All criminal cases prosecuted within the County of Muskegon are filed at the 60th District Court.
The 60th District Court processes misdemeanor cases (less serious crimes), from arraignment through sentencing; and felony cases (more serious crimes), from arraignment through preliminary exam.
A few key items:
- Arraignment: Defendant is advised of his or her rights, advised of the charge, advised of possible penalties, bond is set, and a plea may be entered.
- Pre-Trial: An exchange of information between the two sides.
- Preliminary Exam: To determine if there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant has committed that crime.
- Sentencing: The final step in the legal process, a penalty is assessed for someone who is convicted of, or plead guilty to a crime: Criminal cases are serious issues with the possible penalties of fines and/or jail time, and/or probation.
Some examples of criminal cases are:
- Assault and battery
- DNR violations
- Dog violations
- Domestic violence
- Drug charges
- Non-sufficient fund checks
- Theft or larceny