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September 2012 Archives

Police & You - Know the Rules While Hunting

Police & You: With Michigan's hunting season upon us - bow starts October 1st - it is important to review the rules, regulations, and laws that govern our quest for the illusive wall-hanger. Even the most trivial violations can result in criminal charges.

Immigration Consequences of Misdemeanors Can be Severe

The immigration consequences of a conviction for state misdemeanors can be severe.  However, as it often plays out in the numerous District Courts in Michigan, people often do not worry much about anything more than the immediate consequences of a misdemeanor offense. People think that as long as they take care of the court costs, fines, and probation everything will be fine.

Did You Commit a Computer Crime to Get That Mobile App?

Computer Crime has taken a new turn since the invention of the downloadable MP3 has brought a new way for people to allegedly steal music. Then, as downloading and streaming media files online became more popular so did the alleged theft of TV shows, movies, and software. If there was a way to access it online, there was a way to get into trouble for downloading it without paying for it

Police & You: The Right to Counsel

When it comes to the Police & You, many people are shocked to learn that the police may legally resort to a variety of seemingly underhanded tactics in order to obtain a confession from a suspect in a criminal case. For example, the police may flat-out lie to a suspect during questioning. Thus, the only sure way to protect your rights if you are questioned by the police is to clearly and unambiguously assert both your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.

White Collar Crime Includes Election Fraud

Notwithstanding the fact that White Collar Crime includes election fraud, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has stated it is unlikely that fromer Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will face criminal charges after it was discovered that four of his former staff members allegedly faked ballot petition signatures. Unfortunately for the staffers, they are not quite as lucky. Attorney General Schuette apparently did not have enough evidence to link McCotter to the fraud scheme, but his four staffers are currently being accused of crimes including forgery and conspiracy. All four currently have pending criminal charges against them in several different courts.

The Justice System - Proof of Innocence After 25 Years

As previously discussed, the Justice System is full of examples of technology advancements being used against individuals.  However, the converse is also true as demonstrated in a recent Wayne County case.   Recently, two Michigan brothers were released on bond after spending almost 25 years in prison for first degree murder. The Highers brothers always maintained their innocence throughout their trial and subsequent conviction. It finally took a Facebook post over two decades later for the brothers to experience the freedom that appears to have been wrongly taken away from them.