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David B. Carter Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlotte, MI

4.7   14 reviews

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About David

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I am a very compent and competitive in every thing I set out to do. I love to talk in front of people. I love to have fun and hate to lose in anything. This makes me a very good trial attorney.

Licensed for 26 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/26/2022

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David B. Carter, Jr.
P.O. Box 54
Charlotte, MI, 48813-0054

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Shawn Kelley | December 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantasic Lawyer and the go to person for representation
After contacting several lawyers in a couple weeks, one conversation with David Carter let me know this was the right lawyer for my specific situation. Not only is he a great lawyer but very reasonable with costs and one that actually cares. He gave me great advice and I decided to hire him and was so happy I did. I couldn't imagine another lawyer representing me. I appreciated the knowledge he has, the fight in him, how he cares, how informative he is and quickly he responds back when you contact him. One of the things that impressed me the most was that he set up a payment plan with me to pay fees and he never once mentioned money no matter how many times we talked. I also, didn't feel like because he wasn't fully paid that he wasn't working hard for me. He got me the best result with the circumstances of my case and I know that if I ever need a lawyer to represent me again, I will only need to make 1 phone call to him. I am very grateful for David Carter.
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Posted by Brittany | August 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proactive, Not Reactive
I retained Mr. Carter Jr. immediately following our initial phone consultation. The knowledge and competency provided in that single conversation assured me that I had found the right attorney. Not only does David have extensive experience; he is genuinely invested and has sincere concern for his clients. This bulldog does not wait, but aggressively takes control of the situation at hand. Finding a top-notch attorney is a task in itself, but finding one who is fair and has reasonable rates is an entirely different undertaking. David Carter Jr. has proven to be the comprehensive package needed for my situation, and I fully recommend him for yours.
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Posted by Steve Rennie | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guy to hire
Mr Carter helped me on my case tremendously. He was able to get me exactly what I wanted as an outcome and also again in a motion to modify probation. This was a tough case and was very worried about the outcome, but with David on my side, it went better then I could ever have imagined. Great guy, insightful, and easy to talk too. If I ever need an attorney again, I know without a doubt who to use and I recommend you give him a call yourself if you want to be as pleased as I.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good man, great lawyer
If your lucky enough to no this man you would be in a great place for the best legal advice. Don't let your life lay in the hands of any other legal expert. Thanks to Mr carter I can enjoy my life free of legal harassment.
Posted by Lamont | April 22, 2015
CHild Protective Services
I FIRST MET MR.CARTER OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM AFTER MY INITAL COURT HEARING..HE WAS WILLING TO REPRESENT ME WITHBONLY HEARING LITTLE ABOUTBMY CASE..WE MET BEFORE EACH COURT HEARING AND HAD COMMUNICATION THROUGH EMAIL AND PHONE CONVERSATIONS..I READ HIS REVIEWS ON HERE AND I KNEW U HAD A GOOD LAWYER AT HAND..I TRUSTED HIM TO TAKE IT TO TRIAL ONLY TO FIND OUT DAY BEFORE TRIAL THAT CPS WAS WITHDRAWING THEIR PETITION..THE COURTS WERE GOING SOLELY ON MY PAST HISTORY...DAVID BELIEVED IN ME FROM THE BEGININNG AND WALKED ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY..WHEN I HAD QUESTIONS HE WAS HONEST AND ANSWERED EVRY LAST ONE..HE SPENT TIME TO PUT MY CASE TOGETHER I WISH I WOULD OF HAD THE OPPORUINTY TO SEE HIM IN ACTION AT TRIAL, HOWEVER DURING MY PROABLE CAUSE HEARING HE WAS TEARING THE ALLEGATIONS APART..HE IS DEFENITLY A GOOD LAWYER TO HAVE AND I AM ONE PLEASED CLIENT..HE WILL WORK WITH A PAYMENT PLAN YOU JUST HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH HIM..THANK YOU MR.CARTER AND YOU'LL FOREVER BE MY GUARIDAN ANGEL!!!!
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Posted by Brett | July 2, 2014
Great Service!! Called back and left message, Answered when I returned call!! Reccomend!!
Dave called me back in response to my email. Good guy, I did not have a case he advised. Good website source and good real life experience. Recommend Dave with 5 stars although we did not do actual business.
Posted by ken | September 9, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
David is an excellent attorney , very knowledgeable, professional and extremely understanding. He has helped every step of the way and i strongly believe, he will continue to fight beside us.
Posted by Sean | August 17, 2013
David Carter is hard working, responsive, thorough and knowledgeable. Best trial attorney I have ever met.
