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Michigan Felony Charges

What is a Felony?

Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. The principal difference between 
the two kinds of crimes is the potential punishment that can be handed down. While
even the most serious misdemeanors can only result in a maximum of up to one year
in the County Jail, felonies can result in a Defendant being ordered to serve a sentence
of more than one year in the State Prison.  State Prisons house inmates whose
minimum sentences start at one year.

​The potential fines in felony cases are much higher, but in practice, such fines are
often much lower than those ordered in misdemeanor cases.  Felonies are often spoken
of in terms of the maximum period of incarceration that can be imposed. For example,
four-year (4) felonies, five-year (5) felonies, ten-year (10) felonies, 20-year (20) felonies,
​life offenses, etc.   There are, of course, other felony crimes punishable by terms of up to
​​seven years, or any other number of year.  Felonies can also be roughly placed in a category that is defined by the maximum period of incarceration that can be imposed for the offense.

What are the consequences of being convicted of a Felony?
Aside from potential jail or prison time, a felony conviction can lead to loss of constitutional rights.  For example, if you are convicted of a felony you cannot vote while you are in prison.  Further, any convicted of a felony will lose their right to possess a firearm forever.  There are limited ways to restore your gun rights, such as applying for an expungement of the felony conviction.  You can learn more about the expungement process and eligibility requirements here.  

Get Legal HelpIf you have been charged with a felony you should contact an experienced attorney at Bommarito Law immediately.  Oftentimes building your defense begins before your first court date.  The attorneys at Bommarito Law have experience building defenses, navigating through the courts, and advising you through every stage of the case.  Call today to speak with an attorney regarding your felony case.