A crime is considered a felony when it is punishable by more than a year in a state prison. Felony crimes are very serious and include:
- OWI/Third Offense
- Home invasion
- Sexual assault
- Sale of illegal drugs
- Assault with intent or conspiracy to commit murder
Your experienced Mika Meyers criminal defense lawyer will thoroughly review all aspects of your felony case to determine your options and preserve your constitutional rights.
How Felony Cases are Processed
The prosecuting attorney will file a formal complaint against you. If you have not already been arrested, a warrant will be issued when the complaint is filed. A preliminary examination must be conducted in the county where the crime took place within 14 days of the arraignment. If the district judge determines there is enough evidence, the case will be transferred to circuit court for trial.
At the circuit court level, another arraignment is held, unless it is waived by your attorney. You will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, or you may stand mute. After the arraignment, a trial date will be set. The time between arraignment and trial is used to prepare for trial. Often, the prosecutor and your attorney will reach a plea agreement.
After conviction at the trial or as the result of a plea agreement, the court will schedule a date for sentencing unless you are found not guilty, or the case is otherwise dismissed.
At the sentencing hearing, the judge will order your penalties, which can include fines, restitution of court costs, jail, or prison time. Depending on the crime, a conviction for a felony can result in a sentence of up to life in prison.