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Community service is an alternative sentence where offenders work for nonprofit or governmental organizations as volunteers. You will be assigned to the sheriff's work camp to perform the community service ordered. The sheriff will monitor your work and report progress back to the judge.
All community service is performed through and under the supervision of the Otsego County Work Camp.
If you have a medical problem that you believe would interfere with your community service activity, you must present some type of document from your doctor describing what your limitations are. If you are ruled ineligible, the judge will be sent this document to make a determination. Even if you have some physical limitations, a position may still be found for you.
Yes, if requested to do so.
A pre-sentence report is written by a probation officer after a pre-sentence investigation is conducted. This report is used to obtain detailed knowledge of the defendant's background and current circumstances, to know if the defendant is a threat to society, or if there are any needs the defendant has which can be addressed through probation. The report will contain a sentence recommendation to the judge with supporting facts for that recommendation.
A judge may order you to attend and successfully complete different treatment programs. Some of the more common programs are:
The Probation Department will monitor your success in these programs if you are ordered to attend one or several of them. If you were ordered to the Community Service Program, your successful completion of that program will also be monitored by a probation officer.
You can contact the Clerk if you have procedural questions. However, clerks cannot give legal advice. It is recommended that you talk to your attorney at all times if you are represented by one.
During regular court business hours, bonds can be posted at the clerk's office. After-hours you must go to the county jail to post bond.
You will be in violation of your probation and may be returned to court for a show cause hearing, in which it is determined whether or not you should be held in contempt of court for not following the conditions of your probation.
The court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
Child support is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula. The formula considers multiple factors including, but not limited to, both parent’s income, the number of overnights each parent has, cost of health insurance premiums paid on behalf of the child(ren), and cost of child care paid by each parent. These factors may result in one parent paying the other parent's child support.
The court may order child support for the time a child is regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credits to graduate from high school while residing on a full-time basis with the recipient of support or at an institution, but in no case after the child reaches 19 years and 6 months of age. A complaint or motion requesting support as provided in this section may be filed at any time before the child reaches 19 years and 6 months of age.
It is important to understand two things:
What does this mean to you? When you have a change in circumstances, such as the loss of your job, contact your Friend of the Court (FOC) caseworker as soon as possible. Your caseworker will be able to discuss options available for your circumstances.
Yes, it should be done automatically. There is a direct link between the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and the Michigan Child Support Enforcement System to keep support payments coming for the benefit of the minor children. If you find that your support was not taken from your Unemployment Compensation check, you are responsible for contacting the Friend of the Court office immediately to report this and making your payment on your own.
For children residing in Otsego County, contact the Probate Court at 989-731-0204
motions for orders that can be granted without waiting for a response from the other side.
Family Separation is a very emotional and stressful situation for individuals, especially children. Often there are concerns about dealing with losses and ongoing changes. The more parents know about the process and the challenges of living in separate homes, the better they are able to cope with the changes and help their children adjust. The day-to-day commitment to raising children remains a two-parent responsibility.
No. Otsego County does not participate in any online programs. Out of state parties are provided an alternative program.
You can contact the Clerk if you have procedural questions. However, clerks cannot give legal advice. It is recommended that you talk to your attorney at all times, if you are represented by one.
Community service is an alternative sentence where offenders work for nonprofit or governmental organizations as volunteers.
Any nonprofit organization that has a 501C3 tax exempt status and liability insurance is eligible. However, all community service is performed and monitored through the Otsego County Work Camp.
A juvenile delinquent is any child under 17 who has broken the law, is disobedient to parents, guardian or custodian, or has been truant from home or school.
The minor is taken to local police station headquarters where the police have the option of releasing the minor or requesting permission from the court to place them in pretrial detention. If approved, the minor will be detained pending a hearing.
The Family Court must hold a preliminary hearing within 24 hours of the minor's admission to determine whether a petition should be authorized and whether the juvenile should remain in custody before the trial. The court may call witnesses to help make the determination.
The court may decide to release the juvenile without conditions, pending trial, or with certain lawful conditions, including a requirement that a bond be posted.
Bonds may be posted during normal business hours in the Court office. Payment may be cash, money order, cashier's check, or surety bond.
After hours and on weekends, bond may be posted at the Sheriff's Department. Payments must be by credit card, money order, or cashier's check only.
A trial date will be set. At the trial, a judge or referee will hear the evidence/testimony and determine if the juvenile comes within the provision of the juvenile code.
The court can rule that the minor be made a continuing ward of the state with jurisdiction to age 21 if warranted.
The court will appoint an attorney if :
Upon admission to the pretrial detention, the court will take a financial statement from the parent/guardian. After sentencing, the court will make a recommendation for reimbursement by the parent/guardian for the minor's room and board and attorney fees based on the financial statement.
