Wilson Township Man Faces Several Criminal Charges Following Domestic Dispute

Recently, 51-year-old Richard France was arrested on several weapons and other charges after he attempted to shoot out the tires of a vehicle containing two passengers during a domestic assault.

According to a news report at Up North Live, France, a resident of East Jordan in Charlevoix County, used an assault rifle in the incident, which occurred on Monday, July 27. At just after 8:30 p.m. deputies were called to the area of Healey and Jaquay Roads in Wilson Township, the report involving a domestic assault according to a news release from Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider.

Officers encouraged France to surrender by communicating with him via telephone and negotiated with the suspect, however the alleged victim had escaped the residence before negotiations began. France eventually surrendered to police without incident; there were no reports of injuries.

France’s bond was set at $500,000, and an arraignment on the charges scheduled for August 4. He is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, possessing or using a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of domestic violence, and possessing a firearm while intoxicated.

The most serious charges France faces include carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, a felony that could result in five years in prison, and assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony. If found guilty of the charges, France could face a number of years behind bars. According to MCL 750.226, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent may also result in fines of as much as $2,500. A ‘dangerous weapon’ may be any firearm or pistol, a razor, dagger, or knife with a blade longer than three inches.

Regardless of the crime, it is critical anyone facing criminal charges consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney immediately. Every individual has legal rights that must be protected; you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Your lawyer will work with you in an effort to reach the best possible outcome in your situation.

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