The partners, Mitchell Ribitwer and Jerome Sabbota, are both former Assistant Oakland County Prosecutors. This experience allows them to build stronger cases because they know the procedures and strategies of how the authorities will prosecute your case. They are aggressive litigators and negotiators, equally as comfortable in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP holds itself to the highest standards -- providing individualized care in a cost-effective manner. Providing tough and smart criminal defense in Michigan. If you have been charged or accused of a crime, you deserve a criminal law attorney in Michigan who can stand up to the prosecution. To arrange a consultation, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP today.
Michigan, 1976 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1976
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan 2009 Right to Counsel Award Winner
Wayne State University, B.A., 1971 Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976
State Bar of Michigan Section of Criminal Law Oakland County Bar Association Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers National District Attorneys Association Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Faculty Member for the Cooley Criminal Defense Trial College Oakland County Bar Association Frequent Lecturer and Facilitator for the Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County, 1976-1981
Michigan, 1976 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1976 United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2012
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan 2009 Right to Counsel Award Winner
Wayne State University, B.A., 1973 Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976 The National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 1991
State Bar of Michigan Section of Criminal Law Oakland County Bar Association Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers National District Attorneys Association Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Faculty Member for the Cooley Criminal Defense Trial College Oakland County Bar Association Media Analyst for National Television, Local Television and Radio Expert Witness Frequent Lecturer and Facilitator for the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Other Local Bar Associations
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County, Major Crimes Division and Special Prosecutor, 1976-1981
Aggressive defense for those accused of violent crimes or homicide in Michigan
A homicide or murder is the intentional or negligent killing of another human being. This is a capital offense and penalties can include up to life in prison. Bail is usually denied in capital offense cases. For anyone accused of Michigan murder, the stakes are high.
The Michigan criminal law attorneys at Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP have a proven track record of defending individuals accused of murder and violent crimes. Our two Michigan criminal defense attorneys are both former Assistant Oakland County Prosecutors. With our experience, we build the most compelling case on your behalf. From the moment an investigation begins against you, we work to collect evidence against the case of the prosecution. This includes:
A complete criminal defense investigation proves to be one of the most effective ways to negotiate with a prosecutor when dealing with a Michigan homicide or murder.
Michigan white collar criminal defense lawyers advocate for your rights
White collar crimes are non-violent in nature, but typically involve some degree of theft, fraud, deception, or conspiracy. If you face white collar crime allegations, in addition to criminal punishment, you face damage to your professional and personal reputation. Due to the complex nature of white collar criminal cases and Michigan white collar crime laws, it is in your best interests to contact us immediately if you face criminal prosecution.
In today's troubled economic climate, complaints of white collar crimes are on the rise. We provide aggressive defense whether you are accused of breaking a state or federal law. You need our experienced legal counsel because if convicted, the results can mean:
We are ready to come to your defense when you have been arrested for Michigan white collar crimes including:
Knowledgeable and aggressive defense against sex crime, assault, abuse & rape charges in Michigan
A sex crime conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been accused of a sex crime, the sooner you contact an attorney the better. Accusations of a Michigan sex crime have devastating effects on your reputation, career, and personal relationships.
At Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP in Michigan, we know that if convicted, you may face a lifetime registration as a sex offender and other severe criminal penalties. This is why we build an effective and aggressive defense for your case.
Michigan penalties for a criminal sexual conduct conviction
When someone is arrested for a crime such as rape, statutory rape, or child molestation, the actual charge will be criminal sexual conduct and there are four degrees. Criminal sexual conduct covers a range of sexual contact, levels of force, and intimidation. Survivor resistance is not a factor in assessing criminal sexual conduct and the law is gender neutral. Marital rape has also been illegal in Michigan since 1988. The penalties for criminal sexual conduct:
We provide aggressive defense against serious charges involving criminal sexual conduct involving—
Having an experienced Michigan sexual assault lawyer makes a big difference in how your case can go. If you are facing any criminal sexual conduct charge for rape, solicitation, or crimes against children, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP of Michigan immediately. It is important not to make any statements without a sexual abuse attorney present.
Vigorous Michigan criminal defense for your drug crime or narcotics charges
Possession and distribution of drugs and narcotics carry tough penalties even if this is your first offense. At Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP, we represent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor drug crimes in state and federal courts. No matter how small your offense is, we understand that it can have a big impact on your life.
Michigan has a reputation for being one of strictest states when it comes to dealing with drug crimes. In addition to facing costly fines and possibly jail time, you may have a hard time finding future employment. Family and friends may be disappointed in you. But our highly qualified Michigan criminal defense attorneys can help you move on with your life.
Our experience as former prosecutors enables us to build strong cases, and we work to craft the best defense on your behalf. We represent clients on many drug charges in Michigan related to:
If you have been arrested or charged with any of the above crimes, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP to arrange for a free consultation. It is important not to make any statements without a Michigan criminal defense attorney present.
