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Ray Edward Richards II

Criminal defense Attorney at TROY, MI

4.6   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2014

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details

About Ray

Learn Ray’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State Court felony and misdemeanor Criminal Defense.

    27 years

  2. Federal crime
    Federal Criminal Defense Nationwide.including but not limited to drug/narcotics trafficking and possession prosecution, public corruption, white collar crime, grand jury investigation defense

    27 years

  3. Entertainment
    Contract review and negotiation;business planning and litigation

  4. Litigation
    Drug and Property Forfeiture matters involving criminal prosecutions

    27 years

  5. Personal injury

Attorney Ray Richards your Counsel, Conscience and Champion!

Attorney Ray Richards II was born and raised in the City of Detroit.

His thriving trial and business consulting strategy practice has been serving the Metro Detroit area for over a decade!

He is a proud established Trial attorney specializing in State and Federal Criminal Defense; Civil litigation and Corporate Transactions; Personal Injury and Sports and Entertainment Law.

A well respected courtroom advocate, he has tried and litigated criminal and civil cases Nationwide and represented clients internationally in the civil and criminal courts in the U.K., Canada and Spain.

He is a member of the prestigious Federal C.J.A. Panel of attorneys who are selected by a committee of Metro Detroits finest Criminal Defense Attorney's to represent indigent Criminal Defendants in Federal Court charged with felonies ranging from major drug conspiracies, white collar crimes and death penalty cases.

Mr Richards is known for his tough aggressive but gentlemenly style of trial litigation and negotiation. His cross examination and Closing arguments are the hallmark of his abilities. His presence on Criminal Defense teams as a master strategist has been heralded in some of the City of Detroits major Criminal Litigation on and behind the scenes.

He has been known to negotiate, as a last resort, some of the most brow raising plea resolutions when it most benefits his clients accused of serious crimes.

Mr. Richards is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School; Grand Valley State University and the Ohio Northern Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

Mr. Richards is a frequent speaker at church and law and corporate related events.

At the law office of Ray Richards...Its not over till we say its over!



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Ray E Richards II
200 East Big Beaver Rd
TROY, MI, 48083

