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.
Without established legal limits for marijuana like the blood alcohol content limit of .08 %, how does the law treat motorists who drive while they are high? Will the courts in Michigan treat driving while impaired by marijuana as misdemeanors or felonies? Both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, but without legal limits and legislation, prosecutors are left to deal with the facts of each case.
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.
Being arrested by law enforcement in Michigan is a harrowing experience for most people. In many cases, occupants of vehicles in a traffic stop feel intimidated by the police officers, and they forget that they can refuse to answer questions. A recent case that led to a passenger facing several felonies shows that not only the driver but also all the occupants of a vehicle can land in trouble with law enforcement.
Advances in DNA technology have led to multiple arrests and convictions on cold cases that involve violent crimes such as rape and murder. It has also been effective in proving the innocence of wrongfully convicted individuals in Michigan and other states. However, a recent arrest for a 2017 hijacking shows that DNA evidence can also be used in other felonies. Investigators in another state used DNA to formally charge a man who is accused of hijacking a motorcycle at gunpoint.
Many trial watchers in Michigan and across the country are following the case of a 23-year-old man who is accused of lying to federal agents by claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen. Pitzen vanished in 2011 and would now be 14 years old. If convicted of the felony level accusations, the accused man could be sentenced to serve a prison term in a federal penitentiary of up to eight years.
Teenagers in Michigan who like to prank others might not know where to draw the line. Certain pranks are severe enough to be classified as crimes that could put them behind bars. An example is a teenager in another state who thought it was fun to make prank calls and landed up being charged with 40 felonies and multiple misdemeanors.
Investigators in Michigan and other states have come to rely heavily on DNA for forensic testing. It is widely used in cold case felonies and in cases in which convicted individuals claim their innocence. However, they have always been stumped when a suspect is one of a set of identical twins. Following international research, U.S. criminal courts may permit use of DNA tests to distinguish between identical twins in the not too distant future.