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How is campus crime handled at Michigan State?

A large public institution of higher learning, Michigan State University is almost a city unto itself and, like all cities, has a dedicated police force.

Campus crime takes many forms, from simple traffic violations to burglaries and homicides. The Michigan State Police Department has several divisions, each of which focuses on the work of keeping students and faculty safe, following up on complaints, and assisting in major investigations. They also have a special helper in Cora, a K-9 yellow Lab who is adept at working crowds and trained to sniff out explosives on “moving targets.”

Stalking is on the rise at colleges including Michigan State

A university study reveals that stalking is more prevalent on college campuses than among the general populace, yet reported less often.

Michigan State University has taken steps to keep students safe. However, safety measures can backfire, and unfortunately, someone may accuse an innocent student of stalking.

Will your college son avoid getting a MIP at MSU?

If your 18-year-old son is among the incoming freshmen at Michigan State University, he will soon become involved in campus activities such as football games and the inevitable weekend parties.

Does he know what the most common legal difficulty is for MSU students? They refer to it as “getting mipped,” and it is a charge your son will want to avoid.

Where does Michigan State rank for on-campus crime?

The public university of Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, is well-known for its excellent academic offerings and its highly ranked football program. Its rankings with respect to on-campus crime, however, are not so stellar.

As a large school with more than 50,000 students, a certain amount of crime must be expected, especially if you lump in traditional college issues like underage beer drinking. However, on-campus crime includes darker, more serious problems that affect the university's overall safety record.

Alcohol and driving in Michigan means if you play, you pay

In Michigan, the risk of driving while impaired or intoxicated brings with it great risk to the lives of the driver and others on the roadway. It also carries with it the notable chance of substantial legal ramifications and burdens on the defendant driver should law enforcement pull him or her over or if he or she is in a motor vehicle accident. 

The recent tragedy of the Michigan state representative John Kivela’s suicide was a stark reminder of the damage that the illness of alcoholism and mental illness in general can wreak on humanity. The decision to get behind the wheel in Ingham County and elsewhere in Michigan and operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a poor judgment call. The decision often ends in the arrest and prosecution of the individual regardless of his station in life.

Do you understand the implied consent law in Michigan?

Along with every other state, Michigan has an implied consent law, and it will be enforced if police pull you over on the suspicion of driving while impaired or intoxicated. You agreed to abide by this law when you applied for your driver’s license.

You may know what “implied consent” means, but do you know how it works?

What does your BAC level say about your ability to drive?

If an officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, he or she will ask you to submit to a breath alcohol test. A police officer can make an extremely accurate assessment of your level of impairment with the help of a small instrument that will measure your blood alcohol content.

Breathalyzer measurements indicate the effect that alcohol consumption has on your ability to drive, beginning with a BAC of .02 percent or lower, which, from your point of view, would certainly be the best level to have.

Have you been accused of embezzlement?

You may be in a key position in a nonprofit, bank, state agency or private company, possibly having to do with bookkeeping or finance. Whatever your job, it gives you access to the entity’s funds. Now some of those funds have gone missing and you have been accused of embezzlement. Your career is on the line, to say nothing of the problems this accusation is causing in your personal life.

Every individual case of embezzlement is different, but some elements of this white-collar crime are consistent under many circumstances. Understanding the nature of a typical incident is important for preparing a strong defense.

Changing marijuana laws may trip up college students

College is a time for experimentation. As a parent, you know this. Your head is not buried in the sand. You are well aware of the fact that your son or daughter might try marijuana. You may also worry about whether one mistake could affect their entire future.

You may even try to stay abreast of the applicable laws in Michigan, but this can prove difficult because they continue to evolve. Ordinances vary from city to city, and even though state or federal laws may take precedence, voters have approved changes in marijuana ordinances in certain sections of the state.

Binge drinkers make dangerous drivers

When young people develop a taste for alcohol, they are more apt to go in for binge drinking than for establishing any kind of regular drinking pattern. In fact, this is a very popular activity among teenagers and college students. The Surgeon General reported that while young people may not drink as often as older adults, they drink more heavily. Since adolescents tend to believe they are invincible, they may feel confident in their ability to operate a vehicle under the influence. However, if they manage to get behind the wheel after putting away several drinks, they become a danger to themselves and to other drivers.

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