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The OCA prosecutes all misdemeanor violations and civil infractions that occur within city limits. Some of the offenses include drunk driving, frequenting drug houses, assault and battery, property destruction and all peace disturbances. The civil infractions include all traffic violations, such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals and driving while your license is suspended.
The OCA advises the Mayor, City Council, officers, departments and agencies of the City on matters relating to their official duties.
Other duties of the OCA include preparing or approving all bonds, contracts, ordinances and other written documents involving the legal actions of the City. The OCA also appears on behalf of the City for any lawsuits filed by the City or against the City.
Attorneys in the Legal Department serve as the attorneys for City government and City officials, rather than for individual citizens. Individuals must retain their own attorneys for legal advice and representation.
The City Attorney's Office is on the 5th Floor of the City Hall building at 124 West Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48933.