Skip to main content

Shannon Marie Smith

Sex crime Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Shannon M. Smith, Shannon Smith

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Shannon

Learn Shannon’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    75%

    19 years

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    For the past few years, Shannon has been defending sex crimes exclusively.

    19 years

Shannon M. Smith has experience handling family law matters and defending clients accused of crimes.  Shannon M. Smith has recently starting to focus more exclusively on defending people accused of sex crimes and sexual misconduct.  Shannon represents teachers, men, women and juveniles facing these difficult allegations.  She represents parents who face losing their parental rights, children facing consequences at school and numerous defendants throughout the state.  Shannon passionately defends the falsely accused and is particularly skilled to represent people facing sex related issues.

Location

The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith
1668 South Telegraph Road
Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302

Similar lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Shannon for President
Shannon is amazing. Not sure how Jennifer Crumbley retained her as she turns away 90-95% of all who seek her. At first, she annoyed me with all her objections but I came to realize a woman's life and freedom is on the line and Shannon is just actively fighting for her client. She is supportive, wise, logical, professional and a go getter. Ethan's parents should never have been charged. Did they miss some signs, yes? My mom missed many signs when I was being abused but I'm not blaming her. If they are found guilty, parents everywhere will be charged with "crimes." The prosecution is reaching. Shannon is right on top of it all. Her objections are right on point and the judge seems to agree. I feel sorry for the victims and their families but this mom and dad didn't do wrong. All parents miss cues. The school seems more responsible than the parents as mandated reporters. I'd hire her in a heartbeat. Shannon was hot in the closing compared to clown Karen McDonald. I can't believe people actually elected the clown Karen McDonald for prosecutor. She just loves to ruin families.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Active Defense
Shannon is great and helped me through a time of sheer panic. Her knowledge, strategy, raport with the police, solid communication skills, and strong organization was a critical factor in me not even being charged. I would strongly recommend Shannon to anyone in a similar situation.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best in so Many Regards
Shannon was truly a blessing in my family’s most tremulous time. I was falsely accused of sexual assault through both local police and my university. Being in a state of complete distress, suffering from PTSD (police removal), and the weight of what was at stake – Shannon was able to calm not only myself but my entire family. As I was never charged – Shannon was proactive in every area. We made sure that all evidence of false claims was laid out in the most basic terms. Friends were talked to, social media interactions were combed, and lie detector tests were taken. Shannon knew every area to cover and made sure it was done promptly and professionally. Her knowledge of local law enforcement officials and connections allowed us to learn of any new or pending updates as well as prepare proper work. In regards to the university – due to the poor review system in place Shannon was unable to act as my speaker for my “trial.” However, Shannon worked with school advisors on being allowed by my side during the hearing as well as coaching me on what needed to be said and helping lay out my ideas, evidence, and testimonials. Due to all of Shannon’s great work and patience the truth came to light as I was never charged with any crime and the university unanimously found me innocent in relation to student code violations.
Read less
Posted by Dean | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's awesome
Hands down the best.. The day i contacted shannon and told her my case she told me she that she would protect me and thats exactly what she did everything was dropped before it even went to court. She's very easy to talk too. If your being accused of a sex crime dont wait call her you wont regret it!!
Posted by Chad | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Setaside Outcome CSC 4 - Macomb
Shannon Smith did an outstanding job at determining a plan and preparing for the hearing. She knows the law in this particular area very well and was able to win each argument against the prosecutor during the hearing. I was lucky to find her and glad I hired her.
Posted by Jennifer | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heart and Compassion Enough Said.
I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon this year and I'm so glad I did. Not happy about the circumstances of how we had met but I'm glad it was her and not anybody else. She really took the time to really get to know me and my family and took a real interest in hearing what we had to say. You could tell her heart just went out for us and our situation which helped me and my whole family to keep calm and less stressed threw the whole process. The case only went so far as an investigation and the detective never even bothered to send it to the prosacuter. I know that was the work of Shannon and how well respected she is by the authority's and them respecting her and her judgements on who she chooses to take on as clients. She never for a second stopped fighting for us and never gave me any doubt that it would go any further. Her reviews was the #1 thing that helped us to find such an amazing attorney. She saved our loved one from going away for possibly a long time being away from his children and family and that its self is enough to say she is #1 in my opinion. She has the heart for the job she's a mother her self so she knows the hurt and pain your going threw. I think that maybe helps her to try to see herself in our shoes and is what helps her to fight so much harder for your loved one. Shannon your the greatest and I can never tell you enough THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CPS Case in Oakland County
