Misdemeanor charges, though less serious than a felony charge, can still be damaging to your record if you choose to handle them on your own. Martin Foldie Law wants to make sure that you understand your rights are treated justly by the legal system. Let us defend you from any misdemeanor charges you may be accused of by ensuring that you exercise all of the your legal rights.

Michigan Misdemeanor Laws

There are several classes of misdemeanors in Michigan, each with their own sets of laws, charges, and common sentences. In every instance, make sure that you have the proper representation from a firm that is dedicated to your needs. Make sure that you have Martin Foldie Law on your side.

High-Court Misdemeanor
These types of misdemeanors have the harshest sentencing, mostly because these crimes are also combined with Class H and Class G felonies. On average, these misdemeanors can lead to up to two years in jail with fines reaching up to $2,000. A list of these types of charges in Michigan include:
  • Domestic Assault
  • False Checks of over $500
  • Lobbyists Receiving Bribes
  • Committing a Felony under a False Identity
  • Abusing Personal Information
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Negligent Vehicular Homicide
Middle-Tier Misdemeanors 
As the name suggests, these misdemeanors carry the middle-of-the-road sentencing, with possible jail time of up to one year and fines reaching $1,000. A list of these types of charges in Michigan include:
  • Operating with a High Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Domestic Violence
  • Retail Fraud, third and second degree
  • Trespass
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License
  • Malicious Use of Telecommunication Services
  • Operating without BAIID Properly Installed
  • Intentional Discharge of a Firearm without intent to harm
Lower-Tier Misdemeanors  
While they may be the least harsh of the listed misdemeanors, the sentence can be anything but. On average, these misdemeanors can lead to 93 days in jail with fines reaching up to $500. A list of these types of charges in Michigan include:
  • Minor in Possession
  • Nuisance Party
  • Open Intoxication
  • Operating while Intoxicated, first offense
  • Operating while Visually Impaired, first offense
  • Operating with Presence of Drugs
  • Possession and/or Use of Marijuana
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Contribute to Delinquency of Minor
  • Reckless Driving
  • Urinating in Public
  • Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Restricted License Violation
  • Assault and Battery
  • No Operators License in Possession
  • Non-Sufficient Funds Check
  • Failure to Report or Stop at Property Accident
  • Unauthorized Removal of BAIID
  • Embezzlement of Property of Less Than $200

Factors in Sentencing

Facing a court can be intimidating. We at Martin Foldie Law want to ensure that you understand what you’re facing and how, together, we can best prepare for your case.
A court considers several factors when looking at specific factors, including:
  • Prior Record
  • Offense Variables
  • Crime Class
  • Minimum Sentence