A criminal ordinance is a misdemeanor created according to legislation passed by a township or city government. Ordinance violations are prosecuted in district court and might be punishable by up to 93 days in jail (in limited circumstances, up to 180 days) and two years of probation. A person charged with most ordinance violations is entitled to a bench or jury trial. In most cases, ordinance convictions do appear on a person’s criminal history.
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