Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Civil Infraction - Non criminal cases that are not punishable with jail time.  Common civil infraction tickets received by the court include: Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, No Proof of Registration, Improper Lane Use and Careless Driving.

Misdemeanor - Offenses punishable by fine or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both.  Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence and Possession of Marijuana are examples of misdemeanor offenses processed at the district court.

Felony - The most serious category of criminal offenses punishable by more than one year in prison. Initial stages of arraignment and preliminary examination are held in district court.  Felony cases are bound over to the Oakland County Circuit Court for trial proceedings.

Bond - Money posted to assure the appearance of the defendant in court.  (Posting Bond)

Cost Recovery - Money to be paid by the defendant for costs incurred by the arresting police agency.

Restitution - Money ordered by the judge to be paid to a victim on a case.  The defendant pays the court and the court disburses the money to the victim.

 A & B  Assault and Battery
 SAE  Substance Abuse Evaluation
 BSS  Boater's Safety School
 CSC  Criminal Sexual Conduct
 CCW  Carrying a Concealed Weapon
 CSW  Court Community Service Work
 CVR  Crime Victims Rights
 DV  Domestic Violence
 DWLS  Drove While License Suspended
 DWLE  Drove While License Expired
 EIP  Education Intervention Program
 MDOP  Malicious Destruction of Property
 MIP  Minor in Possession or
 Person Under 21
 Possess/Consume/Purchase Alcohol
 OUIL  Operating Under the Influence of Liquor
 OUIN  Operating Under the Influence of Narcotics
 OWI  Operating While Impaired
 SOS  Secretary of State
 PBT  Preliminary Breathalyzer Test
 PSI   Pre-sentence Investigation
 TSS  Traffic Safety School
 UBAL  Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level
 UBAC  Unlawful Blood Alcohol Content
 U & P  Uttering and Publishing
 VIP  Victim's Impact Panel
 WAM  Weekend Alternative
 Program for Misdemeanants

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