A felony means a violation of a penal law of the State of Michigan, where the person who committed the offense, if convicted in a court of law, may be punished by death or by imprisonment for more than one year. It is also any violation of a law which has been established by law to be a felony.
Courts With Authority to Deal with a Felony
A district court magistrate may conduct the first appearance, of a defendant before the court in all criminal cases. This court appearance is also known as an arraignment. It is where you are officially charged with a crime. You are also given an opportunity to enter a plea. Only a judge can accept a plea of guilty or no contest. Also known as a nolo contendere plea, this is when the facts supporting the crime come from someone other than the defendant in court.
Examples can include:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Video tape
A “nolo” plea is used when the defendant cannot recall his actions during the time he may have committed a crime. This takes away the defendants admission of guilt in case of a civil law suit. The judge will sentence the defendant just as if he was convicted. The defendant does not have to plead “guilty.”
In Michigan, a felony is generally considered to be any serious crime where the maximum sentence available to the judge is more than one year in jail.
List of the top fifty Felony crimes in Michigan according to the Michigan State bar Association
- Possession of a controlled substance including cocaine or narcotics less than 25 grams.
- Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver less than 50 grams.
- Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver less than five kilograms.
- Uttering & publishing a forgery.
- Operate vehicle while intoxicated.
- Assault – resist – obstruct police office.
- Assault with a dangerous weapon AWDW.
- Breaking and entering a building with intent.
- Larceny in a building.
- Carrying a concealed weapon CCW.
- Home invasion second degree.
- Refuse to support spouse or children.
- Receive or concealing a stolen vehicle.
- Possess financial transaction of a credit card without consent.
- Unlawfully drive away automobile UDAA.
- Retail fraud, first degree.
- Criminal sexual conduct, second degree.
- Armed robbery.
- Possession of methamphetamine.
- Keeping a drug house.
- Larceny from a vehicle.
- Home invasion, first degree.
- Criminal sexual conduct, first degree.
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
- Unlawful use of a vehicle.
- Possession of a controlled substance analogues.
- Unarmed robbery.
- Criminal sexual conduct, fourth degree.
- Receiving or concealing stolen property greater than $1,000.00.
- Felony firearm.
- Embezzlement greater than $1,000.00.
- Home invasion, third degree.
- Breaking and entering a motor vehicle with damage.
- Fleeing or eluding thrid degree.
- Sex offender failing to register.
- Larceny greater than $1,000.00 but less than $20,000.00.
- Obtain controlled substance by fraud.
- Malicious destruction of police or fire property.
- Illegal use of financial transaction with credit cards etc.
- Welfare fraud over $500.00 by failure to inform.
- Malicious destruction of property greater that $1,000.00.
- False report of a felony.
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