If facing one criminal charge in Kalamazoo is considered difficult, facing two charges may be thought to be absolutely impossible to overcome. Even if the two charges are unrelated, one can’t help but be concerned that those hearing these cases may view such concurrent activity as an established pattern of criminal behavior. In fact, it’s not that much of a stretch to think that the result of one criminal case will almost always have a direct influence on the outcome of another.
Such is the problem that a Saline woman currently finds herself in. She and another suspect were recently arrested for their alleged involvement in the death of a Michigan State student. While searching her purse following her arrest, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia that suggested an intent to distribute the drug. Now, on top of having to content with a murder charge, she also has to prepare for a separate upcoming trial dealing with her drug charges.
While both of the crimes that she stands accused of would seem to be unrelated, her familiarity with the court can’t be helping her cause in either case. Yet these concurrent charges shouldn’t be allowed to unjustly influence her chances of receiving a fair trial in either case. Legal options are in place to keep the findings and outcomes from these cases separated. The trouble is that those without experience in arguing such cases often won’t be aware of how to properly assert their rights in court. As such, anyone facing such a scenario may be wise to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help them with both cases.
Source: Heritage Newspapers “SALINE: Suspect in MSU student killing to face drug charges” Amy Bell, Apr. 18, 2014