Michael Sheets | Dayton Divorce & Family Lawyer

Michael Sheets Lawyer

Michael A Sheets

Experienced, Aggressive Representation in all Criminal and Family Law matters.

Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Juvenile Law

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With 25+ years in practice, Sheets Law Offices, LLC is ready to assist clients in SouthvWest Ohio with all of their Criminal, Probate, Family Law and Adoption needs. We have served our clients in all county courts in Greene, Montgomery, Clark, Warren, Miami, Preble, Darke, Clinton, Franklin and Shelby Counties, as well as in the Federal Courts in Dayton and Cincinnati. While a general practice, we are forefront in the areas of Criminal, Adoption and Family Law, including handling Felony and Misdemeanor cases in both adult and Juvenile Court. Mr. Sheets and his assistant, Heather, are very involved in the local community and are both lifelong residents. Their association with both the Greene and Montgomery County Bar Associations and former partnerships with current Judges has led to a very complimentary and professional relationship with all or our area courts. Our office will be happy to discuss your case with you in a free phone consultation, allowing you to gather information about your legal matter, prior to deciding to retain an attorney. We are happy to answer questions by phone or email before you decide to obtain counsel. Please feel free to contact us any time at (937) 298-1515 or at our email, MSheetsLaw@gmail.com.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I had a criminal case where the Defendant was accused of Felony Theft of Drugs. I was able to make sure she kept her Nurses' license while avoiding a conviction. Also, a Custody case where the Father, who had never had any visitation rights previously, was able to get Shared Parenting, with him as primary residential parent.

How did you build a successful practice?
I went out on my own right out of law school. I found a very affordable office, I kept my expenses very low as I worked to build up a client base. I was also fortunate enough to have guidance from several more experienced attorneys, like my brother Kenneth Sheets, as well as current and former Judges, Steve Wolaver, Jim Piergies, Steve Hurley, and AJ Wagner.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
First and foremost: Honesty. Your attorney should, relatively often, tell you things you DON'T want to hear. If the attorney just keeps agreeing with you on everything you want, he probably isn't being as blunt and honest with you as he should be. Next is someone who has experience. An attorney should be able to give you references of clients he has served well in the past. Like any other service oriented business, satisfied customers are an important indication of performance. Finally, an attorney who YOU are comfortable with. If that attorney is too informal for you, or too formal for you, or you just don't feel like you like their approach, you may be better off looking elsewhere.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Very. While all of our Judges are very fair and don't play favorites, an attorney who practices in front of local judges on a regular basis gets to know what a judge is specifically looking for in cases, and what the judge DOESN'T want to see in his court. It allows us to steer the case properly to get the best result for our client.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
We can often get a very complete picture of what the client is dealing with. We can certainly get enough to resolve any immediate issues or questions, to protect the client. And we can normally put the client's mind at ease that they are going to have our support, if they choose to retain us. If the client is more comfortable coming in for an appointment, though, we are happy to do that.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
It really depends on the case. In Family law matters we need to know the case number (if there is one), so we can look up what has occurred on the Court's website. If the case hasn't begun, we need to know specifics about the situation, such as the length of the marriage, the income of the parties, if there are children of the marriage, etc. In criminal cases we need to know what you were charged with and what Court your case is in. We will delve into the case more deeply after that.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I like to think that I am closer to my clients than most attorneys. I want to my clients achieve their goals, not just because it is a job, but because I want THEIR case to succeed. I also feel that I am much more accessible than many attorneys. We are a small firm and you know you are going to speak to me or my assistant at all times.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The sense of satisfaction when I get the best possible result for a client.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I have been a high school baseball and football coach for over 30 years. I am currently the Varsity Coach at Carroll High School in Dayton, a Catholic school of about 800 students.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes, primarily through youth organizations relating to athletics and recreation.

Position Organization Location Duration
Outside AttorneyErie InsuranceDayton2001-2012
Acting ProsecutorKettering Municipal CourtKettering, Ohio1999
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Dayton School of LawJ.D. Law School1990  
University of DaytonBachelor of ScienceFinance Major, English Minor05/05/1987
State / Court Date
Federal Court - Southwest DistrictJune, 1991
Ohio1991
  • Greene County Bar Association
    Montgomery County Bar Association
    Ohio State Bar Association
    Greene County Ethics and Grievance Committee
    Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Felony Theft of Drugs
    Nurse charged with taking drugs from various hospitals. Pursued and obtained Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. Client served no jail time and is now back to work as a nurse with her former employer.

  • Contempt of Court Against Mother
    Father filed contempt saying mother had interfered with his visitation and info on the child's school and athletics. After contested case, Mother was completely exonerated. Greene County Domestic Relations Court.

  • Juvenile Court Custody Case - Greene County
    Father and Mother had never had a custody agreement for 9 years of the child's life. Child had severe mental disabilities and Mother cut father off from child. We sought and won full custody of the child.

  • Grandparent's Visitation - Montgomery County Juvenile Court
    A grandmother was denied contact with her grandchildren because the parents disagreed with her sexual orientation. Litigated and received regular visitation with her grandchildren. Currently pursuing even more expanded visitation.

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(1991) Licensed as Attorney in Ohio. Verified with Ohio State Bar Association.July 21, 2016

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1331 Woodman Drive
Dayton, OH 45432
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