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Jonathan Andrew Paul

Criminal defense Attorney at Plymouth, MI

5.0   274 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 12 years
    New York - NY 15 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    As a prosecutor in New York City and Oakland County, Michigan, I prosecuted over 1000 misdemeanors and felonies. I had a perfect trial record, and now represent clients as a defense attorney.

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%

Our firm focuses on the client's journey, and how he/she finds themselves on the wrong side of the law. We lead with empathy and understanding; our clients are not criminals, but rather good-hearted, caring folks who respect the law, and want to be held in high regard. We work with a diverse pool of clients; our clients are our partners, and together we put forth a proactive approach to every case.

While I am a former NYC and Michigan prosecutor and have been practicing criminal defense for more than a decade, I don't like using the "criminal" label with my clients. My clients don't have anything to hide; they are more frightened and embarrassed and worried about an uncertain future. They are concerned that they made a terrible "first impression" with the police, prosecutor, judge, and court system; it can be gut-wrenching to feel "stuck"; you can't change what happened, and sitting around, and worrying only makes things worse.

My goal is to empower each client to make a "true impression" and understand and demonstrate how they ended up on the wrong side of the law, and provide them the tools to SHOW rather than TELL what they can learn from their incident, and where they are going in the future. Nothing feels better as an attorney than to hear a prosecutor and judge praise my client for stepping up and taking control of their own situation.

My clients do amazing in the criminal justice system because they are mere visitors; having the right exit strategy is the key to navigating the most challenging moment in your life. You only get to handle your case once, how do you want to approach it?

