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Pierce, Duke, Farrell & Tafelski PLC
Paul Tafelski

2525 S. Telegraph Rd. Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills MI 48084
(248) 451-2200

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Pierce,Duke, Farrell & Tafelski PLC

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Have you been arrested in Detroit, MI, Wayne County, Oakland County or Macomb County, Michigan?

Do not delay a second longer—your future and your freedom could be at stake. Call 248-451-2200 today or contact us online for expert legal advice.  Criminal lawyer Paul J. Tafelski will fight for your rights in criminal cases, drunk driving (DUI, DWI) cases and traffic cases. We represent clients in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, Southfield, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, Troy, Rochester Hills, Novi, Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe, Warren, Sterling Heights, Canton and throughout the state of Michigan.

Our criminal attorneys know the courts and the local judicial system—and we're ready to put our experience to work for you. At the law offices of Paul J. Tafelski, our criminal defense lawyers take your future seriously, and we're available 24/7 to help you. We carry a Blackberry and check it regularly so our team can be there quickly to protect your rights.

The legal system is a maze of complex laws and procedures—and the penalties can be severe if you don’t stand up for your rights. That's why you need us at your side. We handle a full range of criminal offenses, from defending against murder charges to arguing for reduced traffic fines and points. Do not wait—call 248-451-2200 contact our criminal defense attorneys online now for the skilled representation your case demands.
Our practice areas include:

  • Misdemeanors and Felonies—These criminal offenses can result in jail time and a permanent mark on your record that could have a lasting impact on your freedom, your finances and your future. You need a lawyer to help you navigate the legal system. Call 248-451-2200 or contact us online today. Our knowledge of Michigan law and our experience with the courts can help you avoid fines, probation and jail time.

 

  • Drunk Driving Offenses—A DUI of DWI can bring jail time, stiff fines, the loss of your driving privileges— and the loss of your job. If you’re charged with a DUI, call us today at 248-451-2200 or contact our DUI lawyers online. We'll devise a legal strategy with your best interests in mind. Our comprehensive knowledge of Michigan drunken driving laws is your best defense. Let us be your legal advocate.

 

  • Traffic Cases—Traffic tickets can add points to your driving record, put your license at risk and drive up your insurance premiums. The legal team of Paul J. Tafelski is experienced in fighting for reduced fines and points. But you have limited time after receiving a ticket to respond—contact us today. Call 248-451-2200 or contact our traffic attorneys online.

 

  • Domestic violence—Domestic violence has serious legal implications, and social stigma often goes with it. The best advice is to retain an experienced attorney to defend you against legal penalties and protect your reputation. Call 248-451-2200 to reach the Paul J. Tafelski law office or contact our domestic violence attorneys online.

 

  • Drug possession—We are experienced in defending against drug possession, sales, delivery and manufacture cases in the Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County areas. If the police want to talk to you, immediately call 248-451-2200 or contact our criminal attorneys online to avoid incriminating yourself.

 

  • License restoration—Paul J. Tafelski’s Wayne County criminal attorneys are skilled at restoring driving privileges for clients who have lost their licenses. We represent clients before administrative law judges in the Secretary of State’s office and in Circuit Courts.  Call 248-451-2200 or contact us online. We can develop a legal strategy to get your license back.

 

  • Criminal sexual conduct and internet crimes—The Michigan penalties for sexual conduct crimes are harsh—people convicted of the least severe degree of criminal sexual conduct face two years in prison and up to 25 years on the sex offender registry. Call our criminal defense team at 248-451-2200 or contact our Oakland County criminal lawyers online.

 

  • Violations of probation—If you are charged with violating your probation, it’s vital that you effectively communicate your side of the story. Make sure you have an attorney on your side when you go to court. Call our criminal attorneys at 248-451-2200 or contact us online.

 

  • Expungement—A criminal record can keep you from getting a job, housing or credit. If you have a single criminal conviction, the experienced attorneys from Paul J. Tafelski law office can help you clear your record. Call our criminal defense lawyers at 248-451-2200 or contact us online to remove a felony or misdemeanor from your record.

 

  • Assault with a dangerous weapon—Also known as felonious assault, this charge carries serious consequences in the event of a conviction. A person charged with felonious assault needs a qualified and experienced attorney who may be able to get the charge dismissed, investigate possible defenses or have the punishment reduced. Call the experienced criminal defense lawyers at 248-451-2200 or contact us online.

