In state court,
charges are usually initiated by an arrest or a complaint. There
usually is no grand jury investigation or indictment, but only
a complaint. However, in state court, there is a right to a preliminary
hearing, where the prosecution has to call witnesses to establish
the basis for the charges filed in the complaint. The preliminary
hearing is an important phase of the criminal case, where you
and your attorney can challenge the basis for the charges, see
the evidence the prosecution wishes to use against you, and cross
examine witnesses against you.
the state courts are organized by county. Each county has a circuit
court that is the court that has jurisdiction over felony cases,
and a district court that has jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases.
Some smaller counties share one court with another county. Mr.
Eaman has appeared in many of Michigan's circuit and district
courts, especially in the Detroit metropolitan area, which includes
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties. Where Mr. Eaman
has appeared outside the Detroit metropolitan area, he often
links with a local attorney who can assist him in navigating
the court system. Because of his long practice experience, his
experience teaching lawyers throughout the state, and his service
as president of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Mr.
Eaman knows most of the criminal defense lawyers throughout the
in a state court case is very important. Mr. Eaman has had experience
in almost all state court charges. A sample of the types of cases
he has represented clients in includes the following types of
sexual conduct (Rape, child sexual abuse, underage sex)
- Armed Robbery
- Drug law
at the Investigative Stage
after charges are filed