Recently, a group of carjackers was arrested by Detroit police. The group consisted of five individuals, four of the suspects teenagers. According to a news article at Mlive.com, the carjackers were arrested shortly after committing their second violent carjacking on Sunday. 17821516_s

Police said in a statement that a 19-year-old female driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu was carjacked at gunpoint at approximately 4:20 in the morning in the 12000 block of Northlawn. Four hours later, a second victim was carjacked at gunpoint. The 31-year-old male was driving a 2006 Ford Fusion in the 19200 block of Riverview. The second victim was robbed of $300, and fired at three times as the suspects drove away in his car.

The second victim told police the car the suspects were driving when they took his car was a white Chevy Impala, however after describing the vehicle, detectives determined it was actually the first victim’s vehicle, a white Chevy Malibu. After searching the area, police located the two stolen vehicles which they said were “driving in tandem.”

All of the suspects are residents of Detroit and include a 17-year-old female, a 19-year-old female, two 18-year-old men, and one 24-year-old man. All were arrested early Sunday afternoon in west Detroit.

In Michigan and throughout the nation, carjacking is considered a very serious and often violent crime. Michigan Penal Code Section 750.529a states that carjacking occurs when an individual’s motor vehicle is stolen using force, violence, or even threats of force or violence. Carjacking is a felony offense which will leave those convicted facing punishment including possible life in prison.

Considering the suspects in this situation took possession of the victims’ vehicles at gunpoint, they will likely face extremely harsh penalties if convicted. Anyone who is charged with or under investigation for a violent theft crime such as carjacking must consult with an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney in order to have the best chance of avoiding a conviction and loss of your freedom.

According to a CNN new article published on May 19, Adnan Syed, convicted of killing ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000, may now get a big break after the Maryland Court of Appeals agreed to send his case back to lower court. Syed’s case is covered extensively in the highly popular podcast “Serial,” a 12-episode series. 21964891_s

Raised in the podcast were questions regarding Asia McClain, a witness who gives Syed a potential alibi for the time period in which Lee disappeared. In January of 1999, Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed were both seniors at Woodlawn High School. Lee disappeared; her body was discovered several weeks later in a city forest in Baltimore County. McClain claims that at the time of the killing, Syed was with her in the library, a piece of evidence that never made it to Syed’s trial.

The “Serial” podcast dug into one of the puzzles of the case, leaving questions regarding why McClain’s account of Syed’s whereabouts never made it into the defense case. McClain claims that her efforts to provide this evidence to Syed’s attorney “fell on deaf ears.” Whether or not Syed is granted a retrial in the Baltimore City Circuit Court may hinge on McClain’s testimony and version of the events.

Syed claims Cristina Gutierrez, his attorney at trial, made several missteps that could have resulted in a different outcome for his case, including the failure to speak with McClain regarding potentially critical evidence, and disregarding his request to seek a plea deal later in his case.

Syed’s current attorney, Rabia Chaudry, said that if the circuit court reopens post-conviction proceedings, they can bring in Asia McClain so the court can determine whether Syed’s trial attorney erred by not bringing in the alibi witness. Syed is very please with the appeal court’s decision to send the case back to lower court.

Michigan criminal appeals attorneys understand that in many cases, an individual may be convicted because of ineffective counsel. Procedural errors can also result in a guilty verdict for someone who may be innocent. People make mistakes, even in the criminal justice system. Individuals who are convicted often have a “second chance” to set the facts straight or bring in critical evidence through post-conviction motions and appeals.

Anyone who has been convicted of a crime and feels that crucial evidence was excluded or mistakes made should discuss their case with an experienced post-conviction defense attorney. The appeals process is complicated; judges in appeals courts rarely overturn a conviction or send a case back to a lower court, but it does happen. However, choosing a skilled lawyer with extensive experience in the appeals process is critical to good results.

In recent weeks, authorities have made more than 35 arrests related to narcotic drugs in the Fort Scott, Kansas area and throughout Bourbon County, according to a recent news article at The Fort Scott Tribune. Over the weekend, two women were arrested by the Fort Scott Police Department, bringing the tally thus far in the investigation to 37. Agencies participating in the drug investigation include the FSPD, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and the KBI Drug Task Force. 11831842_s

The two women arrested over the weekend include 30-year-old Maria Elena Durbin and 24-year-old Brianna M. Page. Both of the women were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance by a communication facility after being taken in to custody on arrest warrants.

Prior to these most recent arrests, the KBI, BCSO, and FSPD arrested 30 individuals on May 12 and five individuals on May 13. All were charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance using a communication facility and violating Kansas Statute 21-5707(a)(1). Some of the individuals also face additional charges. Communication facility means any form of communication including telephone, pagers, computer networks, beepers, wire, radio, etc. whether private or public instruments used to transmit sounds, signals, signs, writing (such as text) pictures, or any communication.

