Pretrial Services

Pretrial - Felony - Misdemeanor

"The mission of Pretrial Services is to uphold pretrial justice through legal and evidence based practices"

Pretrial Services (PTS) is a unit of the Oakland County Community Corrections Division established in 1987 with the primary mission of screening the adult pretrial arrestee population for release suitability in accordance with MCR 6.106. PTS uses the Praxis, a pretrial risk assessment tool, which scores factors that research has shown to be predictive of pretrial misconduct; either failure to appear or re-arrest. The risk score is used to develop a bail recommendation aimed at mitigating the risk of fail to appear or rearrest. It is the goal of the unit to maximize the number of defendants that can be safely released into the community while detaining those who pose a risk to public safety.

In addition to an interview with the defendant, prior to their initial court appearance, computerized record checks including District and Circuit Court records, Probate records, Secretary of State, and LEIN are accessed to determine prior convictions and FTAs. Information obtained during the interview is verified when possible for accuracy. Contact with references, family members, schools, employers, probation / parole agents, and others are pursued by the investigators.

 If a defendant is at risk for pretrial misconduct, conditions of release may be recommended and ordered by the court. A defendant may also be required to report to the Pretrial Services Supervision Unit (see Pretrial Supervision) to ensure compliance with those conditions.


  • Most in-custody defendants charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense.

No cost for Pretrial Services, however, the defendant will be responsible for electronic monitoring fees, the cost of drug and/or alcohol testing fees and/or counseling fees, if imposed.

PRASIX Assessment Instruction Manual

Additional information can be provided by calling 248-452-2155 or 248-655-1276.

Investigator contacts / Phone
​Pretrial Services Administration: 248-655-1276
Oakland County Jail Pretrial Office: 248-452-2155
​43rd District Court Ferndale:​​ ​248-547-8700 ext. 471
43rd District Court Hazel Park​ : 248-547-8700 ext. 471
​45th District Court Oak Park: 248-691-7409
46th District Court Southfield: 248-796-5848
47th District Court Farmington: 248-871-2939
50th District Court Pontiac: 248-758-3861
51st District Court Waterford: 248-618-6158
52-1 District Court Novi: 248-305-6452
52-2 District Court Clarkston: 248-625-4888 ext. 251
52-3 District Court Rochester: 248-537-3692
52-4 District Court Troy: 248-528-8503

 Frequently Asked Questions