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Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, you want an experienced Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney who will fight on your behalf in court. We take your case seriously and provide you with exceptional representation, whether it’s a traffic ticket or a drug felony. We understand that legal matters are personal and extremely sensitive, and we take this into account throughout your case. Attorney Sam Bernstein at ArborYpsi Law believes in providing our clients with full transparency, which means we will explain everything that can happen before you step foot in the courtroom.

Common Types of Criminal Cases

Our firm can defend you against all types of criminal charges, including:

  • Felonies – In Michigan, felonies are punishable by over one year in prison. If you are charged with a felony, you must contact an Ann Arbor criminal defense lawyer to handle your case. Common types of felonies include theft, home invasion, and third-offense DUIs.
  • Misdemeanors – Less serious than a felony, a misdemeanor carries less jail time but can become part of your permanent record. This means that if you are convicted of a different crime at a later time, your previous misdemeanor charge could ultimately lead to you receiving a harsher sentence.
  • Drug Crimes – This includes prescription drugs, street drugs, and controlled substances.
  • Retail Fraud and Shoplifting – Whether you are charged with first, second or third-degree retail fraud, you will need an experienced Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney. First-degree retail fraud is a felony, while second and third degree retail fraud are misdemeanors.
  • Traffic Tickets and Offenses – Don’t let a traffic ticket hurt your license. We can help remove points from a ticket.
  • Driver’s license restoration: If your license has been revoked from too many DUIs, we can help you get your license back.


  • Domestic Violence We have obtained numerous dismissals for domestic violence cases, and we have even helped negotiate plea bargains.
  • Assault and Battery – Whether you’re facing assault, aggravated assault, or felonious assault charges, one of a number of defenses may be available to you, including self-defense, mutual combat, and accidents.
  • Sex Crimes – We can handle your defense in rape, statutory rape, prostitution, internet sex crimes, child pornography, child sexual abuse, indecent exposure, and assault with intent, to name a few. If you are a student and facing a college student sexual misconduct allegation, we can also represent you in court and at your school’s hearing board.
  • College Student Crimes – For any on-campus crimes, such as assault, DUI, drug-related issues, date rape, sex crimes, domestic violence, computer crimes, and statutory rape, an Ann Arbor defense lawyer can help review your case and represent you.
  • Defense of Non-Citizens – We offer criminal defense services for non-U.S. citizens. Criminal convictions for non-citizens can result in deportation, which is why it is essential to have an excellent Ann Arbor criminal defense lawyer.
  • Plea Bargaining vs. Trials – We can review your case and determine if a proposed plea bargain is a better option for you than risking a court trial. Our criminal defense lawyers can then offer you detailed advice so you can make the best decision about proceeding forward with your plea bargain or case.
  • Expungements – If you would like a previous criminal or legal record sealed or erased, we can help expunge these records through a legal process.

Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Lawyer Handles DUI Defense Cases

DUI Defenses Include Challenging:

Contact An Experienced Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you are facing a criminal conviction or need assistance with a family-law related issue, ArborYpsi Law is committed to providing a judgment-free zone and helping clients understand their rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Learn More About Sam Bernstein


Excellent Results Without Worry!

I have used Sam’s services twice now with amazing results! For my first offense, a misdemeanor, Sam was able to get the case made non-public with the absolute minimal probationary period. During this probationary period, I was charged with a second offense which Sam was…


Worth his weight in gold!

I hired Sam for a family member that needed some help in a hurry and he took a late night call from me, heard my story and made himself available for court the next morning without hesitating. He is professional , courteous and eager to…


Excellent Service & Results

Sam was very engaged from day 1 in understanding the specifics of my situation from multiple angles and was able to break down the situation in a way that I was able to understand from a non-attorney perspective. He provided a clear recommendation which was…


The best lawyer anyone can ever ask for

Sam was a helpful lawyer who is a man of his word. He helped in our cases 2 times in a row with successful outcomes. I could not think of a better lawyer who is always on time to court, good attitude, smart, and honest.…


believed in me from day 1

Sam was an amazing lawyer. I made many phone calls to many different lawyers. Once meeting with Sam i knew he believed my innocence from the beginning and i truly felt like i had made the best decision. Sam always answered my questions and together…


Super Lawyer!

Sam was great! Definitely recommended! He is highly professional and patient, a good listener to his client. It was always fruitful at each meeting with good efficiency to work out things. Also, he is skillful in providing valuable advise in the process to make critical…


He Did Way More Than Expected for My Son

“It has been a couple of days since Sam represented my son in Washtenaw County. He gave me the miracle I prayed for. He did way more than I thought was possible and as I told him on the phone I would hug him if…


Not Just Another Client

“Sam Bernstein defended me when a person made false assault and battery allegations against me. He made sure that I had all the information I needed in order to make the decision on whether or not to take a plea bargain or go to trial.…


Very Professional Attorney

“I was recently charged with a misdemeanor. Sam was extremely professional and quick to respond to all of my questions. He took it to trial and the prosecutor dismissed the case! I was very happy with him as my lawyer. I would highly recommend him!”

