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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Typical Timeline of a Case in Michigan District Court

I am awaiting a resolution to my criminal matter in District Court. How long will it take, and what are the procedural milestones?

When facing criminal charges, the wait-time for a final resolution can seem like forever – particularly in the crowded Michigan district court system. If you are facing a misdemeanor criminal charge in Michigan district court, there is a general timeline your case will follow. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can be thoroughly prepared for the steps your case will take, which may help ease at least some of your stress and anxiety.

The first step following arrest for a felony or misdemeanor is known as an “arraignment.” This is the first court appearance, and occurs promptly after the arrest is made. For misdemeanors, defendants are typically permitted to post bond immediately – and be scheduled for an arraignment at a later date. At this point, the judge will explain the specifics of the crime charged, and will discuss whether a court-appointed attorney needs to be made available.

During the next step, misdemeanor criminal defendants will attend a pretrial hearing known as the “pretrial examination.” At this stage, the accused will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty,” and the judge may immediately enter a sentence against a defendant who opts to plead guilty. For those choosing to plead not guilty, a trial date will be set at this hearing.

Assuming the defendant has pleaded not guilty, both sides (prosecution and defense) will prepare for the upcoming trial. As time progresses, the prosecution may offer a plea bargain, which the defendant is under no obligation to accept. Once the trial date arrives, the prosecution will work to prove each element of the misdemeanor criminal charge, and the defense will combat these allegations with various defensive strategies depending on the unique facts of the case.

If you have been charged with a crime in any Michigan District Court, immediately call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois for crucial advice as to how to proceed.  In Troy Michigan at 248-419-1566.

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