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April 10, 2022 Michigan Lawyers: Divorce, Criminal, Personal Injury Lawyers

What is a “wobbler” crime, and how does it work?

Some crimes, called “wobbler” crimes are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, and the severity of the offense. These offenses are typically punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The prosecutor can choose to treat a wobbler as a felony and charge it as such, or as a misdemeanor, depending on their discretion.

What exactly is a felony?

A felony is a serious criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. In Michigan, there are five different classes of felonies, each of which is punishable by a different length of imprisonment. Class A felonies are the most serious, and are punishable by up to life imprisonment. Class B felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Class C felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Class D felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Class E felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

What exactly is a misdemeanor?

In Michigan, misdemeanors are classified as either a high court misdemeanor or a low court misdemeanor. Low court misdemeanors are punishable by up to 93 days in jail, and/or up to a $500 fine. High court misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

What are the different types of felony crimes?

The different types of felony crimes in Michigan include (but are not limited to) assault with intent to commit murder, arson, armed robbery, carjacking, child abuse, child pornography, child seduction, child sexual abuse, racketeering, rape, vehicular homicide, and witness intimidation.

What are the different types of misdemeanor crimes?

The different types of misdemeanor crimes in Michigan include (but are not limited to) assault, battery, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, driving while intoxicated (DWI), DUI, embezzlement, extortion, hit and run, identity theft, larceny, loitering, prostitution, public intoxication, reckless driving, resisting arrest, shoplifting, trespassing, and vandalism.

What is the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines?

The Michigan Sentencing Guidelines were created in 1988 to ensure that criminal penalties are applied in a fair and consistent manner. The Guidelines are used to determine the appropriate sentence for each individual case. The Guidelines provide for a minimum and maximum sentence, and take into account the severity of the offense and the offender’s criminal history.

What is the Michigan Sex Offender Registry?

The Michigan Sex Offender Registry is a public database that contains information on convicted sex offenders in the state. The Registry is used to help law enforcement officials keep track of sex offenders and to notify the public of their whereabouts. The Registry is also used to help prevent sex offenders from re-offending.

What is the Michigan Crime Victim Notification System?

The Michigan Crime Victim Notification System (CVNS) is a free and confidential service that provides crime victims with information about the status of offenders in the criminal justice system. The CVNS is used to help keep victims informed about the status of their case, and to help them obtain information about the offender’s whereabouts.

What is the Michigan Fingerprint Database?

The Michigan Fingerprint Database is a public database that contains the fingerprints of convicted criminals in the state. The Database is used to help law enforcement officials keep track of criminals and to notify the public of their whereabouts. The Database is also used to help prevent criminals from re-offending.

What is the Michigan Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)?

The Michigan Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) is a public database that contains information on criminal convictions in the state. The CHRI is used to help law enforcement officials keep track of criminals and to notify the public of their whereabouts. The CHRI is also used to help prevent criminals from re-offending.

What is the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC)?

The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is the state agency that is responsible for the supervision of offenders who are on probation or parole. The DOC is also responsible for the operation of state prisons.

What is the Michigan Parole Board?

The Michigan Parole Board is the state agency that is responsible for making decisions about the release of prisoners on parole. The Parole Board is also responsible for supervising offenders who are on parole.

What is the Michigan Sentencing Commission?

The Michigan Sentencing Commission is the state agency that is responsible for developing and recommending sentencing policies and practices to the Legislature. The Sentencing Commission is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines.

What is the Michigan Supreme Court?

The Michigan Supreme Court is the state’s highest court. The Supreme Court is responsible for reviewing appeals of lower court decisions, and for making decisions about the interpretation of state laws.

What is the Michigan Court of Appeals?

The Michigan Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court. The Court of Appeals is responsible for reviewing appeals of lower court decisions, and for making decisions about the interpretation of state laws.

What is the Michigan Circuit Court?

The Michigan Circuit Court is the state’s trial court of general jurisdiction. The Circuit Court is responsible for hearing criminal and civil cases.

What is the Michigan District Court?

The Michigan District Court is the state’s trial court of limited jurisdiction. The District Court is responsible for hearing criminal and civil cases.

What is the Michigan Probate Court?

The Michigan Probate Court is the state court that is responsible for handling matters related to wills, trusts, and estates. The Probate Court is also responsible for handling matters related to guardianship, conservatorship, and adoption.

What is the Michigan Municipal Court?

The Michigan Municipal Court is the court that is responsible for hearing criminal and civil cases that are filed in the state’s municipalities.

What is the Michigan Housing Court?

The Michigan Housing Court is the court that is responsible for hearing eviction cases that are filed in the state’s municipalities.

What is the Michigan Small Claims Court?

The Michigan Small Claims Court is the court that is responsible for hearing small civil cases that are filed in the state’s municipalities.

What is the Michigan Friend of the Court?

The Michigan Friend of the Court is the state agency that is responsible for enforcing child support orders and collecting child support payments. The Friend of the Court is also responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect.

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