Our Aggressive Michigan Criminal Defense Team
The law firm of Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC is based in Michigan and offers aggressive criminal defense throughout the entire Lower Peninsula of Michigan. If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, or think that you may be charged, you need the aggressive criminal defense team at Kronzek & Cronkright. Our experienced team of skilled professionals has a proven track record of successful results in Michigan local, state, and federal Courts.
- Michael J. Cronkright
- Charles M. Kronzek
- John M. English
- Brandy J. Thompson
- Thomas S. Piotrowski
- Stephanie M. Service
“Defending the Falsely Accused is not a Job for the Weak, the Timid, The Inexperienced or the Incompetent.”
I am Michael Cronkright, one of the founding partners of Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC. I hold firmly to the belief that every criminal defendant and every person suspected of a crime deserves the best possible defense. Our legal system seems to be trending toward treating the accused poorly and lowering the quality of defense. Unfortunately, many clients are represented poorly by attorneys who don’t give them the time and attention they deserve. In our law firm, we work very hard to make sure every client gets an excellent defense.
As a trial attorney, I have learned that many people are accused of crimes they did not commit. Sometimes that is because of over-charging by the prosecutor. Over-charging is where a prosecutor brings charges that are substantially more serious than the events call for. They do this because they are posturing for a plea agreement. Sometimes, suspects face blatantly false allegations. As defense attorneys we understand that people make mistakes and need help. Our job is to provide that help.
In my practice, I work daily with clients in criminal cases, Children’s Protective Proceedings, and other complex litigation. I have extensive experience defending child abuse cases, especially infant injury and death cases. I have a passion for defending the falsely accused and those treated unfairly by police, prosecutors and CPS investigators.
I have served as lead trial attorney on numerous complex cases involving false allegations by children. I have extensive training and experience working with child witnesses in court. My courtroom experiences have lead me to believe that many attorneys and judges are uncomfortable with child testimony and don’t handle it well.
Because we are exclusively retained counsel, we have had the benefit of training from, and courtroom experience with, nationally prominent medical, psychological, and scientific experts. The expertise and knowledge gained is invaluable in breaking down the barrier of false accusations, misleading evidence, and suggestive child interviews by authorities.
I have obtained not guilty verdicts throughout Michigan and have successfully litigated the reunification of families facing allegations by Children’s Protective Services. If I can be of assistance to you or your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at Cronkright@KronCron.com .
Mr. Cronkright received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Spring Arbor College. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been admitted to practice law in all Michigan courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and, pro hac vice, in Wyoming, Texas, and Wisconsin. He is additionally licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.
Mr. Cronkright’s professional memberships include the State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section, Florida Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the American Association of Justice, and the National Association of CPS Defense Attorneys.
“I am determined to see that every Client in my Firm has the Highest Quality Criminal Defense. Every Criminal Case is Treated as the Most Important Event our Client Will Ever Face.”
I am attorney Chuck Kronzek. My interest in founding this law firm, along with my first partner, Michael Cronkright, was that I wanted to operate a firm where we could offer each of our clients the best possible defense, the best possible attorneys and the best possible results. I am proud of what we have been able to achieve. Since we started practicing together, Mike, myself and the team have had many trial victories; too many to keep track of really. We enjoy our reputation of being thorough, intense, competent Michigan criminal defense attorneys. We love winning cases and helping clients.
At Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC, we never stop educating ourselves, never stop learning better ways to present arguments and win cases. I make sure that all of my attorneys participate in continual ongoing legal education and training. I make sure that every criminal defense file is regularly reviewed by one of the partners in the firm.
We don’t have any small cases or unimportant clients. If you are being represented by my law firm, I will accept your call and review your case progress with you, even if another attorney in the firm is the lead attorney on the case. I meet with clients during the day, during the evenings and on weekends. I offer you my personal guarantee: If you are a client at my firm, you will be represented well. I will see to it.
Mr. Kronzek is a highly successful trial lawyer with extensive experience in handling hundreds of criminal cases. He is involved in many of our high profile cases. He has excellent litigation skills and has been a member of numerous legal and professional associations, including the State Bar of Michigan, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the American Association of Justice. He frequently participates in continuing legal education in order to keep updated on the most current laws, techniques, areas of expertise, and court rulings that might affect our clients. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been admitted to practice law in all Michigan state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has been admitted pro hac vice to try cases in Texas, Wyoming, and Florida.
John M. English, originally raised on the shores of Lake Superior, has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1999 and the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1985. He maintained a statewide OWI defense practice in NewHampshire for 14 years but now concentrates on all types of serious Michigan criminal cases. Mr. English has conducted hundreds of administrative hearings, bench trials, and jury trials. He is licensed to practice in Michigan courts as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. His professional memberships have included the State Bar of Michigan, New Hampshire Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Mr. English has successfully completed the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course and completed other numerous continuing legal education courses.
Mr. English obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Franconia College (N.H.) in 1977 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord, New Hampshire in 1984.
Ms. Thompson, originally from northern Michigan, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law from Lake Superior State University. She then attended Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. While in law school, she became an editor for the prestigious MSU Law Review. Her professional memberships have included the Michigan Association for Justice, the State Bar of Michigan, as well as the Young Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to being licensed to practice in all Michigan courts, she is also licensed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Thompson has successfully litigated in both state and federal courts. She has handled a wide range of cases, including those involving Child Protective Services, child abuse, child neglect, and criminal defense.
Thomas Piotrowski is an experienced and aggressive litigator who handles cases in and around the Detroit metro area. Since graduating cum laude from the Detroit College of Law in 1987, Mr. Piotrowski has been actively litigating inside of Michigan courtrooms.
Mr. Piotrowski is a former Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. His responsibilities included witness preparation and prosecution of felony and misdemeanor offenses in both bench and jury trials. After 10 years at the Prosecutor’s office, Mr. Piotrowski moved on to the Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General. While there, he worked primarily on environmental prosecutions.
Mr. Piotrowski is now putting his decades of experience prosecuting individuals to work by defending clients and their constitutional rights both in and out of the courtroom. He is able to use the unique skill set of building cases against individuals to see the weaknesses of a given lawsuit or prosecution and can use these to his advantage when arguing a client’s defense. Mr. Piotrowski’s professional memberships include the State Bar of Michigan as well as the Washtenaw County Bar Association.
Ms. Service firmly believes in a criminal defendant’s constitutional right to a competent criminal defense attorney. That is why she has such a passion for defending people who have been charged with crimes in Michigan. Not only does she work hard to prepare a defense strategy, but she works hard to build relationships with all her clients.
Ms. Service graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Spanish. She then accepted an Honors Scholarship to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During law school, Ms. Service earned a place on both the Dean’s List and Honor Roll every single semester and was a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. She graduated cum laude with an academic ranking of 20 out of 403 students.
Ms. Service is licensed to practice law in all Michigan state courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. She is a graduate of both the Hillman Advocacy Program and the Trial Skills College.