Criminal Cases

Types of Criminal Cases

Criminal cases are filed by the County Attorney. There are three types of criminal cases: felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic or municipal ordinance violations.

Felony Criminal Cases

Preliminary hearings are used in felony cases to determine whether there is enough evidence to establish probable cause to believe that the person charged with committing the crime is responsible. If it appears the crime charged has been committed, and probable cause is established, the defendant will be bound over to appear in District Court.

Misdemeanor Criminal Cases

District Courts have concurrent jurisdiction in misdemeanor cases, but nearly all misdemeanor cases are tried in the County Courts.

Traffic and Municipal Ordinance Violations

If you have any questions about your ticket, please call the Wayne County Court at (402) 375-1622.