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Stephanie Achenbach

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michiganundefined

undefinedStephanie Achenbach is a criminal trial and appellate attorney with extensive state and federal litigation experience. She has been practicing for nearly 20 years. Stephanie has successfully tried hundreds of cases and drafted over 50 appellate briefs. Her appellate achievements also include an appeal from 2010 that resulted in a published Michigan Court of Appeals opinion.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1996. As a political science major, she focused on world politics and studies abroad at the University of London, London, England. Stephanie earned her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2000. Admitted to practice by the State Bar of Michigan in 2000, she is also admitted to the Federal District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Stephanie began her legal career at a large firm and then returned to the Michigan Attorney General’s office, where she clerked throughout law school. During her 10-year tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, Stephanie practiced in both the Criminal and Labor Bureaus as a trial litigator and appellate attorney.


• Michigan State University College of Law, Juris Doctor

• Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Continuing Education

• National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL) 11th Annual Defending Drug Cases Seminar, October 11–13, 2017, Las Vegas, NV

• Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, Marijuana Law Criminal Bootcamp, April 6, 2018, Ann Arbor, MI

• Michigan Operating While Impaired Trial Bootcamp, May 11–12, 2018, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

• State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Bootcamp, June 2018, Frankenmuth, MI

• Michigan State Appellate Defender’s Office, Appellate Assigned Counsel Training, October 19, 2018 WMU Cooley, Auburn Hills, MI

• Michigan State Appellate Defender’s Office, Appellate Assigned Counsel Training, Appealing Plea Cases, February 7, 2019, Detroit, MI

• Michigan State Appellate Defender’s Office, Appellate Assigned Counsel Training, Intermediate Word Processing & Adobe Acrobat, March 15, 2019, Detroit, MI


• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

• Criminal Defense Attorney of Michigan (CDAM)

• State Bar of Michigan

• DUI Defense Lawyers Association

What Area of Law are You Skilled and Why?

As an experienced criminal defense attorney with extensive research and writing experience, I am comfortable practicing in both state and federal courts. Although I enjoy all criminal matters, I especially enjoy cases involving search and seizure issues.

Why are you passionate about the law or what made you practice law?

When I was a child and heard Bob Dylan’s song “Hurricane”, about the imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, I knew I would enter the field of law. Lawyers are in a unique position to help individuals and I find it rewarding to assist our clients navigating their way through the criminal justice system.

What is Your Most Memorable Moment in Practicing?

It would be impossible to name just one. Any case that succeeds on a constitutional challenge I consider a huge victory – especially when it leads to the suppression of evidence.

What are some of your hobbies and Interests?

I am an avid reader and enjoy politics.

What is your favorite City/Township for a Case?

Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb County all have judges that I enjoy practicing in front of.

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