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Cheryl A. Carpenter

Criminal defense Attorney at Redford, MI

5.0   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 22 years
    Missouri - MO 28 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2001
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1996
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Cheryl

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  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense trial lawyer. I devote my practice to representing those accused of criminal offenses. I have extensive experience and expertise in sex crimes and sex offender registry issues.

    27 years

I developed an interest in the law when I was in high school and worked for my father, who is a lawyer.  My mother was a teacher and my grandfathers both were in unions.  From birth, I was taught the value of compassion and equal rights.  I am proud to say that I have only been a criminal defense attorney in my legal career.  I am passionate about representing the powerless and the little guy against the State and police who I find often abuses its' power.   


My parents are both writers and I learned the value of telling stories at an early age.  I believe trial attorneys are storytellers.   We must tell our client's story in a way that is vivid and captures the essence of the underlying feelings of the story.   I have done much work as a student and faculty at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College honing my storytelling skills in the courtroom.   I have taken 2 years of improv which helped me with listening skills and reacting in the moment.   These are essential tools for any trial lawyer.


I am married and have two elementary school aged sons.   We love to play and watch baseball and football.  I have lived in Detroit or metro Detroit my entire life except for 6 years when I went to St. Louis, Missouri with my husband.   We returned to our hometown to start our family.    I love gardening and music.   I am grateful that I chose a career that I love.   When I stop loving what I do, it is time to retire.


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Cheryl A. Carpenter
25742 Schoolcraft Road
Redford, MI, 48239

