Criminal cases require an attorney with extensive knowledge and skill. Being charged with a crime is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person in today’s society. Governments have steadily increased what is considered a crime. Now even some simple traffic violations are misdemeanors. With employers increasingly using background checks, it is imperative to keep your record as clean as possible.
There are three different classes of crimes in Michigan.
A felony is a crime that is punishable with a minimum of 1 year in jail to life in prison.
Felonies tend to be more serious offenses such as murder and armed robbery. Felonies also include most drug offenses.
In Michigan most misdemeanors can carry up to 1 year in the county jail. Some carry less than 90 days in jail. Depending upon your prior record most misdemeanors typically do not result in jail time but do carry extensive probation requirements, fines and court costs, and other terms set by the court. Misdemeanors include crimes such as domestic violence and driving under the influence.
Civil Infractions/Traffic Misdemeanors
Technically civil infractions are not crimes; they are issued for traffic violations. However, increasingly civil infractions are becoming misdemeanors. For instance, driving without a valid driver’s license, whether it is suspended for a DUI or you forgot to renew your license, is a misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with a crime contact us online or call (734) 397-4540 to discuss your situation with our experienced attorneys.