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Since founding Shelton Legal Services in 2005, Steven Shelton has represented clients in hundreds of legal matters. A 1993 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, he graduated magna cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2005 with a dual emphasis on Constitutional Law/Civil Rights and Litigation. He has been named one of the top lawyers in the state of Michigan every year since 2012 by “Super Lawyers”, and has done numerous presentations related to criminal law and technology. Shelton primarily practices criminal defense, but also practices several other areas of law, including both criminal and civil appellate law, civil litigation, and business law.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I have been successful in many criminal cases bringing serious felony charges down to low-level misdemeanors or even civil infractions--and in a few cases, getting the cases dismissed entirely--at the trial level. This kept people from having felony records, losing their firearms rights, and losing their jobs. I recently had a case where my client was a 14-year-old boy charged with several serious sex crimes, and I was able to keep him off of the sex offender registry and keep him from having a felony on his record for the rest of his life.

I have also had several appellate criminal cases in the last couple of years where mistakes by trial counsel in calculating sentencing guidelines resulted in jail sentences--or even prison sentences--that were not warranted. I was able to successfully argue that these sentences were invalid, and as a result my clients received much shorter prison sentences. In some cases, my clients were able to go home that day, and in one case my client was resentenced from prison to jail, shortening his sentence from potentially several years to a few months.

How did you build a successful practice?
My clients know that they can trust me. We don't play the games some attorneys play, where they promise potential clients great results before the retainer fee is paid, and then give them the reality after the check is cashed. I have built a reputation as someone who watches out for my clients' best interests and not my own, so my clients know that they are my first priority. I also understand that my clients often have limited financial resources, so I work hard to save my clients as much money as possible while still getting them the best outcome possible.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Clients need to find a lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced, and (most importantly) honest. Attorneys have their clients lives and livelihoods in their hands, so clients need to know they can trust their attorney to do what is best for the client and not simply churn cases to make as much money as possible.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge can be of immense help in some cases, especially criminal cases where the focus of the defense is going to rely on motions or sentencing advocacy. In all cases--criminal and civil--it is exceptionally helpful to know local procedures, what kinds of arguments a judge tends to like or not like, and how helpful the clerks will be. Having said that, I do cases all over Michigan and I know attorneys all over the state, so when I am retained on a case elsewhere in the state, I can always tap into that local knowledge to make sure I know what to look for and what strategies to avoid.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
Every case is different, and every client is different. Sometimes, we can give definitive answers in a simple consultation. In most cases, we can give a potential client at least a rough idea of potential options for addressing the issues presented and get an idea of whether it will be necessary for the client to hire an attorney (and if so, if my office is the best option).

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
We need as much information as possible to get an idea of what a client is facing. The more information we have, the more information we can provide.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I place my clients' best outcomes as my top priority, and I work hard to earn and keep their trust. My staff and I often end up making clients into friends by the time a case is over, and we often keep in touch with our clients for years after a case is over.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I find it very rewarding to help clients who are in a tight spot and are fearful for their future. Sometimes I refer to my suit as my "cape and tights" because saving people from prison or jail is about as close as I'll ever get to being a superhero.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I am heavily involved in the performing arts, and have a passion for live theatre (especially community theatre). This makes sense, of course; what better stage than a courtroom, and what better audience than a jury?

Are you involved in your community?
I am very involved in the community, having served on non-profit boards and as a volunteer for many local organizations.

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AttorneyShelton Legal ServicesPresent
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Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJD Law School2005  
Northwest Missouri State UniversityBachelorsBroadcasting1993
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Michigan2005
  • Member | Michigan State Bar Association
  • Michigan Super Lawyer | Michigan Super Lawyers | 2014
    Michigan Rising Star | Michigan Super Lawyers | 2013
    Michigan Rising Star | Michigan Super Lawyers | 2012
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Since founding Shelton Legal Services in 2005, Steven Shelton has represented clients in hundreds of legal matters. A 1993 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, he graduated magna cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2005 with a dual emphasis on Constitutional Law/Civil Rights and Litigation. He has been named one of the top lawyers in the state of Michigan every year since 2012 by “Super Lawyers”, and has done numerous presentations related to criminal law and technology. Shelton primarily practices criminal defense, but also practices several other areas of law, including both criminal and civil appellate law, civil litigation, and business law.

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Update Date: 2017-04-30

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