i have 4 felonies in michigan possibly facing 2 more in texas are they considered first offenses in texas. And do misdemonear convictions have a time limit where they dont count against you?
Sorry, ai font think I have any good news for you here. As to the felonies, yes, out of state felony convictions count just the same as Texas felonies. With the exception, I suppose, that sometimes it can be difficult for a prosecutor to actually obtain a usable felony judgement from another state without going to a whole lot of trouble. I certainly wouldn't count on that, but I have known plea offers to be made that involve dropping enhancements or holding off on them with the theory being that its the best solution all the way around if the prosecutor doesn't have to wrangle with another state on trying to get a judgment that may or may not end up even being usable. Also, technically it's not felony convictions per se that you have to worry about, at least for enhancement purposes, it's the number of pen trips for separate cases. So if you somehow got put on probation for all of those Michigan felonies and never went to prison for them at all, they cannot be used to enhance your punishment.
If on the other hand you did go to prison, you may now be facing punishment for a higher grade felony than whatever the offense you committed would normally be. If you have a current first degree felony, you could be looking at a 15 year minimum with one prior pen trip, and you'd have a 25 year-life range for any current offense besides a sate jail felony where you've been to prison two or more times for subsequent offenses. I know, it's complicated enough to make your head spin. Translation: you need a good attorney.
As to the misdemeanors, just like felonies, they don't ever "go off your record", unless they've been expunged, which is not a possibility with a conviction. On the bright side, if you've got four prior felony conviction and two currently pending, prior misdemeanors is the last thing you need to be worrying about right now.
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