Misdemeanor Charges In Michigan
Many people incorrectly assume that being charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense is not a big deal. That is because most people charged with a misdemeanor assume that they are not going to get jail time, or even if they do, will not be in jail for long. However, it is important to understand that judges may take a wide variety of actions when it comes to sentencing one for a misdemeanor offense. And if the offender does not take the punishment seriously, they are likely to find themselves in a bind with the court system over the long haul.
What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor criminal offense is an offense that can land an offender in jail for up to a year. Any offense that is punishable by more than a year of incarceration is a felony.
What Kind of Punishment Could I Receive?
Past transgressions are likely to be taken into consideration by a judge when it comes time for sentencing. Not only that, there are some laws that provide for the enhancement of what would otherwise be only a misdemeanor offense into a felony offense (such as a third offense drunk driving charge). Ultimately whether an offender is sentenced to jail is at the sole discretion of the judge. Judges do not have to consider only evidence that was admissible in trial, and they often take other facts and circumstances into consideration when sentencing. Fines and costs, probation, community service, drug and alcohol testing and attending rehabilitative-type classes and programs are likely to be ordered by a judge for a misdemeanor conviction.
Failure to abide by the terms of one’s probation is almost certain to land a defendant in jail with extended probation terms. Aside from the punishment that can be doled out by a judge are the ramifications that a criminal conviction – whether a misdemeanor or felony – is likely to have on one’s personal and professional reputation. Misdemeanors do not look good on criminal records. Some misdemeanors cannot be expunged; only an experienced criminal defense lawyer can tell you whether that is possible for you.
Contact a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in Michigan, there is no time to lose. You need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Michigan. Only an experienced attorney can tell you whether you have committed a crime, whether you have a legitimate defense and what your best strategy should be moving forward. Goldman & Associates are experienced criminal defense attorneys. Call us today for a free consultation at 877-737-8800.
How our Michigan Misdemeanor Attorneys can help.
Misdemeanor criminal offenses should be taken seriously as the ramifications of a conviction have the potential to be severe. You cannot afford to handle your misdemeanor case on your own. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through the process. Contact Goldman & Associates today for a free consultation at 877-737-8800. Our expert criminal attorneys are here to help you and ensure that the law is on your side.