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Location

The Law Offices of Jonathan Paul, PLC
472 Starkweather Street
Plymouth, MI, 48170
The Law Offices of Jonathan Paul, PLC
2723 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
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Posted by UG | April 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Mr. Paul about DUI
I hired him for my DUI case. From my experience, I can say he is a reliable and trustworthy attorney as 1. He patiently listened to all my questions and understood me 2. He always responded promptly 3. He advises you about the appropriate actions for the case 4. He works hard and encourages you to do the same (of course, you need to) In my case, I could have faced 93 days of imprisonment and forfeiture of my license. Thanks to Mr. Paul, however, I was able to avoid both. He was the person who taught me that hard work pays off.
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Posted by Shane | April 3, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
OWI Case
I hired Mr. Paul to help me with an OWI arrest. He was very helpful and set me up with a plan to get the best possible outcome for my situation. Not only did we get a great outcome, but Mr. Paul was very responsive and answered any questions I had. If you find yourself facing a drunk driving charge, be sure to reach out to Mr. Paul. You won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Cassie Elizabeth | March 27, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Great
Great at his job. He cares about you and answers your questions immediately. He will put you at ease. I recommend.
Posted by Maria | February 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney - OWI Case
Jonathan represented and guided me during my drunk driving case (borderline "super drunk"). He went above and beyond in helping me and achieved tremendous results with the outcome of my case where charges were significantly reduced. His approach is very effective even though requires significant effort from the client as well. Also, Jonathan was always very responsive (email turn around time was within minutes), always clear about what needed to be done without overwhelming me with legal terminology and documents. He was very efficient and to the point while also empathetic, supportive, and encouraging at the same time. When you work with Jonathan, you feel like he is your friend and mentor vs your lawyer but he gets the job done and done well! I strongly recommend Jonathan to anyone who needs legal help!
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Posted by Kirk-Dad | February 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
This guy cares - Look no further - This is who you want on your side
My young son worked in Michigan with an emotionally challenging summer internship. He ends up over-serving himself to the point of blacking out while in his car. My son, God bless him, is highly ADHD with minimal executive functioning skills. Jonathan is very proactive in his approach to getting a good outcome, but that means he asked my boy to do certain things and complete specific tasks, which my boy either ignored or put off for the most part. Because Jonathan cares, he continued to be patient and to encourage my boy to complete the required tasks. I feel like 10 out of 10 other attorneys would have matched his engagement and just done nothing and let him drown. I am so glad we found and hired Jonathan. I cannot recommend him enough!!
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Posted by Dawn | February 13, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent +++ Experience
Professional, timely, proceeds with urgency, excellent communication skills, high integrity, These are just a few of the words that I do use to describe my experience with Jonathan. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Operating while intoxicated
Jonathan was very professional, knowledgeable, and I could tell he truly cared about the outcome of the case, most importantly he helped me view this as an opportunity to grow and become a better person. After making a poor choice, it can seem like there is nothing you can do, you feel stuck. However by following his proactive step by step guide, I was able to learn from the experience, feel confident going into the court date, and it helped with the outcome as they were impressed with all that I had been doing since the incident. I’d highly recommend Jonathan.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Always prompt
I reached out to Mr. Paul 5 years after he worked with me to clarify some logistical questions about my case because I am now applying to professional school. It took him less than 10 minutes to reach out and completely resolve my questions. I’m just as impressed with his quick effort and service as I was 5 year ago. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing help expunging an OWI
I was eligible to submit an application to have an OWI expunged from my record. Jonathan was an absolutely incredibly and crucial help in getting me through this process. His knowledge of what forms to complete, additional actions to take to help show I was deserving of expungement, and his great communication skills (I don't think I ever waited more than an hour to get a reply on an email) all made the process so much easier to work through. I would absolutely recommend Johnathan to anybody who is seeking help with an issue similar to mine.
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Posted by Jacob | December 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Put your trust in this guy- it pays off
I am so lucky to have found Mr. Paul. The first week between my OWI incident and arraignment was a highly stressful period trying to figure out what was coming and how best to prepare for it. As soon as I contacted Jonathan I felt relief - even though he was in the middle of other work he was still able to quickly respond to my emails and assure me that he was on the case for me. The first and biggest thing Jonathan did for me was help me adopt the growth mindset he outlines on his website. This helped me quickly move through my initial resistance to the consequences I was facing and take an active role in resetting the narrative of my incident as a step along a greater journey of learning/growing rather than merely being guilty of a crime. He asks a lot: sign up for a professional alcohol assessment, begin community service, attend AA 2/week, and the like. But taking these steps proactively, committing to the work, and taking the humbling learning opportunity seriously turned in to the evidence Mr. Paul used to make my case. He was always prompt and actively representing me in all court-related appearances, assisting me in making my initial plea and requesting permission for me to proceed with two out-of-state travel plans I had made prior to my incident. After a month of my following his guidelines, he successfully negotiated with the Prosecution to drop one of the two charges I was facing and greatly reduce the remaining charge. He had me assemble a document outlining all the progress I had made per his guidance and presented this to the court as well as the Probation office. The Probation office was greatly impressed with the progress I had made and recommended the court sentence me fines and no probation or jail time. During the sentencing Mr. Paul once again represented me actively and positively and the Prosecution agreed with the Probation office recommendation, acknowledging that I had already done more steps than they would have typically required. I cannot recommend this man highly enough. What he ultimately delivered is better than I could have hoped for. But even more importantly was the immediate sense of ownership and control I was awarded by having his steps outlined to follow. Put your trust in this guy- it pays off.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver!
