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 criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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If you’ve been charged with any type of misdemeanor, the lawyers at the office of Michigan Defense Law can help. We bring the in-depth knowledge of criminal law 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.Dedicated to Client Needs in Michigan Criminal Defense Cases
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 amount of controlled substances in your possession. Michigan has three classes of misdemeanors:
- 93-Day Misdemeanors: When you violate certain state or local laws, you could be sentenced to jail time up to 93 days and a maximum fine of $500. Assault and battery, embezzlement of less than $200, and lower levels of retail fraud are included in this category.
- One Year Misdemeanors: More serious misdemeanors are punishable by a year in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Crimes that are considered One Year Misdemeanors would be shoplifting, theft of property valued between $200 and $1,000, and intentional discharge of a gun. Any second offense of a crime involving driving without a license, or driving on a suspended license, is also punished as under the One Year Misdemeanor provisions.
- Two Year/High Court Misdemeanors: These crimes bear some of the characteristics of misdemeanors, but are also similar to certain lower level felonies. Examples of offenses in this category would be resisting arrest, or possession of some narcotic medications without a prescription. A conviction may mean up to two years in jail.
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.