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Kevin Bessant

Criminal defense Attorney at Detroit, MI

4.8   40 reviews

About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Attorney Kevin Bessant has defended cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felony violations. He has extensive experience in criminal litigation, having handled criminal cases at all stages of the criminal process including initial appearances, preliminary hearings, arraignments, pre-trial conferences,trial management conferences, evidentiary hearings, bench trials, jury trials, and all other hearings which may arise during the course of resolving criminal case

    15 years, 965 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    DUI lawyer Kevin Bessant has successfully handled hundreds of drunk driving cases by challenging the chemical tests and truthfulness of the police and prosecution.

    15 years, 224 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    5%
    Attorney Kevin Bessant understands the difficult and emotional toll a charge of domestic violence can have on a person. If charged with domestic assault Attorney Kevin Bessant will protect your rights and your reputation in court.

    15 years, 93 cases

  4. Expungement
    5%
    A criminal conviction can have a life-time of consequences. A criminal record expungement is the first step towards removing your criminal past and opening up new doors of opportunities that would otherwise be closed due to your criminal record. Attorney Kevin Bessant can help you expunge your criminal record.

    15 years, 312 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    5%
    Experienced juvenile attorney Kevin Bessant knows the importance of protecting a juveniles criminal record and successfully guiding them through the justice system to reach a favorable outcome for the minor or juvenile offender.

    15 years, 89 cases

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Traffic Ticket Lawyer Kevin Bessant can greatly reduce or dismiss your traffic ticket(s) resulting in fewer points to your driving record and reduced overall fines and costs saving you money and stress!

    15 years, 112 cases

Winning criminal cases is my passion!! I enjoy working for the "underdog" who has all of the legal odds stacked against him or her in their criminal case. A criminal case is like a puzzle already put together by the Government and Prosecution. My goal is to break the puzzle apart, piece by piece, prove my clients innocence and work towards winning their case. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I am especially pleased when my client is able to walk out of the courtroom to go home back to their families instead of jail. Although most people will never need the services of a Criminal Defense Attorney, often times bad things happen to good people, and when they do, I work hard to restore that persons good name and reputation. This profession may not be for everyone, but I would not trade it for the world!

Specialties

I specialize in the following areas of Criminal Defense:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DRUNK DRIVING
CRIMINAL ASSAULT
FEDERAL CRIMES
DRUG CRIMES
MISDEMEANORS
FELONIES
PROBATION VIOLATIONS
PAROLE VIOLATIONS
WEAPON CHARGES
EXPUNGEMENTS
TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

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Licensed for 15 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/06/2022

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

Contact Kevin

Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates, PLLC
1274 Library St
#304
Detroit, MI, 48226

