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What Do District Court Judges Do?

Sep 24, 2018 04:21PM ● By Jason Huddle
As a candidate for District Court Judge, many have asked, “What do district court judges do?”  The general answer is, “A lot”. More specifically, a district court judge presides over the trial of all infractions (i.e. speeding tickets) and all misdemeanor criminal actions, including but not limited to, Shoplifting, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Trespassing, Reckless Driving, Simple Assault, Resisting/Obstructing/Delaying a Law Enforcement Officer, Passing a Stopped School Bus, Communicating a Threat, Hit & Run with Property Damage, Assault on a Female, on a Child, or on a Handicapped Person, Misdemeanor Child Abuse, Violation of a Domestic Violence Protective Order and Driving While Impaired. District court judges also conduct first appearances in felony cases, preside over probable cause hearings for felonies and accept guilty pleas and impose sentences for Class H and I felony offenses.
 
Additionally, a district court judge presides over all cases involving the granting of domestic violence orders of protection, termination or reinstatement of parental rights, juveniles who are alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent and juveniles who are alleged to be delinquent. District court judges also preside over all civil actions for divorce, child support, child custody, equitable distribution of property, alimony, annulment, the enforcement of separation agreements, non-domestic civil disputes of $25,000 or less; involuntary commitment proceedings, emancipation proceedings, proceedings involving the consent for an abortion by an unemancipated minor, and proceedings by an underage party seeking judicial authorization to marry. 
 
The role of a district court judge is very important and he/she must know many areas of law. A decision made by a district court judge can affect individuals and families short term and long term.  Thus, voting for the right candidate for District Court Judge is essential.  
 
As an attorney, I have practiced in every court within District Court.  My best days are when I know I’ve truly made a difference for the better in someone’s life. Although I have enjoyed my practice as an attorney, I have always had the desire to serve my community as a judge. In 2011, due to my commitment to the families and children in Cabarrus County, I became nationally certified as a child welfare specialist. My temperament, judgment and experience make me a qualified and ideal candidate for judgeship.  I ask for your vote on November 6, 2018. Please visit www.juanitabogerallen.com and www.jba4justice.com to learn more information about me.  

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