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November 2015 Archives

Criminal defense and witness impeachment

If you have been accused of a crime, then you probably have a lot on your mind. You might worry about your reputation and the potential penalties you could face, and you might be concerned about how your day in court will play out. It is important to note that a criminal conviction can only be obtained if guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a high hurdle that requires the prosecution to provide indisputable and credible evidence.

Crimes against animals and their penalties

When it comes to animal cruelty in Michigan, the law provides a continuum with regard to the severity of the offense. The severity typically depends on the number of animals involved and whether the accused individual has any other animal cruelty convictions. For example, an instance of animal cruelty that involves one animal will likely be classified as a misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days, a fine of up to $1,000, community service of up to 200 hours or any combination of those penalties.

Michigan pastor accused of possessing child porn

All sex crimes are taken seriously by prosecutors. However, perhaps none is more aggressively prosecuted than those offenses that involve children. To make matters worse, those who face these types of allegations are often seen as guilty until proven innocent, even though this is an inverted view of the truth of the matter. This means that those who are accused of sex crimes against children have a difficult uphill battle. They should, therefore, be prepared to put forth a strong defense, even if all hope seems lost.

The insanity defense and its mental health evaluation

It is a sad reality that people are killed every day. Sometimes, those killings are justified, such as when an individual kills another in self-defense to protect them from the imminent threat of death. In some instances, though, it may not be clear whether an individual should be held accountable for the actions that led to the death of another. Under these circumstances, it is important for Michiganders to be familiar with the law and how it might apply to them.

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