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Detroit DUI Lawyer Jeffrey J. Randa

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Phone: (586) 465-1980
Fax: (586) 465-5966

75 N Main St
Mt Clemens, Michigan 48043

What about me?  Who am I?  The usual approach to the “Attorney Bio” is to list all of one’s accomplishments, awards, education and such in an attempt to impress the potential client.  Tradition being what it is, my website has that, and it's reprinted below (way below).  First, however, I want tell you who I am in my own words.  I'm doing it this way because I believe that I am a lot more than just a bunch of academic and legal accomplishments.  In fact, as a lawyer, I'd rather be known for my personality more than anything else:

I’m a nice guy.   

I am a funny guy, too, and believe that humor is the best medicine for just about anything.  No matter how serious your situation, I will find a reason to make you smile.  I don’t think we’ve started off on the right foot unless my client leaves the office saying something like, “Thanks.  I’m glad we met, and I feel a lot better now.”

I am honest.  And because I’m also funny, that means I can joke (mostly) that being honest costs me a lot of money.  I can’t sell myself just telling people what they want to hear.  There’s money to be made doing that if you don’t have a strong conscience, but I do, so I’m stuck telling the truth, even if it isn’t very pretty.

I was born in Detroit in 1963, and raised in a wonderful working-class part of its east side.  My mom was a secretary for the State of Michigan, and my dad was a mailman.  I came later in my parent's lives, when they had pretty much given up on having kids, am an only child, so I was given a lot of attention growing up.  When I arrived, they thought I was something of a miracle, although I’m sure that by the time I was a teenager, they were wondering what the hell the ever did to deserve such punishment.

My mom was a stickler for grammar, and filled my head with warnings like “There is no such word as “ain’t” (I’d point out that it was in the dictionary, and she’d reply that it was still “improper grammar.”  She believed in dictionaries like some people believe in bibles.  Her insistence that I clearly and properly annunciate words and use proper grammar was a drag to me when I was a kid, but it equipped me with an ability to arrange words on paper and speak in a way that did, ultimately, set me apart from most everyone else, and helped me do rather well in school and as a lawyer (Thanks, mom!)  Perhaps the most important lesson I ever learned from my mom was to “treat others as you would want to be treated,” and I have lived by that rule all of my life.

My dad was pretty much a walking smile.  He was “Joe the mailman” to everyone on his route, and was loved by all.  I didn’t see how his personality influenced mine at the time, but people liked my dad because he was never down, or mad.  He was always happy.  If something bad (when you grow up in the working class, another word for this is “expensive”) happened and we had to fix it, he wouldn’t become angry, but rather give a funny smirk, shrug his shoulders and say, “Whataya gonna do?”  And then he’d pay for it.  I do that all the time now, myself and it drives my wife crazy, but it’s no doubt precisely because my dad didn’t let things bother him that he lived past 90.   

I was sent to St. Brendan’s, a small, Catholic grade school.  I was a smart-enough kid, but the kind who never applied himself.  I was almost always in trouble for talking.  And looking out the window.  And laughing.  Back then, the nuns would smack you in the head, so mine isn’t exactly as round as it should be now because of all that talking, laughing, and looking out the window.  I may have been spared a few whacks because I was also an altar boy, and a nice, if not strictly obedient kid, so the nuns and teachers did like me, they just had their hands full keeping me in line.  Whatever else, I received a solid education.

I moved on to Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, on Kelly Road just south of 8 Mile.  There, my incessant talking became something of an asset.  I competed in forensics (and won a lot of awards and ribbons), wrote for the school paper, and even did the morning announcements.  That ability to speak and write tended to soften my various teachers’ inevitable observations that I had plenty of potential, but didn’t really apply myself, screwing around, instead, by talking, laughing and (big surprise here), looking out the window.

I took my first job as a busboy at age 15 at the Big Boy restaurant at Eastland Mall.  I also started a business waxing cars around then, as well.  In the course of my life, I’ve done just about every task you can imagine, from cleaning toilets as a kid to writing drafts of judicial opinions as a law student.  I’ve cleaned stuff, hauled stuff, sold stuff, using my back, my legs, my hands, my head and my voice.  By age 15 I was playing guitar in garage bands and trying to figure out who I was while trying on a million different identities.  For all of that effort, I never did completely fit in with any single group, but rather floated between and got along well with different groups of people, some of whom would never even sit together, like the jocks, the book nerds (I’ve always been a big reader), the burnouts, the artists and everyone else.  Back then, I merely thought I hadn’t found my niche, whereas now, I’m glad that my particular niche is really not having one. 

I went to college at Wayne State University on a partial scholarship.  I also received a stipend from the University for my involvement with student government.  I worked various jobs all through college while also keeping up the car waxing business in the summers.  I did college radio (under the name, “Jay Stevens,” a choice so hokey I still cringe when I think about it) and then, in 1984, I met a special girl. 

Uh oh. 

There I was, this working class, Catholic kid from the east side of Detroit and I worked up the courage to ask this girl out because I thought she was so attractive, figuring she might well blow me off, but I took the chance and she said yes to lunch.  Turns out she was a nice Jewish girl from the west side of town.  Talk about different worlds!  At least we both spoke english.  The love story is long, and, I must say, as interesting as any I’ve ever heard, but the nickel version is that we fell in love, stayed together, got married and have never been apart since.  We have 1 child, a wonderful daughter who is our miracle, but (stop me if you’ve heard this…) has also, at times, made me wonder what I did to deserve such punishment. 

