David B. Carter, Jr. ATTORNEY AT LAW

more than 18 years of experience


Adult Protective Services

Conservator & Guardian

Driving While Intoxicated

Being arrested and charged with DUI/OWI or any other Drunk Driving charge doesn’t just happen to bad people. For many, this is the first time that they have ever been in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, Michigan drinking and driving laws are among the toughest in the country. A second or third offense is devastating with penalties including possible prison and indefinite license revocation. We will aggressively defend anyone charged with a Michigan drinking driving offense including Super Drunk, Child Endangerment or Zero Tolerance in all.

In Michigan, the legal alcohol limit for those over the age of 21 is up to a .07 percent. In other words if your blood alcohol level is a .08 or higher you will be charged with a drunk driving offense and if your blood alcohol level is above a .17% you will face a “Super Drunk” charge. You may also be charged with drunk driving if the officer believes that your ability to drive is substantially lessened by the consumption of alcohol or lessened to the point it would be noticed by another person.

A first DUI offense, without extenuating circumstances, is classified as a misdemeanor. There is the possibility of jail time involved in the sentence – the maximum jail sentence is 93 days, though most first-time offenders will not spend that much time in jail. Judges in some courts do routinely give jail time for even first time offenders. Your experienced DUI attorney will be able to tell you if you are facing such a judge.

Abuse and neglect

Child Neglect and Abuse

Child Neglect and Abuse. What is it?

Child abuse and neglect attorneys have a very important job: We must humanize (before the court) individuals who have already slipped away from the presumption of innocence. In this country, the allegation of any crime involving a child receives high scrutiny and, unfortunately, immediate scorn. Individuals who are accused of abuse or neglect must find an attorney who has successfully steered child abuse and neglect cases, because (by their very nature) such cases are highly nuanced and more sensitive to manage than most other cases. Whether you require a family attorney to help you petition for a successful investigation and custody arrangement to protect a minor child or to protect yourself from false accusations the first step is finding an aggressive abuse lawyer.

David B. Carter Jr. Law Offices are experienced, aggressive and ready to help protect your children and your reputation.

Car Accidents

Michigan Car Accident Lawyers

The law firm of David B. Carter, Jr. is dedicated to helping victims of car accidents throughout
the State of Michigan. Statistically, auto accident cases represented by experienced car accident lawyers result in greater settlements for victims. Shouldn’t you be doing what you can to protect and provide for your family? David B. Carter, Jr. can help.

In addition to being traumatized by an auto accident, many people are frustrated by the delays and denials by insurance companies. In such cases car accident attorneys can help. Whether it is keeping your claim moving through the insurance maze or suing to get just compensation in Michigan; car accident lawyers can help.

It will cost you nothing unless your case is settled. Call us at 517-618-5146.

Criminal Appeals

The preparation of a direct appeal or any other type of post-conviction litigation involves a significant amount of work. Transcripts have to be meticulously reviewed to determine if any issues present themselves for appeal.

Once issues are spotted, many hours of legal research must be undertaken to determine what case law exists to support the defendant’s arguments. A brief then must be drafted which persuasively argues to the court that the case law, coupled with the facts of the defendant’s case require that the conviction or ruling to be reversed.

Before retaining appellate counsel, you would be best advised to make sure that the person you hire has the type of practice, skills, and experience that enables him to do the job properly.

David B. Carter Jr. Law Offices is highly capable in preparation and representation of cases before the appellate courts. We leave no page unturned in the search for appellate issues.



In his years defending people against criminal charges, Michigan lawyer David B. Carter has helped clients to get hundreds of successful outcomes. How has he managed to achieve such a high level of success? By excelling both in his ability to negotiate with prosecutors and as a trial lawyer.

Skilled negotiating is all about planting enough doubt in the prosecutor’s mind that he or she starts to worry that they won’t get a conviction if they take the case to trial. When prosecutors lose in court, it’s something that is not only embarrassing for them, but also for the government, and they try to avoid it at all costs. Mr. Carter knows this, and understands how to make prosecutors doubt the strength of their case and often reduce the charges or dismiss the case altogether.

The best criminal defense lawyers know how to persuade a judge or jury that the case against their client is weak and that a finding of not guilty is the only just result. Successful criminal attorneys are able to pick apart the State’s case with a very thorough cross examination of police, eye witnesses and other government witnesses.

With his long history and vast experience, you can be sure that Mr. Carter will always fight hard against the prosecutors, police and witnesses who seek to do harm to his clients in and out of the court room.

