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Michigan assault charges might warrant criminal defense

A recent incident occurred on a Michigan street when a young man was reportedly walking down the road, alone.  Police reportedly viewed film on a cell phone that was allegedly captured on video while an apparent assault was taking place. The incident took place shortly after 10 p.m. on a night in July 2015. Criminal defense attorneys sometimes act as legal advocates for those involved in similar cases.

According to investigators, those charged can been seen in the cell phone video punching and kicking the pedestrian. A police sergeant also stated that laughter can be heard on the video while the assault is taking place. The alleged victim of the attack is a white male, age 18. Four black juveniles and a 17 year old, also black, are being sought in light of charges that have been approved to be filed.

Authorities say that, at this time, they have not identified a motive for the alleged assault. The sergeant involved stated that they are continuing to investigate the evidence for possible signs of racial intimidation or a hate crime. At this time, the prosecutor's office has authorized charges of intents to do great bodily harm less than murder.

In the state of Michigan, such charges carry  potential maximum penalties of  $5,000 in fines and 10 years in prison, per conviction. It would be logical to assume that a person charged with or arrested for similar offenses would want to act under the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer as he or she faces those charges in court. In all situations, a person is presumed innocent unless proved otherwise by a judge or jury.

Source:, "Grand Rapids cops arrest 5 suspects in video assault", Sarah Sell, Aug. 7, 2015

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