Karen in Westland

Outstanding Representation

“I was unjustly arrested by the police and was charged with disorderly conduct. The next day, I was on the phone with Sam. From the beginning, he was extremely attentive to the details of the case, and he helped put my mind at ease more…

Anonymous in Northville

A ‘real’ criminal defense lawyer.

“I was charged with two 1-year misdemeanors and was facing trial. Unfortunately, no one can predict a guaranteed outcome of a trial acquittal. Thanks to Sam, when it was all said and done, those two charges were dismissed and I ended up walking away with…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Great Attorney

“Sam was a great and very helpful attorney for me, he clearly communicated to me all the details of my possession case, and what I had to do for the court. He explained my options and did his job well. Luckily my case was dismissed,…

Sam is the Best!

“The case I was going through was my first time dealing with the court system. Working with Sam Bernstein was really fantastic. He is very knowledgeable, he listens, he goes above and beyond for you and does it all with a smile. He is always…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

The lawyer who actually listens

“I had a failure to yield ticket few weeks back and was looking for someone to help me get through that. I spoke with quite a few attorneys who were either busy or not ready to hear me out. He was quite comfortable to communicate…

Anonymous in Ypsilanti

Thirty Two Year Old Felony Charges Dismissed

“I reside in Colorado Springs, CO., My employer contacted me re: Felony Charges that showed up on my FBI Fingerprint/ Background check. They required me to resolve this immediately, unable to return back to work til this was resolved. These charges stemmed from my college…

Anonymous in Colorado

Great service

“Mr Bernstein helped me get my license back. He was very professional and on time with everything.I would recommend and use hem again if needed.”

Walter in Ann Arbor

Highly recommended

“Sam was very thorough throughout my case and was able to get the results I wanted. I would recommend him for anyone needing legal representation.”

Sandra in Ypsilanti

Excellent Attorney

“Sam Bernstein has been my attorney since June 2017 for several different cases I’ve had going on. Sam will give you a whole new perspective on lawyers. I wasn’t sure what to expect during the consultation, I had never needed legal help before and Sam…

Anonymous in Pontiac

Great lawyer and individual

“I got in touch with Sam after receiving a misdemeanor ticket. From the first meeting, he had a very clear plan on how to handle my case and he followed it through till the last stages. Such patience, skill and level-headedness shown by an attorney…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Best lawyer ever

“Best lawyer in town thats for real mr Sam worked on my DV case and everything he did and every advise he gave me was right on the place he got always the best answer for any question you have and best advise mr Sam…

Anonymous in Ypsilanti

Best decision, highly recommend.

“I’ve never been in trouble with the law before, and getting caught with marijuana was the most horrifying thing that could happen to me. I was worried that my charge would effect my chances in getting into Medical School. Sam was extremely helpful and explained…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Extremely helpful, very personable and highly effective

“I reached out to Sam for my traffic violation after reading his reviews on this site. He was very prompt in responding to me and answering my many questions. He has an intimate knowledge of the court system and explained the process as well as…

Anonymous in Ypsilanti

Would Strongly Recommend

“After an incident with law enforcement resulted in a ticket, I was absolutely terrified. I consulted nearly 25 different lawyers and ended up choosing Sam. Despite being worried about the outcome of the case, Sam was extremely compassionate and understood my concerns. He laid out…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Highly Recommend

“Sam is great attorney and overall good guy. In a period of a lot of pain and confusion, Sam listened to all concerns and promptly responded to all my emails and texts. I could tell that he was invested in my case and truly cared…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Traffic Ticket

“I recently received a traffic ticket that could have resulted in addition of 3 points to my record. I contacted Sam in hopes of getting it resolved in the court. Sam was prompt in feedback and recommended that I take a defensive driving course to…

Anonymous in Ypsilanti

Unwaivering confidence is what you get when Samuel Jacob Bernstein reperesents you!

“Mr. Bernstein was confident in my innocence from the moment he heard my story to the moment we won the case. His assured attitude gave me the guts to stand my ground in court and his brilliant line of questioning toward the prosecution was the…


Got the Job Done

“Mr. Bernstein did a great job of laying out a sensible game plan and was very professional and timely. At the same time, he did a great job being personal when it was required as well. Overall, it was a pleasure working with him and…


Great lawyer, humble and honest

“Sam did a fantastic job of managing my expectations and being prepared while he represented me. He was very thorough and gave me great advice. I have the sense that most lawyers are very self centered and not client centered. That is not Sam. He…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

I can drive again!

