West Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

If you think about it, the most important right you have is the right to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty. None of your other rights matter if you do not have this fundamental right. Otherwise, if the government disagreed with you and charged you with a crime, you would have to prove that you were innocent.

I am criminal attorney James K. Champion. I defend people who are accused of crimes ranging from DUI/OUI to capital murder. While my law office is in Grand Rapids, I represent criminal defendants throughout west Michigan, including Battle Creek, Holland, Lansing and Kalamazoo. Contact my law firm online to schedule your free initial consultation.

Sex Crimes, Murder And Drug Crime Defense In Grand Rapids. Protect Your Rights: Do Not Talk To Police.

The best advice I can give somebody is to consult with an attorney before speaking with a detective or other police officer. Many people think they will avoid criminal charges if they can just explain their side of the story to the police or the prosecutor. Actually, talking to law enforcement is like walking into quicksand. Once the state has decided to charge you with a crime, and the odds are very high that they have if they want to talk to you, they are not interested in proving your innocence. The police officer's job is to arrest you and the prosecutor's job is to prove you guilty. Anything you say or do could give the state the evidence it needs to convict you.

At my firm, I help people who are charged with all sorts of crimes, and I never back down from protecting the rights of those charged with very serious offenses. I am highly experienced in resolving:

  • Sex crimes: These can include rape, sexual abuse, internet sex crimes, child molestation and underage pornography.
  • Murders: Including homicide, manslaughter, first-degree and second-degree murder.
  • Drug crimes: Defense against charges involving marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroin, ecstasy and prescription drugs.
  • Drunk driving: In Michigan, the charges are known as OWI ("Operating While Intoxicated") or OWVI ("Operating While Visibly Impaired"), though they may be more commonly known as DUI or DWI.
  • Domestic violence: Defenses in domestic assault cases and false allegations of abuse.

When facing severe charges like those listed above, it is imperative to have a lawyer in your corner who has helped individuals through situations such as your own. Putting your trust in an inexperienced attorney could cost you your future.

If you are accused of a crime, the police and the prosecutor will not protect your right to be presumed innocent. Only your Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney will.

Defending Your Rights Against Drunk Driving Charges

Being pulled over for drinking and driving is a matter that should not be taken lightly. Do not attempt to resolve your drunk driving case on your own. Putting a skilled DUI attorney in your corner will help you to fight the prosecution's case at every turn and give you a better chance at minimizing or eliminating the penalties you face.

Feature Story on James Champion in Benchmark Magazine

A recent story in Benchmark Magazine highlights the professional and ethical standards maintained by James Champion during a very high-profile murder trial that garnered national attention.  Read the full article.