The repercussions for federal offenses can include extensive time behind bars, fines and more. When a defendant is facing multiple charges, the penalties can elevate the severity of any consequences one is up against if convicted. A former Michigan police chief is