Troy is home to the most retail establishments in the Metro Detroit area including the Somerset Mall, therefore, there are a lot of retail fraud (shoplifting) charges held at this court. At one time first offenders would be offered a plea under advisement to allow for the case to be dismissed after the successful completion of probation. This option is still available but it is not automatic, you have to fight for it.
The 52-4 District Court has two judges; Kirsten N. Hartig and the newly elected Maureen M. McGinnis who has replaced the recently retired Judge William Bolle. Judge Hartig is one of the very best in Oakland County. She gives fair rulings and is not biased in favor of the prosecutor like many others. I have noticed that Judge Hartig will increase a client’s bond immediately if she finds out they have tested positive for drugs or alcohol.
As the City of Clawson continues its development and ‘urban sprawl,’ my office is seeing more cases being tried at 52-4 District from there. The Troy District Court, similar to Rochester Hills offers a sobriety-court program, whereby an eligible participant if successful can greatly reduce the suspension time of their driver’s license to as little as 45 days after which an ignition interlock must be used.
520 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.