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The 56-A District Court is located in the Eaton County Governmental Complex
next to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department
on the north end of Charlotte, west of Cochran Road.
1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813
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cashier’s checks, and
credit or debit cards
at the court
by telephone and
via the internet. Credit and/or debit cards are charged a transaction fee by the vendor.
There are several ways to pay. The court accepts:
Payments can be made:
56A District Court
Please include your ticket or case number on the check.
56-A District Court
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
If you are scheduled for an arraignment, you may appear before your scheduled date to request this.
The Judges take walk in arraignments at 8:30am Monday – Friday. You must appear between 8:00 and 8:30 am.
If you have an attorney, call your attorney about rescheduling.
Adjournments for other types of hearings are only granted in emergency situations and must be approved by the Judge.
Payment in full is expected at the time of sentencing. Only the Judges and Magistrate are able to extend due dates or allow payment plans.
Requests must be made in advance, in writing by mail or fax to the appropriate Judge or Magistrate including the file number and reason for the extension.
State law has specific requirements as to how and when anything can be removed from a criminal record.
You may only have one prior conviction (misdemeanor or felony), though certain types of crimes are prohibited such as traffic offenses, Criminal Sexual Conduct, felony offenses where life imprisonment is the possible penalty, etc.
It must be at least 5 years since the date of your conviction/sentencing.
The process takes approximately 3-4 months from the application date to the hearing before the Judge.
You may hire an attorney or handle the application yourself with the assistance of the Clerk’s office.
Please refer to the Michigan State Police website HERE for further information.
You may hire your own attorney or if you qualify the Judge may appoint an attorney for you at your request, at taxpayers expense.
Generally this is done at the time of arraignment on a felony charge or at the first pretrial on a misdemeanor.
You may have to reimburse the court for the cost of the attorney if the court finds you have the ability to do so.