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Felony Defense Attorney in Troy and Flint, MI

A felony is a rather broad legal term that refers to a long list of criminal offenses including murder, arson and certain drug crimes that are punishable by more than one year in prison. A felony is more serious than a misdemeanor charge; consequently it carries longer jail sentences and higher fines for the convicted. It’s important to note that not all felonies are violent in nature, many such as theft, embezzlement or uttering and publishing a forgery are non-violent and may not involve direct contact with the victim. In Michigan, felonies are categorized into eight different classes which determine the different penalties that an accused individual might face, if convicted. These classes are as follows:

Class A Felony – This is the most serious charge. The maximum sentence for a Class A felony is life in prison. Some common crimes that fall within this class are first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree criminal sexual conduct or kidnapping.

Class B Felony – A felony of this classification is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Some common class B felonies include arson of a dwelling house, first degree home invasion or embezzlement of over $100,000.

Class C Felony – In Michigan, a Class C Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Examples of this class of felony include manslaughter, robbery and delivery of 45 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Class D Felony – A felony of this classification is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Examples of a Class D Felony crime include the delivery or manufacturing of prescription medication, embezzlement of property valued at or above $20,000 and possession of methamphetamine.

Class E Felony – A felony of this classification carries with it a possible jail sentence of up to five years. Some examples of a Class D Felony include first degree retail theft, carrying a concealed weapon and a third DUI offense.

Class F Felony – In the state of Michigan, a Class F Felony is punishable by up to four years in prison. Some examples of crimes that fall within this class include possession with intent to deliver less than 5 kilograms of marijuana and second degree child abuse.

Class G Felony – The class of crimes is punishable by up to two years in prison. Examples of Class G Felonies include failure to register a sex offender and a second or later offense of domestic violence.

Class H Felony – This is the least serious of all felony charges, punishable by jail or alternative penalties such as probation or electronic monitoring.

 

The Felony Process
If you are arrested and charged with a felony, you will be arraigned in the District Court where the alleged crime took place. After the arraignment, a preliminary examination will take place. During this proceeding, the State of Michigan has the duty to show probable cause that a felony has occurred and that you, the defendant, committed it. If the State’s Attorney makes a strong argument and presents enough evidence to demonstrate probable cause, the case is sent to the Circuit Court for the county where the alleged crime occurred. In Michigan, all felonies are handled in a Circuit Court.

Once in Circuit Court, you will be arraigned once more and then a number of proceedings may occur, dependent upon your attorney’s defense strategy and the State’s prosecution strategy. If your case does head to trial, Michigan law requires that it occur within 180 days from your arrest.

If you’ve been charged with a felony offense, it’s imperative that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. When you contact the law offices of Attorney Martin Lievois, he will take the time to learn all about the events leading up to your arrest and the charges leveled against you. He will then set to work researching and analyzing every piece of evidence against you, looking at how it was obtained and whether it is indeed valid. Whenever possible, he will move to have the charges dismissed or enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution to lessen the penalties and help you move on with your life. If your case does proceed to a trial jury, our legal team will provide vigorous representation throughout the duration of the proceeding and even beyond the final sentencing.

Contact us at 810-232-3223 in Flint or 248-498-2525 in Troy to schedule your free consultation with Attorney Lievois.


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