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Drunk Driving Charges in Flat Rock

Quick Facts about the 33rd District Court for Flat Rock, Michigan, Wayne County District Court

Picture of the 33rd District Court in Woodhaven Michigan where Flat Rock DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving charges are prosecuted

If you are charged with a DUI offense in Flat Rock, Michigan, then your case will be heard in the 33rd District Court in Woodhaven, Michigan, unless the case is charged as a felony. Felony cases begin in the 33rd District Court with a preliminary examination but, if bound over, the case will proceed to trial in the Wayne County Circuit Court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Michigan. The three current Judges of the 33rd District Court are the Honorable Jennifer Coleman Hesson, the Honorable Michael McNally and the Honorable James Kersten.

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 33rd district court, most DUI cases in the 33rd District Court are prosecuted by local jurisdictions using private attorneys who work under a contract with the city or township. In addition to the local jurisdictions, the Wayne County Sheriff and the Michigan State Police occasionally bring drunk driving charges in the 33rd District Court. When the case involves a Wayne County Sheriff's deputy or a Michigan State Trooper, these cases are handled primarily (although not exclusively) by the Wayne county prosecutor's office.

Thumbnail Sketch of DUI / OWI Penalties You Face in the 33rd District Court If Convicted

If you plead guilty or if you are found guilty 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 33rd District Court

Unless a person enters the Sobriety Court program (see below), the 33rd district court's probation department typically engages in random drug and alcohol screens as opposed to constant testing and monitoring. To ensure that you do not violate a no alcohol/no drug order of the court, you should completely refrain from drinking any alcohol while on probation and from using any controlled substance without a prescription.

Important: When reporting for probation, you will likely be given a breath test on a PBT. Do not arrive to court for a probation appointment after consuming alcohol! There is also an increased use of EtG tests by many probation departments across Michigan. The EtG test is a urine test that claims to detect biomarkers that result from the consumption of alcohol. Supposedly, these tests detect alcohol consumption for upwards of several weeks. If you have a positive EtG test but have not consumed alcohol, do not offer suggestions or defenses. Do not admit to consuming alcohol. Call our office as soon as possible so we can address a potential violation of probation on your behalf.

33rd District Court Sobriety Court Program

The 33rd District Court has a Sobriety Court program at this time. Click to see the brochure . This program is reserved for motorists who are: 1) convicted of a second drunk driving conviction, 2) convicted of OWI with a BAC greater than .20, 3) convicted of OWI with an accident where the BAC was .15 or greater, or 4) convicted of OWI with minor children in the vehicle. Entry into the Sobriety Court program is in lieu of jail, where the person is provided the option of entry into the program, or to serve a minimum of five days in jail or a minimum of 30 days with an alcohol tether.

Judge Michael McNally is in charge of the program, and it is his hard work that brought this program to the 33rd District Court. He monitors and works with the Sobriety Court candidates. Peg Krizan is the sobriety court administrator. A person in Sobriety Court is required to submit to frequent drug and alcohol tests and participate in regular support meetings.

Important: A Michigan driver who is convicted of two alcohol-related offenses within 7 years faces mandatory lifetime revocation with no driving privileges, i.e. no restrictions, no breath interlock device, and no ability to get to and from work. Michigan's Secretary of State places a nationwide hold on revoked motorists, so moving to another state does not help. Under a new pilot project approved by lawmakers, certain Sobriety Court judges are permitted to overrule the Secretary of State's revocation procedures, granting a restricted driver's license to the Sobriety Court candidate. It appears that this pilot project is in place in Woodhaven at this time, so if you are facing OWI 2nd charges, contact our office to discuss how we can help defend you on your DUI charges or help you save your driver's license.

