Serious Felonies

Grand Rapids Serious Felonies Lawyer

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Crimes in Michigan, as in other states, are generally broken down into two categories. Those considered less serious are charged as misdemeanors while the more serious are charged as felonies. The main difference between these two categories lies in the length of potential incarceration you face. 

Misdemeanors generally are punished by jail time of under a year. Felonies are punishable by a year or up to life in prison. Michigan also has established High Court misdemeanors which also are punishable by more than a year. 

If you have been arrested for a serious felony, your freedom and future could be impacted for a long time, depending on the nature of the crime and the felony level it encompasses. Because of the severity of criminal consequences you face, it is essential that you have representation that can meet the challenge of this situation. 

Your best chance of an optimum outcome lies with a proven defender, most especially with someone who is experienced at trial. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, you can work with a well-respected criminal court trial attorney who is known for thorough preparation and an aggressive approach. 

At our firm, we will explore every legal avenue to help you obtain optimum results. These may include dropped charges, reduced charges or sentences, or an acquittal. 

Request a free case evaluation with our Grand Rapids felonies attorney by emailing us through our online contact form or calling (616) 201-3327.

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Felony Charges in Michigan

Felony charges in Michigan are divided into eight categories from Class A to Class H in a descending order of seriousness. 

Michigan felonies include:

  • Class A: carrying up to life in prison. Examples of these serious felonies include first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and armed robbery.
  • Class B: carrying up to 20 years in prison. These include child pornography, second-degree arson, and second-degree child abuse.
  • Class C: carrying up to 15 years in prison. Manslaughter, robbery, and human trafficking resulting in injury fall into this Class.
  • Class D: carrying up to 10 years in prison. Examples include larceny of property valued over $20,000, embezzlement of funds/property valued at $20,000 or more, and human trafficking.
  • Class E: carrying up to five years in prison. Examples include third-degree home invasion, first-degree retail fraud, and carrying a gun/dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.
  • Class F: carrying up to four years in prison. Examples include marijuana possession of less than five kilograms and submission of unauthorized loan applications.
  • Class G: carrying up to two years in prison. These include resisting/obstructing police, writing bad checks, and second-offense domestic assault.
  • Class H: carrying jail time or probation. An example includes stealing and using a state identification card to commit a felony. 

A felony conviction not only results in prison time, fines, and probation but it also gives you a permanent criminal record. This record is accessible to the public through a background check and can hamper you when seeking employment, housing, educational opportunities, and disqualify you for certain professional career licenses. Convicted felons also lose their gun and voting rights. 

At Ryan Maesen, PLC, we can put our many years of experience to work for you in seeking a positive outcome through negotiation or in court. 

Ensure you have the protection of a proven defender on your side in fighting serious felony charges. Contact us today to arrange for your free initial consultation.

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