The Metro Detroit District Courts found in Michigan handle misdemeanor crimes from arraignment to sentencing.; however, felonies will be handled by the Circuit Court (there is a difference). Misdemeanors are crimes punishable by one-year in the county jail and/or fines up to $1,000.00. If the case is a felony, on the other hand, then the Metro Detroit District Court will simply determine bond and oversee the preliminary exam (i.e. the probable cause hearing). If the case is bound over, satisfying the probable cause requirement, then the Circuit Court will handle the matter, and set it for a Circuit Court arraignment.

Below you will find contact information for all Metro Detroit District Courts include Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County. Contact Josh Jones for all your criminal matters (felony or misdemeanor); remembering he also specializes in Marijuana Defense.

Metro Detroit District Court - The Misdemeanor Process

The arraignment is the first court hearing to that takes place in any criminal case within a Metro Detroit District Court, whether you are arrested or provided a criminal citation. The individual will enter a plea (of guilty, not guilty, or he will stand mute), and then bond will be determined and set, which can vary depending upon numerous factors. The court when setting bond wants to ensure that you return for future hearings and that the community is safe—the two most important factors for bond.

A pretrial is usually the second hearing set at a Metro Detroit District Court if the individual enters a plea of not guilty or stands mute at the arraignment. At this time the defendant or defendant's attorney will meet with the prosecutor to discuss the charges, and begin negotiations if a plea is being sought or offered. defendant or defendant’s attorney will also determine whether motions will be filed, obtain any remaining discovery from the State, set the matter for Jury Trial, and handle any other various pretrial matters required for the particular case.

If a plea is taken or an individual is convicted then a sentencing will ensue at the Metro Detroit District Court, which can occur the same day as the plea or trial or it can be a set to a later date—all of this is dependent upon the court’s procedure, individual’s case, and statute used in the particular case. The order of sentence is issued by the judge, and will be dependent upon numerous factors including but not limited to the probation recommendation, substance abuse history, facts and circumstances of the case, prior criminal history, employment status, etc. A Sentencing can include, but are not limited to, fines and costs, probation, jail time (county or prison), drivers license sanctions and responsibility fees, counseling, or other mandatory obligations imposed by the judge or probation department. Make sure you know the process for your Metro Detroit District Court.

METRO DETROIT DISTRICT COURTS

OAKLAND COUNTY DISTRICT COURTS

43-1 District Court-Hazel Park 43 E. Nine Mile Rd. Hazel Park, MI 48030 (248) 547-3034 The three presiding judges are Honorable Joseph Longo, Chief Judge, Honorable Charles G. Goedert, and Honorable Keith P. Hunt.
43-2 District Court-Ferndale 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220 (248) 547-8700   The three presiding judges are Honorable Joseph Longo, Chief Judge, Honorable Charles G. Goedert, and Honorable Keith P. Hunt.
43-3 District Court-Madison Heights 200 W. Thirteen Mile Rd. Madison Heights, MI 48071 (248) 583-1800   The three presiding judges are Honorable Joseph Longo, Chief Judge, Honorable Charles G. Goedert, and Honorable Keith P. Hunt.
44th District Court 400 E. 11 Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48068 (248) 246-3600   The Honorable Terrence H. Brennan, Chief Judge and Honorable Derek W. Meinecke preside over the court.
45th District Court 13600 Oak Park Blvd. Oak Park, MI 48237 (248) 691-7433   The Honorable Michelle Friedman Appel, Chief Judge and Honorable David M. Gubow preside over the court.
45A District Court 3338 Coolidge Berkley, MI 48072 (248) 658-3400   The Honorable James L. Wittenberg, Chief Judge presides over the court.
46th District Court 26000 Evergreen Rd. Southfield, MI 48076 (248) 796-5800   The following are the judges within the court Honorable William J. Richards, Chief Judge, Honorable Shelia R. Johnson, and Honorable Debra Nance.
47th District Court 31605 W. Eleven Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (248) 871-2900 Honorable Marla E. Parker, Chief Judge and Honorable James Brady can be found within the court.
48th District Court 4280 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 (248) 647-1141   The judges presiding over the court are Honorable Kimberly Small, Chief Judge, Honorable Marc Barron, and Honorable Diane D’Agostini.
50th District Court 70 N. Saginaw Pontiac, MI 48342 (248) 758-3800   Honorable Cynthia Thomas Walker, Chief Judge, Honorable Ronda Fowlkes Gross, Honorable Michael C. Martinez, and Honorable Preston G. Thomas.
51st District Court 5100 Civic Center Drive Waterford, MI 48329 (248) 674-4655   The following judge sit within the court: Honorable Richard D. Kuhn, Jr., Chief Judge and Honorable Jodi R. Debbrecht Switalski.
52-1 District Court - Novi 48150 Grand River Ave. Novi, MI 48374 (248) 305-6080 The following are found within the court: Honorable Julie A. Nicholson, Chief Judge, Honorable Robert Bondy, Honorable Brian W. MacKenzie, and Honorable Dennis N. Powers.
52-2 District Court - Clarkston 5850 Lorac Clarkston, MI 48346 (248) 625-4888   Three judges occupy the bench in Clarkston: Honorable Julie A. Nicholson, Chief Judge, Honorable Joseph G. Fabrizio, and Honorable Kelley Renae Kostin.
52-3 District Court - Rochester Hills 700 Barclay Circle Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (248) 853-5553   The following judge sit within the court Honorable Julie A. Nicholson, Chief Judge, Honorable Lisa L. Asadoorian, and Honorable Nancy Tolwin Carniak.
52-4 District Court - Troy 520 W. Big Beaver Road Troy, MI 48084 (248) 528-0400   Three judges occupy the court: Honorable Julie A. Nicholson, Chief Judge, Honorable William E. Bolle, and Honorable Kirsten Nielsen Hartig.

