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Stephen I. Houseal

DUI and DWI Attorney at Midland, MI

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Houseal Law Office PLLC

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1989
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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. Specializing in traffic law: DUI/OWI, Speeding tickets, moving violations, driving with a suspended license.  Steve is the area's expert in firearms law and personal protection. He is a member of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association's national legal network and a member of their Legal Critical Response Team.  Talk to Steve about having a criminal record expunged. Visit our website: 

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Houseal Law Office PLLC
784 S Poseyville Rd
Midland, MI, 48640-8985


5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | April 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MR Houseal Done our will for my wife and I and was very helpful with explaining it all to us , And making sure we understood it, and how file it with the courthouse. Would highly recommend him !
Posted by Very Satisfied Client | September 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Legal Representation
I had a complex legal situation and Steve did an outstanding representing me. He was upfront about the situation and provided excellent guidance along the entire process and set me up for success. His rates are also fair and reasonable. I'm extremely happy with Steve's support.
Posted by Justin | August 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Totally recommend Mr. Houseal, Attorney
I hired Mr. Houseal for a traffic ticket. He was amazing and really helpful. Would recommend to anyone who needs a good attorney. Thank you, Mr. Houseal.
Posted by Crystal | August 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce & Custody
I hired Mr. Houseal to handle my divorce and custody case. He was very helpful an knowledgeable about the process. I couldn't have asked for a better representation.
Posted by Angela | December 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic Offense
Mr. Houseal was hired regarding a traffic incident for my son. He was able to resolve the issue very quickly with wonderful results! 0 points on his drivers license. Definitely a 5 star attorney & highly recommended !!
Posted by Kayla | March 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing job!
I contacted Stephen Houseal relatively last minute to my first court date involving an owi and he immediately jumped into it! Stephen Houseal got me a really great outcome reducing my owi to an owvi. Such a great job that I actually recommended him to a friend as well! If I ever have a need or someone I know has a need for a lawyer again, Stephen Houseal will definitely be my first choice! Thank you again!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket
Steve had my speeding ticket dropped to impeding traffic. I was looking at 3 points and a hefty fine. Steve was worth every dime. Recommend his service for any traffic violation.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks Steve!
I am very pleased with the outcome that Steve was able to achieve for me. People make mistakes regarding the law, having a lawyer like Steve made the process much easier for me, he was able to get a number of my charges dropped or reduced for me. Very professional and a good person too! I highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Flossie | February 4, 2017
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Expungement of a Criminal Record
Mr Houseal helped me to get a criminal record set aside also called expungement. He was very knowledgeable in the court system, he made me feel confident about the process and didn't talk over my head so I could understand everything.
Posted by Alan Cupal | September 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Houseal
I hired Mr Houseal to help me with a traffic ticket that was complicated. Steve did a great job in having two of the three violations thrown out! He was very straightforward, professional, easy to work with. 5 stars!!
Posted by maria johnston | June 6, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
intelligence and experience
I contacted Mr. Houseal when I did not understand terminology used in my divorce proceedings regarding the split of an IRA account. He was patient and clear when he explained exactly what types of forms were to be used and explained the difference between splitting the IRA account rather than cashing out the IRA, getting a penalty, and splitting the amount. His knowledge, experience and ability to communicate clearly made my options easy to understand. I would highly recommend this attorney. He gives concise, honest answers, and genuinely wants you to understand your options.
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Posted by Kevin | April 20, 2016
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Great lawyer!
Didn't know where to go to fight a running a stop sign ticket. Mr. Houseal was friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the traffic court system. He fought for us and got the best outcome possible. He saved us at least $1000 just in raised insurance rates. His rates were very reasonable and he got results. If you get a traffic ticket call him, you won't regret it.
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Posted by Leslie | June 19, 2015
Thoughtful, Thorough, and Effective Advice... A top tier attorney with results to prove it
Mr. Houseal provided me with the exact strategy and information needed to beat a 'failure to yield' ticket against the word of a the other driver - a police officer! He knows the Michigan uniform traffic code and knows what it takes to handle tricky traffic tickets with both an appropriate respect for the law and a practical mindset. His is a sensible and effective approach to tackling 'out of line' tickets. He will not only be my go-to attorney for any future traffic tickets but all other legal matters as well. Thank you, Mr. Houseal!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
Professional, personable and thorough
In working with Mr. Houseal on a condominium dispute, I found him to be a patient, thoughtful and knowledgeable adviser. He was thorough in his review of background documentation and information prior to evaluating alternatives and providing his recommended, practical approach to me. His continued advice and representation will be welcomed as I move forward with resolution.
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
Ex-husband's Motion to Amend QDRO Dismissed with Prejudice
Mr. Houseal represented me in Trial Court for the County of Isabella with favorable results. I sought counsel from Mr. Houseal when my ex-husband petitioned the court to amend the QDRO written when we divorced 23 years ago. Mr. Houseal was professional and knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to my case. He always kept me informed of what was happening. The end result was that the case was Dismissed with Prejudice. I am very grateful to Mr. Houseal for his excellent representation.
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Posted by Brandon | June 9, 2015
Absolutely the best, Laywer in the Midland county area
Took care of the problem, with close to the best possible results I could ask. I called about a dozen lawyers. In the area and Houseal's prices where the best by about a 700 dollar difference. One laywer wanted 1200 dollars to get me the same results Houseal did. So not only was his price very resonable his service and expertise cost just the same as bigger name firm with the exact same results. I would absolutely come to him again.
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Posted by Max | June 4, 2015
Home run on Traffice Ticket
I am a student at a local university and I really did not need to have my insurance raised. He was able to reduce my ticket to a no point ticket that was not even reported and no points on my license. If you want to keep a good clean record I suggest you should hire him. Great Attorney !!!!
Posted by JeremyWilliamHessler | June 3, 2015
He was quick to give a helping hand. I took his advice and things are already looking more optimistic for me in a legal sense. If he were closer to me I would have hired him. Thanks for the help Housel!
Posted by Max | June 2, 2015
Awesome Attorney
I had a high rate speeding ticket, Mr. Houseal was able to reduce my ticket to almost nothing, no points on my license and as a college student the last thing I needed was to have my insurance rates rise for a stupid mistake. Thanks Steve
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Magistrate
  • 75th District Court
  • 2002 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Stephen I. Houseal P.C.
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1989 - 1997


