Hillsdale County Child Abuse Defense Lawyer

Have you or a family member been wrongfully accused of child abuse?

Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC are proven and trusted defenders for those involved in Hillsdale County child abuse defense cases. The attorneys at Kronzek & Cronkright have been successfully defending against Hillsdale County child abuse allegations in Michigan state courts for many years.

Experienced Hillsdale County
Child Abuse Defense Attorney

With an experienced Hillsdale County child abuse defense lawyer on your side, you can keep Child Protective Services (CPS) from taking control of your family. When wrongfully accused of child abuse, it is crucial to hire an aggressive child abuse defense lawyer in Hillsdale County who will keep CPS at bay. At Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC, we regularly defend our clients against Hillsdale County child abuse CPS intrusions. We have years of experience fighting allegations of child abuse in Hillsdale County.

  • Child Neglect
  • Child Abuse
  • Statewide Reporting
  • Munchausen Syndrome
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Sexual Allegations
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Court-Appointed Attorneys
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Attorney Michael J. Cronkright

Attorney Michael J. Cronkright

“I can think of nothing more important in the practice of law than helping parents preserve their parental rights.

As a trial attorney, I am passionate about helping families stay together. I have seen far too many instances where families are under assault from hostile child protection workers. Every day parents are falsely accused by doctors, police officers and CPS (Children’s Protective Services) workers of harming their children. Frequently, this is due to the fact that a young child has an injury that the parent cannot explain. I believe in looking for every possible explanation. I believe in going the extra mile to keep families together. I see my job as that; to find a way to help families stay together.

Years ago, Chuck Kronzek and I handled medical malpractice cases. Although we don’t focus on that area of law any longer, we learned how to litigate medical issues. In my practice, I have had the benefit of working with some of the most highly respected and ethical medical experts in the country. By working on the most difficult child injury cases, I have learned that child protection team doctors often rush to judgement. This is devastating for many Michigan families. Doctors sometimes blame parents in the first instance rather than as a last resort. It is shocking to see medical doctors willing to testify with “certainty” about unexplained injuries to children based on unsubstantiated medical theories. The losers in this equation are the children. Parents are stripped of parental rights and children are permanently separated from their parents all over Michigan. We believe that whenever possible, children need to be raised by the parents who loved them enough to bring them into this world.

Parental defense has become an increasing focus for my law firm over the last decade. I am proud of what my firm has been able to accomplish. I have seen numerous infant injury cases, criminal child abuse cases, Munchhausen cases and false allegation of sexual abuse cases resolve well; with the government out of the home and the children back in the home after being removed by CPS.

As a trial attorney, Mike Cronkright focuses primarily on trial work in the areas of Children’s Protective Services (CPS) proceedings and criminal law, especially as it relates to the defense of complex child abuse cases. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Florida. Mr. Cronkright has a passion for defending the falsely accused and those treated unfairly by the authorities. He has served as lead trial attorney on numerous complex cases involving false allegations by children. He has developed substantial contacts with the finest medical experts from around the United States that has been helpful to clients facing Shaken Baby Syndrome cases and infant fracture cases. He has successfully defended multiple medically complex homicide prosecutions. Mr. Cronkright has extensive training and experience in cross examination of children. He has both training from, and courtroom experience with, nationally prominent medical, psychological and scientific experts. His skillful knowledge and expertise helps break down the barrier of false accusations, misleading evidence, and suggestive child interviews by authorities. Mr. Cronkright has obtained “not guilty” verdicts throughout Michigan and has successfully litigated the reunification of families facing allegations by Children’s Protective Services. Mr. Cronkright is also a referral attorney for National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (NCADRC).

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 state 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. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013. He has defended clients in Children’s Protective Services cases outside of Michigan as well. He has been admitted pro hac vice in Wyoming, Texas, and Wisconsin. More recently, he expanded his practice to include child neglect and abuse defense as well as criminal defense, in the state of Florida.

Mr. Cronkright’s professional memberships have included the State Bar of Michigan (“Criminal Law” Section and “Children and the Law” Section), The Florida Bar (“Criminal” section) , The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the American Association of Justice.

Attorney Brandy J. Thompson

Attorney Brandy J. Thompson

“A parent attorney should have the same compassion and passion fighting for a client’s parental rights that they would have when raising their own children.”

Ms. Thompson believes that in many circumstances Children’s Protective Services (CPS) has overstepped their boundaries and wrongfully interfered with the fundamental right of fathers and mothers to parent their children. It is her personal goal to ensure that every family has the opportunity to be zealously represented and keep their family intact.

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 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 every Michigan state court, 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. Brandy Thompson has successfully litigated in both state and federal courts. She has handled a wide range of cases including Children’s Protective Services, child abuse and neglect and family law cases.

