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October 2014 Archives

Assault charge dropped against Flint man after more investigation

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.

What happens if the police want to search my car?

Even the most prudent driver may be stopped by the police at one time or another.  However, being asked to exit the car, or to be asked if search the car may be searched may be questions that may catch you flat-footed and afraid for what may happen next.

Michigan couple alleges false prosecution in 2007 rape charges

A lawsuit against three former Michigan prosecutors accuses them of relying on dubious evidence to charge the parents of a severely disabled girl with sexually assaulting her. In her opening statements on Oct. 9, the couple’s attorney accused the defendants of allowing political ambition to interfere with their duty to serve the interests of justice.

Consequences of a conviction can last long after official sentence

Being convicted of a crime can mean jail or prison time, fines and other consequences. Among these are subtler, societal penalties that may linger the rest of the defendant’s life, long after he or she has paid his or her legal debt.

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