Macomb, MI asked in Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: Criminal record?

Will a violation of local ordinance, misdemeanor 3rd degree retail fraud that is a 1st and only offence go on your criminal record?

Someone said that if the box is checked for local ordinance and if you didn't get taken to the police station or fingerprinted after the offense then it won't go on your criminal record. Is this true?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Not true at all. The case is likely being prosecuted by the local city attorney's office instead of the county prosecutor. We call it a difference between "city charges" and "state cases". That said, it's still a criminal misdemeanor once convicted.

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