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What are High Court Misdemeanors in Michigan?

High court misdemeanors in Michigan include negligent homicide by vehicle, as represented by this image of a car fender after a crash.

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When most people think of crimes, they think of felonies and misdemeanors. But there’s at least one more category. High court misdemeanors in Michigan are a classification of crimes that most people don’t really know about.

Only a few crimes are classified as high court misdemeanors, but individuals who are found guilty of these actions will face stiff penalties.

What are High Court Misdemeanors?

In Michigan, felonies are grouped in classes based on their severity. Class A felonies, for example, are punishable by up to life in prison and include such things as first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, and criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Next are Class B felonies, which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and include such things as second-degree arson and second-degree child abuse. 

High court misdemeanors in Michigan are Class G felonies. Sometimes referred to as low-level felonies, high court misdemeanors typically are punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. 

In Michigan, crimes that may be considered high court misdemeanors include:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Negligent homicide by vehicle
  • Resisting and obstructing arrest
  • Possession of analogues (drugs such as Vicodin and Oxycontin)
  • Writing a bad check of more than $500
  • Lobbyists giving gifts
  • A second or subsequent conviction of domestic assault

Class H felonies may be considered high court misdemeanors as well. As opposed to Class G felonies, however, Class H felonies may be punishable by probation or house arrest. Class H felonies include:

  • Fraudulent use of a credit card
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Welfare fraud of more than $500

Arrested for a Low-Level Felony?

Has someone you know been arrested for a low-level felony/high court misdemeanor in Michigan? Do you need a bail bond to get him or her out of jail? If so, contact Detroit Bail Bonds as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can get your friend back home. Call us at 313-244-0669. We are here 24/7 to help you.

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