Michigan criminal defense lawyers take your vehicular crime seriously
Vehicular crimes often occur due to a lapse in judgment, rather than the result of someone who has committed many other crimes. It is common for a person with a vehicular crime to have more than one charge. This is why you need the Michigan criminal defense lawyers at Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP to defend you. We defend clients charged with state and/or local traffic offenses in Michigan, includign traffic violations, citations, and legal issues related to the following:
The particular circumstances surrounding the incident in Michigan determine whether vehicular manslaughter is charged as a misdemeanor or felony crime. If the death occurs as a consequence of drunk driving, it is considered a felony crime. Cases involving speeding may only be charged as a misdemeanor.
Depending on the degree of the charges, a person accused of vehicular manslaughter may face a wide range of penalties:
Our Michigan criminal defense lawyers will counsel you on your options and navigate you through the legal process.
If you are accused of vehicular manslaughter, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP immediately. It is important not to make any statements without an attorney present.
Michigan criminal defense attorneys fighting to give children a second chance
Young people make mistakes and it is extremely important to make sure that these mistakes do not ruin their futures regarding college and employment. A juvenile offender is anyone under 17 years old. Most juvenile crimes are similar to adult offenses and the penalties and laws associated with juvenile crimesin Michigan are similar.
At Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP, we help your family understand juvenile laws, counsel you on your legal options, and build and prepare a defense in Michigan. We will always fight to dismiss or reduce charges and for child rehabilitation instead of placement in a state facility.
We represent juveniles and their families in the Michigan juvenile justice system on the following charges:
If someone in your family has been convicted of a juvenile crime, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP for help. It is important not to make any statements with a Michigan criminal defense attorney present.
Domestic violence in Michigan
Being married, divorced, in a relationship, or in a family does not entitle anyone to hit, threaten, or abuse another or force another to be a victim of this behavior. Domestic violence crimes are most often against women but can also involve child abuse and neglect, spousal abuse, domestic-partner abuse, and elder abuse.
According to the Michigan State Police, there are more than 50,000 reported domestic violence cases a year. As a result, the courts are imposing harsh penalties on those convicted of domestic abuse or violence, even when the there is little evidence.
Michigan treats domestic abuse as a serious crime. According to Michigan domestic violence law, domestic abuse may occur between spouses, family members, or housemates. A first domestic abuse offense may be punishable by a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
A domestic abuse charge can affect your employment, your family, and the rest of your life. Domestic violence defense attorneys in Michigan, Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP provide aggressive criminal and family court defense to clients who are facing domestic violence arrest. Our goal is to have your charges dropped or reduced.
We recognize that every case is different and help you understand the domestic violence crime and provide a vigorous defense against it. We can inform you of what you should and should not say to law enforcement officers to avoid being misinterpreted or misunderstood. We will also advise you or your family or friends on the bail process in Michigan.
Our criminal defense attorneys in Michigan can assist you with a variety of charges, including:
If you or a family member faces charges of domestic violence or is under investigation for domestic violence,contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP of Royal Oak, Michigan immediately. It is important not to make any statements without an attorney present.
Seasoned Michigan criminal trial lawyers navigate you through the DUI process
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence DUI, driving while intoxicated DWI, or operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor OUIL, you need the experienced trial lawyers at Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP to represent you.
DUI is one of the most serious offenses tried in municipal court. Even if you have a clean driving record you will be facing mandatory fines, surcharges, license suspension, and possible community service, interlock devices, and mandatory jail time.
The goal for our Michigan criminal law attorneys is to fight to keep a DUI charge off your driving record, keep you out of prison, and minimize fines. When you come to us for help, we counsel you on your legal options, prepare a defense for your charge, and help you navigate the DUI process.
Michigan DUI laws are designed to protect those on the road. Any driver can be convicted of driving under the influence in Michigan, if:
A drunk-driving conviction in Michigan affects people in a number of ways, including:
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, vehicular homicide in Michigan or any other alcohol-related crime, we can help. We handle not only the criminal aspects of a drunk-driving case, but also the practical concerns related to Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) Hearings, Driver License Appeal Division (DLAD) Hearings, Driver License Restoration, Habitual Alcohol Offenders, and Substance Abuse Evaluations.
Ribitwer & Sabbota serves clients in federal matters in the Detroit area and throughout Michigan. We provide aggressive defense in matters involving:
Grand jury investigations
We also provide knowledgeable legal counsel to people who have been subpoenaed by federal grand juries. Ribitwer & Sabbota thoroughly prepares witnesses before they testify before grand juries in Michigan.
To discuss a federal indictment, a grand jury subpoena, or a federal criminal investigation in Michigan, call Ribitwer & Sabbota.