A felony crime is more serious than a misdemeanor and carries harsher penalties. The penalties an individual will face for committing a felony offense in Michigan depends on what it is they have been accused of doing and what Class it falls under. For example, if a person has been charged with an M2/Class A felony offense, they could potentially be sentenced to life in prison or any number of years behind bars.1 If an individual was charged with a Class G felony offense, they may only be sentenced to up to two years in prison.
The term of imprisonment for other Classes of felony offenses are as follows:
- Class B offenses- Prison sentence of up to 20 years.
- Class C offenses- Prison sentence of up to 15 years.
- Class D offenses- Prison sentence of up 10 years.
- Class E offenses- Prison sentence of up to 5 years.
- Class F offenses-Prison sentence of up to four years.
- Class H offenses- Jail or intermediate sanctions.
Facing a felony charge of any sort can leave an individual feeling uneasy, especially because all Classes carry jail time. If someone was charged with a felony offense in Michigan and they are looking for a criminal defense attorney who can help them and defend their rights, there are a few things they should look for as they search for a reputable attorney.
What to Look For in a Criminal Defense Lawyer
- Be sure they have trial experience.
If an individual is planning on taking their case to trial, whether it is because they are innocent or because they would rather fight their charges, they should be represented by someone who has experience with this. When a defendant takes their case to trial, they could potentially lose and face the maximum penalties for the crimes in which they have been accused of committing. It is for this reason that an individual should hire a Michigan criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the trial process.
- They have experience with felony charges.
Criminal defense attorneys handle various types of cases, including misdemeanors and felonies. While some might specialize in handling DUI’s or drug crimes, others might prefer to handle cases involving less serious crimes. Individuals who have been charged with a felony in Michigan need to be sure the lawyer they hire has experience with handling felony cases.
- They have good communication skills.
Someone who is facing felony charges likely wants to be represented by a lawyer who will make themselves available to discuss questions and concerns and will keep them up to date on their case. Therefore, they should look to hire a lawyer who possesses good communication skills.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. is Available to Help Those Who Are Facing Felony Charges in Michigan
Individuals who are looking to hire a Michigan criminal defense lawyer can contact the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. for legal advice and help. Attorney Stuart R. Shafer has been defending the rights of individuals for more than 45 years and is here to help anyone else facing a felony charge get through this difficult time.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906