In Michigan, the majority of crimes charged are known as Misdemeanors. As Misdemeanor attorneys, we understand the intricacies of handling a misdemeanor criminal case. Most crimes in which the maximum time in jail cannot exceed one year are considered Misdemeanors. This includes most charges people are familiar with, such as drunk driving, domestic violence, driving without a license, and minor in possession of alcohol.
THE DISTRICT COURTS
Misdemeanor cases in Michigan are adjudicated in the District Courts. In larger counties, such as Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne, these courts are strewn throughout the larger cities. In smaller counties, there is usually just one District Court. With each District Court comes Judges who each have their own ways of dealing with somebody charged with a Misdemeanor. Understanding how a particular Judge in a particular District Court is vital to the defense of any Misdemeanor case.
PUNISHMENTS FOR MISDEMEANORS
Punishments for Misdemeanors can range from fines and costs all the way to extensive jail time. Additionally, there is probation, which is utilized in every District Court in Michigan. With District Court probation, expect random drug and alcohol testing, even if the underlying charge does not involve alcohol or drug use. Each type of case has its own set of punishments, for instance a first offense operating while intoxicated could result in up to a 93 day jail sentence.
At Amberg & Amberg, we have extensive experience in Misdemeanor trials. Per the Michigan Court Rules, a defendant is entitled to a jury of six people to adjudge their Misdemeanor trial. At the trial, the defendant is allowed the same rights as in a felony trial, namely the rights to call witnesses, testify, and be presumed innocent unless the prosecutor can convince the jury of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
FIGHTING MISDEMEANOR CASES
The key to fighting a Misdemeanor charge in Michigan is to treat it as you would treat a major felony. Having a complex plan which includes filing intensive cutting edge motions and hiring the most reputable expert witnesses are tactics that we utilize in every case. We are firm believers in fighting each case with a plan, and we are not afraid to take any case to trial.
If you need our help, call us or email us today. Our criminal misdemeanor lawyers believe in what they do and they believe in your innocence. We are industry recognized leaders in criminal representation and we fight to win.