We can help make the best of a bad situation. We have developed extensive resources to assist our clients in getting their lives back on track, while protecting the best interests of our clients. When needed, we can make referrals to other professionals including mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors and court probation staffs to assist and protect our clients.
Our many contacts in law enforcement throughout Michigan give us access to key decision makers in the criminal justice process. We have helped many clients save their careers and preserve their reputations.
Michigan’s driver's license sanctions are among the most severe in the nation. We have assisted many clients facing the loss of driving privileges. In many cases we have preserved our clients' licenses and have obtained restoration of driving privileges that were suspended or revoked.
Foster Swift's criminal defense attorneys have the resources and experience to navigate sophisticated and complicated white collar crime situations in both State and Federal Court. Our attorneys have represented those charged with various crimes in the workplace including fraud and embezzlement. We have a network of expert witnesses to review and assess the evidence. Our attorneys also are experienced with professional license restoration in the wake of white collar crime charges.
Foster Swift has been named a Tier 1 firm in Criminal Defense: White Collar in Lansing by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
- March 2023: Client was charged with Assault and Battery and was alleged to have physically assaulted her minor sister. Following extensive negotiations with the prosecutor, the case was dismissed in its entirety, leaving our client with a clean record.
- March 2023: Client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated – High BAC and Refusal to Submit to a Preliminary Breath Test. Client, a 20-year old student, was alleged to have crashed his vehicle on the highway with a BAC of 0.194 (more than double the legal limit of 0.08 BAC). After successful negotiations with the prosecutor, client pled to the significantly reduced charge of Operating While Visibly Impaired and was sentenced to fines and costs (no jail, no probation).
Publications & Alerts
- Expungement Process in Michigan, Foster Swift Business & Tax Law News, October 31, 2022
- MSP Breathalyzer Fraud Problem Could Affect Municipal Prosecutions, Foster Swift Municipal Law News E-blast, January 16, 2020
- Expungements are Now Possible for Non-Public Criminal Records, April 15, 2016
- Municipal Prosecutions of Drunk Driving Under the New “Super Drunk” Law, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, October 2010
- Recent Events Regarding the Medical Marijuana Act – A Flurry of Activity Tries to Clarify Foggy Law, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, October 2010
- "Intent" Not Required for "Sexual Molestation", Foster Swift Insurance E-News, March 30, 2010
- Your College-Bound Child and the Law, Foster Swift 2nd Wednesday Morning Break, August 11, 2021
- Collateral Consequence of Criminal Behavior: Professional & Occupational Licenses, State Bar of Michigan (SBM): Criminal Law Section's Mid-Winter Conference, February 16, 2020
- The Impact of Immigration Issues on Criminal Defense Practices, Wolverine Bar Association ("WBA") and Institute of Continuing Legal Education ("ICLE"), October 23, 2018
- Be Careful on the Biggest Bar Night of the Year, Global Newswire, November 21, 2022
- MBN Introduces New Senior Attorney Alexander Rusek, Michigan Business Network, October 12, 2022
- What You Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Lawyering, State Bar of Michigan - On Balance Podcast, September 26, 2022
- Litigators Rusek and Thomas Join Foster Swift, Ingham County Legal News, September 13, 2022
- Actions During College Welcome Week Could Lead to Long-Term Legal Problems, Yahoo!, August 22, 2022
- Three Former Summer Associates Join Foster Swift, December 7, 2021
- Treatment Courts Foundation Holds 11th Annual Breakfast, Michigan Business Network, October 26, 2021