Wyoming, Michigan Criminal Defense
In Wyoming, Michigan, there are two district court judges. Pablo Cortes was appointed as a district court judge in November, 2005. His current term expires in December, 2014. Judge Cortes got a undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University Law School. He is also an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The other district court judge is Steven Timmers. He was elected district judge in November 2001 and his current term expires in December, 2016. Judge Timmers got his undergraduate degree from West Michigan university. He is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Judge Timmers is a fair judge who listens to both sides of any argument before making a ruling on issues of law. Judge Pablo Cortes is a former prosecutor and is a bit tougher on defendants than Judge Timmers.
The Wyoming, Michigan city attorneys are known to be fair and not looking to throw the book at everyone who gets charged with a crime there. The Kent County Prosecutor's office handles the vast majority of criminal cases in Wyoming, Michigan. The Kent County Prosecutor's office is a pretty tough office to deal with, but there are others who are a lot worse to deal.
The 62A Wyoming, Michigan District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. It has the authority to rule on cases involving traffic and criminal matter such as: Criminal Misdemeanors, Parking Violations, Traffic Civil Infractions, and Traffic Misdemeanors.
The court holds Preliminary Exams on felony cases to determine if there is sufficient evidence to move the case to the Circuit Court, which is ultimately the court having jurisdiction over such matters. At the preliminary exam, the Kent County Prosecutor's office has to prove that there is probable cause to conclude a crime was committed and the crime was committed by the person charged with the felony.
Misdemeanors are cases that do not carry a penalty of more than $ 1,000.00 in fines or one year in jail. Cases that exceed those limits are called Felonies.
If a person is charged with a crime in Wyoming, Michigan they will have an arraignment, a preliminary exam (if the charge is a felony), followed by up to two pre-trial conferences, a jury pick, trial and sentencing. For felony convictions, a pre-sentence investigation will be done. If the conviction is a DUI, or OWI, an alcohol assessment must be done before sentencing.