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Practice Areas

Bondy Law, PLLC is a respected criminal defense law firm focused on providing zealous advocacy on behalf of our clients accused of violating state and federal laws across the State of Michigan.  The defense of our clients also includes traffic violations, civil infraction matters, building code violations, and ordinance code violations.  Bondy Law, PLLC also represents clients in a variety of other matters, including driver's license restorations, expungement or "set aside" applications, extradition hearings, probation violation hearings, Child Protective Services investigations, as well as civil litigation and appeals.  Spencer M. Bondy has built a respected reputation as an honest and committed advocate for his clients.    


Misdemeanor Criminal Defense 

Misdemeanor offenses in Michigan are prosecuted in local District Courts and carry a maximum of up to 1 year in jail and probation up to 2 years.  However, misdemeanor offenses can be punishable by up to 30 days, 90 days, 93 days, or 1 year in jail.  Although misdemeanor offenses carry a lesser possible sentence than a felony charge, the criminal penalties and collateral consequences of a misdemeanor conviction can be devastating.  A conviction may impact your family, employment, education, driver's license, firearm rights, and freedom.  Judges and prosecutors across Michigan do not take misdemeanor charges lightly.  You should always immediately seek out an experienced criminal attorney as soon as you are aware of a criminal investigation or charge.  

Common misdemeanor charges in Michigan include

  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI/DUI)

  • Retail Fraud (shoplifting) 

  • Assault & Battery

  • Domestic Assault & Battery 

  • Minor drug use and drug possession

  • Larceny under $1,000.00

  • Embezzlement under $1,000.00

  • Open Alcohol Container/Open Intoxicants in Vehicle 

  • Disorderly Conduct 

  • Several Traffic Offenses

  • Civil Infractions Causing Death or Serious Injury

  • Malicious Destruction of Property under $1,000.00

  • Trespassing and Hunting Violations 

Felony Criminal Defense 

Being charged with a felony can, and often is, life altering.  A felony charge in Michigan includes any criminal offense that carries a maximum possible penalty of more than 1 year in jail.  A felony charge starts in a local District Court when the accused is brought before a magistrate for an arraignment and either released on bond or held in custody pending trial.  After an initial arraignment, a felony charge will proceed to a probable cause conference and preliminary examination.  If the prosecutor can prove by a probable cause standard that a felony was committed and the accused committed that felony or the preliminary examination is waived, the felony charge will proceed to the Circuit Court for County in which the charge was filed.  In Circuit Court, the accused will appear for for arraignment and pretrial before proceeding to trial if a resolution is not reached or the charge(s) are not dismissed prior to trial.  A felony charge should never be taken lightly, especially when considering the potential for a prison sentence as well as the collateral consequences that come with a felony conviction.  We have a proven track record of success helping clients throughout Oakland County and the State of Michigan avoid these consequences through extensive plea bargaining, trials, and motions to dismiss the charge(s).  


Common felony charges in Michigan include:

  • Felonious Assault (Assault with a Dangerous Weapon) 

  • Resisting/Obstructing/Interfering with Law Enforcement 

  • Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense (OWI/DUI)

  • Retail Fraud over $1,000.00

  • Larceny over $1,000.00

  • Embezzlement over $1,000.00

  • Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,000.00

  • Uttering and Publishing (U&P)

  • Financial Transaction Device (FTD)

  • Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile (UDAA)

  • Fleeing & Eluding

  • Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property

  • Felony Firearm 

  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon 

  • Drug Possession and Manufacture/Delivery Controlled Substance

  • Domestic Violence 3rd Offense 

  • Home Invasion

  • Armed and Unarmed Robbery

  • Sex Crimes (Criminal Sexual Conduct)

  • Child Abuse

  • Homicide

Traffic and Civil Infraction Defense

The State of Michigan has some of the harshest traffic laws found in the United States of America.  It can be difficult to both obtain and keep your driver's license if you are found responsible for traffic and civil infraction offenses due to the structure of the Michigan Vehicle Code and rules issued by the Michigan Secretary of State.  For example, if you are assessed 8 points on your driver's license, you will receive a warning letter from the Michigan Secretary of State advising you that your license could be suspended and you may need to appear for a driver re-examination if you obtain more points.  If you are assessed 12 points, your license may be suspended until you successfully pass a driver re-examination.  In addition to potentially losing your license, your insurance premiums may increase with each added point.  If your license is suspended, any conviction for a "moving violation" will result in an additional suspension to your license.  In Michigan, certain traffic infractions can be prosecuted misdemeanors or felonies, however most traffic infractions are charged as civil infractions. We handle traffic and civil infraction charges on a daily basis and are prepared to protect your freedom and your driver's license against overzealous officers and prosecutors.  


