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September 2014 Archives

Michigan pair charged for allegedly growing marijuana

Several months after authorities in Michigan executed two search warrants, various drug charges were laid against a man and a woman, both Hartford residents, on Sept. 23. The searches were reportedly conducted at a business and a house in Hartford Township on July 18 following an investigation into alleged unlawful drug-related activities at both locations. At the time of the searches, the 38-year-old woman was found in the business on West Main Street while the 43-year-old man was found in the residence on 60th Street.

How are felonies sentenced in Michigan?

Residents in Michigan may benefit from learning more about the state's guidelines for felony sentencing. The most recent changes to the guidelines during 2014 have made it a felony offense to engage in certain activities with ammunitions. These guidelines are intended for felony offenses with indeterminate sentences. The guidelines are not applicable to offenses that carry a mandatory determinate penalty or life-sentence. Previous convictions are also considered when a judge issues sentencing to a defendant, and habitual offenders may receive sentencing that's 25 to 100 percent longer than normal.

Man faces charges after selling marijuana to police

A 52-year-old Michigan man pleaded not guilty to two counts for controlled substance delivery and manufacture of marijuana. Although the man and his wife both hold medical marijuana cards, the assistant prosecutor in the case claims that the man was found in possession of over 500 marijuana plants, more than his card legally entitles him to possess.

New ruling could affect traffic stops and subsequent drug search

A Sept. 10 Michigan appeals court ruling may change what law enforcement officers are allowed to do when stopping a person for a traffic violation and then searching their vehicle for illegal substances. The case began in 2012 in Muskegon Heights when deputies pulled a man over because a tow ball on the back of his pickup truck was partially blocking the truck's license plate.

Fight between 2 roommates leads to assault charge

On Sept. 11, a fight between two roommates resulted in Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputies being called to a home in Texas Township. After responding to the call at around 1 a.m., deputies transported one of the roommates to Kalamazoo County Jail. While in custody, the man was charged for felonious assault along with several other charges.

Couple charged for drug crimes after raid

Shortly before 8 p.m. on July 30, the FBI Mid-Michigan Safe Streets Task Force and the Bay City Public Safety Department's VIPER Unit executed a raid at the home of a married couple in Bay City. At the time of the raid, the 46-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were at their home. Both of the accused individuals were reportedly taken into custody for drug charges without incident.

Traffic stop leads to domestic violence and drug charges

On Aug. 31, a man in Michigan was accused of domestic violence after the alleged victim was pulled over in a traffic stop. When police visited the accused man's home, he was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Because of the incident, the 46-year-old man was booked into a Van Buren County jail for charges of possession of methamphetamine and domestic violence.

Buying cold medication leads to 3 sentences for drug possession

On Aug. 27, it was reported that three Michigan residents who were accused of possessing methamphetamine were sentenced to prison. The press release stated that the individuals, who were identified as a 52-year-old Union City woman, a 28-year-old Quincy man and a 35-year-old woman, were found guilty of drug-associated charges after they were caught purchasing pseudoephedrine.

Reasons for drawing up a prenuptial agreement

Michigan couples may be hesitant to broach the topic of prenuptial agreements with one another, but doing so can lead to a valuable conversation about how finances will be handled within the relationship. Younger couples may be even less comfortable with a prenuptial agreement than older individuals and people who have been married before.

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