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East Lansing Criminal Defense Lawyer

Perrone Law, P.C. provides clients with the experience they need to achieve results. Jacob A. Perrone is a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney who has served thousands of clients since 2008. In each and every case, he strives to provide the highest quality representation to clients throughout the State of Michigan. He has extensive experience dealing with complex criminal and civil litigation, including DUI, personal injury, family law, and bankruptcy issues. Attorney Perrone also assists clients in estate planning, civil rights, and commercial real estate matters.

Criminal Defense

A seasoned criminal defense lawyer knows what’s at stake in each stage of a case. In a Misdemeanor case, pre-trial proceedings can include hearings on constitutional matters. A lawyer may be able to get evidence suppressed at this stage if it is determined that that evidence was obtained through unconstitutional means. During the preliminary exam phase of a felony case, the defendant’s attorney can cross-examine witnesses and present evidence that can potentially weaken the prosecutor’s argument. During a jury trial, an East Lansing criminal defense attorney may question potential jurors to get a sense of their personal beliefs and how their background has shaped them. During the sentencing portion of a case, a defendant’s lawyer can present additional evidence and other information to help the judge make an informed decision.


Essential for any resident of Michigan pulled over for operating a vehicle while intoxicated is representation by a seasoned attorney. A thorough investigation is paramount to determine that the rights of the accused were not violated. Did the officer have cause to stop the vehicle? If chemical testing was administered, was it done so correctly? The answers to these and other questions may reveal opportunities for possible dismissal or reduction of charges. Penalties and jail or prison sentences increase with repeat convictions for drunk driving. A person with multiple drunk driving convictions must enroll in a rehabilitation program. With so much at stake, it is important to meet with an experienced East Lansing criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Personal Injury

Injury claims may be the result of a number of different types of accidents, including car crashes, medical procedure errors, dog bites, and on-the-job accidents. Many car accident costs are handled through insurance companies representing the people involved. People suffering more serious injuries resulting from a car accident may be able to file a claim against the other driver. In this case, the injured person has the burden of proving, among other things, that the other driver was negligent or at fault for causing the accident that resulted in the victim’s injuries. Similarly, a physician may be found liable if evidence proves that a patient’s injuries are a direct result of the negligent actions of the doctor.

Family Law

A divorce lawyer will ensure that papers are filed in a timely manner and court procedures are followed. For a divorce to be granted, a number of issues must be resolved, including pension division, spousal support, and child support, if appropriate. When minor children are involved in a divorce, custody matters must take into account what is in the best interest of the child or children. Factors include the capacity for the parent to provide basic needs such as food, a home, and a suitable environment, the physical, mental, and moral fitness of the parent, and other matters. Some orders can be modified, if warranted, either through agreement or by the court.


Filing for bankruptcy may not be the best solution in every case, so it is best to discuss your particular situation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. Chapter 7 may be an option if the amount of disposable income is within state guidelines or if one passes a means test. A discharge of debt under Chapter 7 can often be achieved relatively quickly. While filing under Chapter 7 is an option for both individuals and businesses, Chapter 13 bankruptcy is reserved for individuals. In order to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 13, the amount of debt one can have (whether secured or unsecured) is capped. Discharge of debt under Chapter 13 can take 3-5 years.

Estate Planning

Planning for end-of-life decisions and financial matters, though difficult to discuss, can help bring peace of mind to the individual, knowing that their loved ones are spared many of the decisions that must be made upon one’s death. Having an estate plan is also helpful in the event one becomes too ill to take care of their own affairs. A will is a useful tool for the distribution of one’s assets after death. A trust is an estate planning tool for managing property placed in trust and can be set up in a number of ways, depending upon the goals set forth by the person who created the trust.

Civil Rights

Civil rights protections apply in a broad range of matters, including employment-related issues, access to housing, and utilization of educational facilities. A member of a protected class subjected to discrimination in the workplace may have a compelling case of employment discrimination. Similarly, a person renting or purchasing a home, applying for a mortgage, or otherwise engaged in a housing-related activity and encountering discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, familial status, or sex can seek legal remedies. State and local law can potentially provide additional protections over federal civil rights laws. In many cases, filing a complaint with a state agency is an essential step in rectifying a situation.

Commercial Law and Real Estate

Whether purchasing or selling a business, negotiating an operating agreement, or involved in other arrangements, one looks forward to a mutually beneficial working relationship. It is vital that one’s interests are protected, though, in case the agreement or relationship sours. Commercial real estate transactions can be structured in numerous ways, not always beneficial to the client. Tax prorations can vary by county, potentially impacting the transaction significantly. Additionally, foreign entities need to be mindful when selling real estate that they remain in compliance with federal tax laws and take full advantage of allowed exemptions. A knowledgeable attorney can scrutinize financial statements and other reports in advance of agreements and potentially prevent their client from incurring unexpected assessments.

Administrative Law

Whether you are a professional addressing a complaint filed against you, a business owner looking at a possible violation, or a person wishing to file an appeal for a suspended license, there are times when residents find themselves involved in a dispute with a state agency. People unaware of the state’s notice requirements or the importance of responding to the state in a timely manner may find themselves at a disadvantage, potentially forfeiting rights to administrative proceedings. An administrative law attorney with an in-depth understanding of the workings of state departments and agencies can be vital to resolving one’s issues, whether personal or professional, in a timely manner.

Contact an Experienced Michigan Attorney Today

Attorney Jacob A. Perrone will work diligently on your case to ensure the best resolution. If you are interested in discussing your case with a criminal defense attorney in East Lansing or an experienced advocate in complex civil matters, call us to set up a Free One-on-One Consultation: (517) 351-0332.

Client Reviews
Jacob Perrone was excellent. He was responsive and understood the law. I would recommend him! Christine Rice
Jacob helped me out immensely when I got a DUI and lost my professional license. He got it reinstated for me in record time! He had great advice for me, worked hard and was fair and honest. Anonymous
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