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Van Buren County DUI Lawyer

Our Attorneys Know Van Buren County

If you have been arrested for a DUI charge in Van Buren County, you need an experienced attorney that knows how to best navigate you through the court process.

Get Your Questions Answered in Less Than 15 Minutes

We can answer many questions for you in the initial telephone conference:

  • When is my first court appearance and do I need to personally appear?
  • The court does not have my paperwork yet, do I need to panic?
  • How will the magistrate or judge handle my initial arraignment?
  • Is my case going to be handled in South Haven or Paw Paw?
  • How are the prosecutors handling DUI charges and plea negotiations?
  • What are the sentencing policies of the local judges?
  • How will the probation department handle my first offense?
  • Who should I go to see for an alcohol assessment and will the courts accept it?

All of these are legitimate questions and with local knowledge we can answer most if not all of these before you even make the decision to hire a Michigan DUI attorney.

The Van Buren County court has currently split their criminal cases depending on where the offense occurred. Most offenses will be held at the 7th district court – east in Paw Paw Michigan.

The court address is:

Seventh District Court East Division

Courthouse Annex, 1st Floor
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269)657-8222
(269)657-0719 FAX

Hours M – F 8:30 A.M. – 4:45 P.M.

Honorable Robert T. Hentchel, District Judge

Craig A. Hess, Administrator/Magistrate

Susan Klein, Secretary/Court Recorder

Laurie Powell, Adult Probation Officer

Patricia Johnson, Probation Secretary

Lenore Orozco, Account Clerk

Kay Williamson, Deputy Clerk

Tabitha Neal, Deputy Clerk

Monica Marler,Deputy Clerk

Kathy McCloskey,P/T Deputy Clerk

Janie Soderlund, Deputy Clerk
Probation Department:
Phone: (269)657-8247

Mon., Tues., Wed.
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Thursdays
8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Seventh District Court West Division

1007 East Wells Street
P.O. Box 311
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-5258
(269) 639-4517 FAX
Hours M – F 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Honorable Arthur H. Clarke III, District Judge

James R. Becker, Administrator/Magistrate

Laura Canaan, Secretary/Recorder

David Hill, Adult Probation Officer

LaDonna Sell, Probation Secretary

Marilyn Runkle, Finance Clerk

Teryn Dotson, Deputy Clerk

Florencia Jackson, Deputy Clerk

Crystal Davis, Deputy Clerk

Kristi Mitchell, P/T Deputy Clerk
The court system is Van Buren County, especially for a first offense drunk driving, can be navigated such that it could have very little impact on your life. This means that many times, with the proper preparation and alcohol screening, jail time and even probation can be avoided. In addition, the judges in the 7th District Court will allow a plea and immediate sentencing with the proper documentation and follow through.

If you are facing a DUI charge in Van Buren County, call our DUI Hotline and speak with a local attorney directly. Call (2690 218-4003 today!

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  • A detailed overview of the court process in your jurisdiction
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  • Why our law firm is uniquely qualified to handle your DUI case

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