Understanding the Legal Landscape of Manistee County - The 85th District Court
In the beautiful Manistee County of Michigan lies the 85th District Court, presided over by Honorable Judge Thomas N. Brunner and Chief Judge David A. Thompson. This court plays a pivotal role in the administration of justice in the county, overseeing cases that range from traffic violations to misdemeanors, civil suits, and preliminary examinations in felony cases.
In my experience as a legal professional, clients often approach me in two circumstances - pre-arraignment or post-arraignment. Particularly for those charged with drunk driving, understanding the court proceedings, and anticipating the judge's likely orders can significantly impact the progression of the case.
Understanding Arraignment and Bond Conditions
In Michigan, a person charged with a DUI will usually appear before a judge or magistrate. In some cases, this appearance can be waived by an attorney, but this varies across courts. In situations where my client hasn't been arraigned yet, I typically recommend certain proactive measures. This way, when we appear before a judge, we already have measures in place, demonstrating our proactive approach to adhering to the law.
If a client has already been arraigned, we discuss adherence to those conditions and typically add additional proactive elements to further our case.
Setting of Bond
When setting a bond in a drunk driving case, the law requires the judge or magistrate to consider both the risk of flight and potential risk of harm to the public. Most clients charged with a DUI do not pose a significant flight risk. However, there is a risk of re-offending, especially through consumption of alcohol or drugs while out on bond, which the court seeks to avoid.
To assuage these concerns, I often guide my clients to engage in proactive alcohol testing. This serves to demonstrate sobriety and make a positive impression on the court.
Navigating the 85th District Court
In the 85th District Court, under the watchful eyes of Judge Brunner and Chief Judge Thompson, adherence to these practices is particularly crucial. The goal is always to demonstrate respect for the legal process and show proactive engagement in addressing the issue at hand.
The journey through a DUI charge can indeed be a daunting process. However, with the right legal counsel and adherence to court protocols, one can navigate this journey with less stress and anxiety. My commitment is to ensure my clients are well-informed, feel supported, and are prepared for each step in this legal process.
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