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Ypsilanti Criminal Lawyer

Criminal Defense is our focus at ArborYpsi Law. Every single day we strive to live up to our ideal of what a criminal defense lawyer should be.

No Judgment Zone

It feels like the whole world is against you when you’re charged with a crime. The prosecutors, police, probation agents, judges, jailers, and society bias all work against you.

We do not judge anything about you. A criminal defense attorney is lost and ineffective as soon as judgment is made of the client.

The only people you have in your corner is your family, friends, and your lawyer. You cannot afford to have a lawyer who judges your actions.

Never Been a Prosecutor

Many criminal defense attorneys advertise their past work as a prosecutor. I do the opposite. I have never been a prosecutor in any capacity. From the start it has always been criminal defense. It will always be defense. No amount of money in the world could convince me to be a prosecutor.

Anything is Possible

You will never hear the words out of my mouth, “there’s no way to challenge this case” or “you will never win.” There’s always a challenge to a case – it’s called a trial.

We’ll certainly make sure you understand the consequences of trial v. plea bargain for you to make an informed choice. You’ll be given an honest evaluation if your case. I’m going to tell you if you might look bad in front of a jury. After that, it’s your call. If you want a trial we will go to trial.

Our Commitment is to You

The first commitment of a criminal defense lawyer is to the client. It is not our job to make the judge’s or the prosecutor’s life easier. We don’t pressure clients to plead to keep the wheels of the system moving. Our job is not to work within the system. A real criminal defense lawyer is not a part of the system.

We of course work to maintain a relationship with prosecutors and judges because that helps the client. There are many good judges and prosecutors who work to help our clients and other people in your shoes. However, a criminal defense lawyer should never put his relationship with anyone else above the interests of the client.

Contact Us

Call Sam Bernstein at (734) 883-9584 or at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com.

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Client Reviews
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. He is respectful and answers all of the questions we had. Two cases were both a success thanks to Sam Gigi
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 I could. If you ever need a good lawyer, this guy is the one to hire – and his prices are very very reasonable. I wish him much prosperity and a good life. He made my life happy for the first time in a long time and I cannot thank him enough. Linda
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 a friendly person to be in the court room with when you’re in a stressful situation. Devon