Sam Bernstein of ArborYpsi Law Discusses Misdemeanors

ANN ARBOR, MI – 10-09-2018 ( — In this article, I will answer the question of what is a misdemeanor? As a criminal defense attorney, I represent many people charged with misdemeanors. It’s important to know the definition of a misdemeanor and what being charged with a misdemeanor might entail. 

Misdemeanor Defined 

Put simply, a misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to one year in jail. This is distinguished from a felony. A felony is a crime that is punishable by prison. Jail is incarceration in a county facility, whereas prison is designed for long-term incarceration for those convicted of felonies. As you can see, a misdemeanor is less severe than a felony. 

Examples of Misdemeanors 

What is an example of a misdemeanor? We’ve all heard of many misdemeanors. There are traffic-related misdemeanors, such as driving on a suspended license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. There are also of course drunk driving charges. There are categories of violence-related misdemeanors, such as assault and battery, aggravated assault and domestic assault. Another category of misdemeanor offenses would be theft-crimes, including embezzlement or larceny. 

Often, a felony is like a more serious misdemeanor. For example, larceny (stealing) of something valued under $1,000 is a misdemeanor. However, larceny of something valued over $1,000 is a felony. Assault and battery in a fist fight is a misdemeanor, but assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony. 

How Long Will I Go to Jail if Convicted of a Misdemeanor? 

A misdemeanor is defined by the maximum amount of jail time allowed. In general, misdemeanors may be punishable by 90 days, 93 days, 180 days, or 1 year. The more serious the misdemeanor, the more jail time is authorized. With a few exceptions, whether you go to jail and for how long is completely up to the judge. A judge could order jail time in the amount of the maximum sentence, or for any number within that range. For example, on a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days, a person could go to jail for 93 days or for 5 days. It’s up to the judge. 

In general, a person convicted of a misdemeanor for the very first time is unlikely to go to jail, absent compelling circumstances. On the other hand, a person previously convicted of 8 misdemeanors or a felony could be looking at jail time. 

Author Bio 

Sam Bernstein of ArborYpsi Law is a criminal defense lawyer. Sam can be reached at (734) 883-9584 or by e-mail at [email protected] ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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