Differences Between Misdemeanors & Felonies
The state of Michigan uses three different factors to distinguish between misdemeanors and felonies. These factors include the following:
- The seriousness of the injury caused to another individual
- The cash value of the property taken
- The amount of drugs in someone's possession and their intent to sell
Examples of misdemeanor charges include assault and battery, disturbing the peace, indecent exposure, and retail fraud. According to state law, a person convicted of a misdemeanor can be incarcerated for 93 days, one year, or two years. The length of time depends on the crime committed.
Felony offenses are categorized by class, beginning with Class A and ending with Class H. Class A felonies are the most serious and may be penalized with life imprisonment. Felony offenses can include manslaughter, robbery, human trafficking, and home invasion in the third degree.
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