A naturally scary undercurrent comes with October. After all, this month is known for Halloween. While this holiday is excitable and fun for many young kids, the event brings about different sentiments for former offenders of sex crimes.
Law enforcement agencies often employ the use of canine drug sniffers to detect the presence of illegal narcotics. People in Detroit may see these four-legged officers in action during traffic stops and even at airports.
This holiday season, it may be worse than a lump of coal for those the authorities accuse of wrongdoing: it could be an arrest and prosecution for drug crimes, weapons offenses or other types of serious charges.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, drug crime, white collar offense or any other violation of the criminal law, the Fourth Amendment can be a powerful shield against obtrusive law enforcement tactics. The Fourth Amendment enshrines your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures conducted by the government.
News recently emerged that over 10,000 long-ignored rape kits will soon receive the attention of a Michigan State University study. The evidence has been in storage since April 2008, when authorities shut down the Detroit Police crime laboratory because of its history of mishandling evidence.
The Supreme Court of the United States, or SCOTUS, recently issued holdings on two dog sniffing cases. The cases took two different situations into consideration. The first,Florida v. Harris, considered whether a drug-sniffing dog can be used to conduct a search on a vehicle while the second,Florida v. Jardines, answered whether a dog could be used to search the area ...
Long prison sentences are often equated with violent crimes like rape and murder. However, these crimes are not the only ones that can result in years spent behind bars. Non-violent crimes can also lead to years, even decades, spent in prison. Those convicted of crimes within one group of non-violent crimes, called white collar crimes, can find themselves serving prison ...
This term the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions that deal with the collateral consequences of state criminal convictions. The court was asked whether a state assault charge supported a federal gun charge that makes it a crime for those convicted of domestic violence to possess a gun.
Michigan law calls for sex offenders to be registered in three tiers, based on the crime committed, their risk of reoffending and their perceived danger to the public. For example, Level 1 offenders have a low risk of committing future crimes and pose a minimal public safety risk. Each tier has different requirements, particularly concerning registration and reporting.
The presence of a domestic violence charge is undoubtedly considered supremely important regarding what is in the best interests of the child. The question isn't whether the court examines the charge but how.