Detroit Sex Crime Attorney

Meet Criminal Defense Attorney Brian J. PrainMichigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Defense Lawyer

Metro Detroit Criminal Defense Attorney Brian J. Prain has been recognized year after year as one of the best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Michigan.  In both 2016 and 2017, Brian was named by Expertise as one of the Top 20 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Detroit.          
Brian has also been named Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyer Under 40 by both the NACDA and AIOCLA, Top 10 Trial Lawyer Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, Premier 100 by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, and one of the Nation’s Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  Brian can be found in Super Lawyers Magazine and Hour Detroit Magazine.  Brian’s firm, PrainLaw, PLLC has been named by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of the “Ten Best Law Firms” for client satisfaction.  The philosophy of PrainLaw is best stated in Brian’s own words:
I come from a blue-collar background in Metro Detroit.  My parents weren’t lawyers, but they worked hard and instilled me with an obsessive drive to succeed.  My attitude is, nobody is going to work harder than me.  Other lawyers may want to win, but they don’t want to win as bad as I do.  I hate to lose, and I will work endlessly to avoid it!” 


The Law office of Brian J. Prain, PLLC (or “PrainLaw, PLLC” for short) is a very highly specialized Metro Detroit Criminal Defense firm.  We devote 100% of our efforts to exclusively defending those accused of a very specific category of criminal offenses – assaultive crimes.
We only handle cases where our clients are charged with crimes that have an element of Assault, such as Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC), Misdemeanor and Felony Assault, Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Stalking, Assaulting, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer, and Homicide.
These types of criminal charges all have one basic thing in common – they all involve some form of unlawful person-to-person contact.  Considered some of the most serious criminal charges a person can face with penalties up to LIFE in Prison without the possibility of parole, these are the charges that PrainLaw, PLLC dedicates it’s every resource to defending you against.


Why Defend Those Accused of Criminal Sexual Conduct?

Perhaps nothing carries more stigma than being accused of a Sex Crime.  Every day in Michigan, convicted murderers get out of Prison, yet there is no registry to let the public know when a convicted killer is lurking in our neighborhood, perhaps even near the school where our children are.  But those convicted of a Sex Crime in Michigan, referred to as Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC), are placed on the Sex Offender Registry for the world to see.  This is true even though many people convicted of CSC are simply wrongfully convicted as a combination of lying witnesses, overzealous prosecution, and an inadequate Criminal Sexual Conduct Defense Attorney.  And here’s the kicker…
To be charged and convicted of CSC in Michigan, the only evidence the Prosecution needs is an accuser claiming “He did it,” “He touched me,” “He raped me.”  That’s it.  When we think of Criminal Sexual Conduct cases, we picture “Law and Order” type prosecutions – DNA, photos of injuries, physical evidence, etc.  But Michigan law specifically allows the government to charge convict someone of CSC without any of that evidence.  As a matter of fact, the garden variety Michigan CSC case has NONE of that evidence; many Michigan CSC cases are simply “He did it” cases.  
RELATED: How can I be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with no evidence besides an accusation?
The bottom-line is this: the Michigan CSC laws are ripe for false accusations, and they happen every day.  Every day in Michigan, an innocent person is being prosecuted for a Sex Crime they did not commit.  Being falsely accused of Criminal Sexual Conduct is one of the most trying experiences a person can go through.  Some people ask us “How can you defend those accused of CSC?”  In short, we at PrainLaw, PLLC are HONORED to stand and fight for those who are accused of these terrible crimes, and we would be honored to be your Criminal Sexual Conduct Defense Attorney.  
In Michigan, most Criminal Sexual Conduct crimes are broken-down into four basic degrees: First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.  There are also other Michigan Sex Crimes, such as Accosting a Minor for Immoral Purposes, Child Sexually Abusive Material, Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration, and others.  Click here to visit our main Criminal Sexual Conduct page to learn about the laws and penalties, and multiple variables for each degree of CSC in Michigan.   


How Will PrainLaw, PLLC Defend My Case?

At PrainLaw, PLLC, we thrive on taking our cases down the pathway to trial.  Before you say “Wait!  I don’t want to go on trial!”, read on…
The truth about many Criminal Defense Attorneys today is that many of them have never tried a case to a jury.  There’s a huge difference between a lawyer who only holds their client’s hand while they plead guilty and a lawyer who has the experience and guts to take the case to a jury, fight like hell, and wait for the verdict of Not Guilty.  Brian J. Prain is the second type, and here’s why it matters…
There are always offers that you can’t refuse, especially when it’s your life and freedom on the line.  We don’t deny that.  Not every case can be won, and we take great pains to steer our clients away from the worst possible outcome.  There are cases where a plea deal can be made and should be made, and we get great plea offers quite often.  There is no better “win” than to see our clients walk away with a plea deal that saves them from the experience of a trial and protects all of their needs at the same time.  But here’s the universal truth when it comes to getting a good deal if that’s what you’re seeking: the prosecutor must believe two things:
  1. the prosecutor must genuinely believe that you are willing to fight your case all the way to trial; and
  2. the prosecutor must genuinely believe that if you went to trial, you would stand a reasonable chance of winning.  This is a matter of how good your case is, the resources you can commit to your defense, and whether or not your attorney has a reputation for going to trial and winning.
Simply put, if the prosecutor does not believe either of the above, you’re probably not going to get the best offer you can get.  The government could have the weakest case ever against you, but if you don’t at least appear to be willing to fight the battle to the end, why should they fold up their tent and go home?  They shouldn’t.  They won’t.  
That’s our philosophy.  That’s why we’re successful.

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