If the court orders probation, the minor will be released to his/her parent or guardian and assigned a probation officer for a time to be determined by the court. The minor will report to the probation officer on a regular basis, also determined by the Court.
The court may also order mandatory restitution, where the minor and/or parent must compensate the victim for damages or loss, or participation in a community service restitution program.
Yes, the court keeps a file on any juvenile formally adjudicated.
If the minor is not held in pretrial detention, the petition may be denied, diverted, or made official.
While the court will maintain a record, information regarding the contact will not be revealed unless there is a finding of guilt and the disposition is "Warned and Dismissed."
For any child between 6 and 16, skipping school is against the law. If a child repeatedly skips school, and all coordinated efforts of parents, guardians, school personnel, counselors, and outside agencies have failed, an official petition can be filed by the court. The court will then recommend further action.
Running away from home is against the law. Other acts that are against the law include trespassing, party crashing, hitchhiking, smoking, fighting, loitering, and curfew violations.
Misdemeanors handled by the family court include any juvenile under 17 charged with:
At the time of the violation, the police will issue a ticket indicating the charge. It will also indicate that the court will notify you of the date and time of the hearing. This is usually done within 30 to 60 days.
It depends on the charge. Some violations can be taken care of by mail by you and your parent or guardian signing the waiver of plea section and mailing the ticket back. With certain other violations, your appearance at a hearing is mandatory.
That's up to you. The court does not provide Court-appointed attorneys in traffic matters.
You will either admit or deny the charge. Your case will be heard before a judge or magistrate, who, after hearing the case will either find you have committed the offense or dismiss the case. If the charge is substantiated, you will be responsible for court costs and the court may impose other dispositional measures. Your parent or guardian should accompany you to all hearings.
The Secretary of State's office will be notified of the charge and points will be assessed against your driving record.
If you do not appear for the hearing, an order to show cause will be scheduled. If you appear for the hearing but fail to pay necessary court costs/fines, you will receive a warning letter from the court. You have 14 days to respond. If after 14 days you have not responded, the Secretary of State's office will be notified and your license will be suspended. Your failure to appear will show on your record as an outstanding ticket.
The failure to appear will prohibit you from obtaining your license when you do apply
Vehicular felony offenses include manslaughter, negligent homicide, carjacking, or use of a car in an armed robbery. If the motor vehicle felony is substantial, you will go through the normal juvenile court petition process. Felony offenses will appear on your driving record.
These offenses are the local city, village, or state laws that make certain behaviors illegal. These can include:
You will receive a ticket. A court officer then orders one of the following actions :
Otsego County-Family Court800 Livingston BoulevardSuite 1-C, Courtroom 101Gaylord, MI 49735Phone 989-731-0214
In general court proceedings, the juvenile has the following rights:
What about rights in delinquency proceedings?
In delinquency proceedings, the juvenile is entitled to:
The juvenile, the juvenile's parent, and the attorney representing the juvenile.
In abuse/neglect proceedings, the parent/guardian is entitled to:
If the child has been placed outside the child's home, the parent/guardian must be informed:
The agency responsible for the child, the foster parent or custodian, the parents and attorney (unless parental rights have been terminated), the child's guardian, the guardian ad litem, the child's attorney, the child if 11 or older, any tribal leader if there is an Indian tribe affiliation, and any other person the court directs to be present.
The ticket that you received will include a number at the top and will indicate the violation you were ticketed for, how you can respond to the ticket, where you need to appear to settle the matter, what your rights are, and the badge number of the issuing officer. Your options are:
Yes. You have seven days after an informal hearing to request an appeal. You must post a bond in the amount of the fine. A formal hearing will be scheduled in front of a judge. You may wish to have an attorney present for this hearing.
If you have been issued a ticket for a civil infraction and do not respond in one of the four ways indicated, a default judgment will be issued against you by the court. This could result in your driver's license being suspended by the Secretary of State's office. You have 10 days from the date of the ticket to either pay it or schedule a hearing. On the 45th day following the 10th day, your license will go into suspension. If your license is suspended, it will cost you additional money to have it reinstated. The court will give you a clearance form which you must carry for two months until the Secretary of State clears your license on the statewide computer system.
You will be taken to the county jail, processed and allowed to post bond. If you do not post a bond, you will spend the night in jail. For those who post bond, arraignment is usually held within one week.
When you post a bond for someone it is your responsibility to see that they make all required court appearances. If they miss any of them you will lose your money by forfeiture.
If you are under the age of 17 and receive a misdemeanor traffic violation you must appear at the Family Court Offices.
