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Winning in Washtenaw County -
In Washtenaw County, the prosecutor will not dismiss the case because the victim no longer wants to prosecute. The prosecutor assumes the role as the protector of the victim, and is actually the one charging the defendant, not the victim; the victim is simply a witness, and not a party. Many times, my client and I are forced to set the case for trial, because that is the only way to get a case dismissed in Washtenaw County.
Being Proactive: As stated above, it is difficult to get a domestic violence case dismissed in Washtenaw County. Assault cases without the domestic element while not as tough, are also very difficult to resolve. Because the climate is so tough, my clients undergo an intensive proactive program.
It’s common for alcohol to be involved in domestic violence cases; this goes for both the defendant and the victim. So from day one, my client is not going to drink alcohol during their case, and if we’re asking for the client to return home, my client is already testing for alcohol, and the judge should not be concerned about alcohol consumption leading to more bad behavior.
Alcohol can actually help a domestic violence case, because we can stress that without the alcohol this doesn’t happen, and if we take alcohol out of the equation then there should no longer be any issues.
If drugs were involved, we address this head on.
Along with alcohol testing, I have my clients enroll in an intensive domestic violence program from day one; these programs can be 26 or 52 weeks and are viewed as quite challenging. If you’re sentenced for domestic violence in Washtenaw County, you’re likely to have to complete one of these programs instead of going to jail. If the prosecutor is not willing to agree to a dismissal, having my client already working on the domestic violence program can change that stance in a hurry. There is no downside to enrolling in the program; it does not make you guilty or look guilty. It makes you look like that you understand domestic violence is serious, and you’re not someone who engages in that type of violence. By taking the classes, you’re giving yourself the education and tools to avoid future incidents.
A prosecutor is going to be very impressed with your proactive efforts, and if they are going to dismiss your case, it’s not because they think you’re innocent, it’s because they believe you’ve learned your lesson, and will not engage in this type of behavior again. There is no better way to convince a prosecutor of that than by starting the race.
In simple terms, the prosecutor is not allowing you to sign up for the New York City Marathon, because they don’t think you’ll even show, and you won’t be able to handle the grueling race. Well what if you surprised the prosecutor by not only showing up, and starting the race, but you’re already half-way done and making tremendous progress; wouldn’t that help your argument? That’s exactly what being proactive is all about in Washtenaw County.
15th District Court - Ann Arbor
301 E. Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone Number: 734-794-6759
14A-1 District Court
4133 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
14A-2 District Court
415 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
14A-3 District Court
122 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118
14A-4 District Court
1000 N. Maple Rd.
Saline, MI 48176