Serious criminal charges can lead to serious penalties, such a prison time. If the charges are related to an alleged sexual crime, the defendant may also have to register as a sex offender also, which will affect his or her life after he or she is released.
Drivers who take to the roads in the Lansing area do so with an understanding that they must follow traffic rules, or risk getting pulled over by the police. However, law enforcement officers have rules they need to follow too. These rules, such as the probable cause requirement, are meant to curb the huge imbalance of power between officers and the public, and reduce the number of unjustified arrests.
When a local high school teacher is accused of having sex with a student, it is sure to make headlines in Lansing. Though the following case is taking place outside of Michigan, it is a good example of the sort of sex crimes charges that the accused person should find a criminal defense attorney to defend against.
A Michigan man who was shot at a fraternity house in September has been cleared of charges that he shot himself with a concealed firearm. After the court's dismissal of charges late in December, the defendant called the turn of events a “Christmas miracle.”