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Michigan Law defines "Misdemeanor" as any offense that carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 1 year or less. A Misdemeanor can also carry a monetary fine or both a fine and imprisonment for 1 year or less.
Any criminal arrest is serious and should be treated as such by your attorney. A criminal conviction often has serious long term ramifications that impact your life. A conviction may result in problems in obtaining employment, job termination, license restriction or revocation, denial of educational opportunities and eligibility for economic assistance, and complete governmental control over your daily life. Your first order of business is to obtain experienced legal counsel that clearly understands your legal predicament.
A Misdemeanor Can be Serious
While a misdemeanor does not carry the same magnitude of punishment that a felony carries, twelve (12) months in jail is something that should be taken very seriously. Aside from your personal freedom for a year, a misdemeanor conviction can carry thousands of dollars in fines, multiple conditions of probation, and you will be forced to pay for all of the court's sanctions. You may be required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous multiple times a week, attend inpatient drug treatment (keeping you away from your home, job and family), wear an electronic tether 24 hours a day, adhere to strict curfews7 days a week, comply with restrictions on where you can go on a daily basis, comply with restrictions on who you can associate with, be subject to random alcohol & drug testing and consent to random, suspicionless searches of you person and home by the local authorities.