Many assault and battery charges are classified as misdemeanors, often carrying maximum sentences of up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine. If a weapon is used to accomplish the act or the victim suffers serious bodily injuries, the penalties can be much more severe and potentially result in life imprisonment. No matter the circumstances, assault and/or battery charges are serious and should be treated as such. Charges for assaultive crimes can devastate your life and have collateral effects which linger for many years after. Accordingly, an aggressive and experienced defense attorney who is going to fight to ensure that your rights are being protected is an absolute necessity. If you are charged with assault and/or battery, retain an attorney immediately, and refrain from discussing the facts of the matter with anyone until you have had an opportunity to discuss it with your attorney first.
By definition, homicide is the killing of a human being by another human being; this includes murder. In Michigan, in order for a homicide to constitute murder, the killing must have been committed with either malicious intent or occurred during the commission of a crime. While both acts involve the killing of another human being, the facts and circumstances surrounding the killing will be crucial to determining whether certain mitigating circumstances are present that could potentially reduce the charge to a lesser homicide-related offense.
In Michigan, there are three degrees of murder (1) first-degree, (2) second-degree and (3) felony. If certain mitigating circumstances such as justification, self-defense or defense of others are present at the time of the killing, they can be used to reduce a murder charge to a lesser homicide-related offense and/or get the case dismissed. Common lesser homicide crimes include, but are not limited to, involuntary/voluntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter/homicide.
Crimes that involve the loss of a person’s life are serious and should be approached accordingly. If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime that involves the loss of life, call an attorney immediately, and be sure not to make any statements to anyone regarding the incident before speaking with an attorney.