I hired Shannon Smith to be my attorney on my CPS case. There were allegations of abuse from a close family member to one of my children. The case was a nightmare but Shannon help me through this nightmare. She was aggressive and did not let CPS walk all over me. She fought long and hard for me and was very thorough. She save me from losing my children. Shannon was always there to answer any questions I had any time I had them. She was my rock! I don't know where I would be today had it not been for Shannon's awesome work that she did. I would highly recommend Shannon to anybody dealing with child protective services. Oakland County CPS is terrible but Shannon help me through dealing with this agency and the terrible people that we had on our case that were very aggressive, however Shannon was more aggressive than they were. She makes everything understandable and walks you through it hand-in-hand. She's compassionate and has a passion for what she does. She is a fighter and the best attorney to have on your side.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shannon Smith gave us hope in the darkest of times.
When my daughter sustained an injury from an accident, we took her to the emergency room. My husband and I found ourselves in the middle of a parent's worst nightmare. We were wrongfully accused and investigated for child abuse regardless of another child explaining the injury. Unlike the criminal justice system, parents essentially have no rights. Good parents are treated guilty until proven innocent and their children are traumatized and torn from their homes. They threatened to take our children from us and planned to take us to court. We immediately looked for an attorney and did some research. We found Shannon Smith. She is amazing!!! Shannon is totally devoted to her clients. She is very approachable and energetic. She is strategic, knowledgeable about the system, and the perfect balance. We followed her advice exactly and everything worked out to our benefit. During the most devastational event of my life, I felt confidence with Shannon on my team.
Read less
Posted by Nicola | August 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, and a competent, fair, and remarkable defence
Shannon Smith helped my 18 year old nephew navigate sexual conduct charges against him. He was facing serious charges that would have resulted in significant prison time and a listing on the sexual offender registry for life. The legal process was comprehensive, assertive, and thoughtful. The judge presiding over the case was unaware of recent changes in the law reading youths and the implementation of the Romeo and Juliet statutes. Shannon was matter of fact and deftly guided the judge and prosecution with her excellent preparation for the case and due diligence. She saved our boy from an onerous sentence and a lifetime of stigmatization. I highly recommend Shannon's services, and completely respect the work she undertakes in bringing a fair end to the charges individuals face for youthful indiscretion. May she continue to have a remarkable career and I wish her the very best.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2015
Case Dismissed = Shannon Smith
From the first day I met Shannon I knew she was the best fit for my case. Not only was she polite, courteous, and direct but she was a great listener. I met with Shannon after I had a preliminary examination with the attorney I hired prior to meeting Shannon. The first attorneys approach was to not draw attention to my case so that the prosecutor would not work on it. This was not the approach I wanted or needed. After realizing I was dealing with a lazy, know it all, I went on the hunt for a replacement. Upon my initial meeting with Shannon I knew right away she was the right attorney for me and my case, I retained Shannon the next day. Being wrongfully accused I needed an attorney that would educate the prosecutor on the facts of the case so that they could see all of the missing pieces and start to see right through to the truth. Shannon did a great deal of research including meeting with witnesses on the prosecutions side. Shannon also took the time to get to know my family and I. Shannon was more like a best friend that would do anything to help out her best friend or family member. This strategy proved true once we got closer to the trial date. Shannon filed many motions and had several conversation exchanges with the prosecution. This prompted the prosecutor to meet with his witnesses again and ultimately dismiss the case. It was clear the prosecutor saw through the false allegations and upheld the law by his action of dismissing the case. I could write a book about Shannon! But in closing I’ll say this: Shannon Smith is a “real person” who really cares about her clients and the law. She is respectful and one of the smartest people I have met in my life. She knows the law well and I learned so much from her. Shannon and I worked closely, we talked at least 5 days a week. She was NEVER too busy to talk with me. All of this adds up to not only the best attorney in my opinion, but a genuine person as well.
Read less
Posted by Courtney | March 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Had a conversation