As of Monday, May 18, the investigation was still ongoing, although FSPD Capt. Shaun West said he could not comment on the details, as more arrests are expected in the near future. Many of those previously arrested have been released on surety bonds, although two people remain in the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center, including 52-year-old Linda Marie Jones who is held on a $15,000 surety bond, and 32-year-old Avious Bernard Steadman who is held on a $16,250 surety bond.

In Kansas, possession of narcotic, opiate, or stimulant substances is a felony that can result in several years in prison, along with fines of up to $100,000. The criminal penalties for a conviction on any drug offense are harsh all over the U.S., as lawmakers continue their efforts to crack down on drug offenders and take them off the streets.

In the state of Michigan, penalties are particularly harsh for those found guilty of various drug crimes, including possession, manufacture, or distribution/delivering. In most cases, the criminal penalties a person will face depend on the type and amount of drug involved, and his/her criminal history. Factors such as whether weapons were present or if the alleged crime took place in certain areas such as close to a school, park, or home may also impact the outcome.

If you have been charged with possession of narcotic drugs, marijuana, or any illegal substance or are under investigation, contact an experienced Michigan drug crime lawyer right away. Drug crimes incur some of the harshest penalties of all crimes, and there are various legal options you may not be aware of such as drug court and diversion programs. When your freedom and future may be in jeopardy, put your case in capable hands.

On Friday, May 15, a 62-year-old man was charged with OUI after allegedly driving a Cape Cod school bus with students on board while intoxicated, according to several news reports. Everett Redmond Jr. of Brewster, driver of the bus, was hired by an outside company according to the school superintendent, who said Redmond would “never driver students from his school again.” bus-604402-m

According to the Boston Herald, a high school student who was on board the bus called her mother, claiming that Redmond was driving unsafely. She told her mother that she was getting off the bus at the next stop due to the man’s driving. The student’s mother then alerted police, who located the bus on Route 6 westbound in a Burger King parking lot. At that time, a handful of students were still on board the bus.

Redmond was given a field sobriety test by police which he apparently failed, as he was handcuffed and arrested while students inside the bus looked on. Redmond was charged with OUI, or operating under the influence. He was also charged with child endangerment. One parent made the comment “I don’t understand how they have this person driving a bus drunk in the middle of the afternoon.”

In the state of Michigan, individuals who drive on a CDL or commercial driver’s license may not operate a vehicle with a BAC of greater than 0.04%, which is half the legal limit of 0.08% that applies to other drivers. Not only will bus drivers or drivers of other commercial vehicles face criminal penalties if convicted of driving under the influence including possible jail time, fines, probation, and other punishment, they may also face suspension or revocation of their CDL license, which essentially takes away their ability to provide financial support for themselves and their families.

Every DUI matter is serious, regardless of whether you were driving your own personal vehicle when arrested or a commercial vehicle. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense that brings damaging consequences to the lives of those convicted. If you have been arrested or charged with a drunk driving offense, consult with an experienced Michigan DUI attorney immediately, so that work can begin to protect your legal rights and freedom.

On Wednesday, May 13, an armed robber stole cash from a Byron Township Citgo station located on 84th St. SW, according to a recent news article at Mlive.com. The robbery occurred at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon; police identified the suspect on Thursday, who was caught on a surveillance camera inside the Citgo. knife-2-1142077-m

The suspect, whose name was not released, was allegedly armed with a knife when he robbed the gas station. On Thursday evening, police spotted the man driving a white Dodge pickup in Grand Rapids just after 6:30 in the area of Broadway Avenue north of Leonard Street NW. The man spotted the patrol car and drove off, which resulted in a short vehicle chase before the man exited his pickup and fled on foot. According to deputies, the man jumped down a steep embankment and suffered injuries after landing on a tree. He was found a short time later hiding next to an abandoned building, and was arrested before being transported to a local hospital via AMR Ambulance.

The news report indicated the suspect is being guarded by Michigan Department of Corrections officers, and is held on a parole violation.

In the state of Michigan, armed robbery is a very serious crime. Even when the alleged offender does not possess a weapon but insinuates the presence of one, he/she can be charged with armed robbery. In this case, the suspect may have insinuated the presence of a knife, or employees at the Citgo may have actually seen the weapon. Regardless, those convicted of armed robbery will face a minimum of two years behind bars, and may be sentenced to up to life in prison. Armed robbery is a theft crime that is also considered violent in nature, because of the fear, force, or violence used against victims.

If you have been arrested for any theft or larceny offense it is vital to consult with a skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney. Action must be taken immediately to protect your legal rights and determine the best legal strategy so that your freedom and future may be protected.

Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorneys realize that nearly anyone can have his/her driver’s license suspended once or twice – but 26 times, when an individual is only 23 years old? This is exactly what seems to be the case with a South Florida man, who authorities discovered had his license suspended 26 times while running multi-agency DUI checkpoints in Miami Beach on Friday evening, May 8. miamis-sunset-960138-m

According to news reports Local10.com and Random Pixels, 23-year-old Kiarri Tommy Lee Cook was discovered to have had his license suspended more times than he is old in years after officers ran a records check on him at a DUI checkpoint. Officers said Cook is what is referred to as a habitual traffic offender, or H.T.O. In Florida, it is considered a felony to continue to drive knowing that your license has been suspended, particularly when someone repeats this behavior multiple times. Police also found marijuana in Cook’s glove compartment.

Cook claimed when interviewed by Local 10 News reporter John Turchin that he did not know his driver’s license was suspended. State records also indicate his license had been revoked for four years.

When asked by Turchin how he could not know his license was suspended all of those 26 times, Cook replied “How would you know?” He eventually claimed he was being antagonized after becoming agitated with the questioning.

Cook has been arrested in the past on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest with violence, trespassing, and most recently aggravated battery resulting in bodily harm and aggravated assault with a firearm, according to Local 10. Records indicate he has had many run-ins with the law.

Having a driver’s license suspended 26 times is certainly unusual. However, it is not unusual for an individual’s license to be suspended when he/she is arrested for DUI, a drug charge, failing to pay child support, multiple traffic tickets/infractions, and other reasons. Not having the privilege to drive can have a much greater impact on most people’s lives than they can first imagine.

If your driver’s license has been suspended, the most important step you can take in order to get back on the road legally is to work with a skilled Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer who is skilled and has a winning track record when it comes to DLAD (Driver’s License Appeal Division) hearings.

On Thursday, May 7, two owners of a small local grocery store in Keokee, Kelly’s Grocery, were arrested after a lengthy investigation revealed 49-year-old Laura Kelly and 44-year-old William Kelly were selling drugs out of the store. true-story-number-two-251-m

According to a news report at the Times News, the couple were arrested on multiple drug-related charges. Officers with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on the grocery store on Thursday, and found a stolen gun among other weapons, narcotics, and what they referred to as a “significant” amount of cash, along with a large number of tools. The article did not specify what was meant by “tools.”

Authorities were able to secure a search warrant after a year-long investigation that involved surveillance, gathering informants, and drug transactions. Gary Parsons, Lee County Sheriff, said that it was difficult to get informants in the case due to the fact that Keokee is a small community where everyone knows everyone else.

Both Laura and William Kelly were charged with possession of schedule two narcotics with intent to sell, owning or maintaining a house of nuisance involving drugs, and possession of a firearm while distributing illegal narcotics. Because the grocery store was being used to distribute drugs, Stacy Muncy, a Lee County Commonwealth attorney, made the decision to seize the store.

In Michigan, possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to deliver can result in extremely harsh criminal penalties for those convicted. Schedule II substances include cocaine, methadone, Oxycodone, methamphetamines, and other drugs. The punishment an individual faces if found guilty depends on a number of factors, including his/her criminal history, and type and amount of drug involved. For instance, possession of less than 50 grams of these substances with intent to distribute/deliver may result in fines of up to $25,000 along with up to 20 years in prison. In cases involving more than 1,000 grams, offenders may face a maximum of life in prison.

Regardless of your situation, any drug crime can leave you with a criminal record and scarred reputation, not to mention possible loss of your freedom. Work with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney who is capable of obtaining good results, and who has a proven track record for winning.

Recently, 31-year-old Jennifer Yi of Brandon, FL was arrested three times within a 6-day time period. According to a news report at WFLA.com, Yi was arrested on April 30, May 1, and again on May 5. 23294600_s

Yi would not submit to a blood alcohol test during the first two arrests, however she did take the test after being pulled over on Tuesday May 5, the last time she was arrested. Records show that Yi was first stopped on Thursday, April 30 in the area of Brandon Blvd. W. Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies arrested her and took her to jail, where she was released after posting $500 bond. The very next day (May 1), Yi was pulled over on Brandon Blvd. E. where deputies again arrested her after she refused to take a blood test, and took her to jail once more where she was released on a $500 bond.

The final arrest on May 5 resulted in Yi’s being arrested and booked into the county jail; this time she did take a blood alcohol test. Her bond was set at $100,000 for this third DUI arrest, although the results of the test were not revealed. Yi is reportedly employed by Coca Cola.

One news site claims that Yi’s third arrest was for DUI with property damage, and that she refused the BAC and urine test on the third arrest just as she did in the first two incidents. 10 News claims Yi is being held without bond on her third arrest.