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not even hired yet but as of today will be
I have a kinda serious situation and even before the retainer was paid he answers every phone call and etc text
Posted by Russ | February 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Hands down the best Atty. I've ever hired. Kevin put me at ease within 5 minutes of meeting him. He explained every move in the process and made a bad situation for me bearable!
Posted by Porchia | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true blessing!!! Hire him won't be disappointed!
I use Mr. Bessant service last year for my husband and he made sure my husband didn't do any jail time and I'm in a situation right now and I called him again, very pleased with his knowledge, patience, and compassion. I know he doesn't his very best to help us. We're very grateful to have him in our corner! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!
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Posted by Quinton Swift | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best legal representation ive ever experienced.
Mr Bessant was truly a God send in my need of legal representation. I had a legal issue running over 10 years ago, contacted Mr Bessant, he assured me he would get this matter resolved to allow me to get on with my life. He was very confident, straight forward, and extremely professional from start to finish. He will be my attorney for sure if needed. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by HAIDER Al AWADI | May 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my life
I was facing deportation back to my country and to leave my wife and kids and I didn't have that much time left specially with the new president.even though I worked with the us military for 8 years .my crime was having my gun in my car and that was in 07 I had so many opportunities to have the best job but my criminal record blocked me from making a good life for my family so I wasn't the only one that's paying for my mistakes my wife and kids did two when I start giving up some one told about the The whole process but the only problem I was living in Texas and I have to travel to Michigan to find somebody then I start my search and I called couple people couple attorneys I wasn't convinced all they talk about money so I kept searching and I found Mr. Kevin Bessant and I talked for a while he never mentioned anything about money all you talked about us what to do and what do we need to do and how are we going to do it I send them all the documents he needed and he told me takes about approximately a month and a half to send out the papers and we did it then we would set up a court date and it took him about 10 minutes to expunge the whole case and close everything down so I thank him every day for he's hardcore work and support and I recommend him to anyone who had a case and wanted to get rid of it and start a new beginning mr Kevin is family man and he knows the value of family.god bless him and he's family keep up the good work Kevin
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Blessing
Kevin Bessant was truly a gift from God. He was honest and very informative for the entire two years I fought the judicial system. His rates were very reasonable and the outcome very pleasing. If you are looking for a great attorney at a great rate, you should contact him first.
Posted by Tiana | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Kevin, knew his stuff he got my son out of a very bad situation into a situation that will give him a second chance at life and a chance to be a better citizen. My son was facing a felony armed robbery charge which was lessened Drastically !!! Thank you Mr. Kevin
Posted by Mark | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Glad I Found Attorney Bessant!!!!
I was charged with a very serious felony that would have not only landed me in prison for sure, but would have ended with me getting fired from my job. I found Mr. Bessant online and immediately after speaking with him he eased my fears and gained my trust. In short, my case was not only dismissed, but he fought tooth and nail with the prosecutors in court which helped to get these charges dropped. Im glad I found him and his fees were affordable. Thanks again Attorney and I will be certain to refer you to all my family and friends!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2015
PHENOMENAL CRIMINAL ATTORNEY!!!!!
I was terrified about the charges (alcohol) I was facing and after my initial conversation with Mr. Bessant my mind was immediatley put at ease. Mr. Bessant met with the prosecutor and negiotiated to have 1 of the charges dismissed and the remaiming 2 to misdemeanours that wouldn't effect my record. Mr. Bessant is super smart, very professional and I highly recommend all to retain his legal services when facing criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2015
Attorney Kevin Bessant is the best criminal attorney in Michigan
I'm here to thank you attorney Kevin Bessant. I got a solicitation charge in Detroit few months ago. The type of this violation may sentence me up to 90 days of imprisonment and impose a $500 fine. One of the best decision I made was called Mr Bessant. He met me personally and gave me free consultation and explained to me step by step. He was very professional and was communicating frequently with the status of my case. With his hard work and dedication for few months, my charges dropped down to few hrs community work and one year probation. If anyone need attorney help , don't hesitate call attorney Kevin Bessant . I would recommend him to everyone that I know.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
The Tenacity To Win
I contacted Kevin Bessant for help in regards to having a felony conviction set aside. After discovering there was an arrest record still showing up on my record for another incident that was dismissed, Mr. Bessant suggested having that arrest record destroyed along with having the felony conviction set aside. He assured me that it was very likely both would be possible and they were. He showed a deep understanding of the provisions that have recently changed and argued my case at the hearings and won. Mr. Bessant created strong arguments and produced the facts for the Judges who agreed and passed the motions. Now, I have a second chance to begin a career without being prejudiced for mistakes made almost ten years ago all in part to his professionalism and capability in the courtroom. He was persuasive, non-argumentative, and helped to create legal precedent for cases in the future. Also, Mr. Bessant's fees are very reasonable and he was up front from the beginning about the cost. He avoids using the ambiguity that many lawyers use to make as much money as possible and achieved the results he could almost guarantee from the beginning. If you are considering having a conviction set aside you should check out his informative website and choose him to protect you from being misrepresented. I am so thankful I retained his services. Thank you so much Mr. Bessant for your hard work and honesty. You have made a difference for so many of us.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
Excellent Choice for an Attorney!
We contacted Kevin Bessant to help close out an old outstanding probation case. We did not live in Michigan anymore and didn't know an attorney there. After searching online, we came across Kevin's website and gave him a call. He responded to our call immediately and consulted with us prior to us hiring him. He was extremely knowledgable and promptly returned calls and emails, and reassured us every step of the way through our case, which was resolved quickly. We made an excellent choice in hiring Kevin and would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2015
Best possible choice for criminal defense.
In what could have been an open and shut case against me by the prosecution Kevin Bessant was the best decision i made. I was facing felony drug and misdemeanor drug possession charges. Kevin was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the felony charge if i plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He was also successful in getting the judge to sentence me immediately so the process was not dragged out, and cost me more time missed from work. He was able to convince the judge for a light and fair sentence of 12 months probation, with a possibility of having it dropped to six months. Kevin worked with me on making payments and took my case with paying him only a fraction of his retainer fee upfront. He returned my phone calls almost immediately even before i had him retained. He talked me through each step and kept me informed through the entire process. He made me feel and my family that the best case scenario would be the result and he proved that to be true. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, i wouldn't look any further than Kevin Bessant. Thank you Kevin Bessant!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
