Kalamazoo Criminal Defense Law Blog
A Michigan woman has been arrested after she tried to hire someone to kill her husband.
In some ways, the story calls to mind the film noir classic "Double Indemnity." Authorities have said the 21-year-old Musekgon woman's 27-year-old husband had a $400,000 life insurance policy, which is what motivated the woman to seek out a hitman.
The National Transportation Safety Board is an advisory board that makes recommendations in an effort to influence public opinion and political agendas. Past recommendations by the NTSB have resulted in the passage of many important safety laws including the mandatory use of seat belts and anti-texting while driving laws. While many of the NTSB's prior safety recommendations have been popular, one recent recommendation is facing a lot of criticism.
The NTSB recently voted unanimously on a recommendation to lower the legal drunk driving limit from its current .08 to .05. While the recommendation is just that and does not change any current state or federal law, the move is viewed by many as a first and dangerous step towards lowering the legal limit.
Having is a job is a responsibility that many young people in Michigan may be gearing up for this summer. Students all across the state will be working summer jobs to make some money and learn valuable tools that will help them mature and gain some life experience. However, if a young person makes a poor decision on the job or ends up getting into some trouble, the consequences can last much longer than a summer.
One young man in Michigan may be learning this very difficult lesson after he was recently charged with embezzlement. According to reports, the 21-year-old man has been accused of wrongfully pocketing money at his job at a local Walmart store.
After being charged with a DUI, many offenders weigh the pros and cons of a DUI attorney. Generally, there is no denying the importance of having someone knowledgeable to guide you through an unfamiliar legal situation. A great DUI lawyer can help a person resolve their case in the best manner possible, helping to get a reduced sentence, or possibly even get the charges dismissed. However, although there are definitely major advantages associated with hiring a competent DUI lawyer, there are a couple potential downsides as well which should be considered.
Charges related to drug possession, manufacturing and trafficking are taken very seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors in Michigan. Authorities are determined to convict a person involved in criminal drug behaviors and often use their extensive resources to pursue convictions. This is why it is so important for a person who is facing charges of drug crimes in Michigan to also take the situation very seriously and work with a defense attorney throughout the process.
Often times, an arrest for drug-related crimes stems from something as simple and routine as a traffic stop. However, police look for any sign of suspicious behavior so that they can search a person's car, where they hope to uncover unlawful drugs. If this happens, police officers can stack up charges against a person and increase the possibility that he or she will eventually plead guilty to at least one charge.
Did you know that reports indicate that 1 in 4 Americans have a criminal record? This translates into millions of people who are having trouble finding jobs, getting an education or receiving training. These challenges can be very real obstacles for people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in Michigan.
This can be very upsetting. People all across this state have paid their dues and served their time for some bad choices only to be released into a community where it is nearly impossible for them to lead a productive life because of a mark on their criminal record. As it stands right now, only a small group of people have been able to have their criminal records cleared, or expunged. However, a proposed bill is looking to change this.
Being pulled over by a police officer can be a very frightening experience. For many drivers in Michigan, a simple roadside stop can quickly spiral into criminal charges in the blink of an eye. What starts as a citation for something as minor as forgetting to use a turn signal can turn into an arrest for suspicion of drugged or drunk driving.
During an otherwise routine traffic stop, an officer may feel that he or she has reason to suspect that a driver is impaired and conduct field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer test. Generally, these tests are used to detect alcohol concentration in a person's system, but a new breath test device has been developed in Sweden which would also detect drugs in a person's system. But how accurate can a breath test be in detecting drug use?
One of the most complex and emotional criminal struggles that a person can face is one that involves allegations of domestic assault. Each case in this category is unique and the people involved may have a very close relationship with one another that is emotionally complicated. At times, this can make it difficult to figure out who is telling the truth. In many domestic assault cases in Michigan, it all comes down to one person's word against the others.
The challenges that people face when charged with domestic assault are many. From explaining themselves to an officer to defending themselves in court, people who are accused of domestic assault often feel as though they cannot get a fair shake with law enforcement and prosecutors. This may be especially true for people charged with assault after a situation in which they were defending themselves against someone else.
During times of financial struggle, some people find themselves in desperate situations. In general, people work their way through this time, but other people take a more risky approach to alleviating money troubles. Sometimes, people made a bad decision and get involved in unlawfully acquiring money from an unsuspecting party. Many of us have read these stories in the news and very often, the people we read about end up facing charges related white collar crime.
Often, the person involved in this situation is not some high-powered corporate employee with access to millions of dollars. It could very well be a person we see every day. It could be a neighbor, a single parent or a friendly co-worker. The point is that average people with no history of criminal behavior can find themselves in a situation where they make a mistake.
We have posted about young kids who get into some serious trouble on this blog numerous times. It is not uncommon to read stories in the news about teens and students who make a mistake and end up dealing with the consequences of a bad decision for many years. However, people of all ages and backgrounds can get caught up in illegal activity and wind up facing criminal charges for drug crimes in Michigan.
But it is important for people who have been arrested to remember that they still the right to defend themselves against criminal charges. It is essential that a person gets a fair trial and is not unfairly punished for any questionable behavior. For instance, an 88-year-old man was recently arrested for suspected criminal drug transportation. Is it fair to put him through several months of waiting for a trial? Is jail time appropriate if he is convicted?
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