Attorney Charles M. Kronzek

Attorney Charles M. Kronzek

“The rights of parents to raise their children is a fundamental right guaranteed to Americans by the United States Constitution.”

Mr. Kronzek has extensive experience dealing with Children’s Protective Services both in and out of the courtroom. He has helped many of our clients defend their rights throughout abuse and neglect allegations all over Michigan. He has excellent litigation skills and is a successful trial lawyer. He has worked extensively with parents throughout the state of Michigan to prevent Children’s Protective Services (CPS) from wrongfully terminating parental rights. In addition, his extensive training and experience as a tough trial attorney dealing with divorce and criminal cases makes him uniquely qualified to deal with false allegations of child abuse arising as a result of a custody dispute. Mr. Kronzek has practiced in the area of child protective proceedings for more than 18 years.

As an advocate for parents, Mr. Kronzek has aggressively defended families in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Oakland and Jackson Counties and throughout Michigan. Charles Kronzek’s numerous legal and professional associations have included the State Bar of Michigan, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Association of Justice. He frequently participates in continuing legal education in order to keep himself updated as to the most current laws, techniques, areas of expertise, and court rulings that might affect our clients.

Mr. Kronzek 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 in Texas, Wyoming, and Florida. In 2013, Charles Kronzek was admitted to practice when he appeared before the entire United States Supreme Court.

Attorney John M. English

Attorney John M. English

“As a parent, I understand the high calling that parents carry in our society. As an attorney, I understand that keeping families together is often the most important thing I can accomplish.”

I was raised on the shores of Lake Superior by parents that taught me the value of family. Even today, the ideals that my parents invested in me guide me in life and in the practice of law. I understand that, for most parents, there is nothing more important than their children. I share this perspective. That is why I am proud to be part of the team at Kronzek & Cronkright. We are parent and family advocates. We work tirelessly, continuously and daily to keep families together. And we do it well. If I can help your family, it would be an honor.

John English has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1999 and the New Hampshire Bar Association since 1985. He maintained a statewide practice in New Hampshire for 14 years but now practices exclusively in Michigan. He 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 educations 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.

Attorney Stephanie M. Service

Attorney Stephanie M. Service

“Far too often children are removed from their homes, separated from the parents that love them and harmed in the process. My job is to keep parent and child together.”

Ms. Service believes that family preservation and reunification should be the ultimate goal in most neglect or abuse cases in Michigan. Many times, Children’s Protective Services (CPS)caseworkers interfere with a parent’s Constitutional right to raise his or her children. This interference could do more harm than good. Ms. Service is passionate about protecting families. As an attorney, she has successfully defended many parents who were facing CPS allegations and investigations.

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.

Attorney Cassandra A. Drysdale-Crown

Attorney Cassandra A. Drysdale-Crown

“Protecting parents and children from Children Protective Services agents who overreach and abuse their statutory authority is more than a job; it is a duty for those who uphold the laws and Constitution.”

I am attorney Cassandra Drysdale-Crown. I have extensive experience working with families and Children’s Protective Services. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was a counselor and victim advocate who provided services to children and their parents. I believe this experience gives me a rather unique perspective. Now, as a counselor and attorney, I regularly observe government behavior that causes actual harm to families. I understand the premise that CPS is there to protect children, but this is not always the current reality. In fact, Children’s Protective Service worker’s actions often act to strong-arm families; resulting in more harm to children they are supposed to protect. Many field agents have exceeded their statutory authority and act as if there are no laws controlling them. The simple fact is that children are usually (certainly not always) better off with their parents. Yet the system seems to increasingly favor an interruption or suspension of parental authority.

I see my job as keeping families together. That is why I am pleased to be working with Kronzek & Cronkright. Without exception we are a group of parent advocates who believe in the rights of parents to raise their children.

In 1993, Ms. Drysdale-Crown earned a triple major bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. In 1997, after four years of providing counseling services to families, Ms. Drysdale-Crown entered law school at the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, where she earned a Juris Doctor in December 2000. She sat for and passed the Michigan bar examination in July 2001, a mere four days before the birth of her first child, and became a member of the Michigan Bar Association in January 2002. Ms. Drysdale-Crown’s experience includes over two years employed as a project coordinator (attorney) for the Michigan State Supreme Court, State Court Administrative Office, court-rule certified mediator. She has represented individuals and entities involved in class action lawsuits, federal and state criminal appeals, bankruptcy, general civil litigation, estates, trusts, divorce, custody, as well as defending parents involved with children protective services. Ms. Drysdale-Crown is a member of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, as well as a member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Bar associations for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

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Child Abuse Defense Lawyer
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