In the state of Michigan, there are three classes of misdemeanors:
- Misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail.
- Misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.
- High court misdemeanors which are punishable by up to two years in prison.
High court misdemeanors include aggrevated indecent exposure and negligent homicide (by vehicle). Another high court misdemeanor charge is resisting and obstructing arrest. Defense attorneys have noticed an increase in the charge called “Possession of analogues.” To put in a way that is easier to understand, a person is facing a charge for possession of Vicodin, oxycontin and other drugs.
High court misdemeanors are treated a lot more leniently than other felonies such as Felony Drunk Driving. Generally speaking, a person who gets convicted of a high court misdemeanor by trial or by plea do not get hammered with jail or prison time. Probation terms and length will typically not be as tough and long.
Examples Of Misdemeanors:
- Reckless Driving
- Marijuana Possession
- Assault & Battery
It’s important to have good legal representation because a conviction for a high court misdemeanor can lead to a permanent criminal reecord. This can hurt you when you’re looking for a job, voting, or purchasing property.