Social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is used more and more to obtain evidence to present at criminal trials. It has long been a source of information to use in civil and family lawsuits, but anyone in Michigan who is facing criminal charges for felonies might be wise to limit activities on social media. At the same time, they might want to discourage friends or family members from posting incriminating images.
No one wants to pay taxes, but if you earn a living in the United States you're required by law to abide by federal, state and local tax codes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn't turn a blind eye to tax evasion and fraud, but instead pays close attention to anyone who is breaking the law.
DNA technology features in identifying many cold cases across the country, including Michigan. Felonies that could not be solved decades ago might now be reopened, and the availability of advanced DNA methods could throw new light on the unsolved cases. One such a case was recently reported in another state, and a man who police say was sought for 25 years was recently arrested for a murder that happened in 1993.
Medicaid fraud forms the basis of many federal criminal cases filed each year, including in Michigan. The current opioid epidemic has led to many allegations of white collar crimes, including those involving a former owner of a state-licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in another state. The 38-year-old man was recently indicted in federal court on 60 counts for alleged indiscriminate handing out of opioids and then filing fraudulent Medicaid claims.
Sometimes, people in Michigan and other cities nationwide get involved in a crime without even realizing that what they are doing is criminal. This is because computer and internet crimes can occur in a wide variety of circumstances. Understanding what constitutes a crime involving the use of computers and the internet can go a long ways toward avoiding legal troubles.
If you face drug trafficking charges, you cannot waste any time before building your defense. The sentencing for drug trafficking is heavy, both at the state and federal level. A conviction could result in years behind bars on top of fines and other restrictions.