Shelby Township, Macomb, Utica and the 41-A District Court
The 41A District Court, Shelby Township Division, covers a massive geographical area covering:
- Shelby Township, 35.2 square miles, est. population: 74,000
- Macomb Township, 36.3 square miles, est. population: 87,000
- City of Utica, 1.74 square miles, est. population: 5,000
The region that comprises the 41A District Court/Shelby Division is experiencing major economic, construction and population related growth. The area also has several national retailers and shopping centers, bars (Locker Room Saloon, Shamrock Irish Pub), restaurants, Jimmy John’s Field in downtown Utica and several major Macomb County roads with a high volume of congestive vehicular traffic including; Van Dyke (M-53), Hall Road (M-59), Dequindre Road (on the Oakland County Border) and 23 Mile Road which cuts through the entire county.
41A District/Shelby Division: The Court is located at 51660 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, Michigan 48316 and is presided over by the Honorable Douglas P. Shepard and Magistrate Michael R. Osaer. Construction has begun for a new courthouse which will be located near the Shelby Township Police Department and is expected to be completed in 2019. The 41A District Court has another division which covers the City of Sterling Heights. (Link to 41A District Court/Sterling Heights Division).
Comparison of 41A District/Shelby to 40th District in St. Clair Shores: The 41A District/Shelby Division comprises more than 5 times the land area and more than double the population of the 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores.Early Stages of Criminal Process: Pretrial or Probable Cause Conference
As we explain in another publication, the arraignment is the first stage of a criminal proceeding. An attorney’s presence at the arraignment can pay for itself tenfold by keeping the amount of bond under control. Following the arraignment, the court will schedule a misdemeanor for a pretrial conference and a felony for a probable cause conference. Handling these early stages of the criminal process with legal skill and precision can lead to extraordinary results. In addition, I have never known any of the judges in Macomb County to deny a resolution achieved between a defense attorney and the prosecutor.41A District Court: Criminal, Drunk Driving and Traffic Matters
ABDO LAW provides criminal defense representation to clients facing criminal charges, operating under the influence and traffic matters in the 41A District Court/Shelby Division more than anywhere else. This court manages a larger than average volume misdemeanor and felony criminal docket consisting of drug crimes, sex crimes, assault crimes and larceny crimes. Statistics indicate that in 2017, the 41A District Court/Shelby Division handled more than 200 retail fraud cases, more than 400 larceny crimes (larceny in a building, larceny in a motor vehicle), 23 criminal sexual conduct cases and approximately 300 driving under the influence (OWI, OWI w/High BAC, OUID). The following matters are usually on every 41A District Court docket:
- Drug Crimes
- Retail Fraud
- Domestic Violence
- Drunk Driving: OWI/DUI, OWI High BAC .17%
- Drunk Driving Felony (Third Lifetime Offense)
- Disorderly Conduct: Public Intoxication, Disturbing the Peace
- Fleeing & Eluding
- Resisting & Obstructing
- Uttering & Publishing
- Traffic Tickets: Speeding, Fail to Stop Assured Clear Distance
- Misdemeanors: DWLS, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident/LSPDA), Malicious Destruction of Property
Case Results: Justice is dispensed fairly in the 41A District Court and Judge Shepherd will go out of his way to grant probation, instead of jail, and make a positive impression on someone’s life. However, incarceration is a possibility for repeat offenders or those that push the limits of the Judge’s patience by violating probation.
The majority of criminal matters that we handle in the 41A District Court/Shelby Division are concluded with a positive outcome either by entering into a plea agreement and/or application of specific Michigan Statutes. For example:
- Drug Crimes: MCL 333.7411, sealed record and dismissal for first time drug crime.
- HYTA for Youthful Offenders (age 17 but under 24): Applies to most non-traffic crimes, sealed record and dismissal after period of probation.
- Delayed Sentence/Deferral: MCL 771.1: This provision is subject to agreement with the prosecutor and acceptance by the judge to get a crime dismissed, or other leniency, after period of probation. We have utilized this provision extensively to get retail fraud, disorderly conduct and other offenses dismissed!
- Felony offenses reduced to misdemeanors.
- ABDO LAW will make all of the arrangements if you need an interpreter.
- Non-residents and Canadians can retain our services remotely and we can arrange to efficiently handle your legal proceedings.
- The Judge may decline to hear a case for individuals not dressed appropriately.
- Be punctual for your court date. Criminal cases are scheduled for either 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
- Be prepared to pay your fines and costs on the date of your sentence. The Judge is not required to give you time to pay.
- The court personnel will not give legal advice. There is no substitute to having an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
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