I heard great things about Susan before making contact with her. I was not disappointed once I spoke to her. Unfortunately her services was out my price range, but she gave me great advice and direction on how to move forward and who could assist in my uniques situation. Honest, straight forward, polite and patient
Posted by Ryan | February 4, 2015
Took the Time
Shannon called me on one of her busy days when she did not know me and took the time to introduce herself and listen. She then followed up with a 50 minute facetime interview over the phone and listened and gave her thoughts on a report she asked to review. Shannon took the time to reach out and discuss her thoughts on a case and did so on a weekend. That shows that she cares and is motivated to be knowledgeable about subject matter. I highly recommend talking to her for any needs you have for an attorney for her specialties.
Read less
Posted by Jennifer | January 31, 2015
Powerhouse !
We had been with a different attorney who did not have my husbands best interest or a game plan for his defense. Shannon was recommended to us so we met with her. We did not know how we were going to come up with her fee ? We Did ! Let me tell you. There is not a lawyer on this planet who will Fight for you like she did for us. She is dedicated , fierce , compassionate , loyal , and honest. We had a great outcome. You get what you pay for. Thank you our Angel !
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2013
AMAZING! This is what you call a true dedicated laywer!
Shannon is an amazing person who really isn't bias, she actually want to find and figure out the whole story before making a decision. A family member was accused of molesting a friend of mine, Shannon right on the spot investigated why this person would say such a thing; thus, figuring out why my family member could not have done this. She really figures out the physiologic influence of the person. This case didn't even go to court! She handled it so well that the prosecutor didn't take it to court. She really is different unlike other lawyers, Shannon devotes her quality time and interests in the case! Words can not describe how dedicated this person is!!!!!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2013
Dedicated and energetic
Shannon is dedicated and energetic. She literally saved my son's life after he was falsely accused of sexually molesting a young girl. To see her present her final argument was absolutely riveting. She is so dedicated, intelligent and energetic. I'm so glad she was our family's choice. I don't think anyone else could have done such an exemplary job.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2012
Super lawyer / Super person
Once we hired this amazing person, Shannon Smith to represent my sons case that had media attention and serious charges filed against him she quickly put her ego aside and hired another super attorney by name of Cheryl Carpenter and worked together professionally and diligently to save my son from a long term prison time. My son got only 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.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2012
My brothers case
My brother faced false allegations of CSC, he had paid a retainer to a criminal defense attorney. Had we not researched & had the fortune to meet & talk with Shannon Smith in the timely manner that we did, I KNOW my brother would be in prison for something he didn't do. Her professional knowledge is impressive & thorough.
Posted by daisy | July 16, 2012
helped my sons
I have hired Shannon Smith not once but twice for members of my family and I can say that if you need a very good lawyer you will not be sorry you hired Shannon Smith. Shannon has high integrity high standardsand honesty. No matter how many clients she has she makes you feel like you are the most important one.Shannon fights for her client. When you hire Shannon Smith as your lawer you can be sure you have the very best
Read less
Posted by Jim | July 16, 2012
saved my life
I was accused of a very serious crime and my mom hired shannon smith for a very reasonable rate. Shannon sunk her teeth right into my case and I knew I was in great hands. She knows what she is doing she is very good. I was in a world of hurt but when I found out Shannon was on my side I knew all would be well and it is. I owe my freedon to shannon. She stayed in close touch with my family throughout this whole mess. Great job Shannon I love ya.
Read less
Posted by Mike | April 24, 2012
Shannon Knew How To Coordinate The Best Defense For Our Son
Do not make any assumptions based on Shannons youthful (looking) appearance. Let the opposition do that, let them underestimate her. Shannon has an easy going, personable demeaner that she uses to her (your) advantage. When time comes, she's also fully able and willing to do the grunt work and get her hands dirty (don't be surprised to find her up working, researching cases and answering emails in the middle of the night). Shannon understands the importance of team-work and consulting with experts (she listens). Shannon was always straight with us, she doesn't pull her punches, but tells it like it is. I think one of Shannons strongest attributes, is her ability to organize a defense into a battle plan, she's a great tactician. Lastly, I would like to add that I think a person has to truly believe in what they're doing to choose this as a profession. Often families are separated for substantial periods of time depending on the outcome. I believe Shannon truly appreciates that fact, judging by how hard she works, she must! Sincerely, Mike
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith
  • 2005 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • The Law Offices of Angelo A. Plakas & Assoc.
  • 2003 - 2005

