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Jared Clayton Austin

Criminal defense Attorney

4.9   26 reviews
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About Jared

Learn Jared’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Includes misdemeanor and felony representation for adults at the trial level.

  2. Sex crime
    Includes all CSC charges and other sex crime offenses and SORA violations.

  3. Violent crime
    Includes felony and misdemeanor assault & battery charges, child abuse charges, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm (Assault GBH), stalking, aggravated stalking, felonious assault, and other violent crimes.

  4. DUI and DWI
    Includes misdemeanor DUI/OWI charges and felony charges such as OWI Causing Injury or Death or OWI 3rd offenses.

  5. Drug Crime
    Includes drug possession/use charges, delivering and manufacturing, drug dealing, possession with intent to distribute, and drug house/drug car charges.

I was born and raised in a small, rural town in southern Ohio. I can hardly remember a time when I did not want to be a lawyer, so I always worked toward making that dream happen. And now it is a reality. I enjoy being a lawyer because I get the oppurtunity to work with people and help guide them through difficult situations. The secret to being successful is loving what you do. I narrow the focus of my practice to be more proficient in my main practice area. My main focus is criminal defense which means I represent adults and juveniles accused of misdemeanors and felonies at trial. I also defend a lot of DUI/OWI cases and I also help people get their driver's license restored after numberous drunk driving convictions at the Secretary of State. I also practice family law but mostly adoptions. 


On a more personal note, I have a lot of hobbies and interests that I enjoy pursuing. I love American History, current events, movies, performing magic, and sports, namely following my beloved Cincinnati Reds. I am also very active in my church and community. it is very rewarding to be involved and give back.


I hope you've enjoyed learning about me and thank you for visiting my page. If there is anything we can help you with do not hesitate to let us know. We are here to serve you!

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Licensed for 14 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/23/2023

