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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. 

Eyewitness accounts don't have to seal your fate

Having authorities accuse you of a crime is a terrifying prospect. You may listen as investigators and prosecuting attorneys describe the evidence they believe they have against you. Perhaps most of it is circumstantial, and they need that one, clear element to tie it all together.

Then they tell you someone has come forward as a witness. This person claims to have seen you perpetrating the crime and can identify you in a lineup or from photographs police presented. If the prosecution has warned you to accept a plea deal because they have an eyewitness to testify against you, you may want to consider some of the science behind witness testimony first.

Michigan woman faces OWI/DUI charges

A two-car accident on Nov. 22 led to the arrest of a 29-year-old woman, according to local police. Michigan authorities arrested her on suspicion of OWI/DUI, for which she now faces charges. She is currently being held at a county jail awaiting trial, though no trial date has been publicly announced at this time. 

According to the accident report, the woman was exiting out of a parking lot on M28's south side, when she failed to yield to an eastbound SUV. The woman's vehicle struck the SUV on the driver's side with enough force to flip the other vehicle onto its side. The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old woman, and an unknown passenger were both taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that appear to have been minor. 

A robbery charge doesn't have to rob you of your future

If authorities have accused you of robbery, your future may understandably flash before your eyes. You may see your reputation tarnished for years to come, along with the loss of the freedom you so strongly value.

However, even though you may face a robbery charge in Michigan, you have the right to defend yourself aggressively. Several defenses exist in a criminal case involving a property crime such as robbery.

Man in Michigan faces ninth OWI/DUI charge

A man arrested on Nov. 1 is believed to have been drunk behind the wheel, according to local law enforcement in Macomb County. Michigan authorities arrested the 49-year-old man and charged him with OWI/DUI - the ninth time he will face such charges. He was due back in a district court on Nov. 14 for a probable cause conference after being arraigned on Nov. 6. 

According to reports provided by police, the man was found in his vehicle around 1 a.m. after the vehicle allegedly struck a mailbox before running into the guard wires of an energy pole which caused the pole to snap. Police say they found the man inside the vehicle, which was resting against the wires. He initially refused a breath test, so officers obtained a warrant for a blood sample. The man was arrested on the scene.

Cyberbullying is not a harmless offense

In a world where a lot of things are done online, including general communication, you have to watch your online etiquette. Unfortunately, some people tend to think that they can say or do whatever they want, simply due to the fact they are typing on a keyboard rather than confronting people in person. This has created a massive cyberbullying problem, and law enforcement authorities in Michigan and elsewhere have taken note.

Cyberbullying is not a harmless offense. It hurts people and can cause victims to make decisions in or with their lives that they otherwise would not.

Man facing charges for drug crimes in Michigan

A hearing for a man facing multiple felony charges took a turn for the bizarre when the man apparently insulted the presiding court justice, according to court sources. The Michigan man, who had been previously arrested and charged with a variety of drug crimes, chose to represent himself in court. His actions took the court by surprise, but so far the judge has not ruled on the case.

According to the unusual record, the 50-year-old Bay City man was previously arrested for selling allegedly "medical" marijuana out of his home to several undercover officers in an arranged sting operation. He faces 16 felony charges, which he has chosen to fight in court as his own representation. During the bizarre court appearance, the man reportedly called the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act "self-contradictory" and referred to the judge as a criminal for allegedly denying his right to represent himself.

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