In Holland, Michigan, there are certain criminal charges that are brought up regularly. The charges that come up the most are various theft charges, domestic violence, use of marijuana, possession of marijuana, delivery and manufacture of marijuana, possession of meth, driving under the influence (DUI), child abuse, aggravated assault, operating while intoxicated and operating while visibly impaired.
In Holland, Michigan the first apperance a defendant has when they are charged with a crime is the arraignment. During this process, the judge will tell the defendant what they are being charged with. The judge will explain the maximum incarceration time the defendant may face and how much money in fines this person charged with the crime could pay. The next step of the arraignment process is where the defendant will examine the advice of rights form. The advice of rights form tells the defendant what rights the defendant has during the criminal case. These rights include having a jury trial, being able to examine witnesses called against you and being able to call witnesses to testify on your behalf. The last step in the arraignment process will be where the defendant will plea not guilty or guilty to the criminal charge.If the defendant pleads not guilty, there will be pretrial conferences.
In Holland, Michigan there can be up to two pretrial conferences. These conferences are a chance for the defendant's attorney & the prosecutor to examine the evidence & see if the two sides can come up with a deal to settle the case short of a trial. If no agreement is reached, the case will be set for trial at a future date. Most cases never end up having a trial. Criminal charges usually end with a plea deal. Once in a great while, the criminal charges may be dismissed by the prosecutor.
The district court judges in Holland, Michigan are fair but can be difficult to deal with sometimes. It is very important you have a good criminal defense attorney by your side if you are ever charged with a crime there. Defendants sometimes are given good plea deals and other times they get hammered. Your chances of getting hammered are a lot more slim if you have a good defense attorney by your side.
Holland, Michigan is a beautiful and culturally diverse city. There have been problems with gang related activity out there recently. However, the city is working hard to resolve this problem. Sadly, the Holland police department has a poor reputation for violating the rights of those accused.
The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan is dedicated to getting you the best results possible if you are facing criminal charges. We make sure your rights will be vigorously defended at all times!