27th District Court Serving Wyandotte and Riverview Communities
The 27th District Court is located at 2015 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192.
All misdemeanor cases charged in Wyandotte and Riverview are handled at the 27th District Court, as well as the earliest hearings in felony cases, such as arraignment and preliminary examinations.
District Court Serving the Riverview and Wyandotte Communities.
The 27th District Court serves the communities of Riverview and Wyandotte. Judge Elizabeth DiSanto is the judge in this district. Judge DiSanto previously was a family law attorney in private practice, and since taking the bench after a landslide election victory in 2018, she has made significant changes in her court.
Judge DiSanto is not opposed to rehabilitation and treatment as alternatives to jail. She instituted a mental health program to steer troubled defendants into treatment instead of simply putting them in jail. She understands that with the right help, many of the repeat offenders who appear in her court may learn to avoid bad judgment, which leads to arrest. The mental health court program is similar to the “drug court” programs. Such programs reduce jail overcrowding and recidivism. Judge DiSanto also has upgraded the court’s computer-based activities, reducing the need for defendants, attorneys, and litigants to come to court in person.
Downriver Community Involvement
Judge DiSanto is very involved in community affairs in her district. She is a member of the Wyandotte Rotary Club, the Henry Ford Health System Regional Advisory Board, the Trenton-Riverview Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, and the Wyandotte Warriors Hockey Association. She also has started occasionally holding court in local schools so that young people can see the ramifications of illegal conduct first hand.
Jurisdiction of a District Court
District Judges have jurisdiction over all civil infractions, misdemeanor cases, and preliminary felony matters. Civil infractions are punishable by a monetary fine (no jail). A common example of a civil infraction is a traffic ticket. Misdemeanors carry a potential jail term from 30 days to 1 year in jail as well as fines and up to two years of probation.
District judges do not have jurisdiction to sentence defendants to more than one year in jail. A felony is an offense that carries a maximum sentence that exceeds one year. All felony cases arising in Wyandotte and Riverview start in the 27th District Court. The District Court has the authority to handle arraignments and preliminary examinations in felony matters, but not sentence hearings or felony trials. Therefore a felony can be dismissed or plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor, or in the alternative, they must be “bound over” the county circuit court for further hearings.
If a felony is not plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor or dismissed, the case will be set for a preliminary exam. At the preliminary exam, the defendant may “waive” his or her right to the exam and agree to have the case sent to the Wayne County Circuit Court’s Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. If they or the prosecutor demand that the exam be held, the exam is like a one-sided mini-trial, where the prosecutor must produce evidence that a crime was committed and that there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed it. If the prosecutor succeeds, the case is sent to the circuit court for final disposition.
Types of Cases Handled in the 27th District Court
Misdemeanors – Examples of Misdemeanor Cases
- Operating While Intoxicated First and Second Offense
- Domestic Violence
- Low-Level Drug Cases
- Retail Fraud 2nd and 3rd Degree (Shoplifting)
- Assault and Battery
- Driving While License Suspended
Felonies – Examples of Felony Cases
- Armed or Unarmed Robbery
- Large-scale Drug Cases
- Home Invasion
- First Degree Retail Fraud
- Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense
Getting the Best Results in the 27th District Court
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.’s attorneys have great success in all courts, and the 27th District Court is no exception. We have a mutually respectful relationship with Judge DiSanto and her court staff. The judge and prosecutor know that when a criminal defense attorney from LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. walks into the courthouse, they can expect the finest and most aggressive legal skills and professionalism from our attorneys. Our reputation for being tenacious defense attorneys who will do whatever it takes to give our client’s the greatest advantage possible in court is well known.
We understand that money is valuable, and anything you spend on legal fees is less that you can use for your family or other necessities. By the same token, you should understand that having expert representation in a criminal case may be the most important investment you ever make.
In addition to jail and employment problems, criminal convictions can result in fines, loss of your driver’s license, changes in child custody, civil lawsuits, damage to your reputation, and more. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will represent you with the type of care and dedication you deserve.
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