Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

The term "minor criminal offense" is used often in law enforcement, but the truth is, if you face criminal charges, it's no small matter. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, any criminal conviction can have a serious and lasting negative impact on your life. It is no time to take unnecessary risks by enlisting the services of an inexperienced lawyer.

Drug Crimes

Conviction Of A Drug Crime Can Alter Your Life The war on drugs in Michigan is in full force. State and federal law enforcement authorities aggressively investigate, arrest and prosecute individuals whom they believe are involved with illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and LSD. Authorities are particularly interested in prosecuting individuals who are...


Michigan law enforcement authorities have joined those across the U.S. in getting serious about cracking down on drunk driving. The penalties are harsh and the cases are prosecuted aggressively. There may have been a time when one could face a charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI) and navigate their way through the process without legal representation, but that time has long since passed.

Medical Marijuana And Criminal Charges

Medical marijuana in Michigan is regulated by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA). Although the MMMA allows both patients and caregivers to possess marijuana in multiple forms, it has strict guidelines that allow no room for errors. In fact, if you are accused of violating the MMMA, you will face charges as if you were a normal individual illegally in possession of marijuana — even if you have been approved to use or possess it for medical reasons.

Sex Crimes

In today's justice system, the mere accusation of committing a sex crime can be a sentence unto itself. In Michigan, criminal sexual conduct (CSC) charges can range from stalking or indecent exposure to rape, child molestation or possession of child pornography.

Traffic Offenses

Traffic courts move at a frenetic pace. If you are not familiar with the legal process and you do not appear in court regularly, it is easy to quickly lose track of what is occurring. Before you know it, you may have agreed to fines and other penalties that our experienced traffic violations defense lawyer could have helped you avoid.

Violent Crimes

Assault and murder are among the most serious accusations that can be leveled against an individual. If you have been charged with either, it is very important to work with a criminal defense attorney who understands state laws and has the experience to guide you through the process strategically.

Weapons Crimes

Any criminal charge that involves a weapon is serious. Often, a weapons charge occurs when you are arrested for something else, so you have multiple charges to be concerned about. At the law office of Michael A. McInerney, PLC, in Grand Rapids, we know that well-meaning individuals may face a weapons charge because they did not understand the law.

White Collar Crime

White collar crime refers to illegal activity that is nonviolent and often associated with business or public office. It can include employee embezzlement, identity theft, hacking, extortion, bribery and all types of fraud. The alleged crimes are often complex and the penalties may include both prison sentences and large fines.

Personal Injury

Injuries and illnesses can happen to any one of us, but in some cases the cause is someone else's negligence. Even if your injury was an accident, it does not mean you should have to handle the medical and financial burden on your own. Through personal injury claims, you can pursue compensation for what you have suffered so you can re-establish your financial footing and begin to rebuild your life.

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