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John E. Melton

Criminal defense Attorney at Saginaw, MI

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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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100% DEDICATED TO CRIMINAL DEFENSE. OFFICES SAGINAW & SANDUSKY, MI. TOP RATED

 

  • Honorably Dicharged from the U.S. Army
  • Licensed in 1997
  • Graduated with Honors from Michigan State University College of Law

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Posted by Tamera | November 8, 2023
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Mr Melton was very patient and supportive when my case sometimes didn’t look so good. He encouraged me to persevere and he was right. I would really recommend Mr Milton
Posted by Gary | November 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Good criminal defense attorney does his work.
He is a very good attorney I was accused of some serious stuff that was lies and fabricated stories and he did his job just like he was being paid and he was my court appointed attorney made that state do there work and hire a P.I. And researched the stuff I highly recommend him for cases .. I thank you again sir for your service to work and fight for me like a paid attorney I owe you hopefully it’s gone and done with now they do there investigation properly and talk to witnesses..
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Posted by Sarah | August 2, 2022
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Professional and courteous
Mr. Melton was the public defender in my case. He was thoroughly professional in every interaction we had, whether in person or by phone. He helped me understand everything that was happening within my case. He is also a very pleasant person to interact with. Thank you so much for all the work you did.
Response from John Melton August 3, 2022
Thank you Sarah!
Posted by Bill | February 19, 2022
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drunk driving
I hired John to help me get my driver license back after 2 DUI's. He explained what I needed to do and helped me out through the whole process and I was able to get my driving priveldges restored.
Posted by Douglas | August 20, 2021
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Great Lawyer
He was very well prepared easy to get of of hold and if unreachable at the time always got right back in touch best court appointed lawyer I ever had
Posted by Meg | July 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Would Recommend
John was very understanding, listened to what I had to say, spent a lot of time on my case, and was great overall. His pricing was also extremely reasonable. Admittedly, my situation was tough as I had moved to another state and also granted delayed sentencing upon completion of certain requirements, so my case spanned over a year. I really felt he had my best interest at heart and provided the best outcome possible, given the situation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2021
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Highly Recommended!
Mr Melton is a very knowledgeable Man , very recognized in the Saginaw Court Sistem, he stayed with my sons case till the end, almost 5 years of process, always on top, always there, he managed the situation every step of the way, very clear and never asked for a extra penny , after talking to other lawyers they made clear how the cost will increase with the time. I feel very blessed after receiving Mr Meltons services, he knew the importance in protecting the future of my son life, I'm very satisfied with his services , Thank you Mr John Melton !
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Response from John Melton September 14, 2021
Thank you so much for the kind words. It was my pleasure to represent your son.’
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2020
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Incredible service, compassion, and professionalism
Mr. Melton is a highly talented attorney who know his job the best. He was always readily approachable and responded quickly, even after hours or on weekends. The costs were much reasonable and affordable (whereas I've experienced other attorneys who will email you back and forth 10 times a day, and for each 1 sentence email, they'll charge you 25-50$ each). He is upfront and honest and would not give you false hopes, but neither would he scare you to take advantage of your situation or overcharge you. I have had experience with more than a dozen attorneys over last 10 years and have never met a person more professional, caring and dedicated to his clients than him. Mr. Melton: You are the best. I can't thank you much for your services. Best wishes
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Posted by Michael | June 15, 2020
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Thank you Mr. John Melton!
Mr. Melton was always very professional and fought for us. We were pleased with his services.
Posted by JD | June 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great man to have in your corner.
John was helpful in every area of my driver's license retrieval. He is very professional; friendly; honest and cut to the chase. I highly recommend his services and I will personally use them again if needed.
Posted by Dawanna | April 13, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Despite my apprehension Melton kept his word and all of my charges were dismissed!
Posted by Ryan | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
ANOTHER CHANCE at LIFE
I am a 4th habitual drug offense offender from the west side of Michigan and have been out of the Saginaw area for over three years. Recently I was accused of a very serious crime here in Saginaw that I did not commit and I had no idea where to turn or what to do. My family contacted Mr. Melton who from the very start, made me feel like a human being and listened to my side of the story. Mr. Melton took my case and was adamant about my innocence and was very decisive and clear on the best course of action. Mr. Melton was in constant communication with my family back home and was always available via email and text. His knowledge of the law is impressive and he communicates it back in a way that my family and I could comprehend so we could make the appropriate decisions. Mr. Melton was always on time and at every scheduled court appearance. He recommended us to a highly reputable polygraph examiner and with those results and a subsequent State polygraph; Mr. Melton was able to get the entire case dismissed before trial. Without John Melton, my life would basically be over. I highly recommend Mr. Melton and am happy to be his client. Sincerely, Ryan
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Posted by Patrick | March 19, 2019
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Awesome guy, amazing lawyer!
I was charged with, driving while license suspended (DWLS). And Mr. Melton, got it reduced to, allowing an unlicensed person to drive. Which, in the end, was just $200. Thanks, John!
