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Understanding Megan’s Law

With the increased use of databases and the gain in popularity of the internet in the past 25 years, it has been possible for information to be distributed fast. While this can be a powerful and positive tool in many ways, it also has facilitated illegal activity. In addition, it has helped to make possible legal regulations that many have viewed as controversial.

4 new crimes you could accidentally commit

A lot of crimes have been around for decades or centuries -- or longer -- and you know the ramifications well. It almost feels like they didn't need to be written into law. People inherently understand that the law prohibits things like outright theft, arson, burglary and murder.

4 ways doctors could accidentally commit Medicare fraud

As a doctor in Grand Rapids, your main focus is probably patient care. More than likely, you will do whatever it takes to make sure your patients regain their health as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are other aspects of a medical practice that you have to be aware of as well. For instance, if you mismanage the administrative side of your private practice, you could end up facing a Medicare fraud charge.

Did you commit income tax fraud?

No one really wants to pay taxes. Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil in order to keep the government running. With tax filing time right around the corner, you are going to have to present your income and allowable expenses on your tax return. While it is not uncommon to make a mistake when you fill in your tax forms, there is a line where some "mistakes" become fraud.

What constitutes an aggravated assault?

Assault charges are rarely a good thing, but, in Michigan, it is far preferable to face misdemeanor assault charges than see those same charges raised to a felony. Felony charges can change the entire course of your life if you suffer a conviction.

Your MI medical marijuana may not protect you from charges

Since voters passed the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in 2008, thousands of people have gotten arrested and incarcerated for marijuana cultivation and distribution. Even those who believe they are protected by the Act could end up victims to a no-knock narcotics raid and felony charges.

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