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David R. Cripps

Fax: (313) 963-8500

David Cripps is a criminal defense attorney with decades of experience representing individuals facing criminal charges. Well-known for his aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients, Mr. Cripps has obtained countless acquittals in jury trials, as well as dismissals and other favorable outcomes in felony and misdemeanor cases throughout the Detroit court system. He brings personalized attention to every case, providing smart, creative, strategic legal advice and counsel, to obtain the best possible result for his clients.

Everyone accused of a crime deserves to have a dedicated, compassionate attorney in their corner who will fight on their behalf and make sure that their constitutional rights are protected at every turn. From the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Cripps has devoted 100% of his practice to criminal defense. No case is too challenging for him and he is committed to helping people out of difficult situations and guiding them through the criminal justice system with skill, compassion, and respect.

Communication is critical to a successful attorney-client relationship and for people accused of criminal conduct, whose freedom and future are often at stake, it is especially important to know and understand what is happening with your case. Mr. Cripps is accessible, responsive, and keeps his clients informed every step of the way.

The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of the criminal justice system and Mr. Cripps honors the presumption by providing zealous representation to his clients from beginning to end, whatever the charge. Mr. Cripps investigates every possible defense and meticulously prepares his cases, always entering the courtroom with a mastery of the facts and the law. Our clients benefit from our significant experience trying cases before Detroit juries, as well as our in-depth knowledge of local judges and prosecutors.

When not in court fighting for his clients, David’s determination and competitive spirit can be seen in his passion for long distance running. As an advocate he doesn’t shy away from a tough case and as a racer he doesn’t shy away from a challenging run.

Practice Areas

  • 100% Criminal Defense


  • J.D., Detroit College of Law (1983)
  • B.A., University of Michigan (1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1983


  • Super Lawyers, 2008 - present

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association