Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

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State of Michigan Definitions

(www.legislature.mi.gov)

Domestic Violence 1stA person in a domestic relationship who willfully attempts to inflict injury upon the person of, another coupled with an apparent present ability to do so, and any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm. 

Misdemeanor; punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or $500 fines

Domestic Violence 2ndThe individual has a prior misdemeanor or felony assault conviction on a victim and who meets the criteria for a domestic violence relationship.

Misdemeanor; punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 fines

Domestic Violence 3rd:  The individual has two prior convictions one victim who meets the relationship criteria for a domestic relationship

Felony; punishable by up to two years in prison and/or $2,500 fines

Aggravated Domestic Violence:  The individual assaults another resulting in a serious aggravated injury that is without weapon and requires immediate medical attention or disfigurement

Misdemeanor; punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 fines

Assault With a Dangerous Weapon/Felonious Assault:  A person who assaults another with the use of a weapon.

Felony; punishable by up to two years in prison and/or fines