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Posted by Michella | July 8, 2014
Faith Hope and a Good Lawyer!!!
Cheryl had a large part in saving my sons life!!! He was seventeen and sentenced to life on SORA. She was 4 months shy of sixteen and he was seventeen so no matter what he had committed a crime in the eyes of the law!! We hired a cheap lawyer in the beginning,neither one of us had a lot of money, was scared sick. and was ignorant to the law and the System!!! Worst decision I ever made!!! Cheap representation is what we received!!! So after he was sentenced we hired a local Attorney Terrance Flanagan who is also a Super Attorney!! and Cheryl who is one of the best Super Attorney,s around!!! She traveled 4 hours for us. Thanks to a amazing private investigator Rick Killips and the willingness of some Good people to tell the truth and testify!!! We also had a very tough Judge but after a long hearing and Cheryl doing a excellent job!! He was removed from the SORA list!!! That was no small thing!!!! It is sad to say but justice is not Cheap!!! As our story testifies!!! I am forever grateful !!! to Cheryl and Mr.Flanagan!! and the Good Lord!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2014
Grade A Attorney
Cheryl Carpenter was very professional. She kept me informed and got back to me immediately with answers. When I was in a panic in court she reassured me I would be ok. She has a lot of knowledge in what she does. A grade A attorney would use her again
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2014
I would not think twice about calling Cheryl
One of the best attorneys, very insightful, and allows the client to feel comfortable every step of the way. I would recommend her to anyone. What she did for me and my family will never be forgotten.
Posted by Carol | June 23, 2014
Cheryl A. Carpenter - Professional, Dependable, Efficient Attorney
I want to personally thank Cheryl A. Carpenter for her legal help with our case. She is extremely professional and her expertise in the field helped us get the results we needed. We can't thank her enough!! She consistently goes above and beyond to help her clients! If, you are looking for an efficient, dependable, accessible attorney that will get the job done then Cheryl A. Carpenter is the right attorney for you!! Carol
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Posted by Bob | June 23, 2014
Cheryl is a blessing!
I used Cheryl for my case that has not been able to be resolved for many many years. With her expertise, promptness and decidation Cheryl was able to exceed my expectations with my case. Her knowledge and compassion as a lawyer restored my faith in the legal system. I am extremely grateful for everything she has done for me. I would highly recommend her to everyone! If I am ever in need of legal services again, there is only one lawyer I would use and that is Cheryl Carpenter.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2013
Gave Me Back My Life
It's hard to put into words what Cheryl did for me. She was able to have me removed from the SOR after having been on it for 10 years. We didn't have a lot of strong "slam-dunk" material but through her mastery of the area and experience, she was able to take my case, appeal to the inner human in all of us and really get people to understand my story and that I was not someone who belonged on that list. She really and truly gave me back my life. Because of Cheryl's hard work, knowledge and experience, I will now get to go to every single one of my future children's school events, including their graduations from high school. I also now never ever have to worry about someone stumbling across the worse mistake I've ever made (which was the point of my receiving of HYTA status). Working with attorneys on a daily basis, watching Cheryl work on the day of my hearing was something to behold. It was the wildest 10 minute roller coaster I've ever been on. Any time the prosecutor had a good point to make or put my case in a tight spot, Cheryl fought her way through it and got our case back on the right track. I don't think I'll ever be able to truly explain how thankful and blessed I feel to have had Cheryl in my corner in the biggest moment in my life to-date. I owe her my life. I was kept in contact throughout the whole process. I always knew what was going on and was a part of it step-by-step. If I knew anyone that was in my position or was in need of counsel, I would 150% recommend them to Cheryl. She is an amazing attorney who works really hard to get her clients the best outcome that she can. She promises nothing, but always expects the best. Cheryl will shoot you straight about your chances and never lead you to a false sense of where your case is. You will know if something is going to be a bit more tricky or if something really helps your case. In short, Cheryl is a blessing to criminal defense. Any client would be lucky to have her as their attorney. I only hope that one day I can truly repay the excellent job she did with my case. I could never thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2012
Super lawyer / Super person
She was hired by another super attorney to work on my sons case that had media attention and serious charges filed against him. She and the other super attorney by name Shannon Smith worked together professionally and diligently to save my son from a long term prison time. My son only got one year jail time and was not placed on a sex offenders list or have any record of the charge if he completes his probation for the next three years. i can honestly tell you don't look any further than these two attorneys, together they saved my loved one to the best of their ability. Both delivered what they projected to happen with the case and the outcome in my opinion was more than a miracle. They knew how to handle the prosecutor, their approach was realistic and not a push over considering what my son was charged with. i will not be able to repay these two woman with my kindest words, but i can say they will always be in my prayers for as long as i live and i wish both of them to continue to save others to put their clients' life's back together.
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Posted by Boban | November 7, 2012
Best lawyer in Michigan
Cherly A. Carpenter is the most trustworthy lawyer.And i will refer her to most friends and family. She is the best lawyer that i had and i am so happy with her.In my case it was sex offender list and she took care of it and got me of the list.
Posted by Drew Henderson | October 30, 2012
The Best of the Best
The the title of my review says it all. You can't get any better than Cheryl. That's not an opinion either. It's a fact. As you see from the other reviews, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Like so many unfortunate people out there, I once had to register as a sex offender. As Cheryl remembers, the repercussions for me were beyond cruel and unjust. I went for a period of 3 years in which I could not land a decent job. I was unable to live where I wanted to live; had to constantly defend myself from the stigma that was brought on by this label and of course, I even spent some time in jail because of the registry. It was truly hell on earth. Point being........ I would still be dealing with this today if it weren't for Cheryl. I was truly lucky to have had someone like Cheryl represent me in this matter. She knows the system, she knows, the laws, and most importantly, she cares about you. It's not about getting a paycheck for Cheryl. It's about fighting the good fight for people like you and I. She believes in us and she wants to make things right. As others stated, Cheryl builds a relationship with the client like no other. It's truly a special bond. Today, I am off the registry thanks to Cheryl. It's been 3 years now and obviously, life is much better. Again, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had Cheryl represent me. Like I said, she's the best at what she does. No one even comes close. In conclusion, I had the opportunity to converse with Cheryl through email at the end of this summer. It had been 3 years since we spoke. Long story short, I just wanted to say hello, give her a brief update on my life, and tell her how much I appreciated her for all she had done for me. Cheryl wrote back and I remember reading the email on my phone while driving, which is never a good idea! Dont text and drive either! Her email was so kind..... I mean.... I think I about drove into the other lane because I literally just lit up from joy. It was the kindest, sweetest, most sincere email you could possibly think of. Honestly as I write this, I can't stop smiling and I totally saved the email lol. It just goes to show the person Cheryl is. Not too many people have a heart like hers. She's truly amazing . Even though this thing is over for me, I know that I have a friend in Cheryl for life and Cheryl knows she has a friend in me for life. Thank you again...... you will forever have a place in my heart. If for some reason I find myself up in Michigan in the near future, I will be sure to let you know ahead of time. Would love to see you. Of course, I'll keep you posted on my life endeavors. Stay in touch. Love Always,
