52-2 District Court
The Oakland County 52-2 District Court in Clarkston handles a variety of cases, including drunk driving offenses, minor criminal cases and other related legal issues. This is one of four Oakland County District Courts, which are divided up into different divisions in order to best serve the county as a whole. The criminal division of the 52-2 District Court handles crimes committed within Clarkston as well as the immediate surrounding communities.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving or another criminal offense in Oakland County, it is strongly advised to consult with an experienced defense attorney that understands the Clarkston court system.
DUI & OWI Charges At Clarkston’s 52-2 District Court
The 52-2 District Court in Clarkston has been known to give harsh sentencing and jail time for offenders falling within its jurisdiction, even for first offenses. This is largely due to it being part of the greater Oakland County court system, which has gained national notoriety for its tough enforcement of drunk driving laws and penalties.
If you find yourself being charged with first offense OWI or DUI in the jurisdiction of the 52-2 District Court, there is a very real possibility you will receive the maximum punishment available under Michigan law, which is 93 days in jail, fines of up to $500, community service of up to 360 hours, and even potential vehicle immobilization or the installation of an ignition interlock device. These penalties are even harsher for repeat drunk driving offenses, which makes hiring an attorney specializing in DUI defense so critical for ensuring you have the best outcome possible for your case.
This court covers a broad range of communities in the northern Oakland County area. This specifically include the following:
- Brandon Township
- Holly Township
- Groveland Township
- Independence Township
- Rose Township
- Springfield Township
- White Lake Township
- Village of Holly
- Village of Ortonville
Clarkston District Court Location
The 52nd District Court (Division 2) is located in Clarkston, a northern suburb of the greater Metro-Detroit area. As a city of approximately 900 residents spanning .51 square miles, it is the smallest city in the State of Michigan. Located just north of the downtown area off Lorac Dr, the court is easily accessible. You can obtain the specific address and directions below:
52-2 Clarkston District Court Judges
This section contains information regarding judges within the 52-2 Clarkston District Court System. This publicly available information is also available on the courts official website in the about section.
Joseph G. Fabrizio – The Honorable Judge Joseph G. Fabrizio received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Elected to the 52nd District Court in November of 2008, he was appointed Chief Judge for all of the 52nd District Courts in 2018. He is actively involved in mock trial and training programs for law students, as well as highschoolers and elementary school students. Fabrizio also participates in specialty courts and diversionary programs such as Sobriety Court and Teen Court.
Kelley Kostin – The Honorable Judge Kelley Kostin received her Juris Doctorate in 1991 from the University of Detroit Law School while clerking for the Hon. Fred M. Mester of the Oakland County Circuit Court. Serving as an associate in a private law firm for thirteen years prior to taking the bench in January of 2005, Kostin has extensive legal and courtroom experience. She is active in multiple community organizations including The Clarkston Area Optimists and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association, as well as a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation.
52-2 District Court Resources
Probation Officers – This list contains all of the probation officers operating within the 52-2 Clarkston court system. Publically available on the courts website, this has the full contact information for each officer including the Probation Supervisor, Carol Bond.
Prosecutors – This details a list of prosecutors for the court, which includes seven current prosecutors, located in multiple cities, townships and villages within the district. This publicly available list includes contact information for each prosecutor.
Sobriety Court – Established in 2004, the Sobriety Court Program is a specialized program for high-risk drunk driving offenders. This link to the courts public page details how the program works and its role in reducing repeat offenders through a step by step process.
Jury Duty – This link provides information directly from the courts website regarding jury duty and what to do when an individual receives a summons. This also provides information regarding how the jury selection process works and what is required of a juror.