Governor Signs New Bill Into Law — 25 year Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Repeat Violent Offenders

The VO-4 bill was signed into law by Governor Snyder. After some of the recent events in which ex-convicts with a serious felony conviction in their past committed newer acts of “violence”, the Legislature took a break from attempting to mess with the Medical Marijuana Act to address this “problem”.

Accordingly, they enacted a law, at the request of Bill Schuette, to create a law that would create a VO-4 class of accused/defendants. These individuals would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted of a VO-4 case. Like all bills and laws passed to address a problem like this, it was done with little forethought and without regard to the inevitable and terrible injustice that will befall some people wrongly accused and others who have been reformed in the prison system 5, 10 and 15 years after being incarcerated. Like all mandatory minimum sentencing schemes, this one too, in our opinion, will miss the mark and cause more injustice than safety.

If you or a loved one is facing a serious felony offense, contact Neil Rockind at 248.208.3800.


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