Why Should I Hire an Attorney when Charged with a Misdemeanor?
Unfortunately, there are many crimes that may be tried as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Even if an individual is only initially charged with a misdemeanor, a prosecutor may attempt to up the charges to a felony level. Alternatively, a criminal defense attorney may be able to get a felony offense lowered to a misdemeanor based on the evidence, or lack thereof. Because of this, it is important to contact a Michigan criminal defense attorney as soon as possible following an arrest that may lead to criminal charges.
Possible penalties resulting from a misdemeanor offense:
Though not as severe as a felony, a misdemeanor conviction could result in some serious penalties:
-No more than a year in jail
-Heavy fines and fees
-Alcohol or drug treatment
-Driver’s license restriction or suspension
Classes of Misdemeanors:
In Michigan, there are three different classes of misdemeanors:
-Misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail
-Misdemeanors punishable by up to 1 year in jail
-High court misdemeanors, carrying up to 2 years in jail and $2,000 in fines
High court misdemeanors are similar to felonies, but only apply to specific crimes such as negligent vehicular homicide, or indecent exposure. However, they still show up on a criminal record as a misdemeanor.
If you have been arrested, or charged with a misdemeanor, contact attorney Will Nahikian today. Let me fight for your interests in court and help you get on with your life. Call me today at 248-227-1978, or set up a free initial consultation.