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Marcel Sergio Benavides

Civil rights Attorney at Royal Oak, MI

5.0   68 reviews
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  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 17 years
    Illinois - IL 24 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marcel

Learn Marcel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    50%
    Police Brutality, Excessive Force, False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution, Wrongful Conviction, Reverse Convicton

    25 years

  2. Criminal defense
    50%
    Felony, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Capital Offenses, Drunk Driving, Felony Firearm, Home Invasion, Controlled Substance, Narcotic Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Assault, Battery, Uttering and Publising

    25 years

Marcel Benavides, founder of The Marcel Benavides Law Office, is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney located in Royal Oak. Mr. Benavides has over 20 years of legal experience and has been involved in thousands of cases. He has tried numerous successful state and federal cases to verdict. He has achieved numerous not guilty verdicts in criminal cases and has collected millions of dollars on behalf of those that have been victims of police misconduct.  Before establishing his own practice, Mr. Benavides was a prosecutor and also served as in-house defense trial counsel for individual officers of the Chicago Police Department. He truly is one of the best litigators in his fields of practice. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2018 + 4 ...

Location

The Marcel Benavides Law Office
801 W. 11 Mile Rd.
Suite 130
Royal Oak, MI, 48067

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Keith Transou | May 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST LAWYER EVER I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM
I hired me Benavides for a gun case im a convicted felon so he had his work cut out for him and may I say he did his mf thing from doing his research on the prosecutor and judge and how to go into the court room and present myself to take accountability for my actions but it’s 1 thing that’s stood out was the way he wrote the memorandum about me and my works I done and still doing for my community and the kids of my community was wonderful he took the time out to get to kno me as a person not sugar coating anything just straight up and down hard work and I walked out that courtroom with only a $500 fine (thank god and Marcel Benavides) that man is a blessing and if you have any trouble with the law I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MARCEL BENAVIDES FOR HIRE HE IS VERY DECENT PRICED AND WELL WORTH IT I WALKED OUT THAT COURTROOM AS A FREE MAN AND GAINED A LIFE LONG FRIEND IN MR BENAVIDES
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Posted by Jeremy | April 22, 2023
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One of the Highest Settlements in Western District of Michigan
We retained Marcel Benavides to represent the family in a suit involving the inhumane, wrongful death of my brother four years ago. This is the absolute best decision we ever could have made. Marcel was passionate and diligent about the case. He took it more seriously than anyone ever could have, and he handled the case as if it were his own family member that died. He expended all his resources and energies to ensure that he worked the case down to the minutest of details. Not only did Marcel thoroughly work this case, but Marcel exhibited empathy and compassion to our family. He was very patient with us throughout the whole process and kept us informed every step of the way. Marcel thoroughly worked the case and fought valiantly for our family. As a result, Marcel achieved one of the highest settlements in the Western District of Michigan. We are thankful to Marcel for all that he has done and all that he will continue to do for families faced with a similar situation. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in such matters or anything for that matter, you must call Marcel. We assure you that you will not be disappointed. Marcel will work hard for you, keep you informed, and get the justice your family deserves.
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Posted by Keith Howard | January 4, 2024
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SAVED MY LIFE!!!!
I am a repeat offender and when I say my guidelines were high I mean they were HIGH. Marcel had represented my father for a DUI previously and so I had retained him when I was charged with a home invasion 1st and an assault less than murder charge. Marcel fought TOOTH AND NAIL for over 3 YEARS and due to his superb legal strategy the charges against me were dismissed without prejudice! Marcel gets a 10/10 and I would recommend him with the highest regards to anyone involved in a criminal case.
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Posted by Marilyn | December 27, 2023
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Marcel Benavides is a miracle worker.
We have used Marcel for my son's case and then again for my Grandson. The case was dropped and would of been a 10 year jail term. So thankful for his expert legal abilities. I would definitely use him again. Hopefully, I won't need him.
Posted by Heather | September 2, 2023
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Best Lawyer Hands Down!
My husband was facing 15 years+ for two felonies over a road rage incident. I called Marcel, He took the case with no problem even though I knew it was highly difficult. After months of his continuous dedication, finally came to a conclusion of 2 years probation, no jail time, no drug testing. Hire Marcel! I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing outcome!
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Posted by Taurean | August 21, 2023
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Thank you for believing in me
To whom this may concern I was facing 15 years in prison when I spoke to Marcel. After rigorous months of working on my case, Marcel got me two years of probation (without drug testing) while traveling the country as I over the road truck driver with my wife living our dream job. I put my life in his hands and he gave me a new one.
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Posted by Jeremy | August 21, 2023
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Great job
Marcel was my attorney for a case recently. He was honest, forthright, and sincere. He communicated what was expected of me for a successful outcome as well as what he would do to increase our chances for success. Marcel went above and beyond what was expected for me and it was truly appreciated. If you’re looking for an attorney to work with you and make it a true partnership , look no further than Marcel
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Posted by Kathleen | April 17, 2023
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Marcel will get you the best possible outcome
I hired Marcel in 2022 to defend my husband. A friend referred me to a few lawyers and I chose Marcel because of his experience in criminal and civil defense, especially with the severity of the charges. I am so grateful that I called him. Immediately I knew i made the right choice. He made me feel calmer than I had been in days. He explained the process to me, answered all my questions (there were a lot), explained how we were to proceed, and assured us that he was working hard to dismiss as many of the five very serious charges as possible. My husband was looking at possible jail time and losing his job. 2 of the 3 counts (the 2 felonies) were dismissed, and the 3rd count will be dismissed after his probation period ends. We couldn’t be more grateful for everything Marcel did, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a defense attorney, as he will make sure you get the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Imani | January 27, 2023
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Literally The Best Attorney!
I had the the honor to have Mr. Benavides as my attorney for 2 cases that were held over my head! My incident happened in the year of 2021. I was introduced to Mr. Benavides and from the start, he was on top of everything! He did not miss any court trials, he also provided excellent communication with me on what was going on and gave clear understanding of what I would need to get through this process. Mr. Benavides has proven that he is a man that goes above and beyond for his clients. There would be no possible way for me to get through these indcidents, without Mr. Benavides as my attorney. Even still to this day, I can reach out to Mr. Benavides if there is any issues that I stumble across. I would highly recommend Mr. Benavides as an attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2022
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Highly recommended!
I recently ran into some legal trouble and a friend of mine recommended Marcel Benavides. After a brief consultation, I hired Marcel as my attorney. He did not make any promises or guarantees, but clearly laid out the situation and possible outcomes. Marcel took care of every detail and made this as stress free of an experience as possible. In the end, Marcel was able to secure two very favorable and I know that it is due to his effort, experience and passion for his clients. Marcel was well worth the money and I would highly recommend him to do popu anyone I know that is in need of legal representation. 5 stars!
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
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The best Attorney by far
Marcel is by far the best and only attorney I will ever spend my money to hire and represent me. My case involved me having a CSC Felony on my record along with a OWI attached to it as well. Marcel told me to remain calm cause I knew I was innocent of the CSC count but I was OWI. Marcel being the attorney he is worked hard for me on my case and got the felony charge dropped against me, which is one of the hardest things to do in my opinion. Marcel knows a lot of people and I'm assuming has built great rapport with them, cause it's no way I thought I would have a felony dismissed. I thought my entire life was getting ready to change and I would have to register as a sex offender over something I knew I didn't do. Not only that but it was also going to change my life with my son as well. The case ran almost 2 years and Marcel stood by my side through every minute of it and made sure I knew I was in good hands and I had nothing to worry about. To this day I can't thank him enough for what he did for me cause I know had that went on my record it would have affected my employment status as well as living status. One thing I can say is if you ever get into any trouble and want an attorney that's going to have your back and fully keep you informed of everything that's going on with your case at all times then Marcel is your guy. I will always recommend him and If I ever get into any more trouble which I don't plan on he will always be my first call. Thanks Again Marcel you're the best.
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Posted by Chris | November 11, 2021
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The best choice for representation in the era of “believe all women”
Marcel Benavides was by far the best choice for representation in the era of “believe all women,” where the deck was stacked against my son in a bogus sexual assault case. In my initial phone conversation, Marcel made me feel as if I were speaking with another father not just a lawyer. I had already interviewed other lawyers in the area and each of them gave me the impression they were only taking the case for the money. I could tell that Marcel truly cared about my son and would work relentlessly to prove his innocence. Marcel was thorough in his research of the plaintiff’s false claims, wise in his counsel, attentive and communicative, and genuinely concerned about the well-being of my son. All felony criminal sexual assault charges were dropped thanks to Marcel’s relentless pursuit of truth and his articulate defense. Later the case came back to haunt my son, as he was a student at OU. The college was pursuing him under Title 9, because the alleged assault happened on campus. Again, Marcel and his team provided the best representation available, the outcome was “no expulsion”. While many other young men have been expelled from universities over claims of assault, Marcel was able to prove the case to the college. This was a rare win for innocent young men everywhere, ruined by today’s ‘woke’ culture in a highly charge political atmosphere. I highly recommend Marcel for anyone in need of legal counsel. He cares about his clients, works tirelessly, provides wise counsel, and wins.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2021
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Fantastic Attorney
I was accused of CSC about a year ago and went straight to Marcel, and he was a great help. He genuinely cared about my situation, and did everything within his power to help. Because of everything he did, the prosecutor dismissed the case and all criminal charges were dropped. When my University brought up the same case against me, Marcel continued to work hard to advocate for me, and even when it seemed hopeless, he fought tooth and nail on my behalf. I was facing expulsion, and the odds were heavily stacked against me, but Marcel managed to win the case and save my education. Thank you, Marcel!
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Posted by Glenn | February 3, 2021
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Best Defense Attorney In Detroit
Marcel Is the best defense attorney in Detroit and in the state of Michigan... hands down! I have been through a lot in the last few years and Marcel has been a life saver for myself and my family. Without him I would have been facing several years in jail and instead I was given probation for a short period of time. I received the very best outcome I could have asked for. Not only is Marcel an outstanding attorney, he is honest, forthcoming, generous with his time and puts his clients first and foremost before himself or anything else. It's not about the paycheck at the end of the day, it's about doing what is fair and best for his clients. Marcel is an excellent attorney and a wonderful, caring man. Thank you Marcel for all you have done and for all you continue to do for myself and my family!
