Acts of violence are generally non-existent in the lives of Kalamazoo residents. In fact, after the occasional childhood scuffle that a person may get into with their siblings or friends, most grown-ups live their lives without ever having to deal with altercations of assault or battery. Some people, however, do find themselves in difficult situations in which they may have to use force or threats to prevent themselves or others from suffering harm.
While an assault may be generally defined as an alleged physical attack on another person's body, under Michigan law there are many different crimes that arise from the concept of assault. For example, there is simple assault and assault that committed with the intention of causing the alleged victim's death. Assaults can be perpetrated to prevent officials from performing their duties, such as law enforcement officials from performing searches or arrests, and assaults can be committed with weapons and firearms. As each type of assault under Michigan law may incorporate its own elements and requirements of proof, readers are encouraged to speak with criminal defense attorneys about their unique cases.
A 47-year-old Kalamazoo man who shot and left his friend near an intersection in Comstock Township was sentenced Monday for possession of meth and assault with a dangerous weapon. The incident occurred over a drug dispute.
We all know how easy it is to say things we don't mean in the heat of an argument. Most of the times those are empty words that later result in regret, but nothing more. However, there are times when the words can be considered a credible threat of violence. These can land a person in hot water in Michigan.
A 33-year-old Kalamazoo man who caused an 8-hour police standoff in Cooper Township has been arraigned on 5 charges. They include breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, and resisting or obstructing.
A Sherwin-Williams paint store in Emmett Township was robbed on December 9, 2017 by an armed man who fired a shot into the ceiling, and escaped with money. The suspect entered the store wearing a ski mask.
After a trial, or after pleading to a criminal accusation or charge, the next step in the legal process is sentencing. Sentencing is the process in which a person is reprimanded for the crime they were convicted of or pled guilty to. It can include a variety of charges ranging in severity. For violent crimes, sentencing for these type of crimes can be most severe. Many factors go into sentencing decisions and the sentence may be handed down by a judge or jury.
The law recognizes different types of murder and upon conviction, punish them in different ways. This post will generally discuss first degree murder and second degree murder, under the state's statutes. Readers who require specific information about homicide or murder charges, currently pending in Michigan, should speak with criminal defense attorneys about their cases and options.
All criminal charges are serious, but those based on the alleged commission of violent crimes can be punished with significant penalties that may deprive Kalamazoo residents of their freedom and rights. Particularly, crimes, such as rape, homicide and aggravated assault can be met with sanctions, such as extensive prison sentences and the possibly of those convicted never being paroled.
The law states that a criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty of an alleged crime. However, when a Michigan resident is facing criminal charges, the court of public opinion is often quick to cast judgment. This is particularly true if the defendant has a previous criminal record.