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Finally Over
Mr.Melton is the second lawyer I had hired to represent me in the DUI case that has finally ended after 4.5 years.I am discouraged that I spent well over two years with the previous lawyer,who basically got me no where. I first hired Mr. Melton to represent me for violations that were noted on my Interlock device which I did not commit, they were violations from the malfunction of the device not anything I did wrong or tampered with.I notified him as soon as I received the letter from SOS ,which only gave me a few days to take action starting at the circuit court for a stay (which stops any action on my restricted license until a hearing at the Michigan SOS) and request a hearing with SOS before my restriction was revoked. Mr. Melton reacted immediately and took me on as a client without question,within 24 hours he was at the circuit court and got the stay granted on my restriction,which allowed me time to request a hearing at SOS. Mr.Melton is well prepared,extremely knowledgeable and confident.That hearing went well the violations were dropped and I continued my restricted driving as indicated.I kept in touch with him then hired Mr. Melton to represent me in the case for my full license reinstatement hearing with the Michigan SOS hearing officer which was up coming(this would be my third time for this hearing and I had also been twice to the circuit court with the previous representation with no result)Once again Mr. Melton was well prepared,I work out of state all year round,and he worked very well with me and my situation he was very accommodating.Mr.Melton let me know well in advance on how to get paperwork prepared and submitted in proper time and sequence. (dated paperwork and time line for submission to Michigan SOS can be tricky) I was pretty unsure of what the out come of my hearing would be since I had been thru this multiple times at this point and had been told every time that every thing should go well,which ended up not being the case.At this last hearing with Mr.Melton I did get my full license privilege reinstated. In conclusion my experience working with Mr.Melton was great he was easy to contact by e-mail or phone and if necessary to leave a message I did receive a call back every time in that same day, I had several questions all the time since work out of state year round, I was in phone or email contact with him often communication and information was never an issue. He is very confident,you can trust his knowledge and experience. Very satisfied with his representation, and would definitely recommend him. Thank You Mr. Melton
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Posted by Justin | January 5, 2019
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Great Attorney
I was being charged with 6 different probation violations for some pretty petty stuff. An issue with my living address and an incident I wasnt even involved in. I even had a witness willing to testify on my behalf. My probation agent unsuprisingly took it to the Judge anyway. So I got online and found John Melton. He returned my call the same day to consult my case. After explaining to him the circumstances of my charges, He offered to represent Me and wasn't going to charge me an arm and a leg to do it. Anytime I needed to speak with Him He called even if He was busy. He didnt make any guarantees which was fine by Me because you cant guarantee anything in that situation, But He told me He would do what He could to get my charges dismissed and He did. All 6 violations dismissed. Thanks John.
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Posted by Thomas | September 24, 2018
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Highly Recommend!!
He made my wreckless misdemeanor a careless citation... I was working six days a week, long hours so he made time for me on a Sunday at no extra charge.... A consummate professional that could not have been any easier to work with.
Posted by John | July 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
John Melton delivered exactly what he said was honest and made the tough time for a bad decision easier for someone to go through. He comunicated well and answered all questions
Posted by Paul | May 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
JOHN MELTON IS A MAGICIAN
I endorse him without reservation, here is why: My beautiful daughter who has lived in Bay City, Michigan for 18 years was arrested for felony drunk driving 2nd offense in a period of (2) months in mid-February 2018. She passed both breathalyzer tests but failed the blood tests due to the court finding of Adderall and a vitamin in her system. The drug Adderall was prescribed by her physician for ADHD. Adderall is prescribed for over 25 million men, woman, and children in the US for [Attention Deficit]. The vitamin purchased at a health-food store in Bay City to prevent drowsiness. My daughter was confined to the Bay City jail under a $150,000 bond and up to {5} years in prison. The first attorney I hired turned out to be totally incapable. and had a drinking problem. I hired John Melton in mid-April of this year, my daughter is now scheduled for release the first week in June 2018 as time served; case closed. John has a more than excellent working knowledge of the law and is respected by both prosecutors and judges. Also, his fees are quite reasonable, his staff most capable, and he quite readily handles his phone calls. I retired to Las Vegas several years ago, moving from California. I doubt I will ever have the occasion to meet Mr. Melton in person, but he will always be in my thoughts. John Melton, you are truly a MAGICIAN. Posted by Paul, a father...
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Posted by Allison | April 4, 2018
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Hands down the best
John went above and beyond our expectations. We had so much fear and we were probably facing prison time. Up to 10 years. That charge, along with two others, only ended up being 110 days in jail for my fiance. Really couldn't have asked for it to go any better. Can't recommend John highly enough. He really cares... He really hopes for the best for his clients and it equates to exceptional performance and results.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2018
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Great lawyer
I hired Jon and he did a great job with my case ! Explained everything that was going on and never left me hanging . Would hire again !
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Melton Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co. Lpa
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of John E. Melton
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Law Weathers & Richardson
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • City Of Detroit Law Department
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Senior Legal NCO -70th Division
  • United States Army
  • 1995 - 1997
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Education

