52-3 District Court - Drunk Driving
If you're charged with a drunk driving misdemeanor offense in Rochester Hills, Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Lake Angelus, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Village of Lake Orion, Village of Leonard or the Village of Oxford your case will be heard at the 52-3 District Court, which is located at 700 Barclay Circle Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307.
If you are charged with a drunk driving felony offense in Rochester Hills your case will begin at the 52-3 District Court for preliminary examination then proceed to the Oakland County Circuit Court for trial.
The presiding judges at the Rochester Hills District Court are the Honorable Nancy Tolwin Carniak, Lisa L. Asadoorian and Julie A. Nicholson. The prosecuting attorney in Oakland County is Karen McDonald.
Here are my five quick tips:
1. Take the judges and prosecutors very seriously; this is not a light-hearted court; the judges are very formal with clients and attorneys.
2. Do not make travel plans, this court will not allow travel during your case.
3. Be proactive, get out ahead of your case
4. Track your progress, don't assume that word is enough to sway anyone
5. Set realistic goals; great results are possible, but they need the right path
Our firm focuses on the client's journey, and how he/she finds themselves on the wrong side of the law. We lead with empathy and understanding; our clients are not criminals, but rather good hearted, caring folks who respect the law, and want to be held in high regard. We work with a diverse pool of clients; our clients are our partners, and together we put forth a proactive approach to every case.
While I am a former NYC and Michigan prosecutor, and have been practicing criminal defense for more than a decade, I don't like using the "criminal" label with my clients. My clients don't have anything to hide; they are more frightened and embarrassed, and worried about an uncertain future. They are concerned that they made a terrible "first impression" with the police, prosecutor, judge, and court system; it can be gut wrenching to feel "stuck"; you can't change what happened, and sitting around, and worrying only makes things worse.
My goal is to empower each client to make a "true impression" and understand and demonstrate how they ended up on the wrong side of the law, and provide them the tools to SHOW rather than TELL what they can learn from their incident, and where they are going in the future. Nothing feels better as an attorney than to hear a prosecutor and judge praise my client for stepping up, and taking control of their own situation.
My clients do amazing in the criminal justice system, because they are mere visitors; having the right exit strategy is the key to navigating the most challenging moment in your life. You only get to handle your case once, how do you want to approach it?