Posted by Mary
I researched extensively before making the decision to retain Mike Bartish. My daughter was charged with a felony. A police officer filed a report stating he/she witnessed the incident. All charges were false. Mike was able to have all charges dismissed without prejudice. Mike did not leave a stone un-turned. He is intelligent, thorough, quick thinking on his feet and will not give in or give up on your case! If you want the best possible outcome for your case....Hire Mike.
Posted by MoeLisa
Our teenage son was accused of a despicable crime based on a false allegation by another girl. We were completely blindsided and lost by the allegations. Fortunately, an attorney friend referred us to Mike Bartish. He took our phone call after business hours and set up a meeting with us that night. He met with our son and instantly calmed our son and us. At the end of the initial consult, I looked Mike in the eye and made him promise me that he would save our son. He did. Mike immediately began investigating the case. He provided the prosecutor with proof of the that the girls story was a lie. Despite this, the prosecutor tried to get us to take a plea to a much less serious offense. That was not acceptable to us as the allegations were false and we would not allow our son to be bullied into admitting something he did not do. Mike never wavered. He told the prosecutor to prepare for trial and filed a number of motions that severely damaged the prosecutor's case. The prosecutor eventually did the right thing and dismissed the charges. But this never would have happened without Mike. Mike continued to check up on our son even after the case was over to see how he was doing. Mike took this case personally and it showed. We are forever grateful. How do you give enough stars.
Posted by Ryan
Mike Bartish is an astounding attorney. He didn't just help me file paperwork to fight the CSC charges, he walked me through the process every step of the way. Although I was falsely accused, I have too much to risk in a public trial so Mike helped me weigh the options. I ended up taking a plea deal which best fit my case even when he expressed immense confidence in his preparation for the trial. Since the first minute of consultation, Mike completely understood my situation and believed in my innocence. There wasn't a single day that I felt like I should be worried about my legal representation. Some nights, I had big questions that were weighing down my mind as last as 10pm. Whenever I called, he answered. I felt as though I was his only client with the amount of attention I was given. It was incredible that even though the plea was a decent settlement, some of the last words said to me were something like, 'whichever option you choose, know that I will still gladly take this to trial'. The plea deals offered earlier involved prison and sex offender registration. I'm glad Mike was there to tell me that I shouldn't give into the prosecutor's supposed final offers. He made it clear to the prosecutor that their offers were ridiculous and that he was more than ready to take this case to trial if that's all they were going to offer. Aside from the direct contact with the prosecutor (which I saw one time, thanks to Mike), he filed several motions to chip away at the prosecutor's assualt case. Every court date, I would start the day nervously but would walk away from the courthouse more calm than the previous day. Mike Bartish handled my case very well. I'm confident that he can handle any other case just the same.
Posted by Timothy
Excellent lawyer, hard working, very prepared, dedicated and willing to work, Mike goes the extra mile and listens as well as communicates with his client, very very pleased with his work, loyalty and kindness. He is also very honest, if he can help he will tell you, not just tell you what you want to hear, I highly recommend anyone to talk to him if you have a problem, I had a criminal case facing 10 years plus, I am satisfied with his work
Posted by anonymous
Thank goodness I found Michael Bartish. As a respectful, quiet, and law-abiding citizen, I was in the scariest situation of my life after being a caretaker in grieving times. Michael Bartish and his team of expert lawyers were my saving grace. He defended my freedom and my human rights. He proved that I was innocent of much that I was accused of and helped my family. He is most likely one of the smartest and most experienced lawyers in Michigan. His clients love him, too. Thank you for defending me!
Posted by anonymous
Please read our brief story and how Michael Bartish immensely helped us. This summer we were overly frustrated in what we felt was evolving into an impossible case. Our son was charged as an adult with 2 counts of CSC first degree more than 1 year earlier-even though he and the alleged victim were both juveniles. After not being overly comfortable with our first attorney, we were searching for another defense attorney . With a recommendation from someone, we met with Michael in July 2019 and shared our story of how our son was interrogated in Sept 2018 by 2 uniformed Sheriff's deputies in school for an alleged crime that happened in July 2017 and not on school grounds. There was no one to advocate for our son and after denying any involvement multiple times, he was coerced into
a false confession after some very "leading questions" by the officers. The content of these questions would prove to be very important just before trial. When our son told us what had happened, we talked with the school officials who let this happen and the 2 deputies who did the "interview"(their words). We were infuriated when we were told this interrogation was neither timed nor recorded in any way-despite the seriousness of the allegation. In spite of there being at least 10 other students and 3 adults in the house where the alleged incident happened over 1 year earlier, they questioned ONLY two people- the alleged victim and our son. They denied our request to question others at the gathering, did NO investigative work, wrote a report implicating our son, closed the case and sent the report to the PA-who filed the charges. Our son had been arraigned and we had lost a motion hearing with our first attorney to have his confession not allowed in trial-if it would even make it to trial. It was at this point that we contacted and met with Mike. After the meeting, my wife, son and I detected a sense of urgency and aggressiveness that we were looking for. Shortly after, we retained Mike's services in this case. In spite of the above circumstances and ZERO evidence from the alleged victim, Mike was honest with us and told us that this would be an uphill fight but a fight he would engage in with us. I wish I could say this case went no where but it kept progressing and just a couple weeks before trial, some key facts surfaced that greatly debunked the accusations-including the content of the leading questions by the officers. Mike let us know as soon as he found out and he himself made contact with many of the people at the gathering-something we tried to do but were unsuccesful. They became key witnesses in the case and that would have never have happened had it not been for Mike's tireless efforts on our behalf. The 3 day trial culminated with a not-guilty verdict from the 12 jurors. Being involved in any kind of legal issue was new and foreign to us but we felt more at ease with Mike leading the way. He was very informative and made himself very available to us throughout this whole ordeal, even meeting at some crazy hours to accommodate our schedules. We know that ultimately God gets the credit for this victory, but we also know that God works through people and circumstances and feel we would not have come away where we did without Mike and his knowledge, dedication, aggressiveness and professionalism. Unfortunately, we learned that there are some major flaws in our justice system that need to be remedied. If you find yourself on the(factually) wrong end of the system, we highly recommend you contact Michael Bartish.
Posted by anonymous
If you have any doubts read on....
Micheal Bartish and his team are awesome! I use them to get an early release from federal probation. It was amazing the dedication they had to get the job done correctly. I had an unbelievably great job offer. It was contingent on my release from probation. Everyone other law firm told me that it wasn’t going to happen. I was told it would take way past the deadline for me to accept the job offer. Mike filed the paperwork and it was denied due to misinformation.. It knocked the wind out of me but that’s when I experienced first hand what this law firm was all about. Mike and his team worked hard to show the prosecutor his error and get us back before the judge. By the end of the week the Judge signed my release and I have a new dream job. Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart. Happy Holidays Mike, Chastity and team.
Posted by Thomas
Michael Bartish is a gold star Attorney and Counselor. He thoroughly understands the law and takes the time to review the entire legal process and expectations with his clients before taking a case. Michael was kind, compassionate and caring as our attorney and wanted not only the best legal outcome, but the best outcome for us personally. He counseled us about the legal process and what he would recommend in our best interest. He was always responsive and available as we had several conversations before and after the standard business day. I would highly recommend him for anyone in need of a first class attorney as I would certain retain his services again in a heartbeat.
Posted by anonymous
I was falsely accused of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (forcible rape) by the girlfriend of a former friend. The allegations were not only entirely false but absurd. I cooperated with the police and answered their questions because I knew the allegations were false and assumed the police would see through the lies and lack of evidence. I was wrong. Instead I was charged with one of the most heinous crimes possible. I was looking at many years in prison and lifetime registration on the sex offender list. I knew I had to hire the best criminal defense attorney I could find. One who would fight for me and who was not afraid of the judge or the prosecutor. After doing significant research on attorneys and reading countless reviews, I found Mike Bartish. The reviews are accurate. Mike is not only an incredible attorney, but he legitimately cares for his clients. He was easy to reach on the phone even after normal business hours and on weekends. His assistant, Chasity, is equally amazing. She was always there to lend an ear to calm my nerves as the court date approached. Mike was amazing in trial. His attention to detail was obvious. He was able to demonstrate the falseness of the allegations to the jury and revealed the accuser for the liar that she is. He also exposed the “investigation” for the farce that is was. After three days of trial, the jury deliberated for less than one hour before finding me not guilty and ending this nightmare. Mike was not cheap, but when your life is on the line, he and his firm were worth every penny. Trust me, he is absolutely the attorney you need when facing serious charges.
Posted by Brad
I hired Michael Bartish as my lawyer for an OWI third offense charge. He was very knowledgeable in all aspects of the law and especially with my case. He knew the ins and outs of the separate courts within the area and how the process would move forward. At any point I could reach out and Michael would respond in an appropriate manor with anything I needed. Michael and his Law-firm successfully got me through my process with the minimum charges for my offense. Also successfully got me into a program that could help reduce my charge to a lower offense moving forward. I would 100% endorse and work with Michael Bartish in the future.