State Court


In state court, charges are usually initiated by an arrest  or a  complaint.  There usually is no  grand jury investigation or indictment,  but only a complaint.  However, in state court, there is a right to  a  preliminary hearing, where the prosecution has to call witnesses to  establish  the basis for the charges filed in the complaint.  The  preliminary hearing is an important phase  of the criminal case, where  you and your attorney can challenge the basis for  the charges, see the  evidence the prosecution wishes to use against you, and  cross examine  witnesses against you.

In Michigan,  the state courts are organized by county.    Each county has a circuit court that is the court that has jurisdiction   over felony cases, and a district court that has jurisdiction over  misdemeanor  cases.  Some smaller counties share one  court with another  county.  Mr. Eaman and  Ms. Gabbara have appeared in many of Michigan’s  circuit and district courts,  especially in the Detroit metropolitan  area, which includes Wayne, Oakland,  Macomb and Washtenaw Counties.   Where Mr.  Eaman has appeared outside the Detroit  metropolitan area, he  often links with a local attorney who can assist him in  navigating the  court system.  Because of  his long practice experience, his experience  teaching lawyers throughout the  state, and his service as president of  the Criminal Defense Attorneys of  Michigan, Mr. Eaman knows most of  the criminal defense lawyers throughout the  state.

Early representation in a state court case is very   important.  Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, has had  experience in almost all  state court charges.   A sample of the types of cases where the firm has  represented clients  includes the following:

  • Homicide charges
  • Criminal sexual conduct (Rape, child sexual  abuse, underage sex)
  • Armed Robbery
  • Drug law violations
  • Internet pornography cases
  • Computer crimes
  • Carjacking