David Carter is the most aggressive and conscientious attorney I have had the pleasure of meeting. I went through a couple of years where I was drinking more than I should and that inevitably led to problems with the law. Criminal legal proceedings are very stressful. The wrong attorney can make those proceedings even more stressful. So what (in my opinion) makes a good attorney? It is not enough that an attorney be smart, professional or even connected. A successful attorney’s ability to litigate your case to the least painful result hinges on hard work and a deep interest in the details of your case. They need to be responsive, attentive and listen. If they do not listen they will miss details that could lead to an acquittal or at the very least provide leverage that allows them to push for a plea bargain that may minimize the pain of a conviction. David Carter is not only smart and hard working he listens. He thoroughly reads reports and transcripts and he often finds the obscure details that allow an attorney to pick apart the State’s case and secure an acquittal. In one case where David represented me he so thoroughly discredited a Professional Expert Witness’ (a Psychologist) testimony that she almost cried on the stand. While that may seem aggressive the bottom line is when you are facing life changing consequences; that is not the time to be nice. It is a time to attack the information and witnesses against you with unrelenting interrogation. David is a fantastic trial attorney with a proven track record and he does not take a plea bargain simply to avoid trying a case. David always advises his clients what the best options are based upon the facts available and leaves no stone unturned in the search for information to best represent and protect his clients’ interests. Bottom line for me is that I would not go to trial with any other attorney than David Carter nor would I allow any other attorney to represent my position to the court pre-trial. I will always be thankful for having met David Carter and consider his representation to have been a blessing during very bad times.
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Posted by Annette | August 13, 2013
AAA+
Immediate response and exceptional commnicaton, with a keen ability to see through the ambiguity of a police report. A knowledgable sense of justice is palpable, from this attorney. He works expeditiously with great attention to detail. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2013
Wonderful, Very Informative helped me out with debt collecting law firm with a bad reputation for treatment of debtors
I had not been able to pay my debt because of a disability and not being able to work since late 2011. I finally got my disability pay and was working on catching up with everyone when I came across a rude, demanding, creditor that was not willing to work with what I could afford to pay and knew how to make me fear what they "could" do to us. Trying to get me to borrow money to pay them, even giving me a few days "to see what I could come up with"I contacted Mr. Carter through Avvo after he responded to one of my questions posted on Avvo.com and he responded right away. I was amazed at how quickly he called and how much he has been able to help already. Those debt collectors put the fear in me and David helped to ease the fear and explain what is actually going to happen with my case. This is definitely a guy you want in your corner! Thank you David!!! Highly recommend :)
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Posted by Juan | February 22, 2011
one aggressive cat
This attorney is one awesome litigator. My case was stacked against me and Mr. Carter totally destroyed the prosecutor's witnesses. I got a not guilty verdict. He is one tough attorney. Mr. Carter also worked with me on the fees. I would hire this guy in a heart beat.
Posted by susie | August 10, 2010
Great Lawyer If you need help he will fight till the end for you!
I was given Mr. Carter as a public defender. Most public defenders just run throught the motions without really caring about the results of thier clients cases or putting much effort into their assignments. THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH MR.CARTER. He is a very aggresive defender that really cares about not only his win/loss record but the client. I could never thank him enough for how hard he worked and faught on my behalf. He gave me my life back.
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Posted by Melissa | May 10, 2010
Over and Beyond
I was facing life altering charges. I had never been in trouble before and this charge could have ruined my life. Dave took my case and ran with it. He was aggressive and knowledgable. He knew what to address and what to leave alone. The final result was I was found not guilty, by a jury. The prosecutors were so confident in their performance. When the verdict came back, you could have cut the tension with a knife. I thanked god and Dave and got out of there. I would recommend his services to anyone that needs a pitbull in their corner.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Needs to spend more time with case details with his client
Didn't take the time to delete or contest inaccurate things on police report before sentencing. Two months into this particular case failed to contact his defendant other than talking before going into court, basically we called him. I think a court appointed attorney could have done just as much as David did. Disappointed to say the least :(
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Response from David Carter April 6, 2016
Wow! Client was charged with possession of meth and maintaining a meth lab. Client spills guts after her rights were given. Got them to drop the lab count. No need to challenge inaccuracy in police report as the maintaining a method lab was dropped. Police report was NOT part of the presentence report. I addressed all inaccuracies in the presentence report. Client's father wrote this review and has not come to terms that attorneys do not have a magic wand. Attorneys can not get every case thrown out specially when the prosecutor has a valid confession. Father should realize that you do not contest things in a police report after a plea is taken. That part of the process is done prior to plea. I addressed the inconsistencies in the police report with the prosecutor and that is why they dropped the meth lab count. Nothing else could have been done on this case. The Judge was simply a harsh sentencer! To blame the attorney is not right. To say I failed to contact the client is misleading. I was always in contact with the client and prepped her for her presentence interview and what to expect for sentencing. After a plea is taken and before sentencing there is nothing to communicate unless something comes up unexpectedly, which did not happen. We received a very favorable presentence report but the judge decided to go against it. I suspect there was some kind of ex parte communication between the Judge and other parties as the sentence seemed too harsh based on the presentence report.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-225 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Automatic Interim Suspension issued in MI, 2011
updated on 06/21/2012

Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Work Experience

  • Owner Trial Attorney
  • David B. Carter, Jr. Attorney at Law
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Abuse and Neglect Case.
  • Jury ruled infavor of Client and refused to take jurisdiction
  • Home Invasion
  • Not Guilty
  • Child Custody
  • Joint physical custody for father

Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Eaton County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Inns of Court Foundation
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Michigan Representative Assembly Committee
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2015 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2014 Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • 2014 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 2013 Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • 2013 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2012 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 2011 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • 2010 Highly Rated by Peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (34)
Endorse David
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the most insightful attorneys I've had contact with. Mr. Carter has a talent for razor-sharp issue spotting. He effectively communicates complex legal issues with clients in a way that they can easily understand. His advice is spot-on. In my opinion, David Carter stands out among the best attorneys in the state. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to David in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent attorney. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer. Knows the law very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Carter knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carter is very active and insightful with his posting on the AVVO boards. His answers are correct and thorough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carter does an outstanding job for his clients. He is known to be one of the hardest working and performing attorney in his field. He gets results!"
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carter is very active and insightful with his posting on the AVVO boards. I endorse and recommend this attorney."
General practice Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carter is a zealous advocate for his clients, as indicated through his published answers and responses on Avvo.com. He knows the law and is readily available to answer questions in his fields of practice. I would eagerly use his legal services for issues in his area of the state."
General practice Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Dave is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. I respect and look forward to his answers on AVVO."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Carter. He frequently responds to questions on this forum in a careful and insightful manner, and often hits on issues that the asker did not even contemplate."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Carter is a fine and experienced attorney, I have commonly been pleased with his insides and observations. His knowledge and experience is the basis for the best representation in almost any legal matter in the Charlotte vicinity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carter is an exceptional attorney. I have been an attorney for 24 years and served as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney. However, even with all of that experience, I learn from his answers on Avvo each and every day. If you have the chance, hire him in an instant."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Carter has the experience needed to fight for his clients along with the will. Wanting an aggressive criminal defense attorney? Contact Mr. Carter today."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am always impressed with Mr. Carter's responses and his insight. I truly believe an endorsement is the highest honor you can give an attorney, and I confidently endorse him."
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Charlotte Criminal defense Lawyer David B. Carter Jr.
David B. Carter Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlotte, MI
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation