Case Victories

Past Settlements & Verdicts

Our criminal defense firm stands out from the rest because we refuse to lose, and it shows through our track record. Our high level of influence in the courtroom has led to countless "not-guilty" verdicts and reduced charges on our clients' behalves. Take a look at previous settlements and verdicts we have achieved.
    • Sexual Conduct Not Guilty on All Counts
      Not Guilty on All Counts Not Guilty

      Criminal Sexual Conduct - Wayne County

    • Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed
      Charge Dismissed

      Assault and Battery charge dismissed, Domestic Violence deferral with no criminal record, no Jail, and dismissal of the case after successful completion of a short probationary period. Client therefore has never been convicted of a crime, has no potential immigration consequences, and retains his full 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and carry concealed all firearms.

    • Domestic Violence All Charges Dismissed
      All Charges Dismissed

      In a case where Client had a high-profile career, Brian interviewed all witnesses, including the Client's wife (his alleged victim), and successfully demonstrated to the Prosecution that Client's actions were the result of an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. After developing a solid rapport with the Prosecutor using the right amount of aggressiveness mixed with caution, the Prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges. This is different than a dismissal after pleading under the "Domestic Violence Deferral," which requires a plea and a sentence. In this case, there was no plea, no sentence, and not a single day of Jail or probation (as well as no costs or fines).

    • Aggravated Assault NOT GUILTY on All Counts
      NOT GUILTY on All Counts

      Client facing charges including Aggravated Assault and Assault and Battery after an altercation that left the alleged victim with a broken nose and required facial reconstruction surgery.

    • Sexual Conduct NOT GUILTY on All Counts
      NOT GUILTY on All Counts

      Client facing charges of Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Sexual Penetration for an alleged brutal sexual attack on his accuser. The client was facing 10 years in prison, took to jury trial, and achieved an acquittal by destroying the accuser's timeline and emphasizing lack of proper investigation. The jury consisted of 11 women and 1 man.

    • Assaulting a Police Officer NOT GUILTY on All Counts
      NOT GUILTY on All Counts

      Client accused of being intoxicated and attacking 6 Police Officers as they attempted to arrest him inside of a crowded restaurant at 2:00 a.m. after local bars closed down. The client was accused of fighting Police and even throwing a drink in their faces. Brian defeated the government's case and won Jury verdicts of NOT GUILTY on all counts with expert Jury selection techniques, opening statement, and by demonstrating that the Police had lied in their reports. Brian used Police car microphone audio to debunk Prosecution's story of the case. A detailed, fact-intensive closing argument helped the jury reach a verdict quickly.

    • Sexual Conduct Investigation was Discontinued Resulting in NO CHARGE
      Investigation was Discontinued Resulting in NO CHARGE

      Brian was retained to represent and advise Client soon after Client learned he was being investigated for alleged forcible rape of an intoxicated woman. Brian interviewed witnesses, communicated with law enforcement, obtained a private polygraph and strategically advised Client on exactly what to do and not do. As a result, the investigation was discontinued and Client who would have faced LIFE in Prison was never charged with any crime at all and officially will not be charged.

    • Not Guilty
      Not Guilty Not Guilty

      Child Abuse - Wayne County

    • Sexual Conduct Not Guilty on All Counts for All Defendants
      Not Guilty on All Counts for All Defendants

      Aggravated Assault, Assault and Battery, and Trespass - Represented two co-defendants, each charged with 1 count of the above, for a total of 6 counts

    • Domestic Violence NOT GUILTY on All Counts
      NOT GUILTY on All Counts

      Client accused of Aggravated Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence after being accused by well-known TV news reporter girlfriend of repeatedly slamming her head into the dashboard of a car and violently beating her after a heated argument while driving. Brian derailed the alleged victim's story by demonstrating not only that his client was innocent and her injuries came from a different source, but that alleged victim was actually the violent, obsessive one in the relationship. As a result of the Jury verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges, companion charges in another country were also dismissed.

    • Felony Assault NOT GUILTY

      Client accused of attacking her daughter's boyfriend with a knife and threatening to kill him. Brian took over the case after Client's previous attorney failed to gain measurable results. In addition to filing a number of Pretrial Motions to exclude certain evidence at trial and conducting evidentiary hearings, Brian also interviewed each and every person involved and conducted full background searches. In doing so, Brian discovered that the accuser had a violent history and that the Prosecutor had attempted to intimidate a witness to lie and change facts about what she observed. After hundreds of hours of meticulous trial preparation, Brian took the case to the Jury. Even after an oppressive and Prosecution-friendly Judge denied the Defense the opportunity to voir dire the Jury, interrupted the opening statement, and tried in every way to shut-down the defense, Brian stayed up through the night every night during trial, re-formulating the next day's presentation to conform to new developments. After crushing the government's case in one of his best closing arguments of his career, the Jury unanimously came back with a verdict of NOT GUILTY.

    • Felony Assault NOT GUILTY on All Counts
      NOT GUILTY on All Counts

      It’s been a long journey for a client of Michigan Assault lawyer Brian J. Prain. She was charged with Felonious Assault back in May of this year, and with the help of Brian J. Prain, a Wayne County Jury at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit found her NOT GUILTY of Felonious Assault. She went home that day. Here, Brian J. Prain is interviewed about the Felonious Assault case. JB: What was this Felonious Assault case all about? How did your client end up charged with Felonious Assault? BJP: My client was a wonderful woman, who I’ve now become great (lifelong, I’m sure) friends with. She is a 55 year old grandmother. She got a phone call from her grandson, crying. She went to their home to find out what was wrong. Once she got there, her daughter’s “boyfriend” refused to let her see her grandchild and then attacked her. A third-party called the police, and when they arrived, he alleged the grandmother grabbed a knife, came at him, and “threatened to kill her.” He also claimed she had a “gun” (which was never found) and he “thought he would be shot.” The police believed him and Felonious Assault charges were brought. JB: What is the Felonious Assault law in Michigan? What kind of time was your client facing? BJP: The Michigan Felonious Assault law is MCL 750.84. Felonious Assault is also (technically) called Assault With a Dangerous Weapon. It is punishable by up to 4 years in State Prison. To get a conviction for Felonious Assault, the Prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was an assault with a dangerous weapon, having the intent to injure (or to make the complainant reasonably fear being touched) and having the ability or apparent ability to touch the complainant. Felonious Assault in Michigan does NOT require an actual touching or any injury. JB: What did you do to get ready for the Felonious Assault Trial? BJP: Well (laughing) the same thing I basically do to prepare for every Trial. My client and I spent probably 100 hours together reviewing the case, gathering the facts, and, most importantly, getting to know each other and becoming friends. I knew the story good enough that by the time I gave my opening statement, I was there. We talked to witnesses, recorded interviews, and Subpoenaed documents and phone records. Pretrial Motions were filed to keep out damaging and prejudicial evidence. Every question for every witness was written-out and practiced with mock witnesses. Opening statement and closing argument were written and practiced many times on video and critiqued by a group. I even flew to Denver to work with a group of the nation premier trial lawyers. Nothing was left to chance. JB: How were you able to get all 12 jurors to vote Not Guilty on a serious charge like Felonious Assault? BJP: Well, due to the preparation, it was all planned out. A Felonious Assault charge turns on whether the Jury believes there was a weapon. The accuser had already given testimony at a Preliminary Exam, which seemed credible and supported a charge of Felonious Assault. But when we later Subpoenaed other documents and records, they didn’t match up to his claims of being the victim of a Felonious Assault. In order to believe him, the Jury would have to believe he was assaulted with a knife (and allegedly a gun) and thought he was going to be murdered, but had access to up to three phones, but never called 911, even though there were 4 children and another woman present. We were also able to prove he out-and-out lied about other things. It’s AMAZING what you can show with phone records and other independent evidence. That was the main idea, but there’s SO much more. JB: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in the Trial? BJP: Well (laughing out loud), Prosecutors like to play a little game called saying “OBJECTION” as often as possible to interrupt the flow of a well-prepared defense attorney. Not just in a Felonious Assault case, but in all cases. Prosecutors are used to winning with little to no preparation or skill, and sometimes that “OBJECTION” game proves to be a viable strategy for them when the Judge decides to play along. That was the case here. But here’s a secret for you Prosecutors: object away, because Juries don’t like that! All they do is position themselves as the attorney preventing the Jury from getting a piece of the story they want. Plus, I had the Prosecutor all figured out. I knew exactly what she was planning – she was going to save important parts of her case for rebuttal. But when we called NO witness, she was immediately forced into closing arguments with only half her case being presented. I, on the other hand, was ready. JB: Don’t you feel bad about playing the Prosecutor like that? BJP: Absolutely not. They deserve it for being so cocky all the time (smiling). JB: Okay, well what should a person accused of a Michigan Felonious Assault charge do? BJP: Well, I know this sounds cliche, but call me. Seriously, why not? I’m not just a “Criminal Defense” lawyer – I concentrate specifically on Assault crimes, like Felonious Assault. Why trust a lawyer that maybe does one Felonious Assault per year? I know these cases inside out. I want your case. JB: Okay! So how can people reach you? BJP: They can call my personal number at (248) 763-0641 anytime, since I answer almost 24/7 and return calls promptly when I can’t, or they can call our office number at (844) CRIM-HELP and speak to Kathi, who is an awesome person who we call the “boss” there. Um, let’s see, another option is to use our Custom Contact Form (below) and email us at our website, JB: Well, thank you for your time, congratulations on the win, and good luck in the future! BJP: Oh, yes, thank you it’s actually been my pleasure. I’m just relieved for my client, who is now my friend, is at home where she should be instead of locked-up in the Wayne County Jail waiting for her final Sentence and maybe being sent off to an even worse place with a Felonious Assault conviction on her record. – END INTERVIEW –

    • Aggravated Assault Aquittal

      Client facing charges of Assault With Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Sexual Penetraiton for aln alleged brutal sexual attack on his accuser. Facing 10 years in Prison. Took to jury trial and achieved an acquittal by destroying the accuser's timeline and emphasizing lack of proper investigation. Jury of 11 women and 1 man. ***See News Article.

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Prain Law, PLLC is focused only on the types charges featured on our website. This helps us deliver the decisive, effective advocacy for which our clients know us. We only serve individuals currently under investigation or who have a current case pending in court. Our firm does not represent injury victims, defendants who have already taken a plea or have been sentenced, or those seeking to expunge a criminal record. We do not respond to anyone who is not involved in a pending investigation or who has a court case for a type of charge we do not handle, but we wish you the very best of luck.