52-4 District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig

Troy District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig is an Intelligent, Hardworking Judge for the Cities of Troy and Clawson

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A Judge Who Is Tough But Fair

Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig is a graduate of Traverse City Senior High School and Michigan State University (James Madison Honors College). She was chosen as one of six students nationally to be selected to intern at the White House during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Judge Hartig received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at the American University and graduated in the top 5% of her law school class.

Judge Hartig was an Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor for six years and co-founded the Domestic Violence Assault Unit. After leaving the prosecutor’s office, Judge Hartig was in private practice for 14 years, specializing in criminal and traffic law.

What makes Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig a fair jurist in criminal matters is that she has served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.  She understands a criminal case from both sides.  Judge Hartig’s expertise in criminal law is invaluable for a person charged with a crime in her court. To be before a Judge that has actually “been there” representing similarly situated people.  Judge Hartig will listen to both sides of a case and give a full and fair evaluation to each.  A defendant should not assume, just because Judge Hartig is thoughtful, that she is not a tough judge who can and will impose jail as a sentence for a misdemeanor or violation of probation. In many cases, it takes thorough preparation, creative planning, and a highly persuasive argument to keep a client from being incarcerated in her courtroom.  The highest possible caliber of legal representation can be expected by a client who is represented by the criminal defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

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Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Neilsen Hartig is not afraid to make tough, legally supported decisions.

In 2013, Judge Hartig invalidated a portion of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code for equal protection reasons.  The decision related to driving while “under the influence of a controlled substance,” specifically marijuana, because of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.  It is was clear to Judge Hartig that there were two classes of people subjected to the controlled substance provision of our motor vehicle code.  One group of drivers have medical marijuana cards and are permitted to have THC in their bloodstream while driving, so long as the level does not impair their ability to drive.  The other group of drivers has no such marijuana card and is strictly liable for operating a vehicle with any amount of THC in their blood.

In her ruling, Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig relied on a case from Georgia that stated the effects of legally used marijuana are indistinguishable from the effects of illegal marijuana consumption. She found that a driver is still impaired under either set of circumstances.  Therefore, no rational public safety interest is served by creating these distinct classes of drivers; thus, the equal protection clause of our Constitution is offended.

The case that Judge Hartig decided is in the process of being appealed, so no final decision has been reached.  Kudos to Judge Hartig for making a fair and reasonable decision and not being afraid of adverse publicity.

The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have a great deal of respect for Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Neilsen Hartig. We regularly handle cases in her court.

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LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has a tremendous amount of respect for Troy Michigan District Court Judge Kirsten Neilsen Hartig. No lawyer wins every case, but the mutual respect between Judge Hartig and LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. ensures that the firm’s clients will get a full and fair hearing. Judge Hartig has a well-deserved reputation for making decisions that are well reasoned and intelligent. The attorneys of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are lucky enough to have known Judge Hartig before she became a Judge and can unequivocally state that she was a first-rate attorney.  She was always well-prepared, and zealously represented her clients.  She has transferred that work ethic to the bench.  The cities of Troy and Clawson are lucky to have her as their District Court Judge.

LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. was founded on the principle that no person shall face the criminal justice system and the power of the state and federal government without assistance.  The 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution states that a person has the right to counsel when facing criminal charges.  LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. believes this protection is paramount to a functioning society.  The firm takes its obligation to give people an opportunity for a full and fair hearing exceptionally seriously.  

The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have an unparalleled track record of successes in state and federal court’s throughout the United States. When the judge and prosecutor see an attorney from LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. enter the courtroom, they know that we are there to win.  The firm’s attorneys command respect from the judiciary, colleagues, and prosecutors.

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The Premier Criminal Law Firm Practicing in Troy, Michigan

The Defense Team at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can provide the highest level defense for felony or misdemeanor charges, probation violations, and expungement in the Troy District Court. If you call us for a free consultation, we will take the time to talk with you, answer all of your questions, and address each of your concerns. We will find a way to help you.

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