Regardless of whether Yi did or did not submit to blood/urine tests on the third arrest, this is a serious situation. In the state of Michigan, a conviction for a first DUI can result in up to 93 days in jail, fines, community service, driver’s license suspension, and more. A second offense will result in harsher penalties for those convicted; a third offense is considered a felony, and leaves the offender facing serious consequences including up to five years in prison, driver’s license revocation, vehicle immobilization, substantial fines, and other sanctions. Perhaps even more serious is the impact a DUI conviction may have on a person’s reputation, career, and future.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is critical you take action immediately to avoid a conviction and the resulting negative consequences. It may be possible to have charges dismissed; a skilled Michigan DUI attorney will investigate to determine whether mistakes may have been made by police or your legal rights violated. You have legal options that must be explored in order to reach a good outcome in your case.

In July of 2012, Melvin Morse, a 61-year-old former pediatrician, was charged with endangerment and assault after the daughter of his girlfriend ran away, accusing Morse of water boarding and other abuse. He was found guilty of the charges against him in February 2014, and sentenced to three years in prison. Now Morse, who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live, is appealing his conviction according to news reports at NBC News and U.S. News & World Report. 21964891_s

At the time of the alleged water boarding incident, Morse was 58 years old. In all, Morse was convicted of felony reckless endangerment and five misdemeanors. On Wednesday, May 6 it was announced that Morse would appeal his conviction on several grounds. One issue, according to Morse’s defense attorney Joseph Hurley, was the fact that a judge in the case allowed jurors to review videotapes of statements given by the alleged victim and her younger sister during deliberations – statements that were unsworn. Hurley claims that a prosecutor in the case encouraged jurors during her closing arguments to request permission from the judge to review the tapes if jurors felt it would help them in deliberations. However, the evidence challenging statements made by the girls in the videotapes the defense had in its possession was never made available to jurors.

Hurley also argued to the three-justice panel at the Delaware Supreme Court that the judge in the case erred when he allowed jurors to consider evidence of additional “bad acts” for which his client was not charged. Ultimately, Hurley felt that jurors were inflamed and Morse unfairly prejudiced because of the cumulative evidence.

Morse denies using water boarding to experiment on the girl; his medical license was suspended following his arrest. It was previously held by the Supreme Court that recordings such as the unsworn statements made by the alleged victim and her sister should not be provided to jurors unless attorneys agree to provide jurors with the recording prior to closing trial arguments, or jurors request the videotapes on their own. In this case, it appears the prosecutor persuaded jurors to view the tapes during closing arguments.

While the criminal justice system is designed to be fair and defendants have constitutional rights, it is an unfortunate fact that the system sometimes fails, and that judges, police, prosecutors, and even jurors can make mistakes that may cost an individual his or her freedom. When someone is convicted of a crime he/she did not commit, or somehow the system fails, there is another option – appealing the conviction to a higher court. In essence, appealing gives an individual and his/her defense counsel a second chance to present the case. Although a panel of judges who sit on an appeals court rarely overturn a conviction, it does happen on occasion.

On Sunday morning, May 3, Seth Gilliam of ‘The Walking Dead’ hit AMC series was arrested in Peachtree City, GA when he was pulled over by police after driving 107 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gilliam plays Rev. Gabriel Stokes, a morally conflicted reverend, on the television show. The show is filmed in Senoia, GA according to CNN. 18677021_s

Gilliam admitted to having drank three beers and a shot after being pulled over when the officer noticed an odor of alcohol on the actor and asked if he had been drinking. A police report also indicates that the officer found a marijuana joint in the vehicle after detecting the smell of marijuana.

The actor has had recurring roles on Teen Wolf and The Good Wife; he was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, DUI, reckless driving, and speeding. Gilliam was booked into the Fayette County Jail and later released. A breath test revealed Gilliam’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was .107, slightly higher than the legal limit of .08 percent.

Michigan DUI defense attorneys know that in many cases, someone arrested for driving under the influence is also arrested for speeding or reckless driving. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs often lose their inhibitions, and take risks they would not otherwise take. However, the consequences of a DUI or reckless driving conviction are damaging, not only in terms of criminal penalties but an individual’s reputation and career as well. Either charge may result in jail time, fines, and a criminal record among other punishment. Additionally, if someone is injured or killed due to driving under the influence or reckless driving, the penalties become even more serious for those convicted and may include years behind bars.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, reckless driving – these are all serious charges which could impact your freedom, future, and reputation. If you have been arrested for drunk driving or DUI in conjunction with other charges, consult with a highly skilled Michigan DUI lawyer immediately. Your legal rights must be protected, and work must begin on your case right away in order to reach the best possible result.