46th District Judge Cynthia Arvant in Southfield
The Southfield District Court is located at 26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076. The court handles the initial stages of felony matters and all misdemeanor charges.
A Tough but Fair Judge
Lawyers that regularly practice before Judge Cynthia Arvant in Southfield’s 46th District Court know she is tough but fair. She respects lawyers that are prepared, knowledgeable, and zealous. Conversely, her rulings are typically unfavorable when an unprepared or unknowledgeable lawyer appears in her courtroom and fails to argue for a defendant effectively. A defendant’s best hope for success in Judge Arvant’s courtroom is to have a criminal defense specialist who is known for providing the highest level of legal representation.
About Judge Cynthia Arvant in the 46th District Court
Judge Cynthia Arvant is one of three judges in the 46th District Court in Southfield, Michigan. She was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2015 and has since been re-elected by the district residents. She serves the residents of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, and Southfield Township.
A community-oriented judge who cares for her constituents and believes in giving back
Judge Arvant received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1992 and her law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law in 1995. Judge Arvant’s legal career began as an attorney in 1995 at a private law firm where she practiced primarily in civil litigation. In 2000, she was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan. Her Southfield-focused career began in 2009 when the 46th District Court judges hired her as their Research Attorney. She was promoted to Magistrate in 2010. In 2012, she was promoted again to Court Administrator and Magistrate until she was appointed judge in 2015.
Judge Arvant has been an active volunteer in the community over the years in many ways. Her activities include work with the Women’s Survival Center, Michigan Legal Services, Legislative Liaison for the Beverly Elementary PTA, and the Beverly Hills Parks & Recreation Board. Judge Arvant is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Michigan District Judges Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the Oakland County District Judges Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan/Oakland Women’s Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Taskforce.
For her efforts, Judge Arvant was awarded the Joan Young Judicial Excellence Award from the Women’s Bar Association in 2016.
Types of criminal cases handled by Judge Cynthia Arvant in Southfield
As with all district court judges, Judge Arvant handles all misdemeanors (cases that carry up to a possible one year in jail and up to two (2) years of probation) and civil infractions. She also hears preliminary examinations on felony cases to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to be sent to the Oakland County Circuit Court for trial. Although district judges rarely dismiss felony charges at a probable cause hearing, Judge Arvant will throw out a case if the facts and law support that decision. The best hope for a dismissal of charges is working with an experienced, effective defense attorney familiar with Judge Arvant and the 46th District Court in Southfield, Michigan.
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
- Violation of Probation
A few examples of felony cases for which a preliminary exam will be scheduled are:
- Felonious Assault
- Retail Fraud 1st Degree
- Home Invasion
- Armed and Unarmed Robbery
- Felony Drug Cases
- Felony Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense
Successfully handling cases in front of Judge Arvant
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. regularly appear before Judge Arvant, and we routinely achieve outstanding results for our clients in her courtroom and the 46th District Court. We have a mutually respectful relationship with Judge Arvant, and she appreciates preparation, tenaciousness, and professionalism. If you have a case before Judge Arvant and would like a free consultation, call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. We will find a way to help you!
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