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Posted by Matthew | June 7, 2012
Oakland county removal from sex offender registry
Cheryl is outstanding and very Compassionate, and she treats you like a member of her family, she fought for me and now I have a second chance at life, thank you so much Cheryl!!!
Posted by Mike | March 21, 2012
An Attorney That Does Much More Than Represent You In The Courtroom!
I think Cheryl really went above and beyond in representing our loved one in a CSC case. My reasoning is partly because she made her self available 24/7, from start to finish. And partly because she was so much more than a criminal defense attorney. Cheryl was at times a counselor, a therapist and a friend. And I think most importantly, she was always advocating for our loved one, actually our entire family. She has been doing this long enough to understand and appreciate the mental and emotional strain it has on families. I really think that she must truly believe in what shes doing, or else she couldn't continue doing it. We spent some time researching attorneys before choosing Cheryl. It was well worth the time spent, we've never regretted it. Sincerely, Mike
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Posted by Dan | October 28, 2011
Compassionate,hardworking and very trustworthy
Cheryl was amazing. She worked very hard for me and my family. She never promised me a victory even though the outcome was very victorious but stayed very positive through out the entire process and went above and beyond my expectations She followed thru everything she said she would do. We even cried together. She was so compassionate to my circumstances. She is very knowledgeable and knows her stuff. For 19 years my family and myself had been "put through the ringer" but with Cheryl's hardwork and determination that is a thing of the past. Cheryl helped me get my family and my life back. I would very much highly recommend Cheryl Carpenter!!!
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Posted by joe | July 27, 2011
Hard working, dedicated and honest.
She was honest about what "could" happen but confident in my case and recommended me as such. Nervous as I was she remained confident and we did win my case! We were also, the first people to win a case of this kind in front of this particular judge. That speaks to her dedication to the facts and hard work at proving her clients point.
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Posted by Andrew | July 20, 2011
Trustworthy, hard working, and knows the law!
Cheryl helped me with a reduction in time on the Sex Offender Registry due to being sentenced as a youthful offender. She helped to navigate the often confusing and constantly changing laws in this area. She not only got me the reduction, but has helped with issues with correcting the registry as the laws changed. She actually cares about her clients, their lives, and uses all resources to help their cases. Recently, I frantically called her in need of information about a change in the law that would have adversely affected my situation and she took time out of her vacation to call me back and not only set my mind at ease, but to let me know that we would work through it. This was years after she had worked on my case but she not only remembered me but worked on the issue and got it resolved. If you are reading this you may be facing the legal system and possibly have been charged with a sex offense. I cannot stress to you highly enough how important it is to have a lawyer that not only knows this area of the law, but is an expert. Cheryl is just that expert. She will work diligently for you at a time when you cannot go with just a name out of a phone book. The lawyer you go with and how hard they work for you will literally affect you for the rest of your life. I only wish I had known about Cheryl when my original case went to court.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2011
Crimal Sexual Charge
Crimal sexual charge, Jury Trial, not guilty!! Cheryl and her team worked hard to win our case. We had paid three other attorneys before we found Cheryl .Who told us to take the plea and stay out of court, Cheryl is very knowledgeable when filing motions. She returns all phone calls. She and her Team made us feel like famiy. Cheryl's presentation in the court room was excellent. You get what you pay for. ,
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2011
Trustworthy, Knowledgable, Dependable, Proactive, Concerned Lawyer who will fight for you 'til the very end!!!
Cheryl Carpenter is an awesome lawyer and even beyond that, an extremely genuine person who is concerned with the issues people face. She is very professional and takes her cases seriously, never missing a beat. She works hard for her clients. She keeps you informed and up-to-date with your case through e-mails and/or phone calls. Attorney Carpenter will dissect your case and analyze every single part of it. My case was a Criminal Sexual Conduct case. Cheryl Carpenter believed in my case and knew that I was not guilty and fought for my rights. I had another lawyer prior to Cheryl who did not seem to care about my rights, did not answer my phone calls, did not keep in touch, did not keep me informed and basically could have cared less about how drastically my life would change (for the worst) if I was convicted of such horrible crime. Attorney Carpenter was the complete opposite! She actually tries to get to know her clients and their family and will fight to the end for them. My case got a NOT GUILTY verdict after jury trial where the jury did not even have to deliberate for long...maybe 45 minutes or so. If you are looking for a dedicated, trustworthy, dependable lawyer who will not back down when it comes to your rights and justice, call Attorney Cheryl Carpenter!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2011
A Lawyer you can trust to see you through all issues
I cannot reccommend Cheryl highly enough! Not only is she extremely professional and knowledgeable, but she is also very caring taking the time to get to know her clients. Without Cheryl I do not believe we would have had a fair and positive outcome in our case. She fought for us every step of the way and took the time to meet privately with the other lawyers and Judge when appropriate. She went the extra mile and also coordinated extra professional experts to help in the case and stayed on top of things at all times. Even in between the court appearances she was easy to reach and communication was fantastic. To this day I consider Cheryl not only an excellent Lawyer but a friend. She does not just take a case but she is genuinely concerned and takes the case personally. Something very very rare these days.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Teaching staff
  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
  • 2009 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Skills
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2009 - Present
  • Owner, Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Cheryl A. Carpener, PPLC
  • 2001 - Present


