Top 50 Felony Offenses Charged in Michigan

A felony is a criminal offense that has a maximum possible sentence greater than 1 year in jail. Additionally, most felonies carry up to 5 years of probation oversight. There are hundreds of different felony crimes in Michigan.

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Felony Crimes in Michigan

In Michigan, there are hundreds of felony offenses used by State Prosecutors in various cases. This being said, some felony offenses are charged much more often than others. For any felony charge, prison and years of probation are possible, and these cases must be taken seriously. A felony is defined as an offense for which the defendant could be sentenced to greater than one year in jail. Although felony charges start in district courts (city or township courts), they are generally transferred at some point to a circuit court (county court). A court-appointed lawyer may be available for defendants who do not have the financial wherewithal to hire a private, retained criminal defense attorney. Court-appointed lawyers are free lawyers. If an attorney is appointed, the defendant will be ordered to reimburse the cost of the lawyer at the conclusion of the case. A well-known, successful, privately retained criminal defense attorney generally has the time, resources, and experience to provide superior representation and results. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., for example, has decades of experience and an unparalleled track record of success in court. Each felony defense lawyer on our team has unique qualities and experiences that work in concert with the team to routinely achieve extraordinary results.

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As one of Michigan’s premier criminal defense law firms, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., requires its felony defense lawyers to regularly engage in continuing legal education (CLE) and trail skills workshops. CLE can take many forms, from seminars to classes to webinars to reading relevant literature. The Defense Team uses a unique team approach to collaborate to achieve extraordinary results. For those being investigated for a felony offense or charged in court, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is the go-to firm in Michigan for fearless and effective criminal defense representation.

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The Top Fifty Felony Offenses

Michigan’s top fifty (50) felony offenses, based upon the order of prosecution. The current list of 50 most commonly prosecuted felony offenses contains “only about one-fourteenth of the possible Michigan felony offenses, but these result in more than 85% of all felony trials and convictions.” A top-notch felony defense lawyer can answer your questions and defend you on any of these charges.

  • Possession of Controlled Substance (cocaine, heroin, or other narcotic) under 25 grams.
  • Manufacture/Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana under 5 kilograms
  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated or Impaired with a Controlled Substance – Third (3rd) Offense (also commonly referred to as OWI, DWI, DUI or drunk driving.
  • Manufacture/Deliver or Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance under 50 grams.
  • Assault, Resist, Obstruct or Oppose a Police Officer (a felony that is all too often abused by arresting officers which a habit for exaggeration and dramatization).
  • Larceny in a Building
  • Home Invasion, Second Degree
  • Uttering and Publishing a forged instrument (often a check)
  • Breaking and Entering a Building with Intent to Commit a Felony Therein
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) (often a gun or knife but can be other things)
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (felonious assault or FA) (the use of an object in a way that is likely or capable of causing serious injury)
  • Refusal to Support Spouse or Children (Child Support Felony) – clearly the most abused felony. Prosecuted to support the election of politicians and directly contrary to its stated purpose of helping children.
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance Analogues or Certain Controlled Substances
  • Retail Fraud – First (1st) Degree (also called shoplifting).
  • Possession of a Stolen Financial Transaction Device (Credit Card) without Consent
  • Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer – 3rd Degree
  • Receiving, Possessing or Concealing a Stolen Vehicle (Car, Truck, Boat, etc…)
  • Larceny from a Vehicle
  • Armed Robbery
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Home Invasion First (1st) Degree
  • Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile (UDAA or Joy Riding)
  • Keeping a Drug House
  • Unarmed Robbery
  • Assault w/ Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder
  • Domestic Violence – 3rd Degree
  • Sex Offender – Failure to Register
  • Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property $1,000 – $20,000
  • Home Invasion Third (3rd) Degree
  • Embezzlement Less than $1,000
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – Third (3rd) Degree
  • Felony Firearm
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second (2nd) Degree
  • Delivery/Manufacture Controlled Substance (not marijuana)
  • Fleeing or Eluding a Police Officer Fourth Degree
  • Larceny from a Person
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – Fourth Degree
  • Identity Theft
  • Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Larceny $1,000 to $20,000
  • Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
  • Illegal Sale/Use of a Financial Transaction Device
  • B&E Motor Vehicle with Damage
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree
  • Malicious Destruction of Property ($1,000 – $20,000)
  • False Report of a Felony
  • No Account Check
  • Murder, 2nd Degree
  • Entering without Breaking but with Intent
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The Experienced Felony Criminal Defense Team in Michigan

If you are charged with a criminal offense in Michigan, you can trust the felony defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to fight for you. Or Defense Team has decades of experience specializing in state and federal criminal defense. We are nationally ranked to be among the top criminal lawyers in the United States, awarded the prestigious distinction of Super Lawyer, ranked 10.0 (suburb) on Avvo, and AV (preeminent on Martindale-Hubbell).

Although we most commonly appear in Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Macomb County, and Livingston County, we are routinely hired to handle cases throughout Michigan. Our reputation for providing the highest possible service level is widely known.

If you want an attorney who will fight for you like family, please call us for a free consultation. We will find a way to help you, and we are not afraid to win!

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