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Assault

In Michigan, there are many different crimes that fall under the category of assault, and they may be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.

Felonious Assault
Under MCL 750.82, a person who assaults another person with a gun, knife, or other dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm is guilty of felonious assault.  A conviction for felonious assault, a felony, is punishable by up to 4 years in prison, and fines up to $2,000.00.

A common enhancement to this charge is felonious assault in a “weapon free school zone.”  This “zone” includes public and private schools offering kindergarten through 12th grade, and includes any building, playing field, or property used for school purposes, and may even include a school bus, or any other vehicle used by a school to transport students.

A person who commits felonious assault in a “weapon free school zone” is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison, fines up to $6,000.00, and up to 150 hours of community service.

 

Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
One who’s charged with assault with intent to commit murder, a very serious felony, is facing the possibility of life in state prison. 

 

Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm less than Murder
A person who assaults another person with intent to do great bodily harm, less than the crime of murder, may face up to 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $5,000.00, under MCL 750.84.

 

Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation
Another serious felony charge is assault by strangulation or suffocation.  Under MCL 750.84, a person commits strangulation or suffocation if they intentionally obstruct the normal breathing or blood circulation of another person by applying pressure on the throat or neck, or by blocking the nose or mouth.

 

Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence, a type of assualt, may be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor

 

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