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John M. English

Criminal defense Attorney at Lansing, MI

4.3   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 24 years
    New Hampshire - NH 39 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1999
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NH
    Acquired 1985
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    concentrating in the defense of sexual assault and child sexually abusive material (CSAM) allegations.

    39 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    experienced in all aspects of drunk driving defense, including motion and sentencing hearings, jury trials and picking jurors.

    39 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Federal crime
    represent defendants charged with serious federal offenses such as child pornography, controlled substance and wire fraud charges.

    15 years

  4. Sex crime

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Sanilac County- Sandussky
Crawford County- Grayling
Clinton County- St Johns
Monroe County- Monroe
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John M. English
420 S Waverly Rd
Lansing, MI, 48917

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4.3 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In need of Legal Services
I found myself in a bad situation and was referred to this law office by a friend of mine. John English is the attorney I hired for my case and he was not only on top of the issues but treated me like I was the only case he was working on. He was also very supportive throughout the entire process. John English is an excellent attorney. If I ever find myself in a legal situation again I would not hesitate to hire him and would definitely recommend him to anyone who find themselves in need of legal expertise.
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Posted by Glenn | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive outcome to misdemeanor drug charge
I retained John English of Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC for my defense on a misdemeanor drug charge. Since I had no criminal history, I was eligible for section 7411 in Michigan. John handled my case and not only got me section 7411, but my probation was limited to 90 days with the stipulation that it would end as soon I passed a drug test. Since John had advised me to avoid all drugs including alcohol, I tested clean and was immediately released from probation. My probation lasted about 15 minutes. I was very pleased and would recommend Kronzek & Cronkright as well as John English for your defense. Thanks John.
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Posted by Michael | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mr. English was able to work a miracle for me. I was facing a very serious legal problem and he was able to get a resolution that was even better than I could have ever hoped for. I know without his help and guidance it surely would have turned out much worse. I can't thank him and his firm enough for everything they did for me. I highly recommend him and his firm.
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Posted by Fred | May 26, 2015
PPO Expert
I had the pleasure of working with John English on a PPO filed against me by my former Supervisor. Mr. English was quite knowledgeable in this particular field of law and was tenacious in our battle against the Plaintiff. I would recommend his legal services at anytime, for anyone seeking a seasoned Attorney in trial law. He stood up for me and spoke eloquently on my behalf. I will never forget John M. English, Esq.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Recommended Attorney
I had a legal issue in Michigan (not my home state. I received a recommendation to call Mr. English's office. Mr. English, and his assistant, Jennifer, were knowledgeable, helpful, and very professional. They kept me informed at every stage. They worked directly with the local authorities to resolve the matter in a timely fashion. I would most definitely recommend them to others, and I thank them for their assistance.
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Posted by Scott & Sara | November 7, 2014
Successful choice
We picked the firm Kronzek & Cronkright to represent us in an old case, and through their hard work and dedication, the case was dismissed and we were able to keep our family together. I would recommend Mr. English's representation to anyone in the area! They were very professional and respective, a successful choice!
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very incompetent
Not sure where to begin. I guess we should start with the first problem. I hired John's services 2 weeks before my first court date. 2 business days before my court date after not hearing from him. I decided to call him. Not knowing how things were going to go in court, I had a lot of questions. I was told by John that I need not to rush the court and don't worry about it we have plenty of time. As soon as I told him court is on Monday. He immediately put me on hold and figured out that he could not even be there for my first court date. Fortunately the firm had one of the other attorneys go to court with me and she was great. I wish I would have hired her instead of John. The part that blew my mind was at my sentencing. The man that repeatedly told me how bad my situation was after reading statements from all parties involved. He sits down and reads the statement with the assistant of the prosecuting attorney. He then tells me that he wish he would have a chance to read that sooner. Well my first sit down meeting with him. We read through all the statements together. I feel that I would have had the same or better results with my outcome if I would have just went with the court appointed attorney. One last thing. Someone that has been in this line of work for 30+ years should not be stuttering and using the words um, uh, and other things like that when he is speaking to the Judge. I am a ninth grade drop out and can handle my wording better than that. Oh and yes he loved throwing in my face that I was a ninth grade drop out. I will just say. I wish I would have saved the THOUSANDS of dollars I paid for such in incompetent service.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Essa & Barrett, PLC, East Lansing, Michigan
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Potestivo & Associates, PC, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Owner and Sole Practioner
  • Law Office of John M. English, PC
  • 1985 - 1999
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  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), Concord, NH
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Franconia College, Franconia, New Hampshire, 1977.
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v ES
  • 2 complete jury trials both declared to be mistrials, followed by a favorable plea preceeding the thirdscheduled jury trial.
  • People v DM
  • Jury trial, found Not Guilty.
  • People v CG
  • Jury trial, found Not Guilty.
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  • Criminal Law Section, Michigan State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM).
  • former member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NHACDL)
  • former member
  • 1990 - 1996
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association (NHTLA)
  • former member
  • 1988 - 1995
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • former member
  • 1986 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John English is a fine man and a great lawyer. John combines knowledge, experience, and a fearless mentality to get great results. John is a great criminal defense lawyer but I consider him to be the best DUI/OWI lawyer around. His knowledge and experience in drunk driving defense is unmatched. If I had a friend or loved one who was in need of a DUI lawyer, without question I would be calling John English. He gets my full endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a great lawyer and areal asset to!! I highly recommend him!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"John is a fantastic attorney. I've personally observed him working tirelessly on his client's behalf. He is detail oriented and strives to get the best results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"John English is one of those drunk driving and criminal defense attorneys who is only happy if he goes the extra mile for his clients. Too many times, attorneys just go through the motions. Well, Mr. English passionately believes in fighting false allegations, and he will fight hard against tough prosecutors. He is not afraid to put himself out there to protect his clients' interests, and that is a rare find with many criminal defense attorneys. If you have a criminal allegation pending against you, now is the time to call John English."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John English is a bulldog. I recommend him as a defense attorney for any criminal charges including drunk driving."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John M. English is a fine example of the highest professional standards in the Michigan Bar Association for Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is prepared, knowledgeable, and has a fighting spirit, such that he obtains great results on a regular basis."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John English has many years of drunk driving defense. He is one of the very few attorneys I know that has actually won drunk driving trials."
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