 

Without skilled legal advice, you’re going it alone in the jungle of the judicial system. Our criminal defense lawyers are here to battle for you in the state's courts. You have the right to an attorney—and you need a criminal attorney who respects you and the significance of this event in your life. Paul J. Tafelski is more than a criminal defense attorney to his clients; he is their representative and their voice in Michigan criminal courts.

Please Call :248-451-2200

Please Call :248-451-2200

Practice Areas

 

Criminal Defense Lawyers: Detroit, Wayne County, Oakland County and throughout Michigan

  • Misdemeanors & Felonies
    Felonies are serious crimes and can result in years of jail time, while misdemeanors are "lesser" crimes with sentences ranging from 90 days or up to one year in jail. Both can have lasting impact on your freedom, reputation and employment.

  • Drunk Driving
    There are many different alcohol-related offenses in Michigan – (OWI), Operating While Intoxicated (Blood Alcohol Content above .08), driving with an unlawful bodily alcohol level/content (UBAL, UBAC), and (OWI) operating while impaired (lesser penalties than operating while intoxicated). "Combination" DUI cases involve alcohol and other drugs, often prescription or over-the-counter medications, and are becoming increasingly common.

  • Domestic Violence
    Domestic violence usually involves people who have an intimate relationship, are married, couples who live or have lived together, and couples with a common child. Often the police are called by one or both angry parties. Sometimes they don't know who to believe so they simply arrest someone, usually the man.

  • Drug Possession
    Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, "club drugs," and heroin. Drug crimes may include trafficking, possession, possession with intent to sell, and being under the influence of a controlled or illicit substance. The most frequent strength in cases against clients is the physical evidence, such as drugs seized in the arrest, or the results of tests conducted by law enforcement.

  • Traffic Matters
    An estimated 34 million people nationwide receive driving citations each year, yet only 4% - 10% of all tickets are contested. These are surprising statistics in light of the fact that the majority of people who hire a traffic ticket attorney and fight their tickets either win their case, or are offered a deal to reduce fines and/or points. Many people receive traffic citations for legitimately violating the law, however there is a large percentage who receive tickets for other reasons. Faulty speed-measuring devices or aggressive law enforcement officers are just two of the reasons that the blameless are cited.

  • License Restoration
    License restoration can take two forms. In the first case, a person who has lost their license can challenge the loss by filing an action in the circuit court. In the second situation (where most license restoration cases fall), a person appeals the revocation of their license by petitioning the Secretary of State drivers' license appeal division (DLAD) and by appearing before an administrative law judge to make their case for having their license restored.

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct & Internet Crimes
    Under Michigan law, there are four degrees of criminal sexual conduct. These degrees are based on levels of force or intimidation. The first three degrees are felonies while the fourth degree is a high misdemeanor, although many in law enforcement still view it as a felony.

  • Violations of Probation
    Probation, an alternative to imprisonment, is granted when the circumstances and severity of the crime indicate that imprisoning the person is not a suitable punishment. Because the person does not pose any threat to society, he or she is allowed to live in the general population.

  • Expungement
    Is your criminal record holding you back? If so, you may want to ask the court to expunge your record. Expunging your record means that your prior conviction is set aside. If you successfully expunge your record, you are considered to not have been convicted for most purposes. As a result it may be easier for you to get a job, housing or credit.

  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon
    One of the most common crimes in the state of Michigan is assault with a dangerous weapon. Also known as felonious assault, the crime of assault with a dangerous weapon is a serious one and, therefore, is treated as a felony. The available defenses to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon include mistaken identity, an inability to prove intent, self-defense, consent, and certain mitigating circumstances.

  • Retail Fraud
    Retail Fraud is commonly referred to as shoplifting. It can occur where an accused person either physically removes the merchandise or alters or changes a price tag.  In addition, a retail fraud or embezzlement can occur where someone worked in concert with an employee to steal merchandise. Retail Fraud is a serious crime and can have long term repercussions for a person’s employment and eligibility for student loans. 

For the fastest response at night and on weekends please email me. I check my Blackberry frequently and will respond as soon as I see your message

About Us

Paul Tafelski has been practicing law in Michigan since 1995. He has a passion for helping good people out of difficult situations. For many years he has successfully led clients through the difficult and dangerous criminal justice system by listening to their problems, developing a plan to help them and executing that plan by using his experience and knowledge. In some cases that means taking their felony or misdemeanor matter to trial. In other cases he was able to negotiate dismissals, plea bargains or sentencing agreements that allowed the clients to get on with their lives. The goal is always to obtain the best possible result for the client in their current situation. It sounds simple but it requires having a lawyer that listens, cares about the client and has the specific skills, experience and relationships to get the job done.

