It should come as no surprise that being accused of a sex crime can affect an individual in many ways. While a conviction can result in severe penalties, even mere accusations can have a negative impact on the accused's life. However, it is important not to jump to conclusions when a person is accused of a sex crime.
An arrest for drunken driving in the state of Michigan can have serious consequences which can be amplified if an individual convicted. While some motorists may think that refusing a Breathalyzer will save the day, a Breathalyzer test refusal comes with its own penalties. In fact, Michigan readers may find interesting the following, dealing with the arrest of a Michigan police officer for operating while intoxicated and the officer's refusal of a Breathalyzer test.
According to recent news accounts, an off-duty police officer from Troy, Michigan was arrested for alleged drunken driving. The Troy police officer was reportedly driving a pickup at the time when she ended up near Rochester Road in the median on Big Beaver. The police officer allegedly refused a Breathalyzer test at the time of her arrest, but a test performed hours later allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent.
In the state of Michigan anyone convicted of a qualified sex crime must register as a sex offender. While a list of qualified sex crimes can be found on Michigan's government website, a few of the listed offenses that require registration include the possession of child pornography, child sexually abusive conduct, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct. Furthermore, the failure to register as a sex offender is a serious crime in and of itself.
According to news reports, a convicted sex offender in Michigan is facing trial after he allegedly registered a false address with the Michigan State Police's Sex Offender Register. The man is required to register as an offender because he was convicted of sexual assault in 2002. According to prosecutors, instead of registering his address in Ferndale where he was living, the man allegedly listed an address in Detroit.
More than five years ago, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the legal status of marijuana in Michigan has been anything but clear. Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down local government ordinances against medical marijuana, ruling that they are superseded by the state law.
The 2008 Michigan Medical Marijuana Act legalized the use of marijuana for people with a prescription and numerous dispensaries started opening to provide people with the drug. However, several local governments tried to impose their own restrictions on use of the drug. Some imposed zoning regulations to keep dispensaries restricted to certain areas. Others attempted to ban the dispensaries. The Supreme Court ruling means that these outright bans must be lifted, but the zoning restrictions may remain.
Individuals accused of drunk driving in the state of Michigan can face harsh penalties that could affect their day-to-day lives and freedom. Such penalties include jail time, probation, license suspension, fines and more. While all drunk driving offenses should be taken seriously, some drunk driving charges are more serious than others. For example, individuals with a blood alcohol content of 0.17 or more are subject to enhanced legal penalties.
Michigan police arrested a 19-year-old woman the other week following a car crash. Authorities claim the woman crashed her vehicle while she was "super drunk." She is also accused of biting a police officer on the arm. Officers stated that the woman was obviously intoxicated at the time of her arrest and failed the sobriety test that was administered at the scene. The woman allegedly did not have permission to drive the vehicle.
Sexual assault is a serious crime in Michigan with serious penalties. In fact, in a recent radio and internet address, the President of the United States discussed a new task force his administration developed in order to address what appears to be a growing epidemic in sexual assault and rape cases on college campuses. That being said, it is important not to jump to inaccurate and unfounded conclusions when accusing a person of sex crimes.
It was recently reported that yet another University of Michigan student was allegedly sexually assaulted on campus the other week. The student claimed that three men approached her in a stairwell on campus. The three men are accused of touching the woman and grabbing her inappropriately. Police say that the woman was able to break free from the three men and then fled on foot. The incident occurred inside of Mason Hall.
The Sex Offender Registration Act or SORA in Michigan was most recently changed in July 2011. As a result of those sweeping changes to SORA, many people have seen their registration requirements increased to the point of frustration. In any given day, our office receives several calls from individuals required to comply with the requirements of SORA. Each caller is trying to find some way to be removed from SORA.
The shock of being charged with the possession of child pornography is likely great for any Michigan resident. Of course, it goes without saying that a lot is at stake - not only one's reputation in the community, but a possible conviction could carry with it jail time, the requirement to join the sex offender registration and more. However, facing a charge is only the first step in the process, and as one recent case illustrates, asking questions about the evidence could lead to a more favorable result.
Recently, a former college football player here in Michigan was in court to waive his right a preliminary examination in the case against him. The young man faces allegations of possessing child sexually abusive material, which carries with it the possibility of four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Allegedly, police discovered evidence of that led to these charges while conducting a search warrant for an unrelated investigation.
Even in the area of traffic law, new problems continue to arise. Michigan does not currently allow for e-certificates of automobile insurance, but there is a growing trend by a majority of the other 49 states to accept e-certificates. New Insurance E-Certificates on the surface appears to be safe and convenient, but how does an officer get the information in his reports? The answer is by taking your phone back to his patrol car with him.
Moving illegal substances across state boarders for the purpose of sale and distribution is a serious offense in the United States. While every state, including Michigan, has its own penalties for drug crimes, in many cases a drug offense can be charged on the state or federal level. This is particularly true for drug crimes involving allegations of trafficking, since multiple jurisdictions are often affected by the alleged criminal act.
A Michigan man has recently been charged with the possession of heroin and three counts of possession and of trafficking in schedule II, III and IV controlled substances. The charges stemmed from a routine traffic stop. The traffic stop occurred on Interstate 75 on January 11, 2014.