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5 Common Misdemeanors Affecting People in Michigan

A woman struggles against the handcuffs that hold her wrists.Originally posted on 11/08/2019

There are many different levels of crime and the consequences once someone has been charged with them. One bracket of crimes is known as a misdemeanor. Let’s go over this level of crime and some common examples of it.

What is a Misdemeanor?

Before we get into examples of common misdemeanors, let’s check in on what makes a crime a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a crime with a moderate level of intensity. Felonies are more severe, and tickets carry are not as problematic. Some of the consequences of a misdemeanor in Michigan include arrest, community service, criminal record, fines, jail time (typically less than a year), and probation. A misdemeanor doesn’t mean an automatic trip to jail, but it may have a lasting impact on your life, including difficulty getting a job, a loan, or an apartment. Make sure to have professional legal counsel if you have been charged with a misdemeanor. 

Keep reading to learn more about five types of common misdemeanors. 

1. Public Intoxication Misdemeanor

Disrupting the public can be annoying, but it becomes illegal when combined with the influence of drugs or alcohol. Acting disorderly while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in public is one of the most commonly charged misdemeanors. States and even cities exercise this rule individually, so there is a great amount of variance in the consequences of this crime. 

2. Indecent Exposure Misdemeanor

Decency means different things to individuals. Behavior stops being free speech or protected actions when private areas are shown in public. Indecent exposure can change depending on the city, but it usually relates to displaying genitals or publically urinating. 

3. Trespassing Misdemeanor

Trespassing happens when you go on private property without permission. The severity of the consequence for trespassing varies and may be more intense if the owner is more vocal about a violation. Police have immunity to this law. 

4. Theft (Petty) Misdemeanor

Theft involves taking something that does not belong to you. Most states determine if the theft is petty (a misdemeanor) or another crime based on the price of the stolen good or service. 

5. Assault Misdemeanor

There are many levels of assault. Here we will focus on basic assault. Basic assault is hurting someone without intending to injure them. Another version of basic assault is unwelcome contact - touching someone without their permission. 

Fighting Misdemeanor Charges in Southeast Michigan

No matter what crime an officer charges you of committing, having an experienced lawyer on your team will improve your chances of a favorable outcome. The attorneys and legal staff at Aldrich Legal Services have 21 years of experience in criminal law we can bring to your case. 

Give the legal team at Aldrich Legal Services a call today.

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