Fearless, Focused And Experienced Criminal Defense 

Exclusively defending against federal charges for individuals in Detroit and surrounding areas.

An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Driven To Win

Practicing criminal defense law successfully requires a thorough knowledge of the Constitution, case law, rules of procedure and more.

I am Detroit criminal defense attorney Michael A. Rataj. Since establishing my practice, Michael A. Rataj, PC, in 1989, I have been involved in more than 100 criminal trials encompassing a variety of matters. I know the law, the judges, prosecutors and others involved in the criminal justice system.

No other attorney will out-research, out-strategize or out-work me. I’m internally driven to win, and I will not back down from a fight to protect your rights and your freedom.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

From fraud to drug offenses to RICO charges, I handle a wide range of serious cases.

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Criminal Law FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about criminal charges.

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Your Legal Rights

 If you are facing charges, you have constitutional rights! Find out what they are.

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Offering Criminal Defense For Detroit And Surrounding Communities

Not Every Criminal Defense Lawyer Is The Same

I have earned a positive reputation among my peers and my clients for my success in difficult criminal trials due to my:

Military experience
As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I possess a disciplined mindset, work ethic and attitude to defense work.

Fearless advocacy
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
I have handled many different cases in front of judges and juries. I know how to increase the chances of acquittal.

Federal court experience
Not all lawyers know federal laws, rules and procedures. I have represented clients facing federal charges, including one on death row in Georgia and currently one facing the death penalty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Media appearances
I am a frequent legal consultant for several media outlets. I have established a well-earned reputation in my community and have been recognized by various media outlets as a legal expert including Channels 2, 4 and 7; The Detroit News; and Detroit Free Press.

Many will also remember me for my work as co-counsel for Bobby Ferguson in 2013 as part of Detroit’s then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s corruption trial. A media appearance clip infiltrated the internet, which to some demonstrated my aggressive nature when it comes to fighting for my clients. I have also been interviewed on the CNBC show American Greed regarding Kilpatrick, as well by Meredith Vieira for an “American Gangsters” episode featuring a Russian mobster.

My Motto: Treat Clients Like Family

I give every client and every case the type of care and attention that I would give a member of my own family. I understand the sensitive nature of criminal cases and handle each matter discretely and confidentially.

Reach Out Today

If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney who has a history of successful results, reach out to me to learn more about my cases and how I can help you. Call 313-963-4LAW or contact me online.

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