If you are under age 17 and receive a civil infraction citation, you must appear at the District Court Offices.
If you are ticketed or arrested for a local ordinance violation, your case will be processed in the same manner as traffic misdemeanors are handled.
You must appear in court.
To reinstate driving privileges, you must settle all pending cases and pay all reinstatement fees.
Yes. There is a copy charge of $1 per page.
You may be required to fill out and submit a copy request form. Please note that the court will charge $1 per page for copies requested. Contact the court at 989-731-0201 for additional information.
You are allowed, under certain circumstances, one court date change on a civil infraction violation.
You must appear in court in order to change your court date for a misdemeanor violation.
You must contact the Secretary of State's office for point information.
It could. You should contact your insurance company for further information.
In the City of Gaylord, parking tickets can be paid at the City Police Department on Main Street. If you are contesting a City Police parking ticket, the ticket will be transferred to the District Court. All other parking tickets are handled in District Court. Court fees are assessed to all parking tickets processed by the Court.
Go to the District Court Clerk's office for cash or credit card payments. You can also pay your traffic ticket with a Visa or MasterCard using the court's website. You will receive an electronic receipt if you pay over the Internet.
Do not mail cash.
The Taxable Value is the lower of the State Equalized Value or the capped value. The taxable value is then multiplied by the millage rate to produces the amount of tax dollars. The taxable value was created upon the passage of Proposal A, by the electorate in 1994.
The State Equalized Value is the result of the county equalized value being subject to review by the Michigan State Tax Commission. The Tax Commission may add to, subtract from, or approve the county equalized value as submitted. Upon their action, it becomes the State Equalized Value.
The assessed value is the estimate of one-half of fair market value, which is calculated by the local unit of government's assessing department. The Michigan State Constitution requires the assessed value be set at this level.
The assessed value as placed by the local assessing department is reviewed by the county equalization department. The equalization department may add to, subtract from, or approve it as submitted. Upon their action, it becomes the county equalized value.
Yes! Most department records are considered public records and are open for inspection during normal business hours.
You may telephone the Township Assessing Department or the City to make an appointment. In order to make a personal appearance before the board, you must first make an appointment. If you wish to lodge an appeal by mail, your letter of appeal must be postmarked no later than the Tuesday following the second Monday in March.
You have the right to file an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. This appeal must be filed with the Tribunal on or before June 30th of the current year, using the following address:
Michigan Tax Tribunal1033 S WashingtonP.O. Box 30232Lansing, MI., 48909Phone: 517-334-6521
The taxable value can increase from year to year by 5% or the amount of the consumer price index, whichever is less. Additions or losses to the property are also taken into consideration. The formula is the previous taxable value, minus losses, multiplied by 1.05 % or the consumer price index, whichever is less, plus any additions equals the Capped Value
The first thing you should do is talk to your local Assessor about the valuation on your parcel. Check the appraisal records to make sure all components of the property are correct. If you wish to proceed at this point, you may lodge an appeal with your local March Board of Review. The Board of Review is set up under the Michigan General Property Tax Law. The Board consists of three, six, or nine members, appointed by the Township Supervisor, and approved at a public meeting by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Review will hear your appeal and will make a decision using their best judgment.
You may send a person to represent you, or as provided by resolution of the Board of Trustees, you may file an appeal to the Board of Review by letter. Please include the reason for appeal, your parcel number, and your telephone number. The Board of Review will conduct an appeal review for you, and notify you of their decision by first class mail.
Known as tax day throughout the state, December 31 is the date used, taking into consideration the status of the property and the economic conditions of the area.
This is a mandate of Public Act 206 of 1893 as amended, also known as the Michigan General Property Tax Law.
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Very low interest financing for repairs or emergency repairs to single-family residential dwellings.
Interest rates are determined by household size and income. Deferred loans are 0% with no monthly payments, and 0 to 3% interest with payments, maximum mortgage of 25 years. Payments are determined by the amount of repairs to a dwelling.
A leaking roof, deteriorated- siding, flooring, leaking pipes, single pane windows, electrical problems, and health/safety hazards. Also lead based paint reduction to homes constructed prior to 1978.
If a water well, septic system, or furnace (furnace in cold conditions) should stop working and need to be replaced.
Contact the Housing Office at 989-731-7570. Questions will be asked to see if you qualify.
The Housing Inspector will inspect your entire dwelling that pertains to Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (minimal code requirements) and local codes. Specifications are written for bid and reviewed by the Committee and applicant.
Contractors that are registered in the Housing Office and/or contractors that you prefer, that are licensed and insured by the State of Michigan.
Yes, our office has a "Housing Resource Brochure" that directs you to local organizations and businesses that offer: Subsidized Rentals, real estate offices, banks and lenders, financial assistance, dispute resources and educational information.