Divorce/Family Law

Divorce, whether contested or uncontested, can be a complex legal process. When children are involved, even an amicable divorce can become an overwhelming emotional battle. When property is involved, it is important to take action to ensure that your future interests are addressed. Although technically a divorce is a decision made and carried out between two people, the truth is that the choice to enter into a divorce will have much wider ramifications. Whether considering the effect on the couple’s children, or how relationships, such as in-laws, extended family or friends will be affected it is impossible to deny the consequences divorce will have on your life.

For this reason, divorce is an extremely delicate area of the law that should not be handled by an inexperienced attorney. With the help of an experienced Michigan Divorce Lawyer, your divorce or family law matter will be handled in a manner that can benefit your current and future interests as well as those of your family.

David B. Carter Jr. Law Offices has the skill, dedication and hard work ethic to represent you during any of your family law issues. Our goal is to educate, negotiate, mediate and litigate in a manner that protects the best interests of our clients and their family.

Estate Planning

Planning your estate is a very personal endeavor. It also can be a highly complex one. David B. Carter Jr. Law Offices is an excellent choice when you need an estate plan. David Carter is approachable, friendly, someone who will put you at ease. Equally important, he has the experience and expertise to develop an estate plan that is creative, comprehensive and fully carries out your wishes.

The first step David will take after you contact his law firm is to meet with you. At this meeting, he will ask about you and your family’s needs, assets and what you want to achieve with your estate. He also will discuss legal issues and options including:

  • Probate avoidance techniques;
  • Designating beneficiaries; and
  • Gifting options.

Every client and every estate plan is unique, but many plans share common elements. So it is likely that your plan will contain some, and maybe all, of the following:

  • Last Will and Testament;
  • Trust;
  • General durable (financial) power of attorney;
  • Health care directives (power of attorney and living will); and
  • Designation of patient advocate.

Whether your estate is large or small, simple or complicated, David will use extraordinary care and diligence to develop an estate plan that meets your needs and budget.

Juvenile law

Finding out that your teenage child has been charged with a crime can be incredibly frightening, and for many parents, their first instinct is to try to protect their children from convictions that can carry potentially life-long consequences. Having an the experienced and accomplished Michigan juvenile defense attorney aggressively defend your child’s rights is critical to his or her future. In addition to our extensive experience with the nuances of Michigan juvenile law and the criminal justice process, we are highly adept at building and litigating strong juvenile defense cases to facilitate both a favorable resolution to the charges. The Michigan juvenile defense lawyers at David B. Carter, Jr. Law Offices are dedicated to giving your child the best possible legal representation, so your family and child can focus on a positive and healthy future.


Personal Injury

What is Personal Injury?

A personal injury is any physical or mental injury to a person as a result of someone’s negligence or harmful act. Sometimes personal injury may be referred to as bodily injury. Personal injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. The following are some of the most common accidents resulting in personal injury:

  • Auto accidents
  • Dangerous or Defective Product Injuries (Product Liability)
  • Aviation Disasters
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Workers Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Home Accidents
  • Dog Bites

What financial compensation can I get in a personal injury claim?

Personal injury victims are entitled to recover money damages for all losses and expenses they incur as a result of an accident. The damages may include the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost Wages, including overtime, future revenue losses
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Physical Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent Scars
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Mental Anguish
  • Loss of Enjoyment
  • Loss of Love & Affection
  • Embarrassment
  • Mental Disability
  • Property Damage
  • All out of pocket expenses (transportation charges, house cleaning, grass cutting, and others)

How do I know if I have a Personal Injury claim?

To have a personal injury case, you must be able to show that you have been injured. This may be a physical injury or it may be an emotional injury. In addition, you must be able to show that the someone else (the defendant) is at fault for your injury under a negligence, strict liability or intentional misconduct theory. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to show that the other party is more at fault for the injury than you are.

How do I know if I may need and attorney?

If you have been seriously injured or are unsure as to the outcome of your injury, then an experienced personal injury attorney should always be consulted before you give any statements or sign any papers of any kind and as soon after your injury as possible.

In a serious injury case, you are better off hiring an attorney as soon as possible. Most firms offer a free consultation, with no obligation; therefore, you have nothing to lose by consulting an attorney before you accept the insurance company offer.

There is a statute of limitations that requires you to file suit within a specific period of time, depending upon the circumstances of your case, or else you will be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries. An attorney will be able to help you keep within the statute of limitations.