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Kent County DUI Court

Here is a listing of the District Courts in Kent County handling misdemeanor drunk driving cases. This includes Michigan first and second offense OWI cases. If you are charged with a third offense drunk driving in Michigan this is a felony drunk driving. Michigan has a lifetime look back for felony drunk driving.

Misdemeanor DUI cases are handled exclusively in the Kent County District Courts. This means all hearings, from the scheduling of the bond at your arraignment, to the sentencing hearing, and everything in between, will happen in the same court.

Felony DUI cases begin in the District Court but are completed in the Circuit or felony court. In these cases, the arraignment still takes place in the District Court, and after that, the probable cause hearing, also called a preliminary exam, also happens in the District Court. If the District Court judge finds that the prosecutor has shown that you were probably driving while intoxicated, then the case will be "bound over" or sent to the Kent County Circuit Court. Here your case will start with another arraignment, this time called an arraignment on the information, and will continue through trial and sentencing.

These are the various district courts and judges that may be involved with your case:

  • 59th District Court
  • 3161 Wilson Ave, Sw, Grandville, MI 49418
  • Court also held at 4343 Remembrance Rd., Walker, MI 49534
  • Judge Peter P. Versluis

The 59th District Court has jurisdiction in the Cities of Walker and Grandville in the County of Kent. The court consists of one judge and one part-time magistrate.

  • 61st District Court
  • 180 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Judge Benjamin H. Logan, II
  • Judge Donald H. Passenger
  • Judge David J. Buter
  • Judge Kimberly A. Schaefer
  • Judge J. Michael Christensen

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 61st District Court has six judges and one full-time law trained magistrate. The court hears cases which arise within the boundary of the City of Grand Rapids.

  • 62A District Court
  • 2650 DeHoop Ave Sw, Wyoming, MI 49509
  • Judge Pablo Cortes
  • Judge Steven M. Timmers

The 62A District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. As such, it has the authority to rule on cases involving traffic and criminal matter such as: Criminal Misdemeanors, Municipal Civil Infractions, Parking Violations, Traffic Civil Infractions, and Traffic Misdemeanors. The court has two judges and one magistrate.

  • 62B District Court
  • 4740 Walma Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
  • Judge William G. Kelly

The 62B District Court has one judge and one magistrate. The court has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors committed in the City of Kentwood by anyone 17 years of age and older. The 62-B District Court has jurisdiction to conduct a preliminary examination to establish probably cause that a felony was committed and probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the felony over all felonies committed by anyone 17 years of age or older.

  • 63rd District Court
  • 1950 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Judge Steven R. Servaas
  • Judge Sara J. Smolenski

As of November 16th, 2009, the 63-1st District Court and the 63-2nd District combined into the 63rd District Court. The 63rd District Court is one of seven District Courts in Kent County. The court has two judges and three magistrates.

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