The Kemp Law Firm, PLLC

Metro Detroit's Personal Injury Lawyer,Metro Detroit's Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer

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Firm Overview

The Kemp Law Firm is focused on putting the client's needs and interests first. We handle a diverse variety of cases, and are mindful of the various needs and desires of a wide variety of people.

Example cases

People v. S: S was charged with domestic violence after his wife called police and told them he hit her. What actually happened was she was having a psychotic episode, and S told her he was going to take their baby from her until she sought help. Fearing she would never see her daughter again, she claimed she was abused. The Oakland County Sheriff's Department Deputies bought her story hook, line, and sinker without doing any independent investigation at all. In Court, S wanted to fight, but the judge revoked his bond unless he plead guilty. His previous attorney sold him up, and plead him guilty rather than stand and fight. S had his temporary freedom, but now had a criminal conviction. S used his temporary freedom to contact me. He told me he never wanted to plead guilty, and wanted to fight the charges. He told me how the judge and his own attorney pressured him to plead guilty, or stay in jail.
I first moved to withdraw his plea in front of the same judge. Of course, she denied the motion. However, she was recently voted off the bench, and two weeks later the newly elected judge reheard the motion and granted it. S's case was set for a jury trial a few weeks later. In that time, I prepared for the trial by conducting focus groups and a mock trial in front of random members of the community to simulate an actual jury. Through looking at the case, I found many issues of evidence that the Prosecuting Attorney was going to try to bring in to make S look like a bad guy. I filed 10 motions to be heard before jury selection to keep all of that evidence out. When S and I arrived on the first day of trial, the Prosecuting Attorney called me into her office. She told me that she would rather dismiss the case rather than be embarassed in front of a jury. The case was dismissed, and S got his life back.
People v. Q: Q was faced with a problem so many men are confronted with. He had married, and had a child with the wrong type of person (T). She was a selfish person, who was not willing to let anything get in the way of what she wanted. T was newly engaged to her third would-be husband, and wanted to move out of the area. Q wouldn't let her take their son, and fought her at every angle. T had a daughter from her first marriage who was 13 years old who Q treated like his own kid. T convinced her daughter to accuse Q of inappropriately touching her so that Q's parental rights over his son would be terminated, and T could do whatever she wanted. This case happened up in the norther "Thumb" area of Michigan which is a very rural place. The first thing that struck me as odd about this case is that it was filed as an Abuse/Neglect case through Child Protective Services instead of a criminal case. I was able to conduct a preliminary hearing on the case where I was able to confront T and she admitted that she was doing this in an attempt to get full custody of her and Q's son. After the preliminary hearing, the Judge ordered us to attempt to mediate the matter. The prosecutor and CPS's position at first wanted Q to plead to something. However, our stance was simple, NO PLEAS. Faced with the prospect of going to trial, CPS and the Prosecutor finally agreed that they would dismiss the case if Q did a sexual assault evaluation and passed. Knowing my client, I agreed to have the evaluation done by a professional of my choosing. One month later, the CPS case was dismissed, and no criminal charges were ever filed.

Main Office

Main
212 W. Highland Road
Suite 102
Highland  MI  48357

Phone
  • (248) 529-6849
Fax
  • (248) 529-6910

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultation fee.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

There are several factors that I take into account in setting a fee. Each individual person brings their own individual facts and circumstances into each case, and those are all factored into the fee.

Hourly Rates

$200.00/hour, double for emergency work.

Office Information

Office Hours

M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Jacqui

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

None.

Other Offices

  • Harper Woods Office
    20008 Kelly Road
    Suite 4
    Harper Woods,  MI  48225
  • Port Huron Office
    1111 Pine Grove Avenue
    Port Huron,  MI  48060

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I don't really have a primary area of practice. I am a trial lawyer. I go to court for people and tell a jury their case. I do not represent the government. I do not represent corporations. My clients are typically those who are having their rights trampled on, or being denied just compensation for their injuries by those in power; government and corporations.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'm always willing to look at things prepared by clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not like to coach clients who represent themselves. I do offer advice though.

Zachary Kemp

Attorney Zachary Kemp began his legal career as an intern with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. During his time there, he became one of the few selected interns to receive a paid position. However, soon he realized that prosecution work was not for him. He then took positions studying, and learning under successful trial attorneys. He took something from each of them, and began to hone his own outlook and method to handling his client's cases.

License
  • Bar Number: P71894
    Michigan , 2008
Education
  • Michigan State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    East Lansing, MI
    Criminal Law Certificate in Concentration; Trial Advocacy
  • Syracuse University
    Bachelor of Arts , 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    History, Political Science

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