Drivers busted going 100 mph-plus on I-72 part of Illinois ‘trend,’ state police say
Unlike many speeding offenses, those going 35 mph or more over the speed limit can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is just a notch below a felony. In addition to fines, conviction could mean up to a year in jail.chicagotribune.com
Former Michigan Senate member sentenced to probation for 2015 incident
DETROIT – Former Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith plead guilty to malicious destruction of property and reckless discharge of a firearm on Wednesday. Smith was charged in 2015 in connection to a shooting incident that involved his ex-wife. READ: Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor chargesSmith has been back and forth in court over the last few years, even serving jail time. “The incident happened that evening following a text message from Ms. Thomas. Ms. Thomas was the one who initiated.
Michigan ‘Clean Slate’ plan could take years to implement
The bipartisan Clean Slate Package will automatically expunge some marijuana convictions, minor crimes and nonviolent felonies. Gilchrist joined Whitmer when she signed the Clean Slate package. “We made an estimate that it’s going to cost about $23-25 million to implement the Clean Slate automated expungement system," Gilchrist said. Whitmer on Monday alongside a number of House bills designed to automate the criminal record expungement process and expand eligibility criteria. More: New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
New law to erase eligible marijuana convictions in Michigan
Some Michigan residents who have been convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offense are now eligible to have that conviction set aside. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a series of bills into law on Monday expanding eligibility requirements for criminal record expungement -- including for those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Marijuana offenses are eligible for expungement if they would not be considered illegal if committed after December 6, 2018, when recreational marijuana use became legal for adults in the state of Michigan. In 2018, Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana by an 11-point margin. More: New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
New ‘Clean Slate’ laws to automate criminal record expungement process, expand eligibility criteria in Michigan
Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents may be eligible to have their criminal record expunged under new laws, according to the state. How it worksMichigan residents who have committed certain crimes can file an application to have their criminal record expunged. Instead of waiting for automatic expungement, individuals seeking to have a serious misdemeanor or felony conviction set aside can submit an application after five years. Individuals seeking to have more than one felony conviction set aside can submit an application after seven years. Individuals cannot have more than two felony convictions or four misdemeanor convictions set aside during their lifetime.
Former Michigan Senate member pleads guilty to felony, misdemeanor charges
DETROIT – The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith Jr. pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor charge. According to authorities, Smith pleaded guilty to the felony charge of malicious destruction of property over $20,000 or more, and the misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Smith accused Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy of vindictive prosecution in 2019 after an earlier guilty plea was changed. RELATED: Former Michigan state Sen. Virgil Smith speaks about moment his political career fell apartIn 2016, Thomas testified that she went to Smith’s home on Wexford Street and she found another woman naked in the bed. The other charges Smith was arraigned on -- felonious assault, domestic violence assault and battery and felony firearm -- were dismissed as a part of the plea.
Waterford Township man charged after impersonating police officer
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Waterford Township man has been charged after impersonating a police officer in Oakland County. Charles Molina, 22, was arrested after an Oakland County Sheriffs Deputy encountered the man and his vehicle equipped to impersonate a police vehicle on Tuesday. Charles Molina, 22, of Waterford Township is accused of impersonating a police officer after Oakland County deputies discovered him driving a vehicle equipped to impersonate a police vehicle on July 21, 2020. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office)Charles Molina, 22, of Waterford Township is accused of impersonating a police officer after Oakland County deputies discovered him driving a vehicle equipped to impersonate a police vehicle on July 21, 2020. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office)MORE: Local News
Detroit animal shelter offers $500 reward for help to identify, arrest person wanted for abandoning dog on side of road
DEARBORN, Mich. – Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a person that abandoned a dog on the side of the road. FAMD says a 60-pound dog was abandoned and crammed into a small cage on the side of the road on around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The dog was taken to FAMD in Dearborn after someone who noticed the dog pulled over and called the police. Officials say the dog is friendly and in otherwise good condition. Officials say abandonment of a pet is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.