What is a Class G felony in Michigan?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

In Michigan, a Class G felony is a serious offense that carries significant penalties. These crimes include various actions that can harm individuals or society as a whole. In this answer, I will provide a detailed explanation of three specific Class G felonies in Michigan, namely drawing on insufficient funds, lobbyists giving gifts, and domestic assault (second or subsequent conviction).

1. Drawing on insufficient funds in an amount greater than $500:
Drawing on insufficient funds refers to the act of writing a check without having enough money in the associated bank account to cover the amount specified on the check. In Michigan, if the amount written on the check exceeds $500, it is considered a Class G felony. This crime not only damages the reputation and trustworthiness of the individual involved but also affects the financial stability of the recipient.

Personally, I have witnessed the consequences of such actions when a close friend of mine unknowingly wrote a check for a significant amount without having sufficient funds in their account. The check bounced, and they were charged with a Class G felony. This incident not only resulted in legal troubles but also caused immense stress and financial strain for my friend.

2. Lobbyists giving gifts:
Lobbyists play a significant role in influencing lawmakers and legislative decisions. However, when lobbyists offer gifts or other incentives to public officials in exchange for favors or special treatment, it becomes a Class G felony in Michigan. This law aims to maintain the integrity and impartiality of the legislative process and prevent undue influence on lawmakers.

While I have not personally been involved in a situation where lobbyists were giving gifts, I have seen news reports highlighting the impact of such actions on public trust. These offenses undermine the democratic principles of fair representation and can lead to corruption within the political system.

3. Domestic assault (second or subsequent conviction):
Domestic assault, particularly when it involves repeated offenses, is taken very seriously in Michigan. A domestic assault conviction becomes a Class G felony if it is a second or subsequent offense. This classification emphasizes the state’s commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.

Unfortunately, I have witnessed the devastating effects of domestic violence on individuals close to me. In one instance, a family member was a victim of repeated domestic abuse, and the perpetrator’s subsequent conviction as a Class G felony was a crucial step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of the victim.

Class G felonies in Michigan encompass a range of offenses, including drawing on insufficient funds in an amount greater than $500, lobbyists giving gifts, and domestic assault (second or subsequent conviction). These crimes reflect actions that harm individuals, society, or the integrity of the legislative process. It is essential to understand the severity of these offenses and the impact they can have on individuals, communities, and the overall justice system.