The criminal division of 65B District Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases (punishment one year or less imprisonment) from arraignment through sentencing.
Felony cases (punishment over one year imprisonment) commence in district court with arraignment. Following a preliminary examination in district court, the case may be bound over to circuit court.
Most cases coming before the criminal division will require a personal appearance before the District Court Judge. The following list is, but not limited to, offenses that will require your personal appearance on the date given to you by the arresting department or at the time you posted bond.
- Driving While License Suspended
- Operating While Under The Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury or Property Accident
- Transporting/Possession of Open Intoxicants in Motor Vehicle
- Minor in Possession Alcohol
- Reckless Driving
- Fail to Report Accident
- Non-Sufficient Funds Check
- Disorderly Person
- Assault & Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Resist & Obstruct
- Possession of Marihuana
All other charges may require your appearance.
If you have been issued a ticket to a charge not appearing on this list, your best course of action is to call the court at 989-875-5240 a day or so after you receive the ticket to see if you need to appear and when.
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If you have been issued a ticket with a specific appearance date listed or posted bond on an arrest warrant, you will need to appear in person on that date for arraignment.