If you failed to appear for court in Detroit or a warrant has been issued for your arrest in the 36th Judicial District Court, you need to appear in court to have the warrant canceled. The process for handling a misdemeanor warrant in 36th District Court is different than for a felony matter.
Warrant in 36th District Court for a Misdemeanor
A warrant is a court order directing law enforcement to take a person into custody. With a misdemeanor warrant, a cash bond is frequently required so that the defendant can stay out of jail. Your best hope to get a low or personal bond (no money required), is with a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer with a track-record of achieving extraordinary results on misdemeanors in Detroit.
You MUST appear at the 36th District Court on the correct day. Arraignment times are assigned according to the first letter of your last name:
- A through C – Mondays
- D through H – Tuesdays
- I through L – Wednesdays
- M through R – Thursdays
- S through Z – Fridays
The Walk-In Docket begins at 1:30 p.m. Court staff requests that you check in at the Information Window on the 1st Floor of the Traffic/Criminal Division by 1:00 p.m.
How to get a personal bond in the 36th District Court?
A personal bond means that you do not need to post any money with the court or jail. A personal bond is really nothing more than a promise to appear in court. The factors that a judge considers when setting a bond are fairly complex and include whether there are family members living in the area, prior criminal history, a record of appearances in court or nonappearance, issues with drugs or alcohol, ties to the community, and much more. A good lawyer will be able to relay the pertinent information to help you keep your freedom while awaiting court hearings.
If you don’t get a personal bond, then the alternatives are a cash bond, surety bond, or a 10% bond. A cash bond requires the defendant to post cash for the full amount of the bond. This type of bond is usually imposed when a judge intends for a defendant to remain incarcerated. A 10% bond requires that only 10% of the total amount of the bond be posted. For example, a $1,000 or 10% bond requires $100.00. At the end of the case, the defendant or whoever posted the bond would get most of the money back. Finally, a surety bond requires a bondsman. A bondsman would post the bond of the defendant for a fee and would require collateral. When someone cannot afford to post a bond any other way, this is usually a good option.
Can a lawyer help get a lower bond?
An experienced criminal defense lawyer gives the defendant the best possible chance of getting released on a reasonable bond or a personal bond. Defense lawyers that frequently appear in the courts in Wayne Count know what arguments work best and what facts are most persuasive. The fact is that the outcome of the case is generally better if a defendant remains out on bond. If you or someone you care about is facing a warrant or arrest, it is important to promptly hire the best lawyer you can.
Wayne County Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully defending clients in Wayne County and in the 36th District Court. We have a track record that is unparalleled and a reputation for effectively and zealously fighting for our clients. If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges or you have a warrant in 36th District court or anywhere in Wayne County, call us today at b for a free consultation. If you complete a Request for Assistance Form, we will promptly contact you.