Education

  • Michigan State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v E
  • Case dropped
  • People v C
  • Case dismissed
  • People v B
  • Case dismissed
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • F Warrior
  • 2011 - Present
  • Professional Advisory Board for a Useful Sex Offender Registry
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Appellate Defenders Defense Forum
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers
  • 2012
  • Graduate-Advanced Track
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Graduate of Trial Lawyers College -- F Warrior
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Graduate -- Advanced Track
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2010
  • Trial College Graduate
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2008
  • Trial College Graduate
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2007
  • Book Award -- Mediation
  • Michigan State College of Law
  • 2005
View all awards

Publications

  • January 2013 Newsletter
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2013
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Garden City teacher gets 3-15 years for having sex with teen
  • 2011
  • Other
  • The Difference Trying Sex Cases
  • 2010
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Ex-teacher gets 10 years for sex assault
  • 2010
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Traverse City Conference
  • Expert Testimony in Sex Cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (48)
Endorse Shannon
Sex crime Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Working for Shannon taught me more than I ever thought it would. I use many of the skills and knowledge that I learned from her in my own practice today. She truly cares for her clients!"
Sex crime Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is one of the best attorneys I’ve ever communicated with on a matter. Another attorney advised me to speak with her several months before the largest trial of my career. She took the time to brainstorm issues with me to help me prevail on the matter. She has both a legal mind and work ethic that are second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What a pleasure to work with! Excellent attorney and an asset to our community. This attorney's passion transcends the courtroom and anyone who retains her will have a prize fighter in their corner."
Sex crime Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon Smith is an excellent lawyer who leads the field in CSC defense. She is highly skilled and motivated and will work diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for her clients. I strongly recommend Shannon Smith as one of Michigan's premier defense attorneys!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is an attorney who refer clients to without hesitation. She gets great results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon has hit the ground running and quickly become a "go-to" attorney on sex related offenses. She is an astute and fearless advocate, and I am very comfortable referring cases to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a general practice lawyer, I find that sometimes I need to tap the expertise of an attorney with more specialized knowledge in a particular area of law. In difficult CSC cases, Ms. Smith is a fountain of information and always willing to help. From my conversations with her, I can tell that she cares about her clients' cases and works hard to help them achieve favorable results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She has an excellent reputation in the legal community. I personally think very highly of Shannon and without a doubt would refer my own family to her if they found themselves in need of a criminal defense attorney. Her practice area is her passion and that shows through her work. Shannon has raised the bar for the rest of us."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is a truly amazing lawyer, friend, mother and wife to her husband. She does it all and she exceeds at everything she does. When she takes on a case, she treats her client as if they were family. She is a dedicated and tenacious lawyer in and out of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon Smith is a warrior and known for handling some of the most challenging cases. Where other lawyers might back down, Shannon takes her cases to trial. She believes in justice and will fight every step of the way. I have seen Shannon give some of the most compelling arguments regarding cases. Her advocacy skills are second to none. She is a natural and has amazing talents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have practiced criminal defense law with Shannon in the same courts for many years. She is a highly skilled professional who get the best deals possible for her clients. She also possesses extremely strong trial skills and is very easy to talk with. I would NOT hesitate to refer or recommend Shannon to be your lawyer if you ever encounter a legal problem."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Smith provides insightful, helpful and accurate advice. Her knowledge and experience are clearly evident. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is an amazing trial lawyer and gets great results. If you need someone to fight for you on a criminal matter, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shannon is an excellent litigator and highly successful attorney. She is well respected in the legal community, not only by other attorneys, but by the judges, court clerks, and court staff. I highly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon gets results! She is a zealous advocate for her clients and is well respected by fellow attorneys and judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Intellegence and caring are traits that set Shannon apart from the rest. Her knowledge and understanding of sexual assault crimes is amazing. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Friend
"I not only endorse Shannon, but I also respect her drive to fight for those accused individuals that face a tough uphill battle because of the nature of the accused crimes. Shannon has the motivation every person should seek in their attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. She is an asset to the legal community."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

Live Chat

Business professional
Avvo makes getting help with your legal issue easier.
Use our fast and free live chat service to connect with a real agent instantly, to help find the right attorney for your needs.
Get Started
Chat window tail