Felony Crimes in Michigan
It’s understandable that facing a felony charge in Michigan can feel terrifying. It also brings up a lot of questions like what are the potential punishments that come with sentencing. If you are convicted of a felony in Michigan, you are facing at least one year in prison. That said, being convicted of a felony is not one-sided and has many layers. There are eight classes of felonies in Michigan, labeled A – H, each with their own sentence structures and punishments.
Felony Punishments and Sentences
- Class A Felony crimes in Michigan are the gravest and are taken seriously by the courts. Charges in a Class A Felony include first and second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon where there is intent to rob, steal, and/or kidnap. Punishment: up to life imprisonment.
- Class B Felony crimes include second degree child abuse, production of child pornography, production of material with child sexual abuse, and second-degree arson. Punishment: up to 20 years in prison.
- Class C Felony crimes include human trafficking that results in injury to another person, and robbery; and manslaughter. Punishment: 15 years of prison per conviction.
- Class D Felony crimes include human trafficking, embezzlement, and larceny of property value up to $20,000 or more. Punishment: up to 15 years in prison.
- Class E Felony crimes happen when someone is convicted of first-degree retail fraud, carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and home invasion. Punishment: up to 5 years in prison.
- Class F Felonies will include unauthorized loan and credit application, and manufacture, deliver or possession with intent to deliver less than 5 kilograms of marijuana. Punishment: up to 4 years in prison.
- Class G Felony crimes include domestic assault, lobbyist giving gifts, and writing a known bad check over $500. Punishment: up to 2 years in prison.
- Class H Felony crimes may include the use of stolen state identification or ID card, and the false representation to obtain or misuse personal information. Punishment: jail, probation, treatment programs, and/or electronic monitoring.
When someone is convicted of a felony, it is part of their criminal record – which can affect many things like jobs, volunteering abilities, and other social responsibilities. It can also effect any potential cases and punishments in the future.
Finding the Right Legal Representation
If you or someone you love is facing a felony charge or felony investigation, you need a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record for getting the best possible outcome for felony cases. The Schwartz Law Firm will be by your side, walking you through the process, answering your questions, and providing expert legal advice. Contact us today for a free consultation.