Criminal and Traffic Division
The Criminal & Traffic Division handles cases for offenses that were committed, and/or citations that were issued within the communities of Brownstown, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Rockwood, Trenton, and Woodhaven.
If you were issued a citation or arrested for a traffic violation... see "Traffic Cases" below.
If you were issued a citation or arrested for a non-traffic related matter or for committing a felony, please see "Criminal Cases" below.
If you were issued a citation for violating a local ordinance, such as a building code violation, animal violations, etc..., please see "Local Ordinances" below for more information.
If you are not sure what kind of case you have, please visit the court in person or call (734) 671 - 0201, then at the main menu, please press "0" to speak with the next available clerk during normal court hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
The 33rd District Court's Traffic Division handles cases where a traffic violation has occurred. The two types of traffic violations are:
- Civil Infractions
Civil Infractions, marked as "C. I." on a ticket, are minor traffic violations, such as speeding, illegal turns, booster seat violations, seatbelt violations, etc... Civil Infraction traffic violations are non-criminal violations and punishable by only fines and costs. Depending on the violation, the Secretary of State may add points to your driving record.
Misdemeanors, marked as "Misd" on a citation, are usually more serious traffic violations that can result in arrest. The maximum penalty for crimes in this category is $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail. Most misdemeanor cases require a mandatory court appearance. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for your arrest.
The 33rd District Court's Criminal Division handles the following types of cases:
- All misdemeanor cases, from arraignment through sentencing
- All felony cases, from arraignment through the preliminary exam
Local Ordinance violations are citations issued by a Police Officer, or person authorized by the local community, for violating an ordinance created by the local township or city government.
Local Ordinances violations will either be marked "C.I." for a Civil Infraction, or "Misd" for a Misdemeanor violation.
Typical Ordinance violations may be for the following:
- Animal Violations (Cruelty, Excessive Noise, No Leash, etc...)
- Anti-Blight (Tall grass, debris on property, junked vehicles, etc...)
- Building Code Violations
- Disorderly Conduct
- Distracted Driving (Driving while using cell phone)
- False Alarms
- Marine Violations
- Operating a Business without a license
- Parking Violations
- Zoning Ordinance Violations
While this is not a complete list of Local Ordinances, your local community government will be able to provide more information on the local ordinances in your community.