Looking for a criminal defense attorney who regularly practices in the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills and has an unparalleled track record for achieving extraordinary results?
Experience, Reputation, and Track Record Count!
Anyone who knows or has heard of the 52-3 District Court in Rochester, has an idea that this is one of the most challenging courts for a defendant who is charged with a felony or misdemeanor. The judges in Rochester have well-earned reputations for being tough with bonds, pleas, probation conditions, and court rulings. The best defense to a tough judge is a defense lawyer who is well respected, fearless, and tenacious in defense of his or her client. The defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., has decades of experience successfully defending clients charged in the Rochester District Court.
The 52nd District Court, 3rd Division has three judges: Hon. Julie A. Nicholson, Hon. Nancy T. Carniak, Hon. Lisa L. Asadoorian. The court handles misdemeanor and felony charges arising in Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Lake Angelus, City of Rochester, Villages of Oxford, Lake Orion and Leonard, Townships of Addison, Oakland, Orion, and Oxford, and the Oakland University campus.
Felony and Misdemeanor Charges in Rochester Hills District Court
Both felony and misdemeanor charges are initiated in the 52-3 District Court. Misdemeanor charges are those offenses which are punishable by up to 1 year in Oakland County Jail and/or up to 2 years on probation. Common misdemeanor offenses in this jurisdiction include:
- Retail Fraud / Shoplifting
- Domestic Violence / Domestic Assault
- OWI / DUI
- Assault and Battery and Aggravated Assault
- Disorderly Conduct
- Probation Violation
- Possession of Marijuana
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Child Abuse
- MIP (Minor in Possession)
Felony offenses are those offenses that have statutory maximum punishments that exceed 1 year. A defendant convicted of a felony may get jail or prison time and/or probation, which can be for up to 5-years (in some cases, life). Felony charges start in the 52-3 District Court and if enough evidence is found to justify a trial, the case is transferred to the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan. Common felony offenses in Rochester Hills include:
- Retail Fraud / Shoplifting – First Degree
- Domestic Violence 3rd Offense
- OWI / DUI 3rd Offense
- Embezzlement Over $1,000
- Larceny Over $1000
- Felonious Assault / Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Home Invasion
- Malicious Destruction of Property Over $1000
- Drug Delivery or Manufacture
- Child Pornography
- Weapons Crimes
- Credit Card Fraud
Remember, just because a charge carries a possible jail sentence, jail or prison can often be avoided with the help of an experienced, successful defense attorney in Rochester Hills.
Bond and Probation in Rochester Hills
The 52-3 District Court stands virtually alone in the complex and onerous bond and probation conditions imposed on defendants. It is not uncommon for defendants who are unrepresented at arraignment to be given a bond that requires large cash payments. For those defendants who are released on bond, the bond conditions that are set are usually expensive, time-consuming and frequently cause major interference with personal, family, and work commitments. Probation conditions are often similar with respect to the amount of money required by the court and the multitude of unreasonable conditions that are often imposed. Violations of bond and probation are often based on technicalities, and the Rochester judges rarely excuse even the most minor or inconsequential mistakes unless a strong, seasoned defense lawyer is involved.
Defense Attorneys in Rochester Hills
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience practicing and winning in Rochester Hills. The judges in Rochester respect our lawyers because they know we will not get pushed around; we are very well prepared and highly knowledgeable in the law. Regardless of whether a case needs to be settled, tried, or dismissed, we will do everything possible to be successful in achieving an extraordinary outcome for the client.
Call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced, aggressive defense lawyer will promptly contact you.