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A Misdemeanor Arrest Can Still Be Serious. Let an Ann Arbor Criminal Defense Lawyer Help

A misdemeanor is a crime punishable up to one year in jail. Misdemeanors are less serious than felony charges, but can still impact your criminal record and reputation. Make sure you don't underestimate the situation, and contact an Ann Arbor criminal lawyer as soon as possible. 

Penalties for Misdemeanors Include Jail Time and More

There are three types of misdemeanors in Michigan: crimes that are punishable by local ordinances and crimes punishable by the state with maximum jail time ranging from 93 days to 1 year in jail.

Laws enforced by local ordinances subject the defendant up to 93 days in jail and a 500 dollar fine.

93 days misdemeanors enforced by the state of Michigan are very similar to local ordinance laws in that the repercussions are the same; subjecting the defendant up to 93 days in jail and a 500 dollar fine. However, the difference is that the state and cities may have different laws and punishments in place for the same crime.

The last type of misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable up to one year in jail and a fine of up to 1000 dollars. Some examples of one year misdemeanors include: intentional discharge of a firearm, retail fraud second degree, and larceny including property valued from 200 dollars to 1,000 dollars. 

Generally, if pulled over by a state officer you will be charged under state law and if pulled over by a city officer you will be charged under the local ordinance where the crime occurred.

What is a High Court Misdemeanor?

If convicted of a high court misdemeanor you could be facing up to 2 years in prison. An example of a high court misdemeanor is failure to yield to an emergency vehicle causing injury and aggravated indecent exposure. Even though the term implies it is a misdemeanor technically speaking a high court misdemeanor is a felony.

Types of Misdemeanors in Michigan Include:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Retail Fraud 3rd Degree - shoplifting items valued at less than 200 dollars
  • Assault and Battery - punishable up to 93 days in jail
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace - punishable up to 93 days in jail
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Trespassing
  • Embezzlement under 1,000 dollars
  • Drug Use

Ann Arbor Criminal Lawyer Fighting Misdemeanor Charges for Michigan Clients

While facing a misdemeanor charge in Michigan can be nerve wracking it’s important to remember that Sam Bernstein can help. ArborYpsi Law has extensive experience in fighting misdemeanor charges. Whether it’s pleading the case down, explaining to you what steps to take in order to obtain a lesser charge, or contesting the case and going to trial ArborYpsi Law will advise you on the best plan of action. If charged with a misdemeanor, contact our firm today