Criminal Defense Attorneys for Judge Julie Nicholson

52-3 District Court Judge Julie A. Nicholson is one of three district court judges at the court in Rochester Hills, and she and her companion judges serve the communities of Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Lake Angelus, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township; Rochester, Rochester Hills, Village of Lake Orion, Village of Leonard, Village of Oxford.

Judge Nicholson received a Business Administration/Pre-Law degree from Michigan State University in 1983, and received her Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law in 1987. She was elected to the 52-3 District Court in 1996, and was appointed Chief Judge in 2004 by the Michigan Supreme Court.

Criminal Defense Attorneys for Judge Julie Nicholson

Types of criminal cases handled by Judge Nicholson

As with all district court judges, Judge Nicholson handles all civil infractions (non-criminal matters which carry only a fine), all misdemeanors (cases which carry up to a possible 1 year in jail), and felony preliminary exams (felony cases are those that carry a possible jail term of more than 1 year).

A few examples of misdemeanor cases for which a trial may be held are:

  • Retail Fraud 2nd and 3rd Degree
  • Operating While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence 1st and 2nd Offense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
  • Misdemeanor Drug Offenses
  • Assault and Battery

A few examples of felony cases for which a preliminary exam will be scheduled are:

  • Felonious Assault
  • Retail Fraud 1st Degree
  • Home Invasion
  • Armed or Unarmed Robbery
  • Serious Drug Offenses
  • Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense
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Proactive and involved in the community

Judge Nicholson is involved with or personally started several legal-based programs in the district she presides over. She started the Schools/Critical Life Choices program in 1997, through which she travels to schools in all districts of her jurisdiction. She regularly visits schools and holds actual court hearings in the schools. In 2005, she began the Have to Choose program, which encourages young students to make appropriate and healthy life decisions. She began the Most Wanted program in 2008, which involves getting the public involved with looking out for and informing the police about people who are wanted and are a danger to the community.

The professional organizations Judge Nicholson belongs to or is on the board of are almost too numerous to list. A few of them are HAVEN, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, the Rainbow Connection, the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Zoological Society Board, the Women’s Foundation, and the Rochester/Auburn Hills Coalition for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, and the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence. Judge Nicholson has also received numerous awards in appreciation of the activity she has undertaken for the community at large.

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Tough, but fair

Judge Nicholson, as with her colleagues on the bench at the 52-3 District Court, can be tough on defendants, but as can be seen by the organizations she belongs to or started, she is a believer in proactive prevention of substance abuse, which is a universally recognized causal factor in many criminal cases. She also clearly believes in rehabilitation.

It must be noted that although fair, Judge Nicholson has a zero-tolerance for bond and probation violations. If you are on bond or probation and you have committed any violations, you can be sure you will be seeing her in the near future. She believes you have an agreement with the court, and you are expected to abide by it. If you break that agreement, she will demand an immediate explanation, and there will be consequences.

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The right law firm for cases before Judge Nicholson

Because we appear before Judge Nicholson so often, the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. understand what Judge Nicholson is looking for in a criminal-case defendant with regard to what actions they take outside of the courtroom to address any substance abuse issues they may have. If she sees that a defendant is genuinely attempting to rehabilitate themselves through abstinence, treatment, and counseling, she will usually be impressed and be willing to work with such a person in fashioning a fair sentence. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has a network of expert, respected counselors and facilities to which we refer our clients to get them started on treatment, and we believe Judge Nicholson knows that and appreciates it.

If you have a case before Judge Nicholson, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or visit www.notafraidtowin.com and fill out a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.


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