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John J. Goldpaugh

Criminal defense Attorney at Detroit, MI

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1979
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1998

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1998. See details

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

I am an attorney in Detroit, Michigan, representing and protecting the rights of police officers, in many police organizations, including the Detroit Police Officers Association, Michigan Association of Police and Police Officers Labor Council.   


I also specialize in Criminal Defense, including OWI and Traffic and Family/Domestic Relations matters, including but not limited to divorce


I have been representing clients successfully in Michigan for over 35 years.


Goldpaugh & Associates PC
615 Griswold St Ste 418
Detroit, MI, 48226-3979

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Posted by Loren | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I've been utilizing John's services for years. He's great, personable, affordable and always gets the best possible deal
Unfortunately I've had numerous rather negative encounters with law enforcement and the judicial system over the years. Each time I employed John and he was always able to get the absolute best possible plea bargain. His services are very fairly priced and he always dedicates his entire skill set to his clients. I would highly recommend John.
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Posted by Nick | February 12, 2016
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Best in Detroit
John was referred to me from a mutual friend and we met at the jail i was being detained. Upon meeting him i felt very confident he was the Attorney for the job. We ended up going to court 5-6 times he was always on time and ready to get to business. What impressed me the most is he was always willing to to the necessary work and NOT settle for the easiest and quickest outcome. From what i seen with his interactions with the 3-4 prosecutors and the 2 judges he dealt with he i very well respected and i would say he seemed to almost be friends with them. If you need a lawyer in the Metro Detroit area John is with out a doubt the one i would recommend. Nick
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Posted by Dan | February 10, 2016
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Helped me many times
Mr. Goldpaugh has represented me many times in traffic court and has successfully kept my record clean.
Posted by Stephanie | September 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Bad legal council
I hired John Goldpaugh to publically defend me for a misdemeanor I was trying to fight a few months back. He seemed rushed and uncaring to my situation, I spoke with him briefly (about five minutes two times) and both times I felt as though he wasn't really listening to me or letting me get a word in edgewise. At one point he laughed at me in court when I was explaining my situation to the judge. Lawyers are supposed to fight for your rights and help you better understand the law. After my sentence was passed I did more research on my own, realizing that the results could have been more in my favor but this man simply did NOT care. Even though he is a public defender I was still paying him for his time and honestly felt like I had paid for nothing and as someone who doesn't know the law, could have gotten the same results without him. Think twice before engaging this man in representing you.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1998.

Reprimand issued in MI, 1998
updated on 02/12/2016

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

John's comment: “This reprimand was based on a claim that there was a delay in paying another attorney for services rendered to a mutual client. Our bookkeeping policy at the time was to pay fees when the representation was completed, but the attorney expected to be paid monthly. I no longer do any third party billing.”

Suspension issued in MI, 1989
updated on 02/12/2016

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.

John's comment: “This was a 30-day suspension which was based solely on my failure to respond in a timely fashion to a complaint which was filed against me with the Bar Association. I was not found guilty of any wrongdoing other than my failure to respond.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Goldpaugh & Associates, P.C.
  • 1984 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lippitt, Wolney & Goldpaugh
  • 1979 - 1984


  • Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law)
  • JD - Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1979
  • University of Detroit
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1972


  • Michigan Association of Police
  • Attorney
  • 1995 - Present
  • Police Officers Labor Council
  • Attorney
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • 1986 - Present
  • Detroit Police Officers Association
  • Attorney
  • 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • Tuebor
  • Know Your Rights
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 MAP MAPE MAFF
  • Garrity and Miranda Rights
  • 2015
  • POLC Annual Conference
  • Police-related issues
  • 2014

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Detroit Criminal defense Lawyer John J. Goldpaugh
John J. Goldpaugh
Criminal defense Attorney
Detroit, MI
Licensed for 44 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1998. See details