Attorneys key for those working in courts, Glanville one of many lawyers
The courtroom is where the legal offense and defense collide, as attorneys defend the state and represent their defendants in front of a judge.
“Your main thing is to represent your client as well as you can within the bounds of what you’re legally able to do,” said Ryan Glanville, attorney with Thompson, Thompson & Glanville, PLC. “You want to give your client good advice. Sometimes that means telling your client what they may not want to hear.”
Glanville has been practicing law in Mason County for more than 20 years, handling mostly criminal defense cases, including serious felonies like charges for drugs, firearms, assault and drunk driving. He also handles a vast amount of the firm’s civil litigation cases, including personal injury, divorce and driver’s license reinstatement.
Glanville graduated from Adrian College in 1994 and graduated from Wayne State University’s Law School in 1997.
“I passed the bar the first time,” he said with a laugh.
He went to work for the firm he is currently with shortly after graduating law school. He is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association, American Bar Association, Michigan Association for Justice and the Criminal Defense Association of Michigan.
Glanville said criminal defense cases require preparation, including looking into police reports, physical evidence, eye-witness accounts and more to make sure his client is being charged with the proper consequence.
“Once you have all the evidence, you have to make a decision. Do you want to pursue a plea bargain on behalf of your client, or do you want to pursue a trial in front of a jury?” he said. “Obviously if you got to a trial representing your client means cross examining the state’s witnesses, calling your own witnesses and preparing for cross examination and direct examination, potentially speaking with expert witnesses to determine if they can help your cause, so that’s what it would be in a criminal case.”
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