The 21st District Court has jurisdiction over criminal matters occurring within the City of Garden City. 

The 21st District Court is located at 6000 Middlebelt Rd, Garden City, MI 48135. (734) 793-1680


The 21th District Court has jurisdiction over the City of Garden City. The court handles all criminal misdemeanors occurring within the city from beginning to end and felonies up to their preliminary examination stage.

Aaron J. Boria is your premier criminal defense Lawyer. Over the past few years, Aaron J. Boria has defended hundreds of clients accused of crimes, many of them right here at the 21st District Court.

Aaron J. Boria’s ability as one of the best criminal lawyer in Garden City has been tested and proven.  Criminal lawyer Aaron J. Boria has obtained amazing results at the 21st District Court including a recent not guilty verdict after a day long trial. Boria has obtained dismissals of criminal charges ranging from felonies to misdemeanors and saved countless clients from jail all over the state of Michigan.

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Judge of the 21st District Court

    21st District Court Judge

    Judge Richard L. Hammer, Jr.
    Judge Hammer is the chief judge at the 21st District Court, he is also the only judge and so he handles the entire court docket for the City of Garden City. Judge Hammer was appointed to the bench in 1990, elected by the voters and the following election, and was recently re-elected in 2015 and will continue into 2020.
    Judge Hammer earned his bachelor's degree in 1972 as well as his law degree in 1975, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to serving as a judge at the 21st District Court, Hammer was an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan.
    He has been active in many civic and professional organizations, including the Garden City Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Goodfellows and Garden City Youth Athletic Association.
    Judge Hammer has been an active member of many attorney bar associations, and continues to serve as an instructor at the Schoolcraft College Police Academy.

Procedure at the 21st District Court

    The procedure for a misdemeanor criminal charge at the 21st District Court is as follows:

    Arraignment at the 21st District Court

    This is the first time you will appear in the court and come in front of a judge or a magistrate. At arraignment you will formally be told what criminal offense you are being accused of and what the maximum possible penalty is that you are facing. Even if you were given a ticket that lists an offense it is possible that charges could be added or amended by the time the matter gets to the courthouse. The judge is not asking if you agree with the charges, just simply asking if you understand the charges.
    In almost all misdemeanor cases the 21st District Court will allow your lawyer to waive your arraignment and jump ahead to the pre trial. There are strategic reasons why you may or may not want to do waive your arraignment.
    The judge will also address bond at this stage. Bond is a promise to return to court and may require you to pay money to the court along with other conditions such as random alcohol or drug testing.

    Pre Trial at the 21st District Court

    After your arraignment you will get a date to come back to the court. The next stage is the pre trial. At the pre trial your lawyer will speak with the prosecuting attorney, that is the attorney who is trying to convict you of a crime and see what can be worked out. If the parties cannot agree on anything then the case may be set for a motion, evidentry hearing, or trial.

    Motions and Evidentiary Hearings

    These hearings do not occur in every criminal case. Motions can be filed to challange legal issues like probable cause and reasonable suspicion but almost never challenge facts. Facts, for the most part, can only be challenged at a trial.

    Trial at the 21st District Court

    There are two types of trials, a bench trial where the judge will decide the facts of the case as well as the law, or a jury trial where the jurors will decide the facts and the judge will decide the law. If you are found guilty you will proceed to sentencing, if you are found not guilty then you are free to go. Most criminal charges are resolved without trial.
    As a criminal defense lawyer, rarely would we recommend a trial by judge or bench trial, we would recommend a trial by Judge Hammer. Judge Hammer is probably one of the fairest judges in Michigan and has a reputation for giving defendants justice.

    Sentencing at the 21st District Court

    If you lose at trial, or if your lawyer works out a plea for you where you get some kind of deal then your next hearing will be the sentencing. Sentencing can be as simple as paying a small fine, or it can be the other end of the spectrum where you have to serve jail time.
    In some cases you may be able to have your sentencing hearing the same day as your pre trial if your attorney has worked out a plea for you. This is very convenient for people who cannot miss additional time off work or live away from the court's jurisdiction.

    21st District Court Prosecutors

      The prosecutor is the attorney that represents the city or state government and is against you. At the 21th District Court, you could be charged with a crime by the city attorney or the state prosecutor. One year misdemeanor's and felonies are handled by the State of Michigan's Prosecutor's Office and most other misdemeanors are charged by the city attorney.
      Prosecutors work closely with police departments and their goal is to enforce the law. You should never talk with the prosecutor without your lawyer present. Any admission you make will be used against you.

      Prosecutor for the City of Garden City

      Hemming Polaczyk Cronin Wiffhoff Bennett & Demopoulos PC 217 Ann Arbor Rd W Ste 302 Plymouth, MI 48170

      Prosecutor for the State of Michigan

      Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym L. Worthy 1441 Saint Antoine Street Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Detroit, mI 48226

    Notable Results at 21st District Court

      Drunk Driving - Not Guilty
      Our client was charged with drunk driving after an officer claimed to see him driving a car in a gas station that was closed for the night. After an investigation the Garden City Police determined that our client was intoxicated him and arrested our client for having a blood alcohol level over .08.
      At trial we challenged the issue of operating. After the officer testified and a witness for the defendant it was up to the judge to decide if out client had committed the offense of operating while intoxicated. Our client was found Not Guilty of Operating While Intoxicated and was free to go.