Sentencing in Michigan varies with the crime. Most often, sentences are at the judge’s discretion. The judge will consider the information in the pre-sentence report, additional evidence offered by the parties, comments by the crime victim, and other additional information relevant to the judge’s sentencing decision. For felonies, the Circuit Court judge will consult sentencing guidelines. Also the punishment may vary depending on the severity of the crime, your intentions when you committed the crime, and your past criminal record. Contacting a knowledgeable Michigan Criminal Defense lawyer can help explain the consequences in more detail.