Jonathan helped me out with an open intox misdemeanor that I received at a tailgate in Ann Arbor. As a college student with no legal record, I was terrified of what was going to happen to my future, but Jonathan was incredibly reassuring and helped me, step by step, through the entire process. In the end, my case was closed and reduced to a civil infraction with a fine (basically a parking ticket). He ensured that this was a learning experience in which I felt supported and reassured. Thank you, Jonathan!
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Posted by Chris | December 3, 2023
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Amazingly kind during a difficult time
Mr. Paul was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t recommend him more. He helped guide me and told me what I needed to be doing in order to be in good standings with the court. He was very quick to respond to emails and phone calls. Was always understanding and kind. I don’t know where I would have been without him and was super happy I found him.
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Posted by James | December 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!!!! Excellent Outcome!!!!
I was facing two felony charges related to retail fraud and Mr. Paul was able to get me probation, reducing those two felonies to one misdemeanor. Mr. Paul is an unbelievable lawyer and is very reliable. if you ever feel any doubt, concern or simply have a question he’s always very quick at getting back to you. I would highly recommend him. He won’t let you down!
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Posted by Kelly | November 2, 2023
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More than I hoped for
Jonathan Paul set me on the right path to get the best possible outcome for the most severe DUI charges. By working closely with him, the severe charges of high BAC and open intox charges were reduced to OWVI and I was able to keep my driver's license and not serve any probation. His advice and guidance has also set my life in a better direction overall and changed the trajectory I was on. I highly recommend Mr. Paul!!
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Posted by Rich | October 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
More than an Attorney
When I contacted Jonathan Paul out of a Google search in June of 2022, he was direct, empathetic and provided a plan that not only considered my legal issues but also my life choices that put me in that situation. Following Jonathan's advice to the letter I was able to resolve my legal problems with minimal financial impact, but more importantly, make changes in my life to avoid those situations in the future. Over one year later, I have no doubt I made the correct decision to hire Jonathan Paul. I would consider Jonathan a life coach in addition to being an attorney.
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Posted by Steve | October 10, 2023
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The very best lawyer
Jonathan is very professional, he put me on a regiment and it worked perfectly. I would very highly recommend him to anyone that needs an attorney
Posted by Danielle | October 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Greatly Appreciate Jonathan!
Jonathan had an informational website and was very responsive once I contacted him, keeping in contact regularly. I appreciated how up front he was and the work he put into my case prior to my court date. I also appreciate commitment to mental health as well as resolving the court issue. I would recommend hiring Jonathan.
Posted by Reddy | September 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A Heroic Attorney Who Saved My Reputation and Sanity
I recently had the privilege of being represented by Jonathan who truly went above and beyond the call of duty. Words alone cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for the incredible legal services provided by Jonathan. Facing a false case that had been filed against me was an absolute nightmare. The anxiety, stress, and fear of the unknown were taking a toll on my life. That's when he stepped in like a knight in shining armor, ready to defend my innocence and restore my peace of mind. From the very beginning, he displayed a level of dedication and professionalism that was nothing short of exceptional. Here's how this remarkable attorney made an indelible impact on my life: Thorough Investigation: Jonathan left no stone unturned. They meticulously investigated the case, reaching out to police detectives and gathering all the necessary evidence to prove my innocence. Compassion and Support: Throughout this trying ordeal, he provided unwavering support. He understood the emotional toll this case was taking on me and ensured that I felt heard, comforted, and supported every step of the way. Regular Updates: One of the most remarkable aspects of Jonathan's service was his commitment to keeping me informed. Every week, without fail, I received updates on the case's progress, ensuring that I was always in the loop and had a clear understanding of what was happening. Case Status Updates: Jonathan took it upon himself to regularly check the case status and promptly inform me of any developments. This proactive approach reassured me that he was always working tirelessly on my behalf. Legal Expertise: His legal expertise was evident at every turn. Their knowledge of the law, attention to detail, and strategic thinking were key factors in the successful dismissal of the false case against me. Thanks to Jonathan's exceptional efforts and unwavering support, the false case against me was ultimately dismissed, and my reputation was restored. It is no exaggeration to say that he my life and my future. If you are ever in need of legal representation, I wholeheartedly recommend Jonathan. He is not just an attorney; he is a beacon of hope, a true advocate for justice, and a guardian of your rights. Jonathan has not only proven to be an outstanding legal professional but also a compassionate and caring human being. I am eternally grateful for their extraordinary efforts and the positive impact he have had on my life. Thank you, Jonathan, for being the hero I needed in my darkest hour. You are a shining example of what an attorney should be, and I am forever indebted to you. With deepest gratitude and respect, Reddy B.
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Posted by Cooper | September 1, 2023
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Spectacular
Jonathan was the best. He helped me out when I dug myself into a hole. He’s really good at responding quickly. He broke everything down in ways that were easy to understand and made sure I was calm and told me there was nothing to worry about. I recommend Jonathan to anyone who needs help.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Choose Jonathan
The best decision I ever made was moving forward with Jonathan as my attorney. He was a step ahead through my entire case from day one. Extremely quick to respond and very patient with any questions I had. He is beyond knowledgable in his field. He will set you forth on a strategic plan, and trust me- it is a plan that works. His interactions with the prosecutors and judge also showed what a well respected attorney (and person) he is. Not only did he help me achieve the best legal outcome possible, but he also has helped me believe in myself that I can get my life back on track. If you're in need of an exceptional defense attorney, the most important decision you make will be choosing Jonathan. I am beyond grateful for his representation.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Jonathan Paul P.L.C
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Criminal Law Attorney
  • Kelly & Kelly, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Simon & Geherin
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Oakland County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Professor
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • State University of New York
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Executive MBA
  • N/A
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Business Analytics
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor
  • 100 percent conviction rate
  • Kings County Assistant District Attorney
  • 100 percent conviction rate

