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State crimes fall into two categories: “Misdemeanors” and “Felonies.”  A Misdemeanor is any crime that is punishable by up to one year in jail.  A Felony is any crime that is punishable by more than one year in jail.  Most Misdemeanors are punishable by up to 93 days in jail, and fines ranging from $500.00 – $1,000.00.  A Misdemeanor conviction is considered a “criminal conviction” for job application purposes.  Misdemeanors are handled in District Courts throughout the State.  Some of the most common Misdemeanors are:

  1. Drinking and Driving or DUI (technically called “Operating While Intoxicated”)
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Disorderly Person
  4. Driving While License Suspended
  5. Reckless Driving
  6. Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  7. Possession of Marijuana
  8. Shoplifting (technically called “Retail Fraud”)

If you are accused of a Misdemeanor, your best course of action is to have an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney carefully review the police report, witness reports, and other supporting evidence (collectively referred to as “discovery”).  The lawyer can determine whether you have any valid defenses, and your chances to win at Trial.  A crucial first task is to scrutinize why the police initially stopped you.  An improper stop or arrest can lead to a full dismissal of the charges!

Even if you don’t have any valid defenses, a good lawyer can often help you avoid jail time, and keep the charges off your permanent criminal record.  In this ultra-competitive job market, a single criminal conviction can be the difference between getting the position, or getting passed over.  This is especially challenging for jobseekers in today’s internet society, where employers have far greater access to your criminal record and your driving record.

If you are facing a Misdemeanor, call or e-mail Attorney Matt Catchick today for a free initial office consultation to discuss your options.  Matt has successfully defended hundreds of clients throughout the State, and he has over 17 years of experience keeping convictions off his clients’ criminal records.  Matt is extremely well-versed in the Motor Vehicle Code, so he can fully advise you as to any potential driving sanctions your Misdemeanor might carry.

Catchick Law, PC. Personal Service. Proven Results.


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Southfield, MI 48076

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Attorney Matt Catchick founded Catchick Law, PC to provide the highest levels of client service and legal representation in the areas of Divorce and Family Law, Criminal Defense, Driver License Restoration, and Traffic Tickets.
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