Koernke & Crampton recognizes that people get into situations they regret. Whether those situations arise from intentional wrongdoing, oversight, substance abuse, or neglect, they can have devastating consequences, both direct and collateral. Koernke & Crampton takes a two-pronged approach to criminal defense.
The first prong involves aggressively fighting to exonerate our clients by making the prosecution shoulder the entire burden of proof. We research every possible defense, investigate all the evidence, and work hard to out-prepare the prosecution. In cases where scientific evidence is involved, we make it a point to understand the foundations of the evidence, consult with experts in the field, and make the government prove that the evidence is reliable and credible. By aggressively holding the prosecution to its burden, we are able to achieve positive outcomes for our clients.
The second prong recognizes that clients have real problems which need to be addressed so they do not repeat their behavior. We know that clients have many reasons for choosing to not take a case to trial, so they accept a compromise and eventually end up in front of a judge for sentencing. We believe that judges always want the answer to two questions: 1. Why did this happen? And 2. How can we be sure this won’t happen again? Koernke & Crampton’s holistic approach seeks answers to these questions from the beginning of the case, not only to look good for the court, but also because it's the right thing to do for the client's long-term future. Often this will involve having the client meet with a counselor or other professional. By getting to the root of the problem, we can assist our clients in changing their behaviors, as well as inform the court of the positive steps being taken. This often results in a far less severe penalty for the client, and more importantly, the insight and skills to keep the problem from happening again.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Koernke & Crampton has extensive experience in areas traditionally thought of as “white collar” crimes such as fraud and embezzlement. Whether those involve simply “borrowing” money without permission or an extensive scheme to defraud the government, we are able to navigate the complexities of financial instruments and transactions. In addition, Koernke & Crampton has represented people accused of environmental crimes, extortion, animal neglect and cruelty, and other non-traditional white collar crimes.
DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVING
Koernke & Crampton is the leading firm in West Michigan for drunk and drugged driving cases. We understand the complex science involved in everything from Field Sobriety Testing to Infrared Spectrometry Breath Testing to Gas Chromatography Blood Testing. And we require the government to prove that its machines are in working order, that the technicians involved are properly trained, and that the evidence was handled properly. We never accept the blood alcohol result on its face because we understand the complicated science and all the variables involved in determining that number.