Local Award Winning Attorneys

Simon & Geherin, PLLC

We are a full-service criminal defense law firm for people who face felony, misdemeanor, or OWI charges in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan.  Our law firm also specializes in representing people seeking to restore their revoked Michigan Driver’s License throughout the State of Michigan.

 “We are a rare entity — a full-service criminal defense law firm that handles each case as a team and which has the resources to match the prosecution.”  

Co-founders Joseph A. Simon and Daniel T. Geherin, and their team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals do not “dabble” in criminal defense. They solely practice criminal defense in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. When Simon & Geherin, PLLC handles a criminal case, driver’s license restoration matter, juvenile delinquency case, or OWI case, our clients are backed with more than 50 years of combined criminal trial experience and a recognized reputation for favorable results.

Frequently Asked Questions of Potential Simon&Geherin Clients

How do I select the right attorney or firm to handle my case?

Choosing the right attorney—especially when your freedom or liberty is as stake—is crucial. Certainly, there is no perfect formula. However, it is important to consider the attorney’s experience, trustworthiness, and standing in the legal community. You should consider asking the following questions:

  • Does the attorney have the respect of the judge before whom he/she practices?
  • Does the attorney litigate cases versus steering clients only towards guilty pleas?
  • Does the attorney have a proven track record at trial?
  • Does the attorney have the wisdom that years of experience bring in dealing with cases similar to your own?
  • Is the attorney trustworthy and ethical, and has the attorney adequately discussed the fee structure in advance of representation?

At Simon & Geherin, PLLC, we strongly believe that one call to our office will convince you that we meet all the above criteria and are the perfect firm to handle your criminal, traffic, juvenile or license restoration case.

Some attorneys claim to be “tough,” or “aggressive,” or “fighters,” or even shamelessly (and unethically) guarantee results such as “avoiding jail.” At Simon & Geherin, PLLC, our level of success is measured in more than just words or false promises: we have a proven track record of satisfied clients and excellent results, and we have been peer-reviewed with the highest ratings for ethical standards and legal ability—

In short, we ethically, intelligently, and zealously fight for every client.

Should I even retain an attorney for my criminal or license restoration case?

If the charge carries with it any consequences, including the potential loss of any liberty or freedom (i.e., driving privileges, jail, prison, fees) you should consult with an attorney. The prosecutor went to law school, is trained in the rules of evidence and courtroom tactics and is not there to help or advise you. Unless you qualify for court-appointed assistance, a private criminal defense attorney is likely a smart option to protect, advise, and counsel you. All you may need is a consultation and at Simon & Geherin, PLLC that consultation is free.

Does experience matter?

Experience is perhaps the single most important consideration in retaining an attorney. Having to retain a criminal defense attorney is one of the most important and vulnerable times a person can encounter. It is critical to know that your attorney—

  • Has handled many cases such as yours
  • Has established himself or herself in the courts you are about to encounter
  • Has accumulated the knowledge that can only come from years of experience
  • Is respected in the legal community

At Simon & Geherin, PLLC, we have over 40 years of combined experience in criminal matters, and have a long and verifiable track record of earning the respect of clients and adversaries alike.

Some attorneys claim to be “tough,” or “aggressive,” or “fighters,” or even shamelessly (and unethically) guarantee results such as “avoiding jail.” At Simon & Geherin, PLLC, our level of success is measured in more than just words or false promises: we have a proven track record of satisfied clients and excellent results, and we have been peer-reviewed with the highest ratings for ethical standards and legal ability—

In short, we ethically, intelligently, and zealously fight for every client.

If I retain an attorney, will I win my case?

No lawyer should ever make a promise of an outcome in representation. If a lawyer you are consulting assures an outcome or boasts of a sure victory, beware. We can only promise hard and dedicated work and a pledge to keep our clients informed so that they may make knowledgeable decisions. Hard work and dedication almost always produce positive results.

What type of fees might I expect for representation?

Many criminal defense attorneys charge a fixed/flat fee for your case. This fee depends on the nature and complexity of the case. Many charge hourly rates and submit periodic bills. At Simon & Geherin, PLLC, the attorneys openly discuss our fee structure at the outset of our consultation and even over the phone. Generally, our firm employs flat/fixed fees for criminal cases. We accept credit card payments and will consider installment/payment plans. Regardless, you will be comfortable knowing that there are no excessive or hidden fees and that our fee agreement is detailed and clear.

Can I replace my existing attorney if I am not pleased with him/her?

Yes. If you are not pleased with your attorney, either because he or she refuses to return your phone calls, does not keep you updated, or seems disinterested in fighting for you, you can seek substitute counsel. After all, an attorney works for you and not vice versa. At our firm, we believe in treating every client with respect, professionalism, and honesty. We fight for you and ideally achieve the best possible result in your case. If you feel your current attorney does not share our beliefs, please contact our office for a no-obligation consultation.

The police simply want to talk to me, what should I do?

Generally, you are under no obligation to speak with the police. You have the right to consult with an attorney before speaking with the police and if you are the target of an investigation, an attorney may be the only person standing between the government and you. Many attorneys are not interested in your case unless you are actually charged. In contrast, our office offers pre-filing and investigative services in which we will handle your investigation, contact the police officer(s) in charge of the case, and possibly attempt to convince the authorities not to charge you with a crime. We have successfully handled hundreds of these investigations, and in many cases, have protected people from being charged and/or from being arrested.

Does your firm offer free consultations?

Yes! To learn how we can assist you with your criminal defense matter, please call us to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation at 734-997-0870, or click here to contact us now.

Our Team of Criminal Defense Attorneys

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Joseph A. Simon
Criminal Defense Attorney
Daniel Geherin Simon Geherin
Daniel T. Geherin
Criminal Defense Attorney
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Philip M. Jacques
Criminal Defense Attorney
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Brian Montoye
Criminal Defense Attorney