Our Lansing readers may have read in previous posts that a criminal charge is often made much worse when there are extenuating circumstances. Drunk driving is made worse when it involves a car accident with injuries. A robbery is made worse when it is armed robbery. And a sex crime is made worse when there are previous sex crime convictions or when one is a registered sex offender.
In Michigan a teenager is not officially an adult until he or she turns 18 years old, as has been established by the Age of Majority Act. However in a court of law a teenager younger than 18 years old could be certified and tried as an adult. This makes a significant difference in not only the punishment that could be levied on a convicted teen, but also on some other aspects of the judicial process.
Two Lansing men were robbed at gun point by two other Lansing men.
A criminal charge for a so-called white collar crime typically is a charge based increasingly on computer files, phone records and other types of circumstantial evidence. The difficulty for the prosecution may be to prove that an individual was the one who created the files, or made the phone call or transferred the funds. The difficulty for the defense may be the exact opposite. In either case, white collar crimes can lead to jail time and should be treated as serious charges.
A Roseville woman was carjacked Thursday morning in her own driveway. Attempting to retrieve something forgotten inside her home, she left her 2009 Jeep Cherokee on, unlocked, and unattended. Her 7 and 8 year-old children were in their car seats.
When a meth lab makes the news, it is often in an abandoned house or some other place where there is a sense of privacy. One typically would not think of a business building in downtown Lansing. And yet, that is the allegation.