If a criminal case is a felony, remember an Oakland County District Court will only determine bond and oversee the preliminary exam (i.e., the probable cause hearing). If the case is bound over, satisfying the probable cause requirement, the Oakland County Circuit Court will handle the matter and set the case for an Oakland County Circuit Court arraignment. The individual can also waive the probable cause hearing and bind the issue to the Oakland County Circuit Court without holding a preliminary exam. However, an individual should always seek counsel before making such a decision. At the Oakland County Circuit Court, it is also inadvisable to handle a criminal matter without an attorney, whether a misdemeanor or felony. There may be consequences that you are unaware of if and when you admit guilt or take a case to trial.
The hearing scheduled after arraignment at the Oakland County Circuit Court will likely be a pretrial, where any negotiations involving the criminal case will or can occur and where the decision to file motions and set the matter for a jury trial will be made. Many things can happen within the criminal justice system, so you should ALWAYS retain or hire counsel. And thus, it is easy to say that the criminal process can be complex, stressful, and daunting. Add in the fact that people generally need a criminal attorney at random and unexpected times in their lives; it becomes necessary to contact a criminal defense attorney before going to any criminal hearing in the Oakland County Circuit Court or District Court.
The Oakland County Circuit Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction serving all the citizens of Oakland County and oversees all felonies committed within its jurisdictional borders. The court is at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341-0404. The following is a list of all judges found within the Circuit Court’s walls:
- Honorable Nanci J. Grant, Chief Judge
- Honorable James M. Alexander
- Honorable Martha Anderson
- Honorable Leo Bowman
- Honorable Mary Ellen Brennan
- Honorable Rae Lee Chabot
- Honorable Lisa Gorcyca
- Honorable Shalina D. Kumar
- Honorable Denise Langford-Morris
- Honorable Lisa S. Hallmark
- HonorableLisa Langton
- Honorable Phyllis C. McMillen
- Honorable Rudy J. Nichols
- Honorable Colleen A. O’Brien
- Honorable Daniel Patrick O’Brien
- Honorable Wendy Lynn Potts
- Honorable Michael D. Warren, Jr.
- Honorable Joan E. Young
- Honorable Cheryl A. Matthews
- Honorable Karen D. McDonald
- Honorable Elizabeth Pezzetti
The Oakland County Circuit Court is complex, so you need the right criminal lawyer by your side.