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Offense Classes in Michigan (With minimum sentencing guideline ranges)

Note: Anything over a year is prison, and anything less is jail. Also, it is extremely unlikely that the low end would be met on any offense higher than a Class E felony. Finally, Habitual offender status may impact the guidelines below. This is merely to give you a basic understanding of the offense classes in Michigan.

Offense Classes:

  • Class M2 Felony

  • Example:

  • 2nd Degree Murder

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 90-150 months, or 7.5-12.5 years on the low end.

  • Maximum: Life.

  • Class A Felony

  • Example

  • Assault with a deadly weapon with the INTENT to rob, steal, or kidnap.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 21-35 months, or 1.75 years to 2.91 years on the low end.

  • Maximum: Life.

  • Class B Felony

  • Example

  • Production of child pornography.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-18 months, or probation to 1.5 years on the low end.

  • Maximum: 20 years.

  • Class C Felony

  • Example

  • Manslaughter.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-11 months, or probation to jail time on the low end.

  • Maximum: 15 years.

  • Class D Felony

  • Example

  • Embezzlement of 20-50k.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-6 months, or probation to jail time on the low end.

  • Maximum: 10 years.

  • Class E Felony

  • Example

  • Carrying a firearm with unlawful intent. Also, first degree retail fraud.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-3 months, or probation to jail time on the low end.

  • Maximum: 5 years.

  • Class F Felony

  • Example

  • Unauthorized loan and credit application.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-3 months, or probation to jail time on the low end.

  • Maximum: 4 years.

  • Class G Felony

  • Example

  • Writing a known bad check over $500.

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: 0-3 months, or probation to jail time on the low end.

  • Maximum: 2 years.

  • Misdemeanor

  • Example

  • Intentional discharge of a firearm (without intent to injure)

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: Probation.

  • Maximum: 1-year jail time.

  • Note

  • Any misdemeanor that can result in more than a year of incarceration is technically a Felony for sentencing purposes.

  • Civil Infraction

  • Example

  • Minor in possession

  • Sentencing

  • Minimum: Fine

  • Maximum: Fine, plus probation.

  • Note:

  • Minor in possession is one of the rare civil infractions that can result in a probationary period of sorts. Most civil infractions will result in a fine.

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