People in Michigan who have lost loved ones might keep a close check on the funeral home they use after reading about the alleged crimes of a mother and daughter who owned a funeral home in another state. The 66-year-old mother and her 43-year-old daughter have faced several civil lawsuits over recent years. However, this time, they were arrested and charged with federal felonies.
When residents of Michigan or elsewhere sell drugs to someone who turns out to be a government agent or undercover police officer, the seller might accuse the buyer of entrapment. But what is entrapment? For entrapment to occur, a police officer, DEA officer, FBI agent, or other law enforcement or government agent must persuade or influence someone to commit felonies that he or she would not have committed but for the persuasion of the agent.
A 22-year-old woman is accused of hijacking a pickup truck in front of a motel in Franklin, Michigan, on the morning of Valentine's Day. The owner of the vehicle claims he left the vehicle running right outside the door of his motel room when he alleges he saw a woman with blonde hair opening the door of the truck. He says he tried to pull her out of the vehicle, but he failed, and the alleged hijacker drove off, dragging him along for about 20 yards. Law enforcement ultimately caught up with the woman, and she is now facing four felonies.
Following an investigation over several months, a Michigan man was recently arrested at his home. The investigation followed suspicions that someone was committing drug-related felonies, and using the U.S. Postal Service to do it. Federal investigators allege the man used the mails to send methamphetamine from another state to his home address.
A Michigan man with no criminal history may be sentenced to life in prison -- if he is convicted. Following 90 minutes of alleged crimes on a recent Friday, he was arraigned on no less than 40 counts of felony charges. According to police reports, the man was arrested after a police pursuit that ended when officers carried out a precision immobilization technique to force the accused offender to stop the vehicle he was driving.
Circumstances can sometimes drive some people to commit white collar crimes out of desperation. Anyone who is charged with felonies that involve embezzlement or other fraud-related crimes in Michigan will remain innocent in the eyes of the law until, and only if, the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This applies to anyone accused of a crime.
Genetic research over more than 150 years has led to DNA analysis, which has become an invaluable asset in criminal justice. Today, the DNA of suspects in felonies like rape and murder can be compared to the DNA of millions of offenders, arrestees and also samples preserved from other crime scenes. By establishing CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, DNA found at a crime scene in Michigan might, for example, be matched to a sample collected years ago on the other side of the world.
The advances in DNA technology have benefited many individuals and concluded various cases. It has been successfully used to prove guilt and innocence in felonies nationwide, including Michigan. The use of DNA technology has led to convictions in cases that went cold decades ago, and it has also set free several people who spent many years in prisons for crimes they did not commit.
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.