Misdemeanors & Felonies

It is in the District Court where judicial proceedings begin for every adult charged with a criminal offense. Crimes are classified under 2 major headings; Misdemeanors and Felonies. Misdemeanors are crimes of a less serious nature that typically carry a possible jail sentence of less than 1 year: Vandalism, Trespassing, Prostitution and first or second offense Drunk Driving are examples of misdemeanors. Felonies are crimes of a more serious nature that usually carry a possible jail term of more than 1 year. Criminal Sexual Conduct, Murder, Armed Robbery and third offense Drunk Driving are examples of felonies.

Most criminal cases brought to District Court begin with a formal arraignment (cases that do not require formal arraignment (PDF)). An arraignment is an appearance before a judge or magistrate where the defendant is advised of the criminal charges and his/her legal rights. The defendant has an opportunity to request a lawyer, if needed, enter a plea and, if taken into custody, may then be released on bond. After the arraignment, the direction a case takes through the court system is determined by very specific rules and conditions. These rules and conditions are determined, to a great extent, by Michigan Law and Court Rules.

For Record Information

If you need additional information after viewing the 12th District Court criminal records, including copies of any records, you may file a record request with our office by using the Record Request Form. Simply fill it out completely and forward it to our office via U.S. Mail at
12th District Court
312 S Jackson Street
Jackson, MI 49201

You may also forward it via facsimile transmission, 517-768-5828, or as an email attachment to LaToya Scroggins, Records Clerk for the Criminal Division. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Scroggins at 517-841-2968. Thank you!