Mr. Tafelski is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law. He is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association and the Advocates (Polish Bar Association). In addition, he is a past member of the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Committee as well as the Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court which promoted professionalism and congeniality between Judges and lawyers.

He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan. He has obtained Not Guilty verdicts in felony and misdemeanor trials and his efforts to attack questionable evidence have resulted in dismissals and excellent plea bargains in many instances. In addition, his skills of persuasion, communication and understanding of human nature have saved many clients from going to jail or prison when their case would have normally ended that way. Many clients would have lost their career or their freedom except for his efforts.

Paul is married with one child who is an avid hockey player. In his spare time, he enjoys attending Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings games and is a disgruntled former Lions season ticket holder. In addition, he travels to California where he is involved in trying to produce movies in Michigan and elsewhere.

For the fastest response at night and on weekends please email me. I check my Blackberry frequently and will respond as soon as I see your message.

FAQs

  • Misdemeanors and Felonies FAQs
    Felonies are serious crimes and can result in years of jail time, while misdemeanors are "lesser" crimes with sentences ranging from 90 days or up to one year in jail. Both can have lasting impact on your freedom, reputation and employment.

  • Drunk Driving FAQs
    There are many different alcohol-related offenses in Michigan – (OWI), Operating While Intoxicated (Blood Alcohol Content above .08), driving with an unlawful bodily alcohol level/content (UBAL, UBAC), and (OWI) operating while impaired (lesser penalties than operating while intoxicated).

  • Traffic Law FAQs
    Many people don't realize that traffic citations can have more severe implications than points on their driver's license and fines. Even one ticket can result in significantly higher insurance premiums. Depending upon the charge, you may also face jail, traffic school, and license suspension. The good news is that if you have a clean driving record and have just received a ticket, you may be able to save your driving record and avoid higher insurance rates by fighting the ticket.

  • Domestic Violence FAQs
    While domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes, it is also one of the most FALSELY reported. Many different situations lead to accusations and arrest, however there are strategies to prevent the incident from becoming part of a person's record, even if convicted. Whether you have been falsely accused, or need legal expertise to help ensure your rights to a fair trial, we have the experience and resources to help.

For the fastest response at night and on weekends please email me. I check my Blackberry frequently and will respond as soon as I see your message.

Client Testimonials

 

When I refer a client to Paul I know that client will receive high level representation and be treated with respect and fairness.
- Mark Aiello, Partner
- Foley & Lardner, Detroit

I have referred several clients to Paul.  He always takes good care of them.  I don't worry when Paul's on the case.
- R. Carl Lanfear, Partner, Cardelli, Lanfear & Buikema, PC, Royal Oak

Paul,
Thank you for guiding me through one of the worst events of my life. I hope I never see you again. (I mean that as nicely as possible!)
- Ms. G., OWI Case

Paul,
Once again, Thanks for your expertise with this matter. I think you did a great job!
- Mr. B., OWI 2nd Offense

Paul’s hard work at trial showed my ex-girlfriend lied and saved me from prison.
- Mr. G.B., Oakland County Felonious Assault

I was arrested for drunk driving and possession of a controlled substance (Vicodin). Paul worked hard on the case and kept the felony off my record and got the drunk driving case reduced so that I kept my driver’s license and my job. He really cared about helping me.
- J.T., Wayne County

My son was charged with two serious felonies for home invasion. Paul worked long and hard on the case and was able to negotiate a deal so that all of the charges were dismissed after my son completed probation. He is now in college without a criminal record.
- Mr. T., Oakland County

Paul,
Thank you for representing me at court. You were more than just an attorney to me. You believed in me and will always be my friend also!
- D.W., Macomb County

Paul,
Should I ever find myself in a precarious position again, you’re my guy. Thanks for everything. You made the process bearable for me.
- K.M., Wayne County

Paul,
Thank you for your eagerness towards my cousins case. It was a pleasure working with you.
- S.I., Oakland County

Paul,
As the judge said in court, I owe you a lot. Thanks again and I will definitely recommend you to anyone in trouble.
- C.W., Wayne County

 

For the fastest response at night and on weekends please email me. I check my Blackberry frequently and will respond as soon as I see your message.

Contact Us

 

Bloomfield Hills Office
2525 S. Telegraph Rd.
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-451-2200
Cell: 248-563-5305
Fax: 248-456-8470
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Detroit Office
615 Griswold St.
Suite 1620
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-962-5080
Cell: 248-563-5305
Fax: 248-456-8470
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Western Wayne County Office
771 N. Mill St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Cell: 248-563-5305
Fax: 248-456-8470

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