MACOMB COUNTY DISTRICT COURTS

37th District Court Center Line (Location)                                     7070 E. Ten Mile Rd.                               Center Line, MI 48015                                      (586) 757-8333 Warren (Location) Edward A. Rea Judicial Bldg. 8300 Common Rd. Warren, MI 48093 (586) 574-4900   The court has jurisdiction for matters occurring within the cities of Warren and Center Line, Macomb County, Michigan, and the presiding judges are: Honorable John M. Chmura, Chief Judge, Honorable Dean Ausilio, Honorable Michael Chupa, Honorable Matthew P. Sabaugh.
38th District Court 16101 Nine Mile Rd. Eastpointe, MI 48021 (586) 445-5020   The Court has limited jurisdiction serving the city of Eastpointe, and the current presiding judge is Honorable Carl F. Gerds, III, Chief Judge.
39th District Court 29733 Gratiot Ave. Roseville, MI 48066 (586) 773-2010   The Court serves the cities of Roseville and Fraser. It is important to note that court is ONLY held at the Roseville location only, which is located West side of Gratiot between Common and 12 Mile Road at the address listed above. The current presiding judges are: Honorable Catherine B. Steenland, Chief Judge, Honorable Joseph F. Boedeker, Honorable Marco A. Santia.
40th District Court (Temporary Location) 28801 Jefferson Avenue St. Clair Shores, MI 48081 (586) 445-5280   The Court oversees the city of St. Clair Shores, and the presiding judges are: Chief Judge Honorable Mark A. Fratarcangeli and Honorable Judge Joseph Craigen Oster.
41-A District Court (2 locations) 51660 Van Dyke Shelby Township, MI 48316 Phone: (586) 739-7325   The Court serves Macomb Township, Shelby Township, Utica by the presiding judge, Honorable Douglas P. Shepherd   40111 Dodge Park Sterling Heights, MI 48313 Phone: (586) 446-2500   The Court serves Sterling Heights. The presiding judges are: Honorable Michael S. Maceroni, Chief Judge, Honorable Stephen S. Sierawski, Honorable Kimberley A. Wiegand.
41-B District Court 22380 Starks Drive Clinton Township, MI 48036 (586) 469-9300   Serving: Clinton Township, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens. The judges overseeing the court are Honorable Sabastian Lucido, Chief Judge, Honorable Linda Davis and Honorable Carrie L. Fuca.
42nd District Court - Romeo Division 14713 - 33 Mile, P.O. Box 6 Romeo, MI 48065 (586) 752-9679   The Court oversees Armada and Armada Township, Bruce Township, Memphis, Ray Township, Richmond and Richmond Township, Romeo, Washington Township. Honorable John C. Foster, Chief Judge and Honorable Denis R. LeDuc preside over the Court.
42nd District Court - New Baltimore Division (Location) 35071 23 Mile Road New Baltimore, MI 48047 (586) 725-9500   The Court serves Chesterfield Township, Lenox Township, New Baltimore, and New Haven, with the following judges presiding: Honorable John C. Foster, Chief Judge and Honorable William H. Hackel, III.