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4.9 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
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Posted by Ryan | November 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyers I’ve ever had!
Mr. Austin is an excellent lawyer he gets back to you when he says he’s going to, he helped me with an expungement and it went very well, he listens to what you have to say, Everything went very well with Mr. Austin if I ever have anymore needs for a lawyer I will definitely be contacting him in hiring him again, You cannot go wrong hiring Jared Austin.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2018
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Mr. Austin helped me with an expungement a little while back. He made the process as easy as possible and answered all my questions along the way. He kept in touch with me every step of the way as he was dealing with the paperwork side of it. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Andrew | April 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Austin was very thorough throughout my case. Always returned my phone calls if I left him a voicemail. Highly recommend.
Posted by Harlan | April 4, 2017
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Best Attorney ever!
I am a successful adult. I have hired many attorneys for different reasons in my life. Defense attorneys, divorce attorneys, civil attorneys, etc. Jared Austin is the best I've ever dealt with. Amazing attention to detail, great communication, and excellent results. He will be my personal attorney for many years to come.
Posted by Dave | August 1, 2016
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Professional, Helpful and considerate
Jared educated me about my case. He answered my questions professionally without making promises. His fee was adequate and I enjoyed having him represent me
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2016
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Hunting violation
He was able to get my charge reduced which in turn saved me from paying large fines. What could have cost me over 7,000 dollars I only ended up paying 325.
Posted by Rachel | January 30, 2016
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Informative, caring; overall excellent lawyer
Choosing Mr. Austin was a great decision! He got back to me the day after I called him and was very knowledgable about MIPS and how to handle them. He did everything he could to lower my sentence, and got a second MIP off my record. With very reasonable prices as well, i'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional, and actually care about helping people
Jared is a great attorney, who is very ethic and trustworthy, and really care about helping people through difficult situations. I called him for a second offense misdemeanor, he helped me drop the case to a littering ticket, and also encourage me to seek for therapy to help my well-being. He is a truly diligent attorney, I'm really glad I could find him as my attorney.
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Posted by Mike | July 31, 2015
The brass tacks
Jared was great at laying out the intricacies of my case and what he was more then likely able to assist me in achieving. He's no nonsense, Very knowledgeable and well put together. He's also very reasonable when it comes to the monetary side of things. All around a good experience even under the circumstances. Fully recommended.
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Posted by Jen B. | July 23, 2015
Very knowlagable and comforting
Mr. Austin provided great service, he was on top of everything from beginning to end. He answered all of my questions, emails, and phone calls. He never left me wondering or in the dark. He was trustworthy and definitely knew the laws. I would definitely recommend him and already have to others!
Posted by Beauandre | July 23, 2015
Mr. Jared Austin is a lifesaver.
Mr. Austin gave me excellent advice and went above and beyond time and again to help me. He was diligent, knowledgeable and very good at explaining legal jargon in easy to understand ways. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Austin to anyone in need of an honest lawyer.
Posted by Matt | May 15, 2015
Great attorney to assist with Michigans pathetic gun laws
About a third of the cost of John Freeman, and Scott Grabel. With better results. If you get a felony gun charge in Michigan, for nothing more than carrying a loaded weapon, as is the law in that miserable, broke, money hungry police dept, and state...Hire Jared Austin. He got my felony dropped to a misdemeanor charge, and probation. And apparently that state doesnt usually give a break to anyone out of state, that doesnt know their laws
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Posted by Angela | April 19, 2015
Excellent Attorney
I retained Mr. Austin to represent me through a rather difficult legal case. He is extremely intelligent, and knows the law well. He responded quickly and patiently to my many questions and concerns. He went above and beyond to help me achieve a much better than hoped for outcome in my case. I can't say enough good things about him. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2015
Great lawyer--21 yo UIP case
Great guy. Very quick to get back to u. Called him sunday morning. Within an hour he got back to me, and by Thursday that week a misdemeanor of an UIP was reduced to a littering ticket. Very nice guy to work with and always is polite about answering any questions etc. communication was amazing. I had many questions and I was able to get a hold of him at anytime. 5stars
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Posted by Jennifer | February 1, 2015
Informative and Helpful
Helped me understand the process of my case and gave personalized service. Attorney Austin promptly got back to me whenever I left a message or had a question. All around great experience.
Posted by luke48897 | December 8, 2014
Jared did a A + job the first time, I attained him the second time
Jared always was there for me, always I mean always communicated and kept me informed. He was always upfront and truthful to me, fought hard for me every single step of the way, Jared is very knowledgeable. second time around I got the most amazing out come I could ever ask for, he is definitely worth paying for no doubt and works hard for every penny, I am making him my personal lawyer for everything
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Posted by Luke | June 18, 2014
Jared is A+++++ attorney
Jared is an EXCELLENT lawyer, got my felony dismissed! He always keeps in touch with you and is very knowledgeable, understanding, and a very good person in general, other lawyers did not even come close to how far jared takes in helping you! a definite excellent attorney that you can trust and can confide in
Posted by Gerald | May 9, 2014
East Lansing VS Smith taxi license
Jared was great to work with he's a no nonsense lawyer. He gets to the facts don't waste your time or his. Jared researched the law and got me the deal i wanted. I'm very pleased.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2014
Efficient, trustworthy and extremely patient and thorough
Mr. Austin is a fantastic attorney. He handled my legal matter with great attention and confidentiality. I felt that I had made the best decision when choosing to use Mr. Austin's services.
Posted by Todd | January 26, 2014
Difficult Adoption
Mr. Austin was always prompt in contacting us regarding court needed paperwork and court dates. He also went above and beyond in dealing with this unusual adoption case. Dealing with the Probate and Clerks offices with this case would have been a nightmare, but Mr. Austin muddled though it. We could not have done this adoption without his help.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Ingham County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2019 - Present
  • Court Appointed Counsel
  • Ingham County
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Legal Researcher
  • Lovejoy Law Offices, PC
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Managing Attorney
  • Austin Legal Services, PLC
  • 2008 - 2019
  • Document Reviewer
  • Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Michigan House of Representatives
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Shawnee State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct-- First Degree Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Multiple Firearm Charges
  • Not Guilty on all Four Counts
  • Resisting & Obstructing the Police
  • Charged was reduced to a minor misdemeanor of drunk & disorderly that will not appear on background checks with no jail and a short term of probation.
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  • Michigan Youth in Government
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Brotherhood of Magicians
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Best DWI Lawyers in Lansing
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2018
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor-- Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Christian Legal Society
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Merit
  • Professional Responsibility
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Driver's License Restoration
  • Driver's License Restoration after DUI Convictions
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (33)
Endorse Jared
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jared is a great criminal defense lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with him on a case. The client's were very happy with the outcome. He is the go to lawyer for criminal defense in the Lansing area. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Austin is a class act who is respected by his peers in the legal community. He cares deeply about getting the best results he can for his clients and is always willing to fight for them. His answers on AVVO show his deep knowledge of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Austin truly cares about his clients, protecting their rights, and getting them the best result possible. He is a wealth of knowledge and will guide you through your legal problems and give you trustworthy advice in which you can trust. You will not be sorry you hired him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He knows his stuff."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jared is a fine criminal defense lawyer. I have known him for 6 years. He is an extremely diligent, young man and dedicated to doing his very best for his clients. He is one that you can always rely upon to explore all available options for the best result for your situation. He has an excellent record of obtaining very good results for his clients. Fred C. Lovejoy"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jared is a top notch attorney who aggressively and intelligently defends his clients' interests in court"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Austin. He is a hard working, intelligent, and skilled attorney who fights hard to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. A dedicated professional who is widely respected within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Consummate professional in every regard. Seasoned litigator. Can be counted on to get the best result possible for his clients. Highest recommendation."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very professional and knowledgeable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Jared Austin. Donates his time providing excellent legal answers on Avvo. Respected by peers within legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I attended a Criminal Trial Conference with Jared and got to witness firsthand his excellence as a criminal attorney. I highly recommend him as a criminal defense attorney."
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