Highly recommended
Mr. Bessant listen to my issues and informed me of what I was facing prior to hiring him. After retaining Mr. Bassant he continued to be informative each step of the way. He made me and my family feel confident and relaxed in his abilities and the process ahead. My case was dimissed and all charges were droped. I highly recommend Mr. Bassant. Thank you sir.
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Posted by Sarah | December 3, 2014
Exceptional Attorney
Couldn't of asked or a better attorney. He worked on a felony fraud case for my fiance. He worked with the prosecutor and got the sentence drastically dropped down and one charge completely dismissed. My fiance got a 90 day program when he was facing years. He was extremely knowledgeable and kept me in the loop the whole time. He returned calls and texts immediately. He was confident about what he did and most importantly held my confidence through the whole process. His rates are extremely reasonable for the work that he does. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help.
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Posted by Arnold | November 3, 2014
Kevin bessant is a excellent lawyer
Kevin bessant is one of the greatest......very professional...very iformative.....did his job to the fullest...and I would recommend his to every one I know.that needs a goood...great lawyer
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2014
Thanks for the help Mr. Bessant
I recently hired Mr. Bessant to handle a drug case for me he was sure he could get it dropped down and he did everything in his power to keep the felony off my record and he did. I will use him again if I ever have any legal issues.
Posted by Paul | September 27, 2014
Success
Kevin Bessant was extremely responsive and knowledgeable about my problem. E-mailed several times and each time, received a prompt reply with accurate instructions on what was needed. He is very easy to talk to, as he actually listens and when you talk. He installs confidence with his words. He is definitely a fantastic person to have on your side.
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Posted by Terry | September 17, 2014
Great Attorney
One of the best decisions I've made to this date was to hire attorney Kevin Bessant. When I first contacted Mr. Bessant on the phone and explained my situation he was very thorough and forthright. After being on the phone for nearly 45 seconds explaining my case he then took about ten minutes to describe some of the things that could occur if I went into court without legal representation. It was not a scare tactic nor a tactic used to pump out his chest and say hire me. He wanted me to have all of the information that I needed before hiring an attorney or deciding to choose him. I spoke with other attorney's who made my situation sound like doom and gloom and if I hired them I would have the best representation. I never felt comfortable with the others I spoke with so I decided to go with Kevin. Best decision I could have ever made. Kevin was there the entire process. When I called, emailed or text he would get back with me in a timely fashion and explain what was going on with my case. When it was time to go to court Mr. Bessant was able to work with the local prosecutor and get my case reduced to where it wouldn't go on my record and I didn't have to go to jail. During the process, Kevin was always very professional, knowledgeable and honest about what I was facing. He truly did a great job the entire way and now and I can go ahead and concentrate on my life and not worry about the legal cloud that was over my head. In closing I would recommend Kevin Bessant to anyone looking for a great defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2014
Thank you Attorney Bessant-
I am a native Detroiter who moved out of state a few years ago and left behind a legal matter that turned into a warrant for my arrest. I thought that it would be in my best interest to hire an attorney in Michigan to handle my case. After retaining (2) different lawyers within (1) year of absolutely (0) results, I decided to sever my agreement with the second attorney and start all over again. After many calls and consultations, I found Kevin Bessant's website and decided to contact him. From our initial conversation, I felt confident that he was quite knowledgeable of my type of case (unemployment benefits fraud) and knew exactly what steps to take to help me get it resolved. After retaining Attorney Bessant, he quickly got me a court date and arranged to have all of the court matters, such as the arraignment, pre-trial and sentencing to occur on the same day- which saved me the time and expense of traveling back to Detroit multiple times. Upon appearing in court and meeting him, I observed that he is very well-respected and “connected” in the courtroom. My case was satisfactorily resolved within 8 days of our initial conversation!!! I am so grateful to Mr. Bessant for being there for me at a time when I was literally in tears and in fear of entrusting another lawyer. His services are top-notch and he is a true professional and pleasure to work with. I sincerely and whole-heartedly give my highest recommendation of Attorney Bessant's firm and legal services. He is simply the best!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Kevin Bassant
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Misdemeanor Defenders Office
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Defenders Office, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Missouri Public Defendar System
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Wayne State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State of Michigan v. T. Jackson
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Criminal Justice Society (ACJS)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Advisory Board
  • 2011 - Present
  • Wayne County Criminal Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar Of Michigan
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • State Appellate Defender Trial College Graduate
  • Associate Member
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • The National Black Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Black Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Roscoe Pound Law Scholar
  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • 2006
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Kevin for criminal defense matters. He is a great advocate for his clients and obtains favorable results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are ever in need of a great criminal defense attorney, Kevin is excellent. I have referred and will continue to refer him as one of the top defense attorneys around."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kevin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bessant. He is solid, young, energetic, experienced, and a top qualified choice for criminal defense counsel in the Detroit area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Kevin Bessant is extremely knowledgeable regarding the DUI and criminal laws of Michigan. Kevin has personally assisted me on criminal matters and has proven to be an invaluable resource. Kevin gives a defendant his best chance of getting a great outcome on their charges. I would absolutely want Kevin representing me on my Michigan DUI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to review a large number of Mr. Bessant's responses to questions posed on this site. I have always found his responses to be thoughtful and well reasoned. Anyone in the Detroit area facing criminal charges would do very well consulting with and retaining Mr. Bessant's services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledge and equipped, Attorney Bessant is ready to fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin's contributions to this legal community show that he is a dedicated, smart attorney who has the best interests of his clients in mind."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excdellent criminal attorney who has a great understanding the the law. He is well respected among his fellow attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bessant is a regular contributor to the Avvo.com forum and his responses to questions have been consistently insightful with respect to criminal matters."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bessant. Mr. Bessant gives sound legal advice on Avvo and it is obvious he truly cares about those he serves. I am glad to endorse Attorney Bessant and would recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney in the Detroit area."
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Detroit Criminal defense Lawyer Kevin Bessant
Kevin Bessant
Criminal defense Attorney
Detroit, MI
Licensed for 15 years
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