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Posted by Heather | January 29, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer In Michigan!
I hired Marcel for the second time and he has done an absolute amazing job with both of my cases. My first case I would like to say back in December of 2018, I was involved in an accident and the law enforcement officer told me that I did a hit and run. I called Marcel, gave me a reasonable price and NEVER let me down he told me how everything was going to go word for word. When I had to show up for court he showed up on time was by my side and everything happened just like he said it would! He does an AMAZING job he is GOOD at what he does. I had a recent case that he took on which I was in some trouble and I had no clue what was going to happen, it was from back In 2014 for a Warrant I had out of Wayne County I completely forgot about, Marcel told me I would be fine and he will get me out of the trouble I was in even though I had no idea what was going to happen. Marcel had the confidence that he could get my case into a Trial hearing like I wanted and we would take it from there. It just so happened that is exactly what happened, my case went to trial and was dismissed! Everything that Marcel says he is going to do he does, without a DOUBT. Whenever I’m in trouble or someone I know I always refer everyone I know to him because he gets the job done professionally and in a timely manner no matter what it takes! Marcel will go above and Beyond!
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Posted by Erin | December 10, 2020
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Case Dismissed
Marcel is an excellent attorney. After consulting with several attorney, two of which would not take my case because it was in a notoriously difficult county, I decided to hire Marcel, who came highly recommended by other attorneys. Marcel was an excellent listener and discussed at length the merits of my case. I appreciated his candor, experience, and attention to detail. Marcel was prompt and responsive. Because of his experience, expertise, and reputation in the legal community, Marcel was able to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss my case. I received the best outcome possible.
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Posted by Paul | January 31, 2020
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DUI with high BAC
I consider my case a complete success. It was heard in 52/3 district court and I've met several people with similar charges that ended up with much more severe sentences than me. Marcel treated me with the utmost respect and was always available to answer an questions or concerns I had. I recommend him highly to anyone that needs his services.
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Posted by Demetria | January 14, 2020
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Great Attorney
My Son picked up several felony charges & we knew we had to get someone to represent him who would give it their best shot, After talking to a few attorneys things still looked hopeless, A Family friend referred us to Marcel & honestly I’m so thankful for that referral! He was straight forward from day one, he made no false promises, he gave us his word that he would do his best to get the best outcome & he did just that, he did an outstanding job, the end result was much better than we expected it to be. When I left that courtroom I cried tears of joy. Whenever I would call marcel if he was unavailable he would always reach back out to me in timely fashion, he would also keep us informed on whats next, Marcel is very honest, Professional & he take his job very serious, his demeanor is calm & he shows Confidence even when he’s up against a big task. Marcel is an awesome attorney & I will most definitely use him again
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Posted by Di'Andre Moorer | January 8, 2020
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DUI Dismissed
If you are looking for a great attorney to handle your DUI case, then Marcel is the attorney for you. Marcel made me feel very confident about my case although I was in complete shambles since I didn’t know what was going to happen with me. Marcel was by my side every moment and reassured me that he would take great care of me and not to worry. This was my first time ever having a DUI, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’ve heard stories of people losing licenses, having probation, doing a lot of community service and even doing jail time for this crime. Again, Marcel told me not to worry and I was in great hands. This was my first time working with Marcel and I must say he was a pleasure working with and always made sure I was okay. It’s a great feeling working with someone of confidence who knows the law and knows what he’s doing. As a result of Marcels great work and doing what he does best, my case was (DISMISSED) I didn’t have any probation nor was my license suspended and nothing on my record. I have recommended Marcel to numerous friends of mine, not just for DUI cases but for other matters as well because of his great work and confidence knowing he is going to take care of you.
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Posted by Nick | September 28, 2019
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Great lawyer
This man got me out of a world of some really heavy stuff! With our first meet I told him my story of what happened then he gave me an overview of what I was to see happen over the course of the case. He was very professional in every aspect. At every court date he was there on time and gave me a review of what was going to happen, what the judge was going to say and coach me on what to say to the judge for anything I might have to say. He worked very hard on my case and got me a year instead of the 8-11 years that I was looking at. He was able to help get me my second chance. I was very impressed with him and (I hope I never need him again) but if I do he would be the first person I would call for any legal trouble.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • The Lucy Sprague Public Interest Scholarship
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • DePaul’s Masters of Jurisprudence Program: Guest Lecturer
  • Police Misconduct
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Civil rights Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great guy and a phenomenal Attorney. I refer civil rights clients his way because I trust Marcel."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
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."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
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."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Royal Oak Civil rights Lawyer Marcel Sergio Benavides
Marcel Sergio Benavides
Civil rights Attorney
Royal Oak, MI
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available