A Michigan man from Reed City, who could face incarceration of 20 years if convicted, is being held in Osceola County on a bond of $1 million. State police arrested him and charged him with three felonies after they received tips about him allegedly posting threatening material on YouTube. Authorities say this is one of several cases across the country in which arrests were made after individuals threatened to commit mass violence.
Although the public has access to most legal proceedings, plea bargains could prevent such access. They are precisely what the name says, bargains that are negotiated. Negotiating plea bargains is an essential part of the legal proceedings that follow arrests on felonies in Michigan or elsewhere. However, it is a complicated process that might be best left for legal counsel to navigate.
Being arrested for a crime in Michigan initiates the criminal justice process. One part of this process is finding out whether you will be released from jail while your case works its way through the courts. Defendants in this state might find it interesting that, with the exception of instances involving violent crimes, the state's constitution requires that people facing charges must be able to afford bail.
Anyone in Michigan or elsewhere in the United States who is investigated by the FBI or the IRS involving illegal business practices or other fraudulent behavior stands the chance of facing federal charges. The FBI recently reported that a father and son who are partners in a a sports car dealership were taken into custody and charged with various white collar crimes. The formal charges include defrauding the U.S. Government and bank fraud.
Anyone in Michigan or elsewhere who faces federal wire fraud charges will no doubt recognize the severity of the situation and will likely seek experienced legal counsel. Wire fraud is one of many white collar crimes that go through the nation's courts each year. A 62-year-old man in another state recently pleaded guilty on charges related to his hyperbaric oxygen chamber business.