The 33rd District Court Prosecutors in Flat Rock Cases

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

Kristen M. Capling (P62438)
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
25637 Michigan Ave Fl 2
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Phone: (313) 791-9841

Flat Rock Prosecutor

Matthew A. Zick (P48951)
17735 Fort St
Riverview, MI 48193
Phone: (734) 285-8500
Fax: (734) 282-4665

Flat Rock Police Department

TX: 734-782-2496
FAX: 734-783-0303
Web: Flat Rock Police Department

33rd District Court Judges

The following opinions are drawn from our experiences and dealings with the judges in the 33rd 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. Michael McNally

Judge Michael McNally of the 33rd District Court on DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving Cases

Judge McNally is a decent judge because he is predictable and willing to work with attorneys on drunk driving cases. He was elected to the bench in 1994, but it seemed that for several years thereafter, he was not handling drunk driving cases. With random assignments, it is possible that the other two judges were simply "luckier" to enjoy our presence on a more frequent basis. In recent years, we have had a number of cases with Judge McNally, but most of these cases have been uncontested plea agreements or felonies that were bound over for further proceedings in the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge McNally is one of the rare Wayne County judges where we have never had a jury trial, even though we have had several jury trials in the 33rd District Court. According to other lawyers in the area, Judge McNally actively participates in the jury trial process, which is usually detrimental to the defense. Given Judge McNally's courtroom demeanor, this sounds like an accurate depiction of how Judge McNally would conduct jury trials. On sentencing, Judge McNally will reliably sentence a person to probation with light conditions on a first offense unless it is a high BAC case or an accident. (See Sobriety Court above for further information regarding Judge McNally's sentencing practices.)

Hon. James Kersten

Judge James Kersten of the 33rd District Court on DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving Cases

Judge Kersten is a decent judge, and we have had many drunk driving cases before him. He generally goes light on offenders, particularly if the matter is uncontested. At trial, Judge Kersten typically does not interfere with the trial process, keeping comments from the bench to a minimum. That said, however, he is generally bad on evidentiary issues, frequently siding with the prosecution. We have had several compelling evidentiary arguments before Judge Kersten where he has fumbled the ball, and this seems to be a recurring theme in our cases before him. In one of the more notable cases, he allowed a state toxicologist to testify to the results of another lab person's test results. By allowing those test results into evidence over our objection, the case was lost. The accused in that case opted not to appeal the verdict. Those familiar with the Confrontation Clause cases know that an opinion was handed down on a nearly identical case by the Michigan Supreme Court, which adopted the arguments we had presented to Judge Kersten. A few years after that, the United States Supreme Court was presented with yet another case that was very similar to the facts in our case, and they also adopted the arguments that we had presented years prior to Judge Kersten.

Hon. Jennifer Coleman Hesson

Judge Jennifer Coleman Hesson of the 33rd District Court on DUI / OWI / Drunk Driving Cases

Judge Jennifer Coleman Hesson was elected to serve as judge in the 33rd District Court in 2010, taking the bench on January 1, 2011. In 2012, we finally started to pick up some drunk driving clients that were assigned to Judge Hesson. At all times, she has proven to be an excellent judge. By 2013, we began to have the occasional case that resulted in disputed charges, allowing an opportunity to see how Judge Hesson would treat contested drunk driving cases. Recently, with a jury trial scheduled before her, the City of Trenton prosecutor made a very generous offer, and she accepted this plea agreement without hesitation based upon the Trenton prosecutor's admission that serious constitutional issues justified the settlement agreement. Currently, we have a critical case proceeding at this time through motions that will likely result in a jury trial involving Grosse Ile Township.

33rd District Court Map

Map of 33rd District Court and how to find the court where your DUI charge will be heard

The court is located at 19000 Van Horn, Woodhaven, MI 48183. It is located in an unusual spot with poor freeway access. The best way to access the court is to use the West Road exit ramp from I-75 and proceeding south down Allen Road. The alternative is to use Fort Street to access Van Horn. Be forewarned that train tracks cross over Allen Road just west of the Court's location on Van Horn. The trains that run in this section frequently stop for long periods of time, cutting off that route. The court's telephone number is (734) 671-0201.

If You Are Searching for Qualified Flat Rock DUI Lawyers . . .

If you are currently charged with drunk driving in Flat Rock, Michigan, and seeking a qualified Flat Rock DUI lawyer to represent you in the 33rd District Court, please complete our free on-line evaluation form or call our office at (888) 941-1122 or locally at (734) 591-0100.

William Maze of the Maze Legal Group can provide you with the highest quality representation in your Flat Rock drunk driving case. Mr. Maze limits his practice to handling only drunk driving cases and DUI-related traffic matters. 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 Flat Rock 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 33rd District Court or what you might expect in your case, call our office and schedule an appointment with Mr. Maze.