A mother in Michigan is likely grieving over the death of her child after he allegedly suffocated during the night. Authorities believe that the cause of death can be attributed to the fact that the mother and child were sharing a bed and have charged her with child abuse and involuntary manslaughter. Those in charge of building her criminal defense argue that these charges are too severe.
Many people might not know that in Michigan, as well as most other states, defendants are not required to have an attorney during their first court appearance. Defendants will very often go into their arraignment hearings without representation of any kind. It is important for the accused, especially those individuals who are facing possible prison sentences, to build a strong criminal defense from the very beginning.
Resisting arrest is a somewhat common charge that comes up in traffic violations and driver impairment cases in Michigan. When an officer makes a traffic stop for erratic or suspicious driving patterns, resisting arrest is the last thing on the mind of the suspect or the police. However, things are known to typically escalate and emotions are sometimes unleashed and difficult to control. Criminal defense counsel must then step in and confront the propriety of the resisting arrest charge.
Prisons in Michigan do not allow inmates to possess cell phones. The prohibition creates an extensive underground trade in cell phones within the prison populations. When arrests are made for smuggling cell phones, both those on the outside and the inmates inside must determine whether they have a viable criminal defense that can be raised against the charges.
Despite the presumption of innocence, courts in Michigan and elsewhere do not always provide bail to seemingly deserving defendants. In a recent case in Detroit, a federal court judge has denied bail to a doctor who is accused of performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect. The decision to deny bail is questionable, especially in light of the woman's likely criminal defense.
While most states refer to impaired driving as either a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated), Michigan refers to drunk or drugged driving charges as an OWI: operating while intoxicated. Like most states, Michigan sets its blood alcohol level at 0.08 percent. This means it is relatively simple to determine alcohol intoxication under the law in Michigan. However, the law for OWI charges also includes those who are determined to be impaired while under the influence of street drugs or even prescription medication.
When talking about operating while intoxicated in Michigan, much of the focus is normally on alcohol. However, the truth is that an OWI-related arrest can stem from the suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, including not only illegal drugs, but also some prescribed medications.