Felony Assault Charges in Michigan – Complete Summary

Felony Assault Crimes in Michigan Summarized by Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian J. Prain, With Links to Detailed Information for Each Individual Charge.

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Felony Assault charges in Michigan are serious crimes that all carry the risk of Prison.

Michigan Assault Lawyer, PrainLaw, PLLC is a Criminal Defense firm that specifically concentrates on defending only those accused of Assault charges, many of which are Felony Assault charges.  DO NOT PLACE YOUR LIFE IN THE HANDS OF A “GENERAL” CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER.  Call the Felony Assault Experts and STAY OUT OF JAIL OR PRISON!

Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian J. Prain has been nationally ranked Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40 by the NACDA, Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, can be found in Super Lawyers and HOUR Detroit Magazines, and was selected to attend the famous Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.  We believe you cannot find a harder working Criminal Defense Attorney or a more passionate, prepared, and aggressive defense.  

The definition of Felony Assault in Michigan is an Assault crime punishable by more than 1 year in State Prison.  The following bullet points cover the basics of some of the most common Michigan Felony Assault charges.  By clicking on the links, you’ll be redirected to our other pages and posts with extremely detailed information on each Felony Assault crime and other related topics including sentencing for felony assault.  What Michigan Felony Assault charge are you facing?

  • Assaulting, Resisting, or Obstructing a Police Officer: commonly referred to as Resisting and Obstructing, R&O, and other nicknames, this  charge, under MCL 750.81d, is extremely broad and actually covers 7 different types of actions: assault, battering, wounding, resisting, obstructing, opposing or endangering a Police Officer.  Carrying up to 2 years in Prison, it is extremely easy to be convicted of Resisting and Obstructing because “obstructing” is as simple as a “knowing failure to comply with a lawful command” or the “use or threatened use of physical interference or force.”  The worst part: the alleged “victim” shows up to Court to testify in a Police uniform!  But click here to learn how an excellent Michigan Resisting and Obstructing Defense Lawyer can get you off the hook with the new 2012 Supreme Court ruling giving you a right to resist unlawful arrests.  Felony R&O should not be confused with the Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest Ordinance laws.  
  • Assault With Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder (Assault GBH): one of the most serious Felony Assault crimes in Michigan, the Assault With Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder law is MCL 750.84, and a conviction can get you up to 10 years in State Prison, and Habitual Offenders can even get LIFE.  This Felony Assault is called a “specific intent crime,” meaning the Prosecution must prove that you specifically intended to cause “great bodily harm.”  But even in the worst cases, a tough, experienced  Lawyer may be able to get it reduced to Aggravated Assault under MCL 750.81a, which is only a 1 year Misdemeanor Assault charge that still requires “serious or aggravated injury,” or better yet, get a verdict of NOT GUILTY.  
  • Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation: this serious Felony Assault charge is under the same law as the Felony Assault GBH charge above, MCL 750.84, is also punishable by up to 10 years in State Prison and up to LIFE for Habitual Offenders.  A relatively new law, this Felony Assault charge involves an Assault and Battery (normally a 93 day Misdemeanor Assault), but with the added element of the specific intent to intentionally impede the normal circulation of the blood or breathing by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth.  There is no specific amount of time necessary – it could be allegedly doing so for just 1 quick second.  Although this charge is so new that there is almost no case law interpreting it, PrainLaw, PLLC handles Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation cases regularly.    

If you or someone you know is facing a Michigan Felony Assault charge, it’s the “big time,” and there is a realistic chance of Jail or Prison.  Don’t wait – call The Law Office of Brian J. Prain, PLLC anytime to set up your no cost, no obligation, confidential and privileged consultation at (248) 763-0641 or (844) CRIM-HELP.  Or, fill-out the confidential Contact Form, below:

 

      

  

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