Felony Crimes in Michigan: Sentences and Punishment

Punishments for Felony Crimes and Sentences in Michigan
Facing a felony charge in Michigan can feel scary and raise a lot of questions. One question in particular one may ask about is the possible punishment for their crime. In Michigan, when you are convicted of a felony, you can face at least one year in prison. However, being convicted of a felon isn’t one dimensional. Felonies are classified into eight difference classes that are labeled A – H in Michigan.

The following is a list of Michigan’s felony classes and a description of punishment for each.

Felony Crimes in Michigan: Punishments and Sentences

  • Class A Felony: Class A felony crimes in Michigan are the most serious and will include first and second degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the INTENT to rob, steal, and kidnap. It also includes criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. These convictions are punishable up to life in prison.
  • Class B Felony: Class B felony crimes include second degree arson, second degree child abuse, production of child pornography or child sexually abusive material. A Class B conviction can be punished up to 20 years in prison.
  • Class C Felony: Class C felony crimes include manslaughter, human trafficking that results in injury to another person, and robbery. This class of felony can result in 15 years of prison per conviction.
  • Class D Felony: A Class D felony includes larceny of property value up to $20,000 or more, embezzlement, and human trafficking. Those that are convicted of a Class D felony can get punishment of 15 years in prison.
  • Class E Felony: A person faces a Class E felony when they are convicted of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, first degree retail fraud, and home invasion. Sentencing can land the convicted felon up to 5 years in prison.
  • Class F Felony: A Class F felony will include manufacture, deliver or possession with intent to deliver less than 5 kilograms of marijuana and unauthorized loan and credit application. A person can face up to 4 years in prison for a Class F felony.
  • Class G Felony: A Class G felony includes writing a known bad check over $500, lobbyist giving gifts, and domestic assault. A person who is convicted of a Class G felony can get up to 2 years in prison.
  • Class H Felony: A Class H felony can include the false representation to obtain or misuse personal information, and the use of a stolen state identification card. Class H crimes can result in time in jail, probation, treatment and electronic monitoring.

Misdemeanor: When a person is charged with a misdemeanor, it means the offense is less serious than a felony. Typically, a crime can become a misdemeanor based on the seriousness of the injury caused to another person, cash value, or amount of drugs. There are three types of misdemeanors and can result in jail time from up to two years.

When a person is convicted of a felony, it becomes a part of their permanent criminal record and can impact jobs, and future punishments. A convicted felon cannot vote, carry a firearm, or obtain certain professional licenses. For a complete description, please see the MCL # Crime List – Current Through 1/5/16.

Take Away

If you or a loved one is being investigated for a felony, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side will help alleviate a lot of stress, help answer your questions, and provide legal advice. You are not alone. Please call my office today:

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