Prosecution under Township Law

If an act or event has occurred against you, or your property, which you feel is a violation of Township Ordinance, and you are willing to swear out a complaint and warrant for the arrest of the person or persons and testify in court against them, you must call the Waterford Township Police Department immediately to make a full report, stating the particulars.

Criminal Prosecution Reports

Criminal prosecution reports are available the next business day. The Records Bureau business hours for this service are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Records Bureau is closed on national holidays. There is no charge for a criminal prosecution report. The phone number to the Records Bureau is 248-674-0351, Prompt 4.

Arrest Process
To obtain a warrant you must meet with the Waterford Township Attorney. For your convenience, they have an office located in the 51st District Court, Probation Department, 5100 Civic Center Drive, next to Township Hall. The office is open Monday through Friday from 1 until 4 p.m. You do not need an appointment. The attorney will review the matter with you. Based upon that review, a decision will be made whether or not to recommend to the court to issue an arrest warrant for the responsible party. If the decision is made to issue an order for warrant, you then must swear to and sign same in the presence of a Judge or Magistrate.

The accused will be arrested and brought before the court. If a plea of not guilty is entered, the case will be set for hearing or trial. You, as a complaining witness, will be notified by the court of the trial or pretrial date. You must appear when notified. Be prepared to spend as much as 1/2 day in court for a trial and/or a pretrial hearing. Expect to personally testify against the responsible party and be prepared to be subjected to cross-examination by the defense attorney.

The Township Attorneys will prosecute the case on your behalf at the expense of Waterford Township. If necessary, you may speak with the attorney before the court session begins.

Your failure to appear in court when notified could result in your being placed in Contempt of Court. You should keep the court advised of your current address, if you should move during the proceedings.

Note: The court dockets are full and justice by law takes time. If you are unsure about following up on a complaint or about testifying in court, do not seek a complaint and warrant. Any other legal questions should be directed to the Township Attorney, not the police or court personnel.