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1995
  • Michigan State University
  • Bachelor's of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Removal from the Sex Offender Registry
  • Immediate removal from sex offender registry
  • People v. R.F.
  • Not Guilty
  • Removal from the Sex Offender Registry
  • Client removed from sex offender registry


  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Rules/Laws Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Coalition for Useful Registry
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • DBusiness
  • 2012
  • Justice for All Award
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Honors in Legal Writing and Research
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Changes in the Michigan Sex Offender Registry
  • 2011
  • Criminal Advoacy Program (CAP)
  • Sex Offender Registration - What Criminal Defense Lawyers Need to Know
  • 2011

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl Carpenter is, without a doubt, the go-to person for all Michigan citizens charged with criminal sexual conduct and dealing with issues related to the Sex Offender Registry. Studies have revealed that when indictments are read to juries at the beginning of criminal trials, those alleging sex crimes are most likely to destroy the defendant's presumption of innocence. Combined with that, prison sentences are harsh for those convicted of CSC offenses. That means you need an expert and it is no time to fool around. I endorse Cheryl not only because she is that expert, but because she is a good human being who incorporates human understanding and compassion into her cases. Cheryl is a faculty member of the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, and you can watch her teach other Michigan lawyers on video at If you have been charged with CSC, might be charged, or know someone in such a position, call Cheryl. You would be doing yourself a disservice not to."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cheryl Carpenter and highly recommend her to anyone facing a legal charge. I have been able to consult with Cheryl on a number of cases and truly value her experience; she has been and is a true fighter for young people who are accused of crimes that would require lifetime registry, affecting their ability to ever lead a normal life. Cheryl has an amazing natural gift in a Court room ... She is able to connect with a jury, stand up for the truth and fight or justice. Cheryl is a true warrior; she can and will fight for her Clients, especially when the system tries to bury the truth."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is rare to find empathy, passion and expereince in a lawyer - Cheryl has all in abundance. I would not hesitate to hire Cheryl to represent me personally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheryl epitomizes what a true lawyer should be: She is a legal genius who knows how to defend the wrongfully accused with every ounce of her being. She is a highly skilled and trained trial lawyer. Most importantly she cares deeply about each and every client she represents. She lays it all out on the line and will leave no stone unturned for those she defends. She does this with honesty, integrity, and passion. Most importantly, Cheryl gets results. I wholeheartedly recommend Cheryl to any person facing criminal prosecution. She is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl is universally recognized as among the top criminal defense lawyers in Michigan. As a faculty member at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers' College, she generously and effectively trains other advanced lawyers. I learned vastly from her skill and knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Cheryl because she is an active member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, including acting as faculty for the Trial College each August. Cheryl also is on faculty at the Spence Trial Lawyer's College in Wyoming. She is an incredibly talented attorney who is well-respected in the criminal defense community. She is an expert in dealing with the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act, and many other attorneys look to her as a top source of guidance in that area. Cheryl is a brilliant attorney who is generous with her time, and genuinely cares about her clients. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Friend
"Cheryl is an expert in her field and well respected by the defense bar. As an attorney, I look to Cheryl for advice because I know she knows the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl Carpenter is a fabulous lawyer who gets great results for her clients. She has gotten more people off the sex offender registry than any other lawyer in MI. She is not only a really strong attorney who fights hard for her clients, but she has a heart of gold. I highly recommend Cheryl Carpenter!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to criminal sexual conduct cases, Cheryl is among the top trial lawyers in Michigan. She has the knowledge and skills to effectively represent people charged with the most serious crimes. Cheryl is also known nationwide for advocating against the onerous requirements of the sex offender registry. If you're facing serious criminal charges, you can't go wrong by contacting Cheryl."
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Redford Criminal defense Lawyer Cheryl A. Carpenter
Cheryl A. Carpenter
Criminal defense Attorney
Redford, MI
Licensed for 28 years