In Michigan, a misdemeanor offense is any crime that is punishable by a year or less in jail. Some traffic offenses such as driving on a suspended license, drunk driving and improper plates are misdemeanors rather than civil infractions.
And no matter what you may have heard, misdemeanor offenses are serious — and defensible. At Collis & Griffor PC, our criminal defense attorneys have over 30 years’ experience defending the accused throughout southern Michigan. If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor offense, we can help ensure your rights are upheld and your future protected.
What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor & a Felony?
Unlike a felony offense, if a misdemeanor case goes to trial, the final jury will be six people rather than twelve. Otherwise, many of the same constitutional rights exist such as:
- The right to have an attorney (unless there will be no term of imprisonment imposed)
- The right to remain silent
- The right to a jury trial
- The right to subpoena witnesses
- The right to cross-examine witnesses
Misdemeanors charges are not something to take lightly. Even though they carry less severe consequences than felonies, they can still negatively impact your life for years to come. Let us help you defend your legal rights and preserve your good name — our No. 1 priority is you.
Experienced Michigan Misdemeanor Attorneys
At Collis & Griffor PC, we are misdemeanor defense lawyers who serve clients in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and throughout Wayne and Washtenaw counties. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, it’s a wise idea to consult an attorney to assist you.
Even misdemeanor convictions can have far-reaching effects on your life. Contact Collis & Griffor PC today at 734-827-1337, or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation.