Offenses in Michigan are Either General Intent or Specific Intent Crimes
With only a few exceptions, a felony or misdemeanor must either be committed with general intent or specific intent. Specific intent means intending to commit the offense and also intending the consequences. General intent is just the intent to commit the offense itself.
Michigan Seriously Needs To Reform its Criminal Laws
Criminal Intent can be specific or general. This means that some criminal offenses require that you specifically intend a particular result, and others require just a general intent to commit a crime or knowing criminal act. The issue in Michigan is that some local communities can have their own criminal statutes, which can drastically differ from community to community.
An Extreme Example to Illustrate
As an example, littering in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a misdemeanor. So, if you go to a Michigan football game and drop a plastic cup and do not pick it up, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. The problem lies in that many people come to football games from out of town and do not realize that they are facing misdemeanor charges if they litter. Littering is an example of a general intent crime, not a specific intent offense. Misdemeanors are part of a criminal record and can hurt job prospects, graduate school admission, or loan applications, just to name a few. It seems silly, doesn’t it? There is clearly a need for uniformity of punishments for criminal offenses in Michigan. Reform is not only necessary, it should be required. The best defense to any criminal charge is a reputable defense lawyer with a reputation for providing the highest caliber representation.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys That Are Specialists In Representing People Facing Federal, State, and Local Offenses
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is the Michigan criminal defense law firm that can help you with all your criminal law problems, issues, and questions. The firm was founded on the principle that everyone is entitled to the best possible defense. In line with that principle, the firm’s lawyers take their obligations very seriously. A client of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can expect effective, aggressive, and passionate representation. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. goes the extra mile and leaves no stone unturned to assure that its clients are given the best defense available. The firm has a sterling reputation for success and respect. Our defense lawyers know that there are various defenses to both general and specific intent crimes, and we will leave no stone unturned in the search for a defense for your case.
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