Alyia Marie Hakim, Judge in the 39th District Court in Roseville, Michigan
Judge Hakim is one of three district court judges in Roseville, Michigan. She and her judicial colleagues serve the communities of Roseville and Fraser. Judge Hakim is known to be a friendly, personable judge by attorneys who appear in her court. Although she is a compassionate person, Judge Hakim demands professionalism and preparedness from attorneys. Judge Hakim was appointed to her position by Governor Whitmer in November 2019. Judge Hakim had previously been in private practice with her father, who is a well-known and respected lawyer.
Judge Hakim had done a great deal of criminal defense work as an attorney, which is a positive fact for criminal defendants and defense attorneys, as she will understand sophisticated criminal defense theories. Where many judges barely pay attention to arguments made in support of a criminal defendant, Judge Hakim will carefully consider a well-crafted, intelligent, legally-supported argument in favor of suppressing evidence or even dismissing charges.
The 39th District Court is at the intersection of three major Macomb County arteries: Gratiot, Groesbeck, and I-696. This means the court has a high number of traffic and criminal cases.
Types of Criminal Cases Handled by Judge Hakim
Judge Hakim handles landlord-tenant, civil, and criminal cases. Civil matters requesting $25,000.00 in damages are filed in district court. Criminal cases can either be felonies or misdemeanors. Civil infractions, like common traffic tickets, are considered civil because they can only result in a fine and driving record points, as opposed to jail or prison.
Misdemeanor cases are those that have a maximum possible sentence of 1 year or less and up to 2 years of probation. Judge Hakim would handle any motions, plea hearings, sentences, or trials in misdemeanor cases. It is well-known that Judge Hakim can be very harsh on those convicted of domestic violence and alcohol or substance abuse driving cases, like OWI, DUI, OWVI, and OUIL. In these cases, a defendant would want a top criminal defense lawyer to give him or her the best chance of avoiding a harsh sentence.
For cases that carry a possible sentence exceeding 1 year in jail, these are felony charges. A felony can result in a sentence of many years up to life in the Michigan Department of Corrections and up to 5 years of probation. Judge Hakim handles arraignments and preliminary examinations in felony cases. District judges do not have the authority to sentence defendants to more than 1 year in jail, under state law.
When a felony case comes into the district court, the case may be set for a preliminary exam. The prosecution and the defense can agree to a misdemeanor plea with a dismissal of felony charges; this is commonly referred to as a plea bargain. If the case is not dismissed and no plea bargain occurs, the defendant either demands a preliminary examination or waives his or her right to a preliminary exam. Preliminary exams are like small trials, where the prosecutor must establish a crime was committed and probable cause to believe the defendant committed it. If this burden is met, the judge will “bind over” the case to the county circuit court for final disposition. The defense lawyer’s job is to either try to convince the judge that the evidence is insufficient or to attack the government’s evidence and expose weaknesses methodically.
Examples of felony cases for which a preliminary exam may be held in the 39th District Court:
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
- Drunk Driving 3rd Offense
- Home Invasion
- Major Drug Offenses
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Serious Child Abuse Charges
- Weapon Crimes
- Felony Stalking
Examples of misdemeanors commonly charged in the 39th District Court:
- OWI or Drunk Driving, 1st and 2nd Offense
- Minor drug offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Retail Fraud (shoplifting) 2nd or 3rd Degree
- Assault and Battery
- Domestic Abuse or Domestic Violence
- Violation of Probation (for any misdemeanor)
Successfully Handling Cases is Judge Hakim’s Court
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., has been successfully defending clients in the 39th District Court for decades. The LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. defense lawyers regularly appear in Roseville District Court, and we have a great working relationship with the court, the court staff, and the prosecutors. Judge Hakim appreciates professionalism, preparedness, and integrity. We pride ourselves on our reputation in the 39th District Court. When we walk into the courtroom, everyone there knows that we will do whatever it takes to protect and defend our client.
If you have a case before Judge Hakim, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. and we will find a way to help you.
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