Common traffic and civil infraction offenses in Michigan include: 

  • Speeding

  • Stop Sign and Red Light Violations (Disobey Traffic Control Device)

  • No Insurance or No Proof of Insurance 

  • Failure to Yield 

  • Improper Lane Change

  • Careless Driving

  • Reckless Driving  

  • Driving While License Suspended, Revoked, No License (DWLS)

  • Driving Without Operator's License on Person (No-Ops)

  • Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Drive (Allowing)

  • Leaving the Scene of a Property/Personal Injury Accident

  • Failure to Report Property/Personal Injury Accident

Ordinance Code Violations and Building Code Matters

Common ordinance code violations brought by municipal prosecutors include, blight and dangerous structure violations, failure to obtain necessary permits, illegal parking or storage of vehicles on property, excessive noise violations, property maintenance and building code violations, zoning violations, and illegal signs.  Spencer M. Bondy has significant experience working with local municipal prosecutors, building code officials, zoning administrators, and local code enforcement officers and has been recognized as a preeminent attorney at resolving code violations.  

Probation Violations

Probation is a common consequence of a criminal conviction in Michigan, however the requirements of a probation order can be daunting and violations devastating.  Judges and probation officers demand strict compliance with requirements of the probation order.  Facing a probation violation is a significant issue and can lead to more problems if not addressed immediately with experienced legal counsel. If you are found guilty, the penalties for a violation range from incarceration to  increased testing or community service, and everything in between.  It is important that you do not treat a first offense probation violation lightly, it can lead to significant consequences now and in the future, especially if you face a second or subsequent violation.  It is important that you are proactive whenever you are facing a probation violation.  There are certain steps that you can take immediately to help you lessen or even avoid a jail sentence.  We interictally know the laws regarding misdemeanor and felony probation violations, and have the experience to help you resolve the violation.  Additional information regarding probation violations can be found here

Criminal Record Expungement 

If you have a prior criminal conviction that is impacting your career, limiting your ability to spending time with your children at school or sporting events, impairing your ability to travel, or restricting your civil rights and hunting privileges, a criminal record expungement can help you regain your life and freedom. In Michigan, if you have a prior misdemeanor or felony conviction, including a first offense OWI/DUI conviction, you may be eligible to have that conviction "set aside."  If you are interested in removing the stigma of a prior criminal conviction, we are here to help you. We have a reputation as being one of the best law firms in Michigan at setting aside criminal convictions for our clients. More information on our expungement practice can be found on our Record Expungement page, available HERE.

Driver's License Appeals & Restoration

It is almost impossible to get around the State of Michigan without a driver's license.  Whether your license was revoked due to certain convictions, such as too many DUI/OWI convictions, or you have accumulated too many points, we can help.  Spencer M. Bondy has successfully helped clients across the State of Michigan, as well as out of state clients with license restrictions/revocations in Michigan, reinstate their license and get back on the road.  Reinstating your driver's license takes a significant amount of preparation to be successful with the Michigan Secretary of State.  We have the resources and experience to be successful with both the Secretary of State as well as license appeals in Circuit Court.  More information regarding how we help our clients get back on the road is available on our Driver's License Restoration page, available HERE.

Appeals & Post Judgement Relief

We have a track record of success in criminal and administrative appeals, including successfully representing clients in administrative trials accused of violating various occupational and Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs licenses, as well as Child Protective Services Central Registry matters. We also represent clients in criminal appeals, including in circuit courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and to the Michigan Supreme Court.  

Civil Litigation & Municipal Law 

In addition to our other practice areas, we also handle a variety of civil matters including Personal Protection Orders, family and domestic litigation, contract disputes, property disputes, collections and lien enforcement, as well as municipal disputes, including zoning ordinance violations and variance applications, special use permit applications, Freedom of Information Act requests, condemnation, and municipal litigation.

Client Testimonials

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Spencer Bondy worked with me on a domestic violence case about a year ago and I’m so happy with how everything turned out. He is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. Professionalism and honesty through the roof. No bs. Upon meeting him I felt relief because I knew he would handle everything, and he did. He is worth every penny plus more! I recommend him to my family and friends all the time and will be obtaining his services in the future for any legal help I may need.

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