Friday, November 15, 2019
Isabella County Community Development

Service of the Prosecutor's Office - FAQ's

Can I report a crime to the Isabella County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?

Crimes should be reported to the police department that has jurisdiction over the area where the crime occurred. In an emergency, call 911.

How does a complaint become a criminal case?

Law enforcement officers investigate a complaint and, if there is sufficient evidence, the request of a warrant is sent to the prosecutor's office. If the prosecutor feels that charges should be brought against the person, a criminal complaint and arrest warrant are prepared, beginning the judicial cycle.

Do cases always go to trial?

Most cases are resolved before they get to the point of going to trial. This is done through a plea agreement in which the prosecutor and defense attorney agree on a suitable punishment for the defendant.

What happens in a trial?

The prosecuting attorney must present a case proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. This is done through the presentation of evidence and the calling of witnesses. The defense may present evidence or call witnesses, but is not required to do so.

What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is an official court document requiring you to appear at the time and place it specifies, typically to testify. A subpoena is binding until you are released from it by the judge or the case is finished. Failure to appear for a subpoena is contempt of court.

What if I cannot attend on the date specified by the subpoena?

In this case, you should contact the prosecuting attorney's office to discuss your conflict.

What if I change my mind about prosecuting or testifying?

The decision to drop charges can only be made by the prosecutor or with the approval of a judge.

Can I pay my ticket at the prosecutor's office?

No. Tickets of any type need to be dealt with at the Trial Court Business Office in the Courthouse.

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