We have all had experiences where we have lost our temper. We feel strong emotions of anger, even rage and, hopefully, we are able to find ways to cool down or find another outlet to express our feelings.
What happens, when losing full control of your emotions ends you up behind bars and facing legal issues? When passions flare, people end up committing actions they later regret.
Theodore Joseph Kohlman’s Story
That is exactly what happened to 17-year-old, Theodore Joseph Kohlman from Howell High School in Howell, Michigan. He felt like his world was falling apart around him, and did not commit merely inappropriate, but illegal actions.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Kohlman was arrested at gunpoint and taken into custody. The Free Press reported that he had physically assaulted his girlfriend at school. After he assaulted her, he got into his Ford pickup truck and used it to ram the girl’s car in the parking lot. He also damaged two other cars.
When the police were on the scene he was reported stating, “shoot me, shoot me” and showing “aggressive behavior.” He had jumped out of his truck which was still in drive and hit a police car creating minor damages.
Facing the Legal Consequences of Losing Control
No matter what caused this outburst, Kohlman lost control and committed illegal offenses that now have him behind bars. Despite remorse and intention, Kohlman will still have to face the legal consequences to his actions.
Kohlman was sentenced to 44 days in Livingston Country Jail for third-degree fleeing, domestic violence, and assault and battery. He is also charged with two counts of resisting police and three counts of malicious destruction of property. He will have electric monitoring for 90 days after jail time, and have to pay more than $13,000 in restitution. Kohlman also had to go for a psychological evaluation.
A Remorseful Heart
The emotional state of our clients is an issue that comes up often. Well intended individuals act in aggressive behavior and commit actions they never wanted to in the first place. This causes them to be extremely remorseful after the incident.
Kohlman’s punishment could have been a lot more severe. Having a remorseful heart and evidence of change in a person’s life can go a long way. According the Detroit Free Press, Kohlman stated, “I am sorry for everything I’ve done.”
In addition, it states that both Kohlman and his parents are “appalled by his behavior.” Thankfully for Kohlman, he will have no record if he can complete his probation conditions. This is due to the State of Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) .
Seek Legal Help
Are you or a loved one in a similar situation as Kohlman? Have you acted in a way that is not connected with your character; who you are? It is our goal at the David J. Kramer Law Firm, PLLC to help our clients not to have to serve any unjust sentence.
We understand that people make mistakes and can learn from those mistakes. You are not alone. There is a lot that we can do to help you. Call us today.
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