Police may spend a large portion of their time attending to drug-related activity in Michigan neighborhoods. Without question, the fight against dangerous and addictive substances is a difficult one, and law enforcement may feel overwhelmed at times. Out of zeal, poor training or unethical reasons, some officers may deny the rights of those they accuse of dealing drugs. This is why building a strong criminal defense is important for those facing drug-related charges.
Along with drunk drivers, travelers must now be cautious of those driving while impaired by drugs. In fact, in Michigan, the number of fatal accidents involving drugged drivers increased 32 percent in the last year. Nevertheless, drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol deserve a strong criminal defense, especially when tests to determine impairment are not always trustworthy.
Teenagers in Michigan may complain that there is not a lot to do. However, one young man allegedly found plenty to do and is now facing an uncertain future. Despite his age, he is charged with numerous felonies, any of which may result in prison or other serious penalties. In such situations, a strong criminal defense is the surest way of minimizing the negative consequences.
Michigan residents in Lansing County may be interested in a case in another county that involves a 40-year-old woman who faces 15 years behind bars following a crash last December in which her mother was killed. The woman is accused of being impaired at the time of the accident because she had smoked marijuana 10 hours earlier. Her criminal defense team claims there is no reliable method yet to determine marijuana impairment.
Those who are accused of crimes in Michigan depend on the justice system allowing a fair and impartial examination of the evidence before convicting them of crimes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Part of building a strong criminal defense involves disputing the findings of forensic experts in crime labs. However, forensic labs in more than 20 states are under suspicion of various types of misconduct, and that often leads to people being wrongly convicted of crimes.
Drug charges sometimes result from the violation of the civil rights of the accused. Law enforcement, in their zeal to rid the streets of potentially deadly drugs, may overstep their boundaries, using entrapment, illegal searches or other questionable tactics to achieve their goals. For this reason, those who are accused of drug crimes, even infractions or misdemeanors, would do well to protect their rights with the help of a criminal defense attorney.
For many in Michigan, the month of March was not a good one. Thousands of drivers were nabbed for various traffic citations, including speeding, uninsured driving and driving on a suspended license. Tickets for these offenses may seem minor, but when points add up on a driving record, that person may lose the privilege to drive. Of all the drivers police pulled over that month, the ones most reported in the press were the 434 accused of drunk driving. Charges of OWI carry severe penalties, and those facing such charges would benefit from a strong criminal defense.
Recently, a Michigan man was arrested after an accident in which a 62-year-old mother and grandmother died. The 50-year-old man allegedly drove through a red light and collided with the woman's SUV. Police arrested him for drunk driving and say his license was suspended for a previous DUI conviction. Now, because many are saying that lenient laws for drunk drivers may be responsible for this tragedy, the man's criminal defense may need to be handled delicately.
When a crime occurs, there are usually circumstances that may mitigate the seriousness of the action. At the time of one's arrest, those circumstances may remain unknown. Often this results in the harshest charges being filed against the accused. It remains for an experienced criminal defense team to bring those details to light in order to ensure justice is served in the courtroom. Two Michigan men are likely each focused on preparing a criminal defense following a recent incident.
Medical marijuana is not without controversy, and that's especially true in Michigan. Marijuana remains prohibited for any purpose under federal law. It's still listed on Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act, which contains drugs that have: