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Sexual Harassment at Work: Charges, Penalties & Defense

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Is sexual harassment in the workplace a crime?

Fox News host, Eric Bolling, got a double whammy in August 2017. First, he was suspended from his job for allegedly sending texts of male genitalia to three female colleagues.

Then, a regular guest on the show, Occidental College associate professor Caroline Heldman, posted on Facebook that she’d been the victim of his sexually charged references on the air.
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Posted in Criminal Sexual Conduct

Should there be a Death Penalty for the Mentally Ill?

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For William Morva, 35, on July 6th, 2017, the law had the final word.

It didn’t care that Morva had thought his life was in danger in 2006. Or that he’d been allegedly held and tortured for weeks when he killed a security guard and police deputy in an attempt to escape.

It didn’t matter to the law that his mental illness made him believe his delusions.
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Posted in Criminal Law, Murder, News

Cyberbullying and Suicide: Who Is Responsible?

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Twelve-year-old Mallory Grossman of New Jersey committed suicide in June. Her mother, Diane, who is using the law to try to get to the root of this growing problem, blames the bullying Mallory experienced in person and online for her daughter’s untimely death.
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Posted in Felony Charges, Misdemeanor Charges

Caught With a Fake ID in Michigan? What You Need To Know

Caught With a Fake ID?

It used to be that in order to get a fake ID you had to know a guy who knew a guy. To get a convincing one, it took a high level of skill. These days, with photo editing software at the fingertips of any iPhone wielding teen, creating a fake ID has never been easier.

Consequently, many states are punishing possession of false identification documents more severely than ever. In many states, it’s a felony.
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Posted in Felony Charges, Misdemeanor Charges

Repeat Sex Offenses: Definition and Penalties

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Repeat sex offenses have serious consequences both to the victims and the accused. Let’s take a close look at a case that made headlines in July 2017.

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Posted in Criminal Sexual Conduct

Legalizing Marijuana in Michigan: Next Strategic Steps

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Is legalizing marijuana a reality for Michigan?

Now that eight states, including Washington D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has started to take action for the State of Michigan.
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Posted in Marijuana Legalization, News

Illegal Concealed Weapons in Michigan – Criminal Defense Attorney

Illegal concealed weapons in Michigan

What are the consequences for carrying illegal concealed weapons in Michigan? Could a technicality land someone in prison? Let’s take a look at a case that made headlines in 2017.
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Posted in Misdemeanor Charges, News

Sex Addiction and Criminal Charges: What You Need To Know

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How common is sex addiction and the related charges?

The saga continues for Dr. Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University sports doctor. He has been accused of sexually abusing more than 100 former patients through MSU’s sports programs and as sports injury doctor working with USA Gymnastics – the national women’s gymnastics organization.
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Posted in Criminal Sexual Conduct, Federal Charges

Polygraph Test: Inaccurate and Easy to Beat?

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Doug Williams, a licensed polygraph test examiner, is in federal prison right now. He started out his career as a cop and eventually studied to be a polygraph examiner. In the course of his work with polygraph tests, he started to notice the unsettling occurrence of innocent people being found “guilty” of lying by this machine.
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Posted in Federal Charges

False Rape Accusations: How Common Are They?

False rape accusations

The possibility of being falsely accused of rape is a fear many men might share, whether justifiable or not.
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Posted in Rape