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Posted by Jeff, a DUI client, Flag
Well, on the bright side, I only went to jail for 45 days. Did little to look into the specifics of my case specifically the treatment that was occurred while in custody of the Michigan State Police and Kent County Jail officials despite documented abuse while in custody. I solely prepared my statement to be read in front of the court, which largely led to the sentence I received. In addition, did little to try to plead to a lesser offense. Status quo attorney, doesn't look to challenge the corrupt system or structure that is inherent to the Michigan legal system. Resulted in a felony conviction, but did a few months less in physical custody. However the felony conviction has proved to be an incarceration of its own, despite receiving multiple college degrees since release, it has proved impossible. I should have gone to trial, I was not made aware of the implications and stigma that comes with a felony conviction for a non-violent offense. I might as well have got a life sentence, this conviction has hindered me greatly.
In addition, I received early release from probation on my own, but tried to contact Atty. Lykins for paperwork from my case which would have made obtaining my teacher certification in Colorado feasible, but roughly a year later I have yet to receive this paperwork. When I hired him, he talked a big game, but not coming through on little things like this show you where this attorneys allegiance's lie.
Posted by Christopher, a DUI client, Flag
I hired Jerry Lykins to represent me both with a 2nd DUI and later when I needed my driver's license reinstated. When I first hired Jerry to represented me almost 2 years ago for my DUI, it was a scary time for me. I searched for a criminal defense attorney that could provide me the direction and instruction to move forward with an action plan and who could relate to me in a common sense way. Jerry provided a blue print and an action plan that I could understand and that I could follow. Jerry was able to minimized the effects of the DUI with the Court system and I was very happy with the resolution of the case. Most of all, I was happy with the support and direction Jerry offered me when making changes in my life that have redirected my future.
Recently, I re-hired to Jerry to help get my driver's license back. Once again, Jerry had an action plan which I understood and could follow. Jerry provide a step by step plan which I followed carefully. Jerry was also able to work with the Secretary of State's office so that I did not have to fly back to Michigan from Colorado. Jerry's office was able to help me do a video hearing which not only saved me days of travel but a significant amount of money. Jerry prepared me both at the beginning and right before the hearing for the ins and out of the process.
I now have my freedom back because I have my license back. While I did the work, the direction for getting back my freedom started with a phone call to Jerry Lykins. He is truly a Great Attorney and I would recommend him for any type of DUI or criminal matter!
Posted by Grant, a DUI client, Flag
I recently hired Jerry Lykins and the West Michigan Defense Team to help get my driving privilege restored after losing them in 2003. The process of getting my license back was a 10 year journey with two trips to the Secretary of State (the first trip without legal representation) and finally hiring Jerry and his firm to a successfully get my driver's license returned.
I cannot say more about the ability of the Jerry and the Team to get my life and license back. Both Jerry and attorney Jeff Kortes worked on this and between the two of them I have my license back free and clear. They were always on top of the game, prompt and efficient in representation. The fees they charge are well worth the price and I would highly recommend their firm to anyone seeking a license. Thanks to Jerry and Jeff for their help!
Posted by Wes, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
My father and I contacted Jerry based upon a referral from another attorney who did not practice criminal law. After several phone conversations with Jerry, we decided to hire Jerry and the West Michigan Defense Team to assist with my pending Reckless Driving charge. Mind you, I had not hired an attorney initially and when I did my own pretrial with an attorney, the City Attorney handling the case told me that they would make any reductions to the charge. Jerry told us that he would do his best to get the charge amended or dismissed and we trusted his judgment when hiring him. Jerry visited with the City Attorney several times and told us that the City Attorney was reluctant and did not want to reduce or amend the charge and wanted me to be convicted of Reckless Driving.
Well, Jerry kept on trying and on the last day possible he was able to get the City Attorney to change her mind and reduce the charge. I thank Jerry for his willingness to continue to try to get a deal for me. I don't know what I would have done if I had lost my license. In the end, I was able to walk away with a Careless Driving saving a lot of money. I would highly recommend Jerry to anyone facing a criminal type charge. He was honest, direct and helpful throughout the whole process. Thanks Jerry!!!!!
Posted by Mary, a DUI client, Flag
First, let me simply state what I think of Jerry Lykins in terms of his abilities as an attorney. I have limited exposure to attorneys, but the few I have worked with and had contact with in the past are not even close to Jerry Lykins. Jerry was always efficient, professional and responsive to my needs and questions. Jerry truly understood the issues I was dealing with having been arrest for Drunk Driving. Jerry explained to me all the in and outs of the drunk driving law and prepared me for everything that happened.
When it came to handling my case is court, Jerry was a master. I had only to appear two times in Court and each time Jerry had my case in front of the Judge within minutes. Jerry was 100% correct in all of his assessments and predicting how the case would be resolved. As a result of his representation I had my case reduced from an OWI to an Impaired Driving and the Court did not even order probation.
If I was ever asked to recommend an attorney for any criminal law type matter I would highly recommend Jerry Lykins. He is dependable, honest and fair. Most of all, he gets the job done!
