Crimes are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. The district and municipal courts in Michigan have jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases. Misdemeanors are crimes which can be punishable by 1 year or less in jail. In addition, a term of probation can be imposed for a maximum period of 2 years for misdemeanor convictions.
Certain misdemeanors can carry up to 2 years in prison and are referred to as “high court misdemeanors”. High court misdemeanors are beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the district or municipal courts and are handled in the circuit court in the county where the offense occurred.Misdemeanor Convictions Can Label Someone as a Dishonest, Reckless or Violent
Upon conviction for any criminal offense, including misdemeanors, a permanent public record with the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) is created. This information can be obtained by employers, educational institutions and other entities with disastrous ramifications. An otherwise compliant person can be unfairly labeled as violent or dishonest upon being convicted of a misdemeanor. In addition, a conviction for a misdemeanor can result in the loss of concealed pistol license (CPL), deportation and the inability to travel to Canada for a period of up to 10 years.Most Prevalent Misdemeanors in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties, Legal Links
From our experience in handling 1000’s of criminal cases, the most common misdemeanor offenses in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St. Clair are:
- Domestic Violence
- Retail Fraud 2nd & 3rd Degree
- Possession of Marijuana
- Operating While Intoxicated
- Disorderly Conduct
- Assault and Battery
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Driving While License Suspended
- Reckless Driving
Each of the above mentioned offenses is linked to the applicable Michigan Statute.Legal Solutions in Defending Clients Charged with Misdemeanors
We know that a misdemeanor can cause undue hardship and misunderstandings for good citizens that do not deserve to be labeled as “criminals”. Our proven criminal defense strategies can save eligible clients from the embarrassment and the stigma associated with a criminal public record. We employ assertive advocacy or tactful diplomacy depending upon the unique circumstances of each case. We utilize various legal means to achieve our goals, including the following:
- Statutory first offender programs for dismissals of possession of marijuana, domestic violence, MIP.
- Youthful Trainee Act (YTA) for offenders age 17 but before age 24.
- Delayed Sentence which provides individuals with the opportunity gain a dismissal upon compliance.
- Scheduling pretrial conferences and motion hearings to set the record straight.
- Negotiating reduction or amendment of a criminal charge to an offense with lesser implications.
- Seeking reduction of criminal traffic offenses to non-criminal traffic violations.
- Relentless preparation and trial defense services.
Even minor misdemeanors can be detrimental to a person’s record and negatively impact cherished personal rights, freedoms and opportunities. For this reason, the ABDO LAW FIRM believes that anyone charged with a crime, felony or misdemeanor, should fight to protect their rights and record.
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