With students heading back to school, many are concerned about the recent Ann Arbor assaults reported around the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. The latest assault occurred just yesterday, when a female student reported to a police officer that a man grabbed her arm while walking south on Thompson Street, near West Quad. The woman was unharmed, and provided a description of a man different than that of the men described in the earlier July assaults.
This past July, Ann Arbor news reported six women were sexually assaulted in the college town and two were raped. News reports describing the sexual assaults contained varying descriptions of the attacker, leading police to think that more than one man may be involved.
Thus far this recent crime is categorized as unrelated to the other six recent attacks on women in Ann Arbor. The increased incidence of attacks has put this college town on edge as students are returning to campus.
Often, when there’s a heightened alert concerning a crime such as an assault or battery, there is an increased effort by both the public and law enforcement to catch the alleged perpetrator. Unfortunately in some cases this may lead to wrongful charges being filed. It is important to contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney immediately to begin investigating any criminal charges and begin preparing your defense to avoid wrongful charges.
Michigan assault crimes can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, and many times, those charged with assault or battery may face penalty enhancements. Penalty enhancements may arise from a variety of situations – such as if a weapon was involved in the assault – and if so, what kind – or if the assault was related to gang violence. By investigating all the factors surrounding an incident, an aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer can provide the most effective criminal defense in any Michigan county court house.
In addition to the increased concern about safety returning students may feel, tension also is high for the innocent who may be wrongfully accused – charged for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. With so much pressure to find the perpetrator, you may be more likely to be charged with a crime by an overzealous prosecutor or police officer. If you have been charged with sexual assault, rape or battery, it’s imperative to contact a Michigan sex crimes defense attorney at once in order to ensure your rights and your future are protected.
As a result of these attacks officials at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor police have stepped up their visibility. In addition to having an increased presence law enforcement has issued warnings to women such as always walk with someone else, avoid going out late if possible and consider carrying mace.
Students and parents have also been notified of the attacks via email in order to increase the feeling of safety on the campus.
As a Michigan criminal defense attorney I am hopeful that the attacks will be end soon and safety will be restored. For more information or if you have been charged with any Michigan criminal offense, contact the aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates, P.C. for immediate attention.