Associations

  • The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Contributor/Presenter
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Assoiation
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Fred L. Leckie Law Scholarship
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • 2007
  • Odette Whipple Scholarship
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan)
  • Representing High School- & College-Age Criminal Defendants
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney Training
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2012
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (31)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jonathan Paul is a hard working and dedicated attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Paul on a number of matters as opposing counsel. Mr. Paul is driven, fair, honest, and aggressive. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I first met John, he was beating me up as a prosecutor. When I heard John became a defense attorney, I was elated for two reasons, first that I wouldn't have to go against him any more, and two, that anybody charged with a crime an Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have an exceptional criminal defense attorney who gets the job done. As a defense attorney, John uses his extensive experience to craft solutions to tough cases. As a fellow defense lawyer, I rely on John's advice in my own cases. If you are in Ann Arbor and are in trouble, call John, he will help you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Paul has a significant amount of experience in the realm of criminal law. Mr. Paul was first a prosecutor and now focuses his attention in criminal defense. This knowledge of both sides of litigation is advantageous. Mr. Paul is an excellent attorney always putting his clients first. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jonathan and I recently had a case with one another, and my experience working with him was overwhelmingly positive. He adeptly struck that all-important balance between zealously advocating for his client and maintaining professionalism with the opposing side. Jonathan was level-headed, rational, pragmatic, and creative, and these qualities were instrumental in reaching a settlement for our clients that they were both happy with. I can honestly say I look forward to the next time I have the opportunity to work with him, and I would refer a friend or family member to him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Friend
"Jonathan Paul Has a tremendous amount of relevant trial experience based on his experience as a prosecutor in a very busy jurisdiction. He now uses the skill and expertise to successfully defend clients charged with criminal and serious traffic matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Paul is an accomplished and experienced DUI attorney. He is clearly the "go to" guy if you are in need of top tier legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity of observing Jonathan represent a co-defendant in a difficult 3 count felony drug case. Through Jonathan's efforts all 3 felony counts were dismissed and client pled to a simple misdemeanor possession charge; a truly fantastic result for the client. I would without hesitation recommend Jonathan on a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jonathan is an extremely bright and talanted criminal defense lawyer. His years of experience as a prosecuting attorney in New York and Michigan has already made him a top practitioner in his field. I happily endorse Jonathan Paul."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Government Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Without hesitation or reservation do I highly endorse Andrew Paul."
Government Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Paul is an aggressive, intelligent and effective prosecutor. He is also honest and a man of integrity. Although my case with Mr. Paul could have easily resulted in a trial, his quick thinking and fair mindedness resulted in equitable plea bargain. It was a pleasure working with him."
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