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4.6 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Jacqueline | November 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ray Richards top notch Attorney!
I contacted Attorney Richards regarding my son Malik Lemons who for the first time of his life facing criminal charges, Mr. Richards not only calmed my frantic nerves by being there whenever my son and I called with questions regarding his case explaining as well as teaching he and I of his rights! Thank you Attorney Richards for going above and beyond for your client's!!
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Posted by Kevin | May 23, 2018
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Mr. Richards is a Godsend!!! I had know idea what to do!! I just got my second DUI in one of the toughest areas in Oakland County (W, Bloomfield) and I was losing my mind!! First he calm me down and he lead and guided me through the process step by step like he could see the future and was honest with me from the beginning! he let me know that I was going to do jail time, but what was important that we was going to concentrate on trying to do all the right things so I wouldn't have to do the Max!! (Which is 93 Days) His Professionalism and his Guidance got me through the process! I did 14 Days, which was a blessing! He took the time to contact my family that lives out of town to let them know what was going on and also my Employer and I really believe that what help me keep my job!!! And if anyone knows about the process with the courts on DUI's you need money! I can't thank him enough!!! Its nothing easy about this situation or the process, but he made it easier to digest the situation I put myself in!! He's My Friend, My Brother and My Lawyer!! Thank You for Guiding me and getting my life back on track!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2017
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The Best forget the Rest
I would recommend Mr. Ray Richards for any and all cases you may face. He reliable, trustworthy and above all the best to ever walk the walk. He understands your concerns and and fears. If you ever want an attorney with you walking into any court room Mr. Richards is the one. His presence calms all fears and doubt you may have. Trust me when I say He is the Greatest!!! Much love Mr. Richards and please keep up the awesome work of fighting for the rights of the people.
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Posted by Jacquelyn | March 22, 2017
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The best lawyer ever
Mr.Richards is one of the most down to earth people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.he goes hard for his clients on every level of the court process.i definitely recommend him for anyone going through any type of criminal court case. Damn good lawyer and
Posted by Vallene pates | March 21, 2017
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Wonderful work.. and if I ever needed a lawyer he would be the first I'd call
He did everything that was needed to do. He handle things very well was patient on time worked hard . Made sure he stayed in contact
Posted by Roy | August 22, 2014
We spoke the truth
Mr ray Richards save my life thank you after facing seven criminal charges he was able to get me not guilty verdict by a jury I would recommend him to anyone who wants their freedom he is one of the top attorneys you would want on your side to fight for your innocent
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2014
A true professional
Ray was extremely professional from beginning to end. I needed a lawyer on very short notice for a court hearing, and he jumped right in without missing a beat. He was always available to answer any questions I had, and explained things clearly and concisely. My business associate recommended Ray after a good experience with him, and I was pleased with both his availability and rates. I would recommend Ray for any type of criminal or federal work. He knows how to get the job done and I really felt like he was fighting for me!
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Posted by Carolyn | May 7, 2014
Congrats! Your search stops here. If you’re looking for an Attorney who will listen, empathize, apologize as well as delivery a solution that works in your favor than Attorney Ray Edward Richards II is the one for you. Ray is honest and cares about his clients. While being an Attorney is a profession in which they should be paid for their services. Too many forget that they also work with people, not merely subjects. Attorney Ray Edwards Richards II never lost sight of that in fact he was very clear about the process and fees which were more than reasonable. Ray was very knowledgeable, warm and his staff welcomed me with open arms. Ray remain consistent threw the whole process he was very prompt with returning calls in addition to regular communication. Ray is not just a good attorney but he has become a friend to my family and friends as he is there for all of our needs and concerns. Thank you Ray for all that you do and have done!
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Posted by Dusty | May 7, 2014
Put your trust in Mr. Richards
Out of the many lawyers I have worked with in the past Mr. Richards is definitely the most professional and knowledgeable. He is prompt, dedicated, to the point and gets the job done correctly. I know he can do what I need and not waste my time. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends and colleagues.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2014
Ray Richards
I hired Mr. Richards for a federal issue that I got myself into. From the beginning to the end of this dilemma, Mr. Richards was proactive, professional and fair. His experience with federal issues from the beginning of the process all the way down to the sentencing guidelines was evident. He has a great reputation. He knew exactly what to say when to say it and keep me informed every step of the way. I'm very happy with the representation that I received. I highly recommend Mr. Richards as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
Excellent Attorney with great values.
Mr. Richards pays close attention to detail and is always there when you call. He is very professional. He makes sure that you feel very comfortable with the process and he is very honest about the outcome. I have worked with several attorneys before and Mr. Richards is the best hands down.
Posted by Rick | May 5, 2014
Ray Richards Will Fight For You!
I have know Attorney Richards for over a decade and can truly recommend him as one of the top trial attorneys in the state of Michigan. Mr. Richards treats each case as if it were the only case he is handling at any given time. He pays that much attention to the detail of every individual case and he brings that level of passion to each individual case. The commitment that Mr. Richards brings to the cases he handles is that quality that separates him from other attorneys in Michigan.
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Posted by Kendrick | May 2, 2014
A True Champion for Justice
I contacted Ray E. Richards in regards to general legal issue that ultimately led to the consultation regarding a will. Attorney Ray Richards conducted a thorough, objective assessment, free of charge which led to the creation of a will from an elderly family member that “simply didn’t see the value of a will”. In the past Attorney Ray Richards has always worked within the community to provide legal advice to many individuals that normally do not have the financial means to seek legal assistance. One of the admirable traits for Attorney Ray Richard is that many people value and respect his efforts to assist the “underdog”. The legal profession is a tough business with some of it members only take cases that have huge monetary value. Attorney Ray E. Richards is one of those attorneys that the legal profession can still believe and have complete trust in to ensure that justice is served for all citizens, not just those who has deep pockets.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Straight talking lawyer, got the job done !
Ray was there when I needed him the most, he was very straight forward and had a very claiming effect on me and my family. We resolved my case with better results that I expected.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Attorney Richards...he is good!
Mr. Richards is a hard working honorable man. I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal help. He goes the extra mile for his clients and got great results for me. Thank you Mr. Richards!
Posted by ciearl | May 1, 2014
real results.from real clients
Mr.Ray Richards help me with my case with fast results and Mr.Ray Richards also gave me results from across state lines I would recommend him first before any one else. -Ciearl
Posted by Alisha | May 1, 2014
Alisha's review
I was introduced to Ray from a family member. I've been with a lawyer the past two years. At first I was happy with him,then months and months went by without getting updates on my case. Finally after several attempts I get a response stating he may NOT continue with my case. I was told a INTERN couldn't find anything for them to win my case! That's when I was introduced to Ray. He quickly reassured me that he would take my case. Ray is in the process of getting my case files from my current lawyer and take over as my NEW lawyer. I was ready to give up but Ray said that's NOT an option and he would take care of EVERYTHING. I'm looking forward to working with Ray and grateful that he's doing everything to turn my negative experience into a positive one.
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Posted by Kendall | May 1, 2014
Highly Recommended
During the time that I have known Mr. Richards, he has shown me nothing but respect. He keeps you knowledgeable and aware without being condescending. He is incredibly fair and works harder than some could even imagine to give his clients the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2014
Trustworthy Attorney
I was involved in a car collision in which my car was totaled; I was informed by my insurance company that they would not pay the total balance of the car. I called Mr. Richards because my family and friends utilized his services in the past and spoke highly of him and his skill set. I explained my situation and he explained to me the different avenues that the insurance can take with regards to my vehicle. He was very patient with my questions and now I understand what I can do legally to recoup monies that was lost. Excellent services. Would use his services again if ever needed.
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Posted by Eric | May 1, 2014
Knowledgeable lawyer with heart
I've been in business for nearly 25 years and filed my 1st law suit in 1988 at age 19 thus I have many years dealing with lawyers. Unlike most lawyers Ray has been passionate about law since childhood. Ray combines his passion for the law with extreme intelligence with the heart of a lion to get results. I highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014.

