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Misdemeanor Defense Attorney in Michigan

  • While misdemeanor crimes are considered to be less serious than felony charges, the consequences of a conviction can still be life-altering. Misdemeanor offenses can result in jail time, costly fines and a permanent criminal record which can impact your chances of getting a job, finding housing or obtaining a professional license. In Michigan, there are three different classes of misdemeanors which ultimately dictate the possible penalty for the accused; they are as follows:
  • Misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or $500 fine
  • Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $1000 fine
  • High Court Misdemeanors (also referred to as a Circuit Court Misdemeanor) punishable by up to two years in prison and/or $2000 fine

A misdemeanor charge usually hinges on the severity of the crime, value of goods involved or the amount of the illegal substance in one’s possession at the time of the arrest. For example, if an individual is arrested for shoplifting several items from a retail store valued at less than $200, he or she may be charged with Third Degree Retail Fraud which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a potential fine of either $500 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater. If the person was arrested for stealing $1200 worth of goods, the charge would be Second Degree Retail Fraud which is still a misdemeanor but one that is punishable by up to one year in jail and a potential fine of either $2,000 or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater.

Some of the most common misdemeanor crimes include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Trespassing
  • Prostitution
  • Retail theft (shoplifting)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Reckless driving
  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana or other illegal substances
  • indecent exposure

It’s important to note that repeat offenders of misdemeanor offenses may be charged with a felony.

Do I really need an attorney for a misdemeanor charge?

In Michigan, unless you waive the right to an attorney, you must be represented by one in a misdemeanor case. In most instances, the case is handled by the district court closest to where the alleged crime took place.

With such high stakes, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced attorney immediately following your arrest. Attorney Lievois has provided rigorous representation to hundreds of individuals charged with misdemeanors in Troy and Flint for over two decades. He understands the local and state wide criminal court system which allows him to craft an effective defense strategy for each and every one of his clients. From your first meeting, our legal team will take time to learn more about the events leading up to your arrest and the charges against you, including any mischaracterizations you believe were made by the arresting officers. Based upon this information, your past criminal history and all applicable evidence, we will work to have the charges dismissed, explore plea options or serve as your fierce advocate in a jury trial. Call us at 810-232-3223  in Flint or 248-498-2525 in Troy to schedule your free consultation.


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