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Competent representation needed when facing sex crime allegations

Over the last couple of weeks we have discussed sex crimes, including how to handle an alleged victim's sexual history as well as a recent incident involved alleged sexual encounters between a Michigan teacher and a student. As can be seen by those posts, confronting sexual offense accusations can be difficult. You may have to deal with a media that seems to judge individuals before they are adjudicated as such in a court of law, which could cause damage to your reputation. But you also might have a difficult legal battle ahead of you.

Michigan teacher taken into custody for alleged sex crimes

A Michigan teacher has been taken into custody and brought up on several charges of criminal sexual conduct. According to authorities, the 26-year-old high school teacher sexually assaulted a student when she engaged in sexual relations with the student. A parent allegedly brought the matter to the schools attention, which, after a meeting with the accused, later placed her on administrative leave. The teacher eventually resigned. She now faces two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as well as two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Addressing an alleged victim's sexual past

Being accused of a sexual offense is a serious allegation, and one that, if not taken seriously, could have drastic consequences. Those convicted of these sex crimes face the very real possibility of years in prison, severe damage to reputation, and lifetime monitoring via the sex offender registry. In essence, these individuals can never truly pay their debt to society, as many will always be labeled a sex offender. With so much at risk, it is crucial that those facing these types of allegations know the law that they must confront.

How can an increased BAC level legally affect an individual?

Many Michiganders partake in alcoholic beverages, which is completely legal. However, sometimes individuals are pulled over and accused of drinking too much to safely operate a motor vehicle. When this happens, they are often arrested and come face-to-face with drunk driving charges. A criminal conviction for drunk driving, and therefore the penalties one may face, are often contingent upon the individual's blood alcohol content level. Therefore, it is important to understand BAC and how it can affect a driver physically and legally.

What is drug paraphernalia and how can it legally affect me?

There are many drug offenses. Some are serious, including drug trafficking and drug manufacturing, while others are relatively minor. Despite however minor a drug charge may seem, though, it can still wreak havoc on your life. Therefore, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the law so that you can properly defend against any drug charges you may face. This week, we will look at what, exactly, is drug paraphernalia.

Facing legal challenges? We might be able to help

Last week we discussed an incident where four Michiganders were taken into custody for their alleged part in a carding scheme. Fraud is a very serious criminal offense, and those faced with such allegations may be in for quite a battle. Though the criminal justice system promises that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty, with an ever active press and overwhelming allegations from the police and prosecutors, it you can easily feel like you have to prove your innocence.

Alleged carding scheme results in 4 arrests

In our digital age, criminal law has expanded exponentially. New criminal offenses have been created and old ones have taken on new meanings. Therefore, it is important that Michigan residents stay informed on the law so they know how they can prevent running afoul of it and, in the event that they are accused of criminal wrongdoing, they know how to ensure they are treated fairly.

What is voluntary manslaughter?

Under Michigan law, as is the case in most states, there are a whole host of violent crimes. Though many are familiar with murder, things might become blurry with violent crimes beyond that. However, knowing about lesser violent crime laws is critically important for Michiganders to understand so that they can adequately defend themselves against allegations of wrongdoing.

Can I refuse a breath test?

You can, but you will be punished for doing so. By obtaining a Michigan driver's license, motorists give implied consent to submit to breath tests when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Therefore, a breath test refusal will automatically result in a one year license suspension and six points being added to your license. Subsequent refusals can result in lengthier suspensions. If you refuse to take the test, then your license will be confiscated and destroyed, and then you will be given a paper permit for use until your matter is settled by a court of law.

What is sexual assault, and what are the penalties?

Sex crimes are taken extremely seriously in Michigan, and those who face such allegations are often pitted against an aggressive prosecution. Therefore, those accused of sexual assault or any other type of sex crime should carefully consider their legal defense options. Failing to put forth a strong defense could result in unwanted consequences, including an extensive prison sentence, damage to one's reputation, and the hopeless feeling of trying to recover one's life.

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