Suspension issued in MI, 2014
updated on 04/30/2014

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Ray's comment: “I in an unfortunate turn of events, made a mistake had to answer to the same. I learned from my mistake and I am a better person and certainly a better lawyer because of it! I am now active and in good standing and once again fervently fighting on behalf of the accused. As I often tell my clients, that "Your past/present situation is not your final destination.The best is yet to come! " Because of my past unintentional transgression I bear witness to that quote. Stay tuned!”

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Richards & Associates PLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Deputy Defender
  • State Defender Office
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Grad Intern/Staff Attorney
  • Backer Lanctot Schoolmaster Taylor and Hom PLLC
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Graduate Law Clerk
  • Drew Cooper and Anding PC
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Intern
  • US Attorney Office Western District
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v C. R.
  • Case dismissed
  • State v K.H.
  • Case dismissed at Preliminary Exam
  • State v Porch
  • Attempt Murder Dismissed, Client plead to disorderly conduct
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  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Shamrock Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2004
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Detroit chapter)
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2007
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Recorders Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Community Lawyer Award
  • True Resurrection M.B.C.
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Book Award for Trial Advocacy
  • Ohio Norther College of Law
  • 1997
  • Moot Court Executive Board Member of the Year
  • Ohio Northern University College of Law
  • 1997
  • Barrister of the Year
  • Ohio Northern College of Law
  • 1997
  • Advocacy Award
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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  • F.E.D.S. Magazine
  • Shut up and Save yourself from yourself!
  • 2013
  • F.E.D.S. Magazine
  • Federal Appeals 101
  • 2013
  • F.E.D.S. Magazine
  • White Collar Crime
  • 2012
  • F.E.D.S.
  • A Good Defense is a Good Offense
  • 2011
  • Don Diva Magazine
  • Gettin it poppin can get you popped!
  • 2010
  • Don Diva Magazine
  • Detroit's Criminal Defense Powerhouse
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Graduate Student Lecture Series
  • The Crossing of the Crusades of Social Work and Criminal Defense-We are all in this together!
  • 2019
  • Young Black Mens Conference
  • Hands Up, Shut Up and Hope for the Best
  • 2015
  • Rodney Heard Foundation Sports Camps
  • The Law and the Athlete
  • 2013
  • Young Black Male Development Conference
  • Law and the African American Male
  • 2013
  • Community education and Job Fair
  • Know your Rights and Keep your Liberty!
  • 2012
  • Rodney Heard Basketball Camp
  • Representing the Celebrity Athlete
  • 2011
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Inc Regional
  • Law and College Life
  • 2010
  • Law and our Community
  • Ask the Lawyer!
  • 2009
  • Ask a Lawyer!
  • Ask a Lawyer the Questions that you always wanted answers to!
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (18)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ray is very hard working and does an outstanding job for his clients. He is well prepared, dedicated and a pleasure to work with. He is the kind of attorney you want to have on your side."
Federal crime Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer...We have been involved in complex criminal litigation for the past 6 years in Federal Court. Ray has all the tools of a powerful advocate, plus he is personable and willing to listen. Top notch attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Ray Richards II for over 20 years! He is professional,knowledgable, and experienced in all criminal matters involving all levels of government, big or small. Attorney Richards has always been been a zealous advocate for his client's and their rights under the constituion. He is a WARRIOR in the courtroom and he is the man to call when your freedom is at stake. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ray Richards epitomizes professionalism and expertise. I've had the pleasure of working with him and learning from him. He is organized and thorough; dogmatic, yet compassionate; imperious yet easy to work with. He is a great attorney and true leader."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ray Richards personally and professionally for six years. All attorneys should aspire to be as dedicated to protecting their clients rights and interests as is Ray Richards. I have not worked with a more diligent and competent professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ray for 20 years. He epitomizes class, character and compassion with his actions, deeds and words. He is a consummate professional and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any one in need of his services."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Ray Richards for going on twenty years. He is an incredibly experienced, highly effective litigator. Any client retaining Mr. Richards will have an excellent advocate on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ray Richards is one of a select few attorneys that myself and our firm refer criminal cases too. The 2 things that matter most to me/us: 1) Ray consistently gets excellent results for clients, and 2) his reputation in this business after 12+ years of practice is very good. Fellow attorneys respect him, and so do Judges. That speaks volumes. If you want to know what someone's future results will look like, look at their track record. NBA GM's and high ranking people from the sports world trust him to represent them, and I trust him with clients I'm unable to represent. I recommend Ray to anyone who wants an aggressive but reasonably-priced lawyer who knows the Courts, the Judges, and the CJ system."
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TROY Criminal defense Lawyer Ray Edward Richards II
Ray Edward Richards II
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Licensed for 26 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details