Anyway, my wife (then girlfriend) and I graduate from WSU together (me, with a degree in Psychology) and by then, I was all set for law school.  That I was going to be a lawyer was probably easy to figure out by the time I was in the 2nd grade because I never stopped talking and had become rather good at it, although I also did seriously consider pursuing a PhD in psychology, as well, because the subject fascinated me, a fact that became relevant again down the road.

I began law school within days after college graduation, and began piling up experience though my various clerkships in law firms, for a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, and even the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  I won some awards in law school, competed nationally in the Moot Court competition, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1990.  I passed the bar exam upon my first attempt, and have been practicing law ever since.

It took about 2 years of working in law firms for me to figure out where I belong, and in 1992, I struck out on my own.  It took another few years for me to realize that my heart and my talent was best focused on certain criminal cases, particularly those arising from the operation of a motor vehicle.  By fate, or circumstance, or both, the whole subject of addiction became central to me and my caseload, which was soon dominated by DUI and driver’s license restoration cases.  Addiction issues became relevant in every context of my life, from the inside looking out, the outside,looking in, and through study, as well.  My lifelong interest in psychology eventually culminated in me going back to the University classroom, where I completed a post-graduate program of addiction studies.  The pathology of alcohol and drug problems utterly fascinates me, and by learning the clinical side of things, I have been able to see how the judicial system is not really equipped to deal with them, although it must, and so it tries.  I do my part to help by sharing whatever potentially useful information I have, or pick up.  As the saying goes, the master of any subject is really just a master student, and so my study in this field is and always will be ongoing.

I think that what defines me most as a lawyer is the “counselor” part of my formal job description, “Attorney and Counselor at Law.”  I’m the guy who appeals to the anxious client with all kinds of questions and concerns.  My office staff is the same way, and we work well with those who seek real and honest answers.  I’m the guy on the iPad at 9:30 sending back a response to a client’s email.  The legal stuff is easy, but it’s the people stuff and how you help someone that they’ll remember years later.  I want to produce the best outcome possible for my client, but I also want him or her to have felt comfortable with and be glad that they chose me for the job.  At the end of the day, I'm here to help, and the greatest satisfaction I can get is to really do just that.

Now, onto that "traditional" attorney biography:

Since 1990, attorney Jeffrey Randa has helped thousands of people facing harsh Michigan DUI charges get back on the road and stay out of Jail.

In Michigan driver's license restoration and out-of-state clearance cases, Jeff combines over 25 years of experience and knowledge into a first-time win guarantee. Success stories about other people are great, but by offering a guarantee in license restoration cases, success in your case is assured.

By concentrating his DUI and criminal practice in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, Jeff knows each of the courts and the different Judges, and how they do things. He believes that a lawyer should lead the way through a case based upon experience. A Michigan lawyer is hired to make things better, and in DUI and criminal cases, success is measured by how much better things turn out.

With a rather tight focus on Michigan DUI and DWI cases as well as drug and marijuana charges, embezzlement, indecent exposure and suspended/revoked license cases, Jeff has refined and redefined the role of the modern attorney. The old school lawyer dressed up nicely, stood by the client’s side, and asked for leniency. The modern lawyer needs to do much more than that. Beyond just knowing the law, the modern Michigan DUI lawyer must understand alcohol and drug assessment testing, and must be able to speak the language of a substance abuse counselor and other counseling professionals who expertise is part of every DUI and so many other kind of cases.

There is a lot more to successfully practicing law than just showing up in court. In the courtroom, a lawyer will either makes things better, or not. Michigan DUI attorney Jeffrey Randa will make things better in your case.

Outside the courtroom, he is involved in the formal University post-graduate level study of alcohol and addiction issues. As part of the court process, everyone facing a DUI or drug charge, and most people facing any other kind of criminal charge will be required to undergo some kind of alcohol or drug assessment test. Having a DUI lawyer educated and trained in how these tests work provides a huge advantage in Michigan court. Jeff translates his continuing, specialized education directly to your benefit.

Beyond all of the education and experience, however, Jeff is a likeable guy. He is a friendly, honest and warm person who believes the best reward for a job well done is a heartfelt and sincere “thank you” from his client.

Jeff was born in 1963 and raised on Detroit’s East side. He attended St. Brendan’s Grade School and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1981. He went to Wayne State University on a scholarship and was extensively involved in student government. He was a national competitor in Moot Court while he attended the Detroit College of Law, from which he graduated in 1990.

He passed the Bar Exam on his first attempt.

He met his wife in 1984, and they reside together with their daughter.

Education

J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1990
Multiple year recipient of the Ralph, Rose and Samuel Helper award in Excellence in the Study of Law. National Competitor in Moot Court.

B.A., Psychology, Wayne State University, 1986
Merit Scholarship for entire college education.

Graduate Addiction Studies Program, University of Detroit Mercy, 2012 - Present

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Michigan, 1990
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1990

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Macomb County Bar Association
Member Since: 1993

Italian-American Bar Association
Member Since: 1993

Publications

On his Blog (www.michigancriminaldefenselawyerblog.com), Jeff has published hundreds and hundreds of highly-detailed, informative articles examining every aspect and step involved in Driver's License Restoration and Clearance Appeals, DUI and Criminal cases.  There is no single resource with as much accurate and useful information anywhere on the internet.