For reasons often unknown, many people choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after imbibing alcoholic beverages. While Michigan and every other state has a legal limit of blood alcohol content allowed for a person to operate a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol, those who drive in excess of that limit may be charged with a crime. Additional crimes may be charged when an accident has occurred. Merely being accused of drunk driving, however, is not proof of anything and does not mean that a person will be convicted.
The Attorney General in a state outside Michigan recently announced charges against a 55-year-old nurse practitioner in that state. She is accused of white collar crimes involving Medicaid fraud. If convicted, the woman may face up to 15 years in prison and incur substantial monetary fines of up to $150,000.
In 2008 Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, which allows qualifying patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana. Under the law, registered patients and caregivers may also cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility or outdoors in a place that isn't visible to an adjacent property owner.
Some Michigan residents sometimes find themselves accused of illicit activities that result in criminal charges against them. Allegations of white collar crimes appear to be on the increase, perhaps due to the advances of technology in the modern world. Acts of Internet fraud, identity theft and other similar offenses tend to be prosecuted very aggressively. A person facing such charges may need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to pursue a positive outcome in court.