Michigan police must have probable cause that a person committed a crime before they can arrest him or her. Even then, “probable cause” is not the same thing as proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In many cases, the accused person’s defense attorney will conduct an independent investigation, and find evidence that the authorities missed that disproves the defendant’s guilt.
Criminal charges against a Michigan man in relation to a bar fight were expected to be dropped. MLive.com reports that new information has emerged that suggests the defendant was only defending himself against the alleged victim.