Romulus - 34th District Court
11131 Wayne Rd
Romulus, MI 48174
11131 Wayne Rd
Romulus, MI 48174
If you are charged with a Michigan criminal misdemeanor offense in Romulus, Belleville, Sumpter Township, Van Buren Township, or Huron Township your case will be heard at the 34th District Court. If you are charged with a Michigan felony offense in any of these municipalities, your case will begin at the 34th District Court for purposes of Arraignment and/or Preliminary Examination before proceeding to the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County for Trial.
The presiding judges at the Romulus District Court are the Honorable Tina Brooks-Green (Chief Judge), Brian A. Oakley, and David M. Parrott.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 34TH DISTRICT COURT:
1) Your case will take time. Because the 34th District Court services so many municipalities, processing your case from start to finish will take anywhere between 1 to 6 months, depending on the charge and whether or not your case is going to trial or having any motion hearings.
2) "Same Day Sentencing" is also known as "non-traditional" sentencing, and results in your case being resolved on the same day as your first court appearance / Pre-Trial Hearing. Not all cases are eligible for this type of sentencing. Criteria the judge considers in deciding whether or not to do same day sentencing include:
For certain offenses, like drunk driving offenses, the State of Michigan requires each Defendant to complete a Substance Abuse Screening & Assessment prior to Sentencing. This Assessment is a questionnaire designed to gather background information on the Defendant and enables the interviewing probation officer to gauge what your level of substance abuse is (if any), what your "risk" is for repeating this behavior, and what degree of supervision is "needed" to prevent you from committing another substance abuse offense.
3) Substance Abuse Offenders Must Undergo Formal Screening Before Sentencing. Although the Judges of the 34th District Court have yet to alter their preference of having substance abuse offenders screened by the court's staff prior to sentencing, many judges across the State of Michigan are starting to adopt non-traditional sentencing, if the offender has completed a Substance Abuse Evaluation with a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor prior to coming into court. While Michigan law commands that substance abuse offenders must undergo substance abuse screening prior to sentencing, it does not state that only the court's probation staff may complete the assessments. I frequently send my clients facing "substance abuse" charges to complete a Substance Abuse Evaluation at the very outset of my representation. This way, the client and I have a good barometer to anticipate what the court's probation officer will recommend if the Judge opts for traditional sentencing using the court's probation department to complete the assessment and issue a recommendation for sentencing.
4) Types of Cases That May Receive "Same Day Sentencing":
5) "Violent" Crimes Typically Take Longer. When someone is alleged to have committed a violent crime, i.e., assault, domestic violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying, etc. the accused should anticipate his/her case taking longer than other types of cases. Why? Because there's a "Complaining Witness" (victim) other than "the community" as a whole. Complaining Wits need to be consulted before a Prosecutor can authorize any "plea deal" or creative resolution that avoids the otherwise boilerplate sentence. In addition, the court will require the Accused to undergo domestic violence / "violence history" screening prior to sentencing. Like the Substance Abuse Screening and Assessment for substance abuse offenders, the Violence Screening will result in a "score" that places the Accused on a scale of seriousness. The higher the score, the more severe the sentence. Also, like the Substance Abuse Evaluation, the Violence Evaluation can be an imperfect test, which is why it is important to complete an equivalent evaluation prior to court.
How You Prepare for Court Matters. I have used our Pre-Court Plan many times with the judges of the 34th District Court. Just today, I had a client who had plead guilty to the amended charge of Operating While Visibly Impaired. She did an excellent job executing our Pre-Court Plan. Prior to sentencing, the probation department recommended 12 months of probation with several conditions. Because of her Pre-Court efforts, the Judge granted her an early discharge from probation after 6 months of successful compliance, and gave her credit for many other Pre-Court accomplishments. My job is to anticipate what the Judge will do based on the severity of the offense, prior contacts, and pre-court efforts. It is the Judge's job to handle cases individually and subjectively, rendering a sentence that is both fair and appropriate. My aim is to make the Judge's job easier by presenting him with an excellent individual worthy of exceptional consideration! I do my job very well, and my clients agree: Client Reviews.
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