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Former college professor sentenced on drug and gun charges

A Michigan college professor who was convicted of drug and gun crimes will be spending a few years in jail. On March 5, a judge sentenced the 49-year-old man to a total of three to six years in prison for three separate charges. After serving his sentences, the Canadian native will then be deported. His lawyer says that the sentence is too harsh.

The Oakland University professor was convicted in January on charges of drug possession, running a drug house and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The gun conviction got him a mandatory two years in prison, and he was sentenced to one year for each of the drug charges.

Michigan State Police release drunk driving crackdown numbers

The Wolverine State has some of the nation's toughest drunk driving laws. Nearly 500 motorists who were arrested in a drunk driving crackdown late last year have been confronted face to face with Michigan's OWI/DWI laws.

The crackdown was called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and it was carried out from Nov. 22 (the day before Thanksgiving) to Dec. 10. Of the 482 motorists who were arrested during the event, 71 were charged under the state's high blood alcohol content law, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety said.

Fighting back against federal charges related to fraud

Criminal charges of any kind are serious, but they can be particularly complex if a person is facing accusations of violating federal laws. Michigan readers know that federal financial crimes can bring a host of life altering penalties if convicted. If you are facing charges of fraud or other types of financial misconduct, a strong defense is important for your future.

Fraud involves behaviors that typically relate to the deception or deceit of another person for the purpose of financial gain. This can include various different behaviors, but these charges are quite serious. It is possible to effectively confront these charges, but you would benefit from the support of a legal ally with extensive criminal defense experience and knowledge of federal fraud laws.

There are defenses to every crime, including 2nd degree murder

The criminal justice system in the United States considers people who have been arrested innocent until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Even so, the perception of guilt based on the initial arrest or charges is difficult to overcome. But know this; if you stand accused of a crime, you retain the absolute right to defend yourself.

This includes charges of second-degree murder. Here in Michigan, anyone charged with this crime faces allegations of killing another person without regard for human life. Ordinarily, this classification of murder occurs in the heat of the moment. Simply being charged does not guarantee a conviction. Below are some of the most common defenses to this particular crime.

3 factors that could impact your BAC level

You may believe that your college years should be ones that allow you to have new experiences, meet new people and gain a useful education. While this belief is not necessarily wrong, you may wish to remember that these years do not allow you to get away with anything you want. Just because you may have a new-found freedom away from your parents for the first time, you could end up facing a more serious disciplinarian if confronted by law enforcement officers.

One issue in particular that many college students face relates to alcohol use. While you may have reached the legal drinking age, if you consume too much alcohol and attempt to drive, you could face charges for driving while intoxicated. Even if you believe you feel fine or that you have not had as much to drink as others, your blood alcohol concentration level could still exceed the legal limit.

Protect yourself when facing the threat of a drug conviction

You currently face a drug possession charge, and your stomach is in knots. You wonder how this drug charge will affect your future.

For instance, if you end up with a drug conviction in Michigan, you may end up serving time behind bars and paying a fine. And being able to claim certain jobs may be off the table. Fortunately, a few defenses may help you to protect your freedom as well as your future.

OWI/DUI: man faces charges in Michigan

A 26-year-old man is awaiting trial following an accident police believe was the result of him driving under the influence, according to local sources. The man faces OWI/DUI charges following a collision involving two Michigan police vehicles. He is currently in custody, being held against $30,000 bail. 

Michigan police report the man, who was allegedly driving a vehicle registered to his girlfriend at the time, was traveling southbound when it appeared he lost control of the SUV. Police dashboard cameras recorded the crash, which saw the SUV smash into the center median before striking two separate police cruisers that had been operating with their lights engaged. While the two officers in the vehicles sustained only minor injuries, the force of the impact totalled all three vehicles. One of the two squad cars was brand-new, and its loss constitutes a budgetary hit for the police force. 

Woman in Michigan faces OWI/DUI charges

A woman in Galesburg has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, following an alleged altercation the morning of Dec. 26. Local police arrested the Michigan woman, who has been charged with OWI/DUI as a result of the investigation. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether she has retained defense counsel at this time. 

According to the police report, the 26-year-old woman contacted officers around 1:45 a.m. When they found her, she said she had been attacked by a woman wielding pepper spray. Officers on the scene said her eyes were bloodshot, and they detected the scent of alcohol on her breath. Police began interviewing witnesses to determine exactly what happened, whereupon they were informed that the woman had arrived at a dinner party and began attacking another guest. 

Were you falsely accused of DUI?

Though you may always want to do your best when behind the wheel of a vehicle, you may find yourself driving when you are tired, distracted or maybe even after a couple of drinks. You certainly would not consider getting behind the wheel if you felt that your abilities were impaired, but some actions you take while driving could cause other individuals or police officers to become concerned about your state of being.

In some cases, if individuals believe that they have seen a drunk driver, they may alert police to the driver. This could potentially happen to you, and you may find yourself stopped by authorities. If you face charges as a result, you may feel nervous and confused about how the situation came about.

Man in Michigan charged with drug crimes

A raid conducted by police on Dec. 6 has led to the arrest of several individuals, according to local sources. Michigan police have charged three men with drug crimes in Lenawee County. One man in particular has been arraigned and is now being held by authorities against a $175,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15. 

According to the arrest record, the 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly selling drugs to undercover police officers some seven times. The subsequent raid of two locations in the area resulted in two more arrests for the production and distribution of fentanyl and heroin. Additional charges were filed for possession of weapons, crack cocaine, marijuana and money police believe are drug profits. 

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