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Drunk Driving Charges in Wayne Michigan

Quick Facts about the 29th District Court in Wayne, Michigan, Wayne County District Court

Picture of the 29th District Court in Wayne Michigan where local DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving charges are prosecuted

If you are charged with a DUI offense in Wayne, Michigan then your case will be heard in the 29th District Court in the City of Wayne. There is only one current judge assigned to 29th District Court, and that is the Honorable Laura Redmond Mack.

Although Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the various assistant prosecuting attorneys working under the elected official have the ability to prosecute drunk driving cases in the City of Wayne district court, most DUI cases in the 29th District Court are prosecuted by the local jurisdiction using private attorneys who work under a contract with the city. This allows the City of Wayne to make more money on the drunk driving prosecutions, retaining more of the fines and costs from convicted offenders.

The City of Wayne Police Department has proven to be a very good police department over the last decade. The patrol cars are equipped with video systems, and we have been able to use these videos in several cases to help defend motorists accused of DUI in the City of Wayne. Until very recently, the department had never given our firm any problem obtaining access to materials that we needed to defend a person on drunk driving charges. Recently, however, with a new team of prosecutors obtaining the City of Wayne contract, we have had a few FOIA lawsuits that we have been forced to file. (If you are denied materials under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act, please do not hesitate to call us!)

Thumbnail Sketch of DUI / OWI Penalties You Face in Wayne in the 29th District Court If Convicted

If you plead guilty or if you are found guilty of an alcohol-related offense in Wayne following a trial, you are facing the following penalties. Please note that your driver's license remains valid unless or until you enter a plea or are found guilty, even though the police may have issued you a temporary paper license.

First Time Offender: Super Drunk Over .17 BAC

First Time Offender: OWI - Operating While Intoxicated (Same as DUI or DWI)

First Time Offender: OWVI - Operating While Impaired

A second offense for either OWI or OWVI within seven years of a prior OWI or OWVI results in tougher penalties, greater likelihood of jail, and a lifetime revocation of a person's driver's license. A third offense for any combination of OWI and OWVI charges in a lifetime is a felony OWI 3rd offense, which carries mandatory jail and a possible prison term of up to 5 years.

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Wayne District Court

Although drug and alcohol does occur during the course of probation at the 29th District Court, it is typically ordered at random times.

29th District Court Sobriety Court Program

The Wayne District Court does not have a sobriety court program at this time. Important: Since the 29th District Court does not have a sobriety court program, motorists facing a second offense for OWI 2nd will NOT be eligible for a restricted license. If you are facing a second alcohol-related offense within seven years of a prior conviction, it is critical that you hire a lawyer and challenge the case. Two alcohol-related convictions within seven years results in a lifetime driver's license revocation with no restrictions and no ability to get a license in another state for work or any other reason.

The 29th District Court Prosecutors

Please note: We do not recommend that you contact the prosecutors directly! It is always wiser to have your lawyer engage in all communications with the prosecutor because statements that you make can be used against you.

State Prosecutor for Wayne County

Kym L. Worthy (P38875)
Wayne County Prosecutor
1441 Saint Antoine St
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-5777
Fax: (313) 224-8180

Wayne Prosecutor

Melissa Cox (P71972)
Fausone Bohn LLP
41700 West 6 Mile Rd Ste 101
Northville, MI 48168
Phone: (248) 380-0000
Fax: (248) 380-3434

29th District Court Judge

The following opinions are drawn from our experiences and dealings with the judge in the 29th District Court. It's important to understand that these are just opinions, and other lawyers might disagree. Because we routinely challenge drunk driving cases, however, our firm's experience with a particular judge might be different from lawyers who do not take cases to trial. None of the comments here should be viewed as an attempt to discredit a particular judge or reflect poorly upon the judiciary.

Hon. Laura Redmond Mack

Judge Laura Redmond Mack of the 29th District Court on DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving Cases
Judge Laura Redmond Mack of the 29th District Court is an awesome judge, and most of the staff at the 29th District is really great, with only the court administrator being difficult. This is one of the few courts where practicing DUI defense can be actually considered pleasant. On drunk driving cases, we have had several evidentiary hearings and jury trials before Judge Mack. We have had some success on motions before Judge Mack, but with that said, we have had a great deal of success in the past with the local prosecutor. Judge Mack has not been forced to hear motions in many of our more meritorious cases under the retired prosecutor. The new prosecutor's contract with Fausone Bohn LLP might change this longstanding trend. While we have worked with prosecutor Melissa Cox and others from her firm for many years, the firm can be difficult. The number of motions going before Judge Mack will likely increase with this change in prosecutors. That said, however, Judge Mack has always appeared to be willing to grant a defense lawyer's motion if the evidence supports the motion, and she does not appear to hold any bias or prejudice against either the prosecution or the defense. At trial, she allows the attorneys to conduct a full voir dire of the jury, and she allows lawyers to argue their case to the jury. Her disposition in these cases is very fair. We have had not guilty verdicts handed down by jurors in the City of Wayne in many years.

29th District Court Map

Map of 29th District Court and how to find the court where your DUI charge will be heard

The court is located at 34808 Sims Ave. Wayne, MI 48184, one street north of Michigan Avenue off Wayne Road. From I-275, take Michigan Avenue east until you reach Wayne Road. The court is across the street from Leo's Jewelry. The court's telephone number is (734) 722-5220.

If You Are Searching for Qualified Wayne DUI Lawyers . . .

If you are currently charged with drunk driving in Wayne, Michigan, and seeking a qualified Wayne DUI lawyer to represent you in the 29th District Court, please complete our free on-line evaluation form or call our office at (888) 941-1122 or locally at (734) 591-0100.

The Maze Legal Group can provide you with the highest quality representation in your Wayne drunk driving case. Mr. Maze is an award-winning attorney and one of Michigan's leading drunk driving defense lawyers. He limits his practice to handling only drunk driving cases and DUI-related traffic matters, and he has handled many cases in the 29th District Court. He is certified in standardized field sobriety tests and teaches other lawyers how to defend DUI cases. He has been trained on the BAC Datamaster breath testing device at National Patent Analytical Systems and owns two BAC Datamaster devices. He has received toxicology training in blood and urine testing, and he has attended hundreds of hours of specialized training in DUI defense across the county.

The Maze Legal Group has handled many Wayne DUI cases, successfully representing clients through motions and jury trials that have resulted in favorable rulings. If you want to know more about our experience in handling drunk driving cases in the 29th District Court or what you might expect in your case, call our office and schedule an appointment with Mr. Maze.