“I lost my license a while back due to my second OWI. I recently went through the tedious process of applying for my license and the beginning of that process is finding yourself an attorney. When I was eligible to apply I called numerous lawyers…



“Sam took my call and consulted me immediately. He provided fair pricing for the legal services I was requiring. I hired him about a week before my case, he still took on the case load and did amazing work. He is an excellent attorney and…


Passionate Trial Attorney

“I have seen Mr. Bernstein in court many times. He is one of the most competent trial attorneys I have ever seen. His ability to passionately and articulately deliver his client’s argument is extraordinary. He is a competent and zealous advocate who effortlessly garners the…

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Excellent Attorney

“I was recently represented by Sam Bernstein. He did a great job! He was patient, kind, answered every call and actually listened to me. The case went just as he assured me it would. It made all the difference having him on my side. He…



“Sam was helpful, informed, organized, smart and nice. He made the process smooth and easy.”

Anonymous in Ann Arbor

Excellent Work, Highly Recommended

“Mr. Bernstein is an excellent attorney and I recommend him highly and with all my enthusiasm. He helped with my traffic ticket, got the ticket price reduced and got the points canceled. He was always available, prompt, highly professional and caring. I would not recommend…

Anonymous in Romulus

Excellent Service!

“I’ve had the pleasure and pure luck of finding Mr. Bernstein for a number of legal issues. I’ve retained legal council in the past but I’ve always felt that there was something missing from the experience. Sam, in the best of sense, has always gone…

Lawrence S

Sam is a great lawyer

“I had hired Sam for my divorce and he understood my situation in settlement . he is an experienced lawyer and I helped me in all stages of the step involved. I have still retained him incase I require him”


Best experience yet

“Sad to say, I have been in too many court rooms and dealt with too many lawyers to even count. Some as a result of my doing and others not. Sam handling my case is the 1st time i’ve felt comfortable that my case is…

Anonymous in Livonia

Meeting All of our Needs

“Sam has helped my family with multiple services. He first helped me with the estate of my great-grandmother. She was in the hospital and it was deemed necessary for her to have a guardian. I needed to move quickly to prevent the State from becoming…


Glad that Sam was my lawyer

“I definitely chose the right guy. Hired Sam to help with a custody matter. From the very beginning he was attentive and personable; it was clear he really cared about me and my case. As the process moved forward he was well-prepared and very accessible—even…


So thankful!

“He did all my paperwork in a timely manor and the price was unbeatable I have 2 kids and it can be extremely costly, I don’t have crazy amounts of money so he was a perfect fit for us! Everything was done right the first…


Frequently-Asked Questions

When Should I Call an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you have been arrested, you should contact a lawyer right away. It’s important to remember that you have the right to remain silent, and you do not have to speak to the police. Furthermore, the police cannot continue to question you until your lawyer is present. 

If you are under investigation, don’t wait to speak with a lawyer until you’ve been arrested and charged. Hiring a lawyer may be able to prevent you from getting charged or at least prevent them from taking advantage of your lack of representation. 

It’s also a good idea to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you’ve been subpoenaed as a witness in a criminal case. They can help you navigate the process and avoid incriminating yourself, depending on your involvement in the incident. 

Will The Prosecutor or Judge Be Lenient if I Cooperate?

Prosecutors may tell you that you will get a better outcome if you cooperate, but this is typically not the case. They want to get a conviction as quickly as possible to move on to the next case. As a result, they may pressure you to plead guilty or otherwise incriminate yourself when they don’t have the evidence they need to get a conviction. They are also under no obligation to offer a more lenient sentence simply because you cooperated with them. Working with an Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney is the best chance for getting a fair result.

Should I Accept the Plea Agreement I’ve Been Offered?

We recommend that you speak with an Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney before accepting any plea offer. First, they may be offering you a plea deal because they know that the case against you lacks sufficient evidence to convict you. Second, the plea deal they offer may not be fair – defendants in similar circumstances may have gotten better offers. An attorney can evaluate the plea deal you have been offered and help you understand your options.

Won’t I Look Guilty if I Request a Defense Attorney?

The police will try to persuade you that only “guilty” people need lawyers. They may even tell you that you don’t need a lawyer because you aren’t a suspect or that everything will be fine if you just cooperate. Unfortunately, the police aren’t obligated to tell you the truth, and in fact, may be trying to trap you.

How Do I Choose the Right Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Attorney?

Most lawyers will provide a free initial consultation. You should be prepared to discuss your charges, but you should also be ready to ask your lawyer questions regarding the following: 

  • How many cases like yours they have handled
  • What they think you can reasonably expect the outcome to be
  • What they see as the challenges in your case
  • What their strategy will be

Ultimately, you should hire an attorney that you are confident has the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide an aggressive defense.

What is My Lawyer’s Role?

Your lawyer will play a critical role in your defense, serving primarily as your advocate. This includes undertaking the following actions:

  • Reviewing and analyzing the prosecution’s case against you
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Gathering evidence that supports your side
  • Speaking with the prosecution on your behalf
  • Filing any motions and discovery requests
  • Representing you at all court hearings, including trial

An Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system so that you can get a fair result.