|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2006||05/14/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The Lucy Sprague Public Interest Scholarship||The John Marshall Law School||1999|
|Owner||The Marcel Benavides Law Office||2010 - Present|
|Assistant Prosecuting Attorney||The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office||2006 - 2010|
|Assistant Corporation Counsel||City Of Chicago Law Department||2004 - 2006|
|Assistant State's Attorney||Cook County State's Attorneys Office||1999 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Kaplan Publishing||Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals||2008|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
Posted by Nadiya
I hired Marcel to help me with 12 felony counts which would not only get me jail sentence but will guarantee my deportation for something that I wasn't fully a part of. Marcel worked hard to make sure that doesn't happen. Not only did he get the 12 counts dropped but reached out to an immigration lawyer to find a charge that will allow me to stay here. The prosecutor he was up against was not the most easy going and the fact that he managed to get all of this done is a miracle!!'
Posted by Dana
Following some negative experiences with public defenders in the Oakland County courts, I thoroughly researched who the best criminal defense attorneys were in my area, and found Marcel. At the time, I was facing 2-20 years for a multitude of charges following a drug problem which had gotten the best of me, and had pretty much lost hope of ever being able to get my life back on track. Retaining Marcel as my attorney was the start of a significant and positive direction in my life. He talked straight with me, and treated me as if I was the most important case he's ever had. I was only 20, and even my own family had all but resigned themselves from having anything to do with me after several years of hard drugs and bad decisions. The day of my sentencing he drove hours to get to the court (from another courthouse far away) after a severe ice storm. I got the distinct impression that Marcel takes his job very seriously, and no case is too big - or not worth fighting for. He was able to get me a reduced sentence including boot camp, despite having one of the toughest judges in Oakland County. 7 months later and I am out, in the best shape of my life physically, mentally, and spiritually, and on my way to be the productive member of society that I always hoped I could become. I shudder to think of the situation I would be in, had I not found Marcel. He was more than just an attorney, he believed in me.
Matthew Kolodziejski, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Marcel is an outstanding lawyer. I have worked with him on several cases over the years. His courtroom skills and extensive knowledge of criminal defense and civil rights law are impressive. Marcel is well-respected in the legal community by judges and lawyers alike, and is always determined to obtain the best result for his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.
Steven Schwartz, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Marcel is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He has taken the skills he learned while being an assistant prosecuting attorney and become one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in the Detroit area. I have worked with Marcel for 7 years. He is honest, caring, capable and professional. I will continue to confidently refer cases to Marcel. I highly endorse this lawyer.
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