Posted by Sarah, a DUI client, Flag
Gerald R. Lykins was my lawyer for a drunk driving case. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. He answered any questions I had, and he was very easy to contact. He made sure I understood everything that was going on. He was able to lessen my charges. Lykins is very experienced and he knows everything about these cases. Although it was an unfortunate situation, he made me feel as comfortable as possible and made this experience easier on me. I recommend using Gerald Lykins in any drunk driving cases.
Posted by Nikki, a DUI client, Flag
Mr.Lykins is (in my opinion) the best lawyer anyone looking can hope to find! I've been his client for several different cases since 2009 i do believe. From serious felonies to misdemeanors, and even phone calls (a lot of them) with miscellaneous legal questions I have. He always returns my call extremely fast always within the day and he is a very busy man and does whatever he can. Extremely skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to law (very impressed) and most definitely has the best pricing i've came across. When I first called Jerry he was representing my then husband who already had a couple felonies on his record and it didn't look good for him at all. The first lawyer office I called was rude and made me feel hopeless about the situation and was also very pricey. Then I called Jerry, he was very professional on the phone and very nice to me, and really just made me feel like more of an actual human being, I didn't feel like a walking dollar bill with him i guess you could say. He gave me a lot of information when I spoke with him that he really didn't have to (still does) and he even looked up what information he could about my (at the time) husbands case. I decided to go with Jerry. I met with him and he gave me all the details on the case that he could AND even worked with me on his cost for it. The outcome was MUCH better than expected, and took on about 2 or 3 more case after the 1st one for my ex husband. He always did what he could for us as quick and efficiently as he was able to. I even had my ex's probation officer randomly show up around 10pm or so and I believe it was also a weekend, and i panicked most out of anger as to why these people where waking me up that late so I called Jerry and he answered AND talked to my ex's P.O. right there. He wasn't even upset (that i noticed) that i was calling so late. I had a case against myself where I was accused of shoplifting about 2011 or so and I was innocent, but before they searched me and my car I called Jerry again and he answered AGAIN!!! And spoke with the officer at the time, continued to check for me to see if I had a warrant (I didn't get arrested at the time) and eventually they issued one. I was scared but I had no doubt Jerry would fix it and would call me with every new detail he had and told me what to do with everything. He got the cased dismissed because they didn't have the videos they claimed they had and I got to see just how good Jerry is at what he does for myself up close. Now 2013 I contact Jerry with some type of legal issue/question at least once a month it seems like. He always treats me with respect, has an AMAZING price, doesn't make me feel stupid, AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS I'VE KNOWN HIM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME!! Jerry is just a downright fantastic person with a huge heart and actually cares about you and whatever your case is. He goes out of his way to help me when I need him if he has to. Still to this day I refer everyone I know that may need a lawyer to Jerry., I feel confident that there isn't another lawyer around that will put as much time and effort along with great customer service as Jerry Lykins has done for me. :-)
Posted by Chris, a DUI client, Flag
I would strongly recommend Gerald Lykins for any legal issues you are having, Mr. Lykins and his staff are very professional and knowledgeable. I am very thankful for all that Mr. Lykins and his team have done for me and my family.
Posted by Michael, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
In 2010, Jerry Lykins represented me when I was accused of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm. I wanted to share my experience with working with Jerry so others looking for an attorney might know how passionate and skillful Jerry is when it comes to criminal defense work. I was arrested by the local Police after being involved in an altercation with a drunk man who tried to attack me and two friends. I was clear with the police from the beginning that I was only defending myself when he attacked. But because the man had serious injuries, mostly inflicted by two friends, the prosecutor's charged all of us with the offense.
Honestly, I had no where to turn until Jerry got involved. Jerry did everything prior to trial to attempt to resolve the case. But the prosecutor would not back down and wanted a conviction. Jerry and I agreed that it was necessary to go forward with a trial. This was an absolutely terrifying experience for me. I had never been in trouble before and I was facing a possible prison sentence if convicted. Jerry assured me that the truth would come out and the jury would see the facts as we did. I trusted Jerry and I watch as the trial progressed over several days. Jerry was always prepared, he was passionate and skillful in the courtroom. Jerry fought for me and after days of trial and having a jury consider my fate, I was found NOT GUILTY. My life was restored in just a few seconds with just a few words. But, what Jerry did for me, was nothing short of a miracle. I know his fight for justice and his passion to prove my innocence was the difference. I have a future and I am thankful for people like Jerry. Thanks Jerry!
Posted by Holly, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
My mother found Jerry after searching the internet for attorneys for my drunk driving arrest. Immediately, my mother and I both felt we selected the right person to represent me with the Court system. Jerry met with us and took the time necessary to explain everything that would be involved with my drunk driving arrest and marijuana case. Jerry always took the time to answer my emails, text messages or phone call, even on the weekends.
I cannot put into words how stressful the whole process was for me. To make matters worse, I made some bad choices while my case was pending and Jerry had to work hard to convince the Judge that I was worth taking a second chance on. I know Jerry never lost faith in me and this was more than just an average attorney would do for a client. Jerry truly works hard and cares about his clients. Jerry was always direct and honest with me.
I would recommend Jerry to anyone if the matter involved a criminal case. He was great!