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Master of Science
  • 1989
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1981


  • United States Concealed Carry Association
  • Legal Critical Response Team
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Midland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Joseph L. Sax Fellow
  • University of Michigan
  • 1988
  • Xi Sigma Pi
  • National Forestry Honors Society
  • 1987


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Speaking Engagements

  • Special Presentation
  • Estate Planning Considerations
  • 2018
  • Class Presentation
  • How to Handle Interactions with Law Enforcement
  • 2018
  • Class Presentation
  • Legal and Practical Aspects of Concealed Carry
  • 2017
  • Class Presentation
  • Changes in Michigan Firearms Law
  • 2016
  • Class presentation
  • Legal Aspects of Personal Protection
  • 2015
  • Class presentation
  • Legal Use of Deadly Force
  • 2015
  • class presentation
  • Firearms Laws in Michigan
  • 2014
  • Class Presentation
  • Legal Carrying Concealed Pistol
  • 2014
  • Class Presentation
  • Legal and Social Aftermath of a Violent Confrontation
  • 2013
  • Class Presentation
  • Personal Protection in the Home
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is well versed in all areas of criminal law and traffic offenses. Additionally he has a wealth of knowledge on issues dealing with CPL (Concealed Piston License) and gun related offenses. He will work hard to get necessary results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Houseal is dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for his clients. He is forthright and is a true "straight shooter". Well respected in the community and the courthouse."
General practice Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Steve in his prior role as District Court Magistrate, and as a private practice attorney. Steve is honest, dependable, and is truly concerned for the needs of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Houseal works tirelessly for his clients and gets results."