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It’s widely known that a misdemeanor crime is less serious than a felony and they are usually distinguished from felonies by the a few things:

  • Severity of injury caused to another person
  • The cash value of any property taken
  • Amount of drugs in a person’s possession
  • If there is proof of intent to sell or distribute the drugs

In Michigan, there are three classes of misdemeanors:

  1. Punishable by up to 93 days in jail
  2. Punishable by up to one year in jail
  3. Punishable by up to two years in jail (High Court Misdemeanors – these are similar to felonies)

Misdemeanors Punishable by up to One Year in Jail

Those misdemeanors that are punishable by up to 93 days in jail can be charged under state or local laws; some are crimes under both jurisdictions. Examples of misdemeanors punishable up to 93 days include disturbing the peace, embezzlement of property or money valued at less than $200, and assault and battery.

Misdemeanors Punishable by up to One Year in Jail

In Michigan, a court can sentence a person convicted of a misdemeanor in this category to jail or impose a fine up to $1,000. In some cases, a court can impose a fine of up to $1,000 as well as jail time.

Michigan misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail can include second degree retail fraud (shoplifting), intentional discharge of a firearm without the intent to injure, and larceny.

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High Court Misdemeanors

High court misdemeanors are a gray area that can easily fall into felonies. High court misdemeanors in Michigan are punishable by up to two years in prison or a fine up to $2,000. In some cases, a court may impose a fine of up to $2,000 and up to two years in jail. High court misdemeanors include indecent exposure, possession of analogues, a second offense, and negligent homicide by vehicle.

High Court Misdemeanors teeter on the edge of felony crimes. Learn more about what constitutes a felony crime in Michigan.

The Value of a Great Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge in Michigan, a conviction for a misdemeanor crime may become part of your permanent criminal record. If you are facing another criminal charge down the road, the court may consider your previous convictions when sentencing and they can impose a harsher sentence for your next conviction.

Any conviction, even for a minor crime, can have serious ramifications. It can make applications for jobs or even rental properties harder and can also cause problems for applications for a professional license. Those convicted of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana can also be barred from receiving federal student financial aid.

It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side to explore your options and help you get the best outcome for your case. Attorney Steven L. Schwartz is familiar with the local criminal court systems and has represented many people facing misdemeanor criminal charges. At the Schwartz Law Group, you can expect to be treated with respect and dignity. We will fight for your freedom and protect your reputation. Call for a free consultation or contact us with your situation.

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