WAYNE COUNTY DISTRICT COURTS

16th District Court 32765 Five Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48154 (734) 466-2500   The Honorable Sean P. Kavanagh, Chief Judge and Honorable Kathleen J. McCann preside for the court.
17th District Court 15111 Beech-Daly Rd. Redford, MI 48239 (313) 387-2790   The presiding judges for the court are Honorable Karen Khalil, Chief Judge and Honorable Charlotte L. Wirth.
18th District Court 36675 Ford Rd. Westland, MI 48185 (734) 595-8720   The Honorable Mark A. McConnell, Chief Judge and Honorable Sandra A. Cicirelli preside within the court.
19th District Court 16077 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI 48126 (313) 943-2060   The three presiding judges for the court are Honorable Sam A. Salamey, Chief Judge, Honorable William C. Hultgren, and Honorable Mark W. Somers.
20th District Court 25637 Michigan Ave. Dearborn Heights, MI 48125 (313) 277-7480   The presiding judges are Honorable David Turfe, Chief Judge and Honorable Mark J. Plawecki.
21st District Court 6000 N. Middlebelt Rd. Garden City, MI 48135 (734) 793-1680   The Honorable Richard L. Hammer, Jr., Chief Judge, presides.
22nd District Court 27331 S. River Park Dr. Inkster, MI 48141 (313) 277-8200   The Honorable Sabrina L. Johnson, Chief Judge, presides over the court.
23rd District Court 23365 Goddard Taylor, MI 48180 (734) 374-1334   The Honorable Geno Salomone, Chief Judge, and Honorable William J. Sutherland sit for the court.
24th District Court 6515 Roosevelt Rd. Allen Park, MI 48101 (313) 928-0535   The court has two sitting judges: Honorable John T. Courtright, Chief Judge and Honorable Richard A. Page.
25th District Court 1475 Cleophus Lincoln Park, MI 48146 (313) 382-8603   The court has two judges: the Honorable Michael F. Ciungan, Chief Judge, and the Honorable David J. Zelenak.
27th District Court 2015 Biddle Ave. Wyandotte, MI 48192 (734) 324-4475   The Honorable Randy L. Kalmbach, Chief Judge sits alone within the court.
28th District Court 14720 Reaume Parkway Southgate, MI 48195 (734) 258-3068   The Honorable James A. Kandrevas, Chief Judge, is the lone judge for the court.
29th District Court 34808 Sims Ave. Wayne, MI 48184 (734) 722-5220   The Honorable Laura Redmond Mack, Chief Judge, sits for the court.
30th District Court 12050 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203 (313) 252-0300   The one sitting judge court the court is the Honorable Brigette R. Officer-Hill, Chief Judge.
31st District Court 3401 Evaline Ave. Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 876-7710   The one sitting judge for the court is the Honorable Paul J. Paruk, Chief Judge.
32A District Court 19617 Harper Ave. Harper Woods, MI 48225 (313) 343-2590   The one sitting judge is the Honorable Roger J. La Rose, Chief Judge.
33rd District Court 19000 Van Horn Woodhaven, MI 48183 (734) 671-0201   The three judges within the court are Honorable Jennifer Coleman Hesson, Chief Judge, Honorable James Kurt Kersten, and Honorable Michael K. McNally.
34th District Court 11131 Wayne Rd. Romulus, MI 48174 (734) 941-4462   The sitting judges within the court are Honorable Tina Brooks Green, Chief Judge, Honorable Brian A. Oakley, and Honorable David M. Parrott.
35th District Court 660 Plymouth Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170 (734) 459-4740 The judges sitting within the court are Honorable James A. Plakas, Chief Judge, Honorable Michael J. Gerou, Honorable Ronald W. Lowe.
36th District Court 421 Madison Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 965-2200

The following judges preside for the court: Honorable Nancy McCaughan Blount, Chief Judge, Honorable Lydia Nance Adams, Honorable Roberta C. Archer, Honorable Joseph N. Baltimore, Honorable Izetta F. Bright, Honorable Demetria Brue, Honorable Esther Lynise Bryant-Weekes, Honorable Ruth C. Carter, Honorable Donald Coleman,  Honorable Prentis Edwards, Jr., Honorable Wanda Evans, Honorable Deborah Geraldine Ford, Honorable Ruth Ann Garrett, Honorable Ronald Giles, Honorable Katherine Hansen, Honorable Shannon A. Holmes, Honorable Patricia L. Jefferson, Honorable Alicia A. Jones-Coleman, Honorable Kenneth J. King, Honorable Deborah L. Langston, Honorable Leonia J. Lloyd, Honorable Miriam B. Martin-Clark, Honorable William McConico, Honorable Donna R. Milhouse, Honorable B. Pennie Millender, Honorable Cylenthia LaToye Miller, Honorable David Perkins, Honorable Kevin F. Robbins, Honorable David S. Robinson, Jr., Honorable Brenda Karen Sanders, Honorable Michael E. Wagner.