In Michigan, there are currently around 43,000 residents on the state online sex offender registry, out of about 800,000 people nationwide on some state registry. Michigan law is especially strict about who must register as a sex offender, with many misdemeanor convictions automatically requiring registry.
As video cameras have increasingly captured police interactions with civilians in the U.S., one of the unfortunate lessons we have learned is that we cannot always trust police officers at their word. Too often, what goes into the police report departs from what really happened, perhaps in an attempt to cover up inappropriate or illegal behavior by the officers involved.
When a minor is arrested on suspicion of a crime in Michigan, the default rule is for his or her case to go through juvenile court. However, prosecutors have the power to try to prosecute juveniles as adults, which can have dramatic implications for the potential punishment they could face.
As in other states, Michigan law recognizes that all crimes are not created equal. Most people would agree that harming someone in a drunk driving accident is far more serious than, say, speeding.