Felony

Felony

Felony charges are serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly, with even the lowest conviction carrying a possible prison sentence. When facing a felony charge, don’t do it alone. Let Martin Foldie Law’s experienced team fight for you.  

Felony Classification

Felony charges and subsequent penalties if convicted fall under a specific classification based on the severity of a specific charge. In addition, Michigan courts reserve the right to add a fine based on the crime committed. To protect your liberty and your pocketbook, you should never face a felony charge without the proper legal representation.

Class A  

Class A is the most severe classification. Typical convictions often receive a life sentence. Examples of crimes that are included under Class A felonies are:

  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to rob or steal
  • Kidnapping
  • First degree criminal sexual conduct

 

Class B

Class B felony convictions typically receive up to 20 years of prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class B felonies are:  

  • Second degree arson
  • Second degree child abuse
  • Production of child pornography

 

Class C 

Class C felony convictions typically receive up to 15 years of prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class C felonies are:

  • Manslaughter
  • Human trafficking that results in injury
  • Armed Robbery

 

Class D  

Class D felony convictions typically receive up to 10 years prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class D felonies are:  

  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Human trafficking

Class E  

Class E felony convictions typically receive up to 5 years of prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class E felonies are: 

  • Carrying a dangerous weapon with ill intent
  • First Degree shoplifting
  • Third degree home invasion

 

Class F 

Class F felony convictions typically receive up to 4 years of prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class F felonies are:

  • Manufacture of illicit substances
  • Delivery or intent to deliver 5 kg of marijuana
  • Unauthorized loan and credit applications

 

Class G 

Class G felony convictions typically receive no more than 2 years prison time. Examples of crimes that are included under Class G felonies are:

  • Domestic assault
  • Writing a bad check for more than $500
  • Lobbyists receiving gifts

 

Class H 

Class H felony convictions vary depending on the  circumstances of the crime, but they can either result in at least 1 year of jail time or a set of alternatives such as probation or treatment. Examples of crimes that are included under Class H felonies are:

  • Using a false identity to commit a felony
  • False representation to abuse personal information

 

Removing a Felony 

The process of expungement in Michigan can be very complicated and taxing, but ultimately rewarding for those who qualify. In order to qualify for this privilege, you must have only one felony conviction that is not listed on the excluded list of eligible felonies.
Once that is determined, you must wait five years from the most recent date of any of the following occurrences:
  • The date you were convicted
  • The date when probation was completed
  • The date you were discharged from parole
  • The date when you were released from prison

After waiting the requisite five years, you must file an application. A hearing will be set where you and any other witness can attest to your changed behavior and your desire for a life without the permanent charge on your record. If your request is denied by the court, you must wait three more years before you can apply again.

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