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. We 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.
Early representation in a state court case is very important. Eaman & Gabbara 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: