Meet Defense Attorney Marc Hart

My name is Marc E. Hart. My law firm is devoted exclusively to criminal defense, bringing 30 years of criminal defense experience to your situation. Rather than just going for the quick and easy plea, my mindset is to vigorously fight the allegations, win the case at trial, or find the leverage necessary to minimize the penalties and collateral consequences in every client’s case.

dBusiness has recognized Marc E Hart as one of Southeast Michigans Top Lawyers in criminal law

My name is Marc E. Hart. My Royal Oak law firm is devoted exclusively to criminal defense, bringing 30 years of criminal experience to your situation. Call me 24/7 at 248-545-5290 today.

Former Prosecutor · Aggressive Defense Attorney

Marc Hart is a lawyer who has practiced criminal law in Michigan for 30 years. His career started as a prosecuting attorney in Wayne County. As a prosecutor, he was privileged to be specially selected to be a member of PROB, the elite unit within the prosecutor's office dedicated to investigating and prosecuting many of Detroit and Wayne County's most high-profile and complex criminal cases.

Those cases included premeditated murder, felony murder, major drug trafficking, serial rape, sex crimes against adults and children, gang activity, robbery, carjacking, racketeering, government and police misconduct and virtually the entire gamut of serious felony crimes that occur in a major metropolitan area.

Among the hundreds of cases he handled as a prosecutor, Marc Hart was the first-ever prosecutor in the state of Michigan to secure a murder conviction in a trial where there were no eyewitnesses to the killing and no part of the victim's body was ever recovered. Mr. Hart also secured the state's second no body murder conviction against a man who kidnapped, murdered and disposed of the body of an infant baby, again with no eyewitnesses to the murder and where no part of the baby's body was ever recovered.

He also successfully prosecuted a man named on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List" who was featured on the network television show America's Most Wanted for a double murder committed during an armored car robbery. He convicted a serial rapist for the violent rapes of nine women, convicted a man for the brutal rape of a Michigan State Trooper's daughter, convicted a teacher for raping a 15-year-old student and convicted a Detroit police officer for stealing property while on duty.

A Background That Works To Your Advantage

Ironically, having spent the first part of his career putting people into jail turned out to be the best training for knowing what to do to keep people out of jail. For 20 years now, Marc Hart has devoted his entire career to defending people accused of committing all manner of criminal offenses, in both state and federal courts. That's the only kind of law he practices. He has defended doctors, lawyers, police officers, business executives, a police chief, psychologist, pastor, city official and other professionals, as well as countless career criminals, repeat offenders, blue collar workers and first offenders caught up in the snare of the all too often unjust criminal justice system.

He has successfully defended clients charged with premeditated murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, date rape, statutory rape, child molestation, large- and small-scale drug crimes, gun and weapons offenses, home invasion, robbery, carjacking, burglary, embezzlement, check fraud, mortgage fraud, RICO, computer crimes, domestic violence, medical marijuana offenses, drunk driving (including cases where deaths resulted) and the complete array of felony and misdemeanor offenses.

Marc Hart has been recognized by dBusiness Magazine as one of the "Top Lawyers" in criminal defense in Southeast Michigan and as one of The National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers." He has lectured and given presentations at trial skills seminars for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, the State Bar of Michigan, H.O.G. (the Harley Owners Group) and a past member of the National District Attorneys Association and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

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Areas Of Practice
( 100 Percent Criminal Defense)


  • First-degree premeditated murder
  • First-degree felony murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Open murder
  • Manslaughter – voluntary and involuntary
  • Negligent homicide
  • Motor vehicle manslaughter
  • Reckless discharge of firearm causing death

Sex Offenses

  • Criminal sexual conduct (rape) – all degrees
  • Assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct
  • Statutory rape
  • Date rape
  • Child molestation and child abuse
  • Child sexual abusive activity
  • Prostitution
  • Sex-related computer crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Internet solicitation of a minor
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography

Drug Charges

  • Drug possession
  • Drug trafficking
  • Delivery/sale of drugs
  • Michigan medical marijuana (MMMA) defense
  • Illegal prescription crimes
  • Drug-related search/seizure issues

Gun And Weapons Crimes

  • CCW (carrying concealed weapon)
  • Felony firearm
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Brandishing firearm
  • Carrying firearm in vehicle
  • Possession of unregistered firearm
  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm
  • Use of firearm in drug crime
  • Unlawful sale of a firearm
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon


  • Armed robbery
  • Unarmed robbery
  • Carjacking
  • Assault with intent to rob
  • Bank robbery
  • Home invasion
  • Breaking and entering
  • Burglary
  • Receiving and concealing stolen property
  • Larceny
  • Larceny from person
  • Larceny by conversion
  • Retail fraud (shoplifting)

Assault Crimes

  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Felonious assault (assault with dangerous weapon)
  • Assault with intent to do great bodily harm
  • Assault with intent to murder (attempted murder)
  • Assault with intent to maim
  • Ethnic intimidation
  • Resisting/assaulting police officer

Drunk Driving/Traffic Offenses

  • Operating while intoxicated third offense (felony drunk driving)
  • Operating while intoxicated (OWI/DUI)
  • Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI)
  • Operating under the influence of drugs (OUID)
  • Negligent homicide (motor vehicle homicide)
  • Operating while intoxicated causing death or injury
  • Second-degree murder
  • Reckless driving
  • Fleeing and eluding
  • Driving with license suspended

White Collar/Fraud

  • Identity theft
  • Check fraud
  • Uttering and publishing
  • False pretenses
  • Credit card crimes
  • Insurance fraud
  • Prescription fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Unemployment fraud
  • Larceny by conversion
  • RICO
  • Failure to pay child/spousal support
  • Counterfeiting
  • Conspiracy

Domestic Violence

Computer Crimes

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Manufacture of child pornography
  • Solicitation of minor using computer
  • Using computer to commit a crime

Juvenile Crimes

Illegal Police Conduct

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Illegal/false confessions
  • Illegal arrest
  • Illegal line-ups/identification
  • Excessive force

Honors and Awards

Named one of Southeast Michigan's Top Lawyers in the field of Criminal Law by dbusiness Magazine for 2013.

Employment Positions

  • The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart, Criminal Defense Attorney, 1995 - Present
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1985-1992
  • Brian M. Smith and Associates, Associate City Attorney (City of Ferndale)

The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart provides a free consultation. If you need an elite defense lawyer in the Detroit area, in Southeast Michigan or anywhere in the state, call 24/7 at 248-545-5290 or send an email.