New job announcements are posted online.
Complete an online Employment Application.
Job applications which are submitted for positions which are not currently open will be kept on file for up to six months. However, to ensure that your application receives consideration, a follow up letter or updated application should be submitted when a vacancy is posted.
The competitive hiring process consists of one or more of the following: employment application review, employment application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination. Questions asked during the examination process are based on the knowledge and abilities required to successfully perform the position.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Otsego County accepts accommodation requests for consideration from applicants with a disability. If you are an Applicant for employment with Otsego County who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation in the application and examination process, please contact Otsego County Human Resources at 989-731-7520 to discuss your request.
Based on employment application and/or examination results, successful candidates are ranked and the top candidates proceed to the next level of the recruitment process.
It is the policy of the Otsego County Board of Commissioners that no person shall be discriminated against with regard to recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or other aspects of employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political beliefs, organizational affiliations, or sexual orientation.
Otsego County conducts a criminal background investigation, checks professional references, and requires a post offer drug, alcohol, and physical examination prior to the first day of employment. Otsego County must verify the identity and employment authorization of all new employees to comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. This verification is required only after an offer of employment has been made. For further information regarding verification, please contact Otsego County Human Resources at 989-731-7520.
Please refer to the Benefits page for a benefits summary.
MBE Certification is the process by which a business is verified as being minority owned according to the criteria set forth by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC's criteria state that in order to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a business must be at least 51% controlled and managed by racial or ethnic minorities who are also U.S. Citizens. Small businesses seeking minority business certification should contact the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit organization committed to driving the economic growth of minority-owned businesses. The MMSDC is located at:100 River PlaceSuite 300Detroit, MI 48207
Minority certification is also available through either:Detroit Department of Transportation (PDF)1301 E WarrenDetroit, MI 48207
Wayne County500 Griswold15th FloorDetroit, MI 48226
The Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes (WBEC-GL) serves as a partner with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to assist women business owners with opportunities for women's business certification and access to private and government markets.
For information on becoming a certified woman owned business, contact the The Michigan Women's Marketplace, or see the Small Business Administration Women's Business Centers in Michigan information sheet (PDF).
Lisa McComb, Executive Director of the Otsego County Economic Alliance can assist businesses with registration and LLC information. Contact Lisa at 989-731-0288 or her assistant Brandy at 989-731-0287.
Contact the community where the business will be located and see if the zoning laws permit it. Starting a business at home is the same as starting a business anywhere. For questions regarding starting a business at home in Otsego County, contact the Planning and Zoning office at 989-731-7400 or visit the Planning and Zoning page.
A "Doing Business As" or DBA, protects one's business name within County limits. A DBA can be purchased at the County Clerk's Office for $10.
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN), and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, including online at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.
Zoning information comes from the city, village or township where your business is located. You can find zoning information for Otsego County by contacting the Planning and Zoning office at 989-731-7400 or visiting the Planning and Zoning page.
You can register easily online.
Otsego County Chamber of Commerce319 W Main StreetGaylord, MI 49735
Obtain an incident or vehicle crash report online.
Yes, please submit your request for the report/accident in writing with the $5 fee and notation to fax the report, along with the needed fax number.
Yes, please mail your written request with the incident number, name of person involved, date, location of the incident along with $5 fee and SASE (self address stamped envelope).Otsego County Sheriff's OfficeAttn: Record's Division124 S Court AvenueGaylord, MI 49735
Just come into our office with your driver's license or state ID. We will check to see if you've ever been arrested by our agency (only) or incarcerated in our jail and will provide you with a letter stating the results, unless you provide us with a form. There is a $5 charge for this service. If you need a more extensive search, please contact the Michigan State Police or go to the Michigan State Police website.
Yes. You will need to come into the Record's Bureau at the Sheriff's Office with photo identification. If you require fingerprints on a paper fingerprint card, we charge a $15 fingerprinting fee. We can also assist you if you require that your fingerprints are submitted electronically via "LiveScan."
We charge $15 for taking the fingerprints on LiveScan. If the scanned fingerprints are being taken for school employment (SE), and is being submitted to both federal and state agencies, their total fees are $43.25. Therefore, if your fingerprints are being taken for school employment, the total cost of fingerprinting is $58.25. $56.25 if being for School Volunteer (CPV). Please ensure that you have the correct change in cash or check at the time you apply.
Just come into the office with a Michigan issued driver’s license for identification. If you’ve been incarcerated on more than one occasion, please specify the date(s) you need. There is no charge for this service.
Please contact the 46th Trial Court at 989-731-0200, for payment information of tickets.