While you may consider a misdemeanor relatively minor compared to more severe felony crimes, these offenses can still be quite serious matters. Though you’re looking at a potentially shorter jail term, you’re also facing hefty fines and probation. Plus, a misdemeanor remains part of your criminal record, which can impact your future in a number of ways. It is also critical to understand where your misdemeanor offense is being prosecuted.
The difference in a sentence from one judge to the other, even in the same courthouse, can be extreme. To gain an advantage in fighting the charges and obtaining a favorable outcome, it’s best to hire an experienced Michigan defense attorney as soon as possible.
Michigan Defense Law prides itself on understanding each individual judge and how they think about different situations so that we can present your case in the best possible way for you.
If you’ve been charged with any type of misdemeanor, the criminal lawyers at the office of Michigan Defense Law can help. We bring the in-depth knowledge of criminal law, the legal system, and courtroom experience you need to take on aggressive prosecuting attorneys. While the state will be seeking the highest forms of punishment, our attorneys will be identifying weaknesses in your case to secure the best possible result.
Under state law, misdemeanors are distinct from felonies because of the severity of the facts, such as injury caused to another person, the value of property stolen, or the number of controlled substances in your possession. Michigan has three classes of misdemeanors:
If you or someone you know is facing charges of a misdemeanor, it is important to seek the legal representation of a skilled attorney. Michigan Defense Law understands the importance of being able to protect your freedom and rights when it comes to a misdemeanor charge.
A misdemeanor can be charged according to the laws of Michigan or as a violation of city/township ordinances. Misdemeanors in Michigan are dealt with by the district courts. Drunk Driving and driving while their license was suspended, are some of the most prevalent misdemeanors found in District Courts.
From start to finish, the misdemeanor process consists of these steps in the district courts system.
A special exception is “stalking,” which may result in up to five years of probation. The court can sentence after a plea or conviction. Every offense involving driving under influence requires a substance abuse assessment before sentencing.
Even a misdemeanor conviction is a serious matter in Michigan, where the incident will be part of your record along with possible incarceration and fines. In addition, a court can refer to your prior history if you’re convicted of a subsequent crime; the result may be a harsher sentence the next time around. With an experienced attorney at your side, you can assess your options for contesting the charges. A knowledgeable attorney will take all circumstances into consideration and explain complex areas of law so you can make informed decisions about your case.
For more information on misdemeanor crimes, please contact the law offices of Michigan Defense Law or call our office directly at (248) 451-2200. We can set up a consultation to discuss your case at our Bloomfield Hills, MI location or answer questions about your matter.