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All cases for crimes committed within Otsego County begin in the District Court if the defendant is 17 years old or older. If the defendant is under age 17 the case begins in the Family Court.
Browse this section to see explanations of what happens in the District Court after you are arrested.
When you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense, you first appear in court for arraignment.
The Community Service Program was developed both to handle overcrowded jails and to find a way that those indigent people convicted of a misdemeanor could provide restitution to the community.
In 1983, a law was established in Michigan requiring any person arrested and convicted for any alcohol-related driving violation to undergo an alcohol assessment.
For individuals arrested and arraigned on misdemeanor violations, the pretrial examination is the next step of the legal process.
Felony Probation and/or Parole is handled by a State agency called the Department of Corrections.