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What is a Misdemeanor and Which Are Common in Michigan?

Misdemeanors include many different criminal offenses. Under Michigan law, misdemeanors are any crime that isn’t a felony or a simple civil infraction. They are punishable by fines, forfeiture, probation, and imprisonment. Misdemeanor prison sentences are for no more than two years and are often less.

Common Misdemeanors

The following are some of the most common misdemeanors:

  • Vandalism
  • Shoplifting
  • Trespassing
  • Traffic offenses
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Some DUI offenses
  • Assault or assault and battery

Misdemeanors are typically tried in the district court closest to where the alleged offense occurred.

Traffic Misdemeanors

While individuals can be arrested for traffic misdemeanors, it’s common to receive a misdemeanor ticket instead. The ticket will have instructions on it, but the process can still be confusing.

If you are issued a ticket, you will most likely have to appear in court for arraignment. If you plead not guilty, your case may go on to a pretrial conference and eventually a trial. Most traffic tickets are minor offenses and can be resolved before trial.

Penalties for a traffic misdemeanor include a fine and court costs, and the Secretary of State’s Office may add points to your driving record. The points will be removed from your record after two years. If you do not pay the fines or otherwise take care of traffic tickets, your license could be suspended.

How We Can Help You

Rights First Law knows the court system can be intimidating, whether you’re accused of a simple traffic misdemeanor or assault. Our Birmingham misdemeanor attorney can walk you through the process and make sure your rights are fully protected in court. No matter how minor the offense may seem, your case deserves to be treated with fairness and the due process guaranteed by law.

Contact Rights First Law at (248) 785-3334 for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Michigan misdemeanor lawyer.

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