Protecting Your Freedom And Your Future

Practicing criminal defense law successfully requires a thorough knowledge of the federal and Michigan state Constitutions, as well as relevant case law, rules of procedure and local practice. I am also familiar with the personalities of judges and prosecutors. Since I established my practice in 1989, I have been involved in more than 100 criminal trials encompassing a variety of matters in both state and federal court.

My focus on criminal law and dedication to helping my clients has made me one of Michigan's most respected criminal law attorneys. At Michael A. Rataj, PC, I'm dedicated to seeing that the best solution becomes a reality for you. No one will out-research, out-strategize or out-work me. I'm internally driven to win and I will not back down from a fight.

Broad Experience, Aggressive Representation

I have earned my excellent reputation among my peers and my clients for winning difficult criminal trials through hard work and dedication. Here's who I am:

  • U.S. Marine Corps from 1980–1983: I bring a disciplined mindset, work ethic and attitude to defense work.
  • I'm not afraid of a difficult case: I've been involved in many high-profile cases and have defended against virtually every type of criminal charge.
  • In-depth trial experience: Part of my trial lawyer strategy is to get judges and juries to respond favorably, thereby increasing the chances that the charges are reduced, dismissed or dropped.
  • Success in federal court: In addition to appearing in the state and federal courts in Michigan, I have represented clients facing federal crimes in other states, including successfully representing a client on Death Row in Georgia.
  • High-profile media and legal advisor: I am a frequent legal consultant for several media outlets, and recently appeared on CNBC's American Greed profile of Detroit's "Crime Boss" mayor.

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