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June 2019 Archives

Felonies: Parole and probation are privileges not rights

When someone in Michigan is found guilty in criminal court, good behavior might lead to parole or probation. Although both aim to rehabilitate and prevent an offender from committing further crimes, there are distinct differences. Neither parole nor probation is a right -- instead, both are privileges. One or the other may be awarded following considerations of various aspects related to those convicted of felonies, giving those individuals the opportunity to rehabilitate while living in their communities.

White collar crimes charges filed against bank employee

Embezzlement is the fraudulent taking of another person's personal property or funds by a person to whom it was entrusted or from an employer. It is one of several types of white collar crimes that are committed nationwide, including Michigan, and the value of the claimed misappropriation will determine whether it will be a felony or a misdemeanor. A bank employee in another state is accused of such a crime that federal prosecutors say involves over $176,000.

White collar crimes: What are the most common types of forgery?

Forgery happens when someone fakes a signature, falsifies documents or changes existing documents without the necessary authorization. Although laws regarding white collar crimes might vary, all states, including Michigan, treat forgery a serious matter. Depending on the unique circumstances of each case, those accused can face misdemeanor or felony charges.

Post-conviction matters: Convicted robber's appeal denied

A 29-year-old man who is serving time for the armed robbery in 2016 of a man who worked as a pizza deliveryman filed an appeal from his conviction. Along with challenging the eyewitness that identified him, the man claims that his appointed counsel had various shortcomings and provided an ineffective defense. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied his appeals application. Post-conviction matters are nevertheless an important aspect of the criminal judicial process after a guilty verdict has been returned.

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