Facing Criminal Charges is Terrifying

You risk losing everything if the charges are serious enough. If you are in fact innocent, you have no choice but to fight with everything you have. This is not the time to take the easy way out. Our constitution is designed to protect you and make the state prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. You need a criminal defense attorney who will give it all that you deserve.

Going the extra mile to ensure freedom, Ryan Maesen goes the extra mile to ensure that his clients get the justice they deserve. He has taken an oath to provide exemplary service, an oath that he is dedicated to honoring.

Through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, his efforts are always focused on achieving that goal. He personally speaks with witnesses, rifles through police records and examines the alleged crime scene, if necessary. He can also bring in experts who challenge the prosecution and help him prepare trial strategy.

I became a criminal defense attorneys because I care about people and we want to help people who are facing critical life challenges. I practice in criminal defense to provide my clients with the knowledgeable advice and skilled representation they deserve. Call me today at 616-821-7691 for help.

Being charged with a crime is one of the most frightening experiences you will ever go through. Going at it alone is even more frightening. You maybe be wondering the following:

  • Will I go to jail or prison? Most criminal defendants don’t go to jail or prison. However, your prior record, the seriousness of the offense and the judge you have all have a major impact on whether or not you are locked up.
  • Do I get a break as a first time offender? Sometimes. Michigan has a limited number of statutes that allow first offenders to keep things off their record. Your lawyer will be able to tell if you are eligible.
  • What if the police are lying about me? Unfortunately, law enforcement can and often do lie, particularly to get you to confess. Your best bet is to not talk to them at all if you don’t have a lawyer present. There is no penalty for asking for an attorney to be present. Don’t let me them tell you otherwise.
  • What if I wasn’t read my rights? It may be possible to suppress your confession and any evidence obtained from it.
  • Can I get a job if I am convicted? It depends. If you have a felony, getting a professional license may be impossible. And many companies won’t hire felons. That being said, having a criminal record should not dissuade anyone from pursuing a productive life.
  • What is going to happen to be when this is all over? It depends widely on the facts of your case and the charges themselves. You may an acquittal or dismissal. You may plea to a lesser charge and do probation. Or you may go to jail or prison. Every case is unique.

Most criminal defendants don’t go to jail or prison. However, your prior record, the seriousness of the offense and the judge you have all have a major impact on whether or not you are locked up.

I have helped hundreds of people accused of a crime all across Michigan. Let me help you. I have successfully represented people just like you accused of the following:

  • Retail Fraud (1st, 2nd, or 3rd)
  • Operating While Intoxicated (commonly called a DUI or drunk driving)
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st and 3rd degree
  • Criminal Sexcual Condct 2nd and 4th degree
  • Assault and Battery and Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Armed Robbery
  • Maintaining a Drug House
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver/Manufacture
  • Receiving and Concealing Stolen Goods

I have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life. Some of my higher profile cases have been covered by the local media. Please see the News Coverage page for details.



Free Advice

If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation, you face potentially serious consequences that can permanently affect every aspect of your life, not the least of which is the loss of your freedom. Choosing the person who is going to stand between you and your prosecutor is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Realizing the importance of this decision is crucial!

Where Do I Start?

The best criminal defense is one that starts early and hits hard. Many times clients come to us prior to a case being filed and we are able to effect filing decisions or keep the case from being filed entirely. Your first step is to pick up the phone and speak with us. Call us at

Why Choose Us?

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in West Michigan is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever need to make. At Ryan Maesen Law, we are dedicated to making sure that each client is given our absolute fullest attention. We are passionate about what we do, and passionate about your constitutional rights.