In Michigan, felonies are penalized by imprisonment in the state prison, fines, and other sanctions.
What Is Considered a Felony?
- Homicide: Several offenses are listed in Michigan’s homicide statutes. They include:
- First-degree murder: Premeditated killing of another person. Punishable by life in prison without parole.
- Second-degree murder: Any murder not falling under the definition for first-degree. Punishable by any number of years in prison to life.
- Murder by controlled substances: Delivering a drug to another person, and the substance causes the individual’s death. Punishable by any number of years in prison to life.
- Manslaughter: Intentionally or knowingly causing the death of another person but without premeditation.
- Drug crimes: Drug crimes include manufacturing, delivering, creating, possessing with intent, and possessing controlled substances. Depending on the type and amount of the drug involved, these acts can be charged as felonies penalized by any term of years to life imprisonment.
- DUI: Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a felony when it is a person’s third or subsequent violation (punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison) or it results in serious injury (punishable by up to 5 years in prison) or death of another person (punishable by up to 15 years in prison).
- Sexual assault (rape): In Michigan, this offense is referred to as criminal sexual conduct. It’s separated into four degrees. First-, second-, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct are felonies. Penalties range from not more than 15 years to life.
- Child abuse and neglect: Causing harm to or neglecting a minor. First-degree child abuse can result in a prison term for life. Second-degree abuse can be penalized by up to 10 years in prison, and third-degree abuse carries a penalty of no more than 2 years in prison.
Fighting a criminal charge requires time, effort, and a firm grasp of Michigan’s laws. Lapeer County felony lawyer Mr. Jocuns leverages his skills, resources, and knowledge to seek optimal results for his clients. He can identify and pursue the legal options available for you to protect your rights and future.
How to Expunge a Felony in Michigan
If you’re convicted of a felony, your life can be completely upended. For example, you might find it difficult to get a job or find a place to live. Additionally, you could be ineligible for some government benefits depending on your situation. Expungement is a way to seek relief from these disabilities. It sets aside your conviction, making it inaccessible to the public.
Although you can expunge a felony in Michigan, doing so can be challenging. You can only have a certain number of felonies on your record and cannot have been convicted of offenses like child sexually abusive material or activity, child abuse, or criminal sexual conduct. You must also wait at least 7 years after completing your sentence before you can expunge a conviction in Michigan. That is a substantial amount of time to be limited by the effects of a felony.
By aggressively challenging the allegations against you, you can seek to minimize or avoid the long-term consequences of a felony conviction. Speak with Lapeer felony lawyer Mr. Jocuns to discover what defenses can be raised in your case.
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