DUI Lawyers in 62A (Wyoming) District Court
If you or someone you know is accused drunk driving (aka OWI or DUI) or another criminal offense within the city limits of Wyoming, Michigan, your case will be handled in the 62A District Court located in the Wyoming Justice Center at 2650 DeHoop Avenue, Wyoming, Michigan. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the DUI attorneys at Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law for more information or check out our detailed drunk driving page, where you’ll find lots of information including: DUI FAQ’s, our approach to defending drunk driving cases, the consequences or penalties for a OWI conviction in Michigan, how to fight the field sobriety tests, and attacking the results of breath or blood tests. Please don’t hesitate call if you have any questions or want a free case evaluation. We are located in downtown Grand Rapids, and can be reached 24/7 @ (231) 924-8700 or (616) 458-5500, and are experienced in defending drunk driving charges in the 62A District Court, having appeared in the 62A District Court regularly.
The 62A District Court is presided over by two District Court judges: Honorable Steven M. Timmers (Chief Judge) and Honorable Pablo Cortes.
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If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense in the 62A District Court, your first court appearance will be the arraignment. The 62A District Court does not allow defendant’s to waive their presence at this first court appearance. You will have to attend your arraignment hearing regardless of whether you are represented by counsel or not.
The 62A District Court moves relatively quickly as compared to other district courts in the county. Following your arraignment, the court will schedule a pretrial conference approximately three weeks later. The pretrial conference is a scheduled conference between the assistant prosecuting attorney or city attorney handling your case and your defense counsel where both sides can talk about the facts of the case and potential resolutions. If you are charged with a city ordinance violation, the law firm of Sluiter, VanGessel & Carlson, PC, the city of Wyoming’s attorneys, will prosecute your case. If you are charged with a violation of state law, your case will be handled by the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. You generally do not need to attend the first pretrial conference in the 62A District Court as we can handle that hearing without your presence. A jury selection date will be scheduled for a date approximately four weeks following the first pretrial conference. You will need to attend the jury selection date. On the jury selection date, you will be expected to either accept a plea offer and plead guilty, waive your right to a jury and elect to be tried by the judge alone, or pick a jury for a trial. The actual jury trial will then be scheduled about three to four weeks later.
Sentencing in the 62A District Court
If you have no prior offenses and your offense did not result in any injuries to any body, misdemeanor sentences usually consist of fines and costs anywhere from $500.00 to $1500.00, 40 hours of community service, and a one to two-year term of probation. Jail is generally uncommon unless some aggravating factor exists. The judge will always ask at sentencing whether or not you are able to pay your fines and costs at sentencing. If you cannot, the court will set up a payment plan for you, but the judge will ask you to tell him how much you can afford to pay per month.
Sentencing for Operating While Intoxicated Offenses in the 62A District Court.
If this is your first offense and no one was injured as a result of your operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, jail is uncommon. You should expect to receive a sentence of fines and costs in the neighborhood of $1000.00 to $1500.00, one to two years of probation, and 40 hours of community service. If there was an accident, the court will also make you pay restitution. Before you are sentenced, you will have to meet with the 62A District Court probation department and obtain an alcohol assessment from a substance abuse counselor.
If this is your second operating while intoxicated offense (regardless of whether you are pleading to an operating while intoxicated first offense or second offense) and your prior OWI offense was within 10 years, you should expect a jail sentence of 10 to 14 days in addition to the aforementioned penalties. The 62A District Court does not have a sobriety court. However, if you request to participate in the 61st District Court sobriety court program, both judges will generally allow it provided the 61st District Court is willing to accept you. However, there is no guarantee that the 61st Sobriety Court will accept your transfer request.
Procedures and Sentencing for Operating While Intoxicated Third Offenses
If you have had two or more prior operating while intoxicated convictions, and you have been arrested for another operating while intoxicated offense in the Wyoming, Michigan area, your case will begin in the 62A District Court, but will ultimately be resolved in the 17th Circuit Court located in downtown Grand Rapids. A defendant facing his/her first felony DUI in Kent County, without any other significant criminal history, can generally expect a sentence anywhere from thirty days to four months depending on the Circuit Court judge that ultimately presides over the case. As with any felony, there will be considerable fines/costs, probation, rehabilitation services, vehicle immobilization, and strict court-supervised monitoring following any incarceration.
Wyoming DUI Lawyers | Attorneys | Drunk Driving Defense
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the DUI attorneys at Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law for more information or check out our detailed drunk driving page, where you’ll find lots of information including: DUI FAQ’s, our approach to defending drunk driving cases, the consequences or penalties for a OWI conviction in Michigan, how to fight the field sobriety tests, and attacking the results of breath or blood tests. Please don’t hesitate call if you have any questions or want a free case evaluation. We are located in downtown Grand Rapids, and can be reached 24/7 @ (231) 924-8700 or (616) 458-5500, and are experienced in defending drunk driving charges in the 62A District Court, having appeared in the 62A District Court regularly.