  • Wayne State University
  • BPA
  • 1996
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Leadership Academy - U.S. Army
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • CSC 2nd DISMISSED
  • Case DISMISSED before trial.
  • CSC- NOT GUILTY Oct 2017
  • Not guilty
  • Threat of Terrorism- NOT GUILTY
  • Not guilty
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Associations

  • Saginaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited Business
  • 2013 - Present
  • Michigan Creditors Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sanilac County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court Western District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • America’s most honored professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Accredited Business
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • 40 Hour General Civil Mediation Training Certificate
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • 2005
  • Honorable Discharge
  • United States Army Reserves
  • 1997
  • Book Award- Litigation Seminar
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 1996
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Collection Law From Start to Finish
  • Foreclosure Law Workshop
  • 2010
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Competition Judge
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (31)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Melton is a brilliant attorney who is the best in his field. He gets the job done without fail for his clients."
General practice Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with attorney Melton for over ten years and think very highly of him as a litigator. We have teamed up on many cases together and have achieved very favorable results for our clients. Attorney Melton has a great working knowledge of most areas of law and is an excellent litigator and trial attorney. I endorse him without reservation-he charges very reasonable rates and takes care of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their knowledge and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An expert in his field. Highly skilled litigator that can be counted on to get exceptional results for his clients in the toughest cases. My highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very good attorney that does great work for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Melton gives honest advice, practical answers on AVVO. He is a skilled and concerned advocate for his clients. I'd recommend him to anyone needing an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Melton. His answers and advice are always spot on."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Melton. He works tirelessly to effectively present all the best defenses for his clients. A top notch attorney."
Business Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer very heartily. Have known him for years; we've worked together on criminal, debt collection and estate matters. He's hard working reliable and a good man to boot. Four stars."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Melton has continuously demonstrated his knowledge of state and federal law as well as the court rules on numerous matters which we have collectively worked. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an excellent lawyer. He works hard for his clients and is conscientious. I recommend him to any client looking for representation in a criminal mater."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients. He takes the time to understand their legal situations and explain their best options for moving forward."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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