Posted by Catherine, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
I would highly recommend Jerry Lykins in the area of criminal defense. Jerry had represented my father and so I was well aware of his skill and work ethic. I had been charged with a Domestic Assault, but had left the State of Michigan the evening of the incident. I never returned and only learned of it when I spoke to my ex-boyfriend and he told me there was an arrest warrant for Domestic Assault. Well, I called Jerry and he immediately went into action. Jerry called me back and told me that he would go directly to the Judge assigned to see about lifting the warrant. Apparently, this worked and the warrant was pulled. Jerry then went and got the police report and started work on resolving the case. Jerry was successful and the Domestic charge was dismissed completely on July 22, 2013. Wow, I am so happy and this all happened without me having come back to Michigan and spend a fortune on travel. Thanks Jerry and the West Michigan Defense Team, you are a life saver!
Posted by robert, a DUI client, Flag
Jerry from the beginning of representation was completely prepared and very detail oriented. Jerry was up front, honest and reviewed every aspect of what was going to happen concerning my drunk driving case. Jerry was prompt in responding to questions or issues that I had during the case. Simply put, I think Jerry was superior in the way he handled my case. In the end, Jerry reduced my case from an OWI to an Impaired. This saved me money and license sanctions. I would recommend Jerry to anyone who is facing a OWI charge and needs help.
Posted by Denise, a DUI client, Flag
I would strongly recommend Mr. Lykins for representation. He was prompt, reliable, direct, and very competent. He was very clear when explaining what to expect for a restricted license appeal. I feel that he had provided me with the best representation possible for a second offense DUI/ license restoration. He aided in providing a clear, detailed, and concise case to my hearing officer. I appreciate how smooth and hassle free he made the appeal process.
Posted by Robert, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
I hired Jerry to be my lawyer. He had explained what my options were. The prosecutor never responded back to Jerry, because the prosecutor quit his job and no one let Jerry know the court date. Jerry is a very busy man. He has many clients. However I showed up at court no Jerry. I gave Jerry a call, told him today is court day. He was with a client. He was never notify, but right away he called court and was there in 15 minutes to take care of the case. All I got was probation,Too bad he couldn't get me off probation since the prosecutor quit. I was happy anyways, didn't have to go to jail or pay a large amount of fines. For the first lawyer I ever hired in Michigan. I say he did an excellent job. He was responsive and trustworthy.
Posted by Joshua, a DUI client, Flag
I made a huge mistake and was arrested for an OWI this year and was very inexperienced in hiring a lawyer. After several disappointing calls a friend of mine suggested I call Jerry. I called and after talking to Jerry for a little bit, decided to hire him to represent me on my case. This was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Jerry did not try to feed me any false hope and was very straight forward. I was lost and had no idea what to do and what was to happen to me. Jerry explained the whole process and what I should look forward to as far as punishment and I felt very much more knowledgeable about the process than I had before. During my case, Jerry picked up a murder case here in town and was very busy with that and still found time to take care of my case as well. I just got back from sentencing and Jerry not only met my expectations of what was to become of my case, but far exceeded them and I could never thank him enough. Jerry was reasonably priced, down-to-earth, and professional. He also warned me of the much higher consequences of a second offense and showed me great concern for my future. If you are EVER in need of a lawyer, I highly suggest giving Jerry and the West Michigan Defense Team a call.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Gerald Lykins was a wonderful lawyer. It was my first time being in trouble of any kind, and he was very comforting and was able to answer all my questions. He was a wonderful person to represent me for my DUI.
Posted by Maria, a DUI client, Flag
I give jerry my highest recommendation. Jerry handled multiple charges for a family member with efficiency and ease. His direct approach is refreshing, and his knowledge of the local court system and prosecution experience is invaluable.
Posted by Reba, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I would definitely recommend Mr. Lykins to anyone. He works hard. He is a good listener. He makes sure your comfortable with ever thing he discusses. I have no complaints. I have hired him a few times and was always satisfied with the outcome.
Posted by Greg, a DUI client, Flag
Jerry was there for me at every step, let me know what to expect ahead of time (and was correct). Very professional. Would highly receoomend
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I was arrested on a "material witness warrant", and I can honestly say this man, with only two days prep time, saved me from more jail time, he was fast, efficient, and willing to work with me. Well worth the money, and I will never call anyone else to represent me again. Thank you so much Gerald R. Lykins! You're the best.
Posted by a DUI client, Flag
Jerry handled my DUI, and I could not have been happier I hired him for it. He was VERY professional, and made me feel secure with him. He seemed to know every aspect of it, and kept me very informed of what I should do. Although I should not have been drinking and driving, I'm very happy with the outcome of the case. I would highly recommend Jerry Lykins.
Posted by James, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I was arrested for OWI 5 months ago. My parents called Jerry and scheduled an appointment with him the same day. We went into the meeting knowing nothing and left having a good working knowledge of what OWI met, what I should be doing, and what was going to happen to me. Jerry was very forthright and concerned about me learning from this experience. Jerry advised me throughout and resolved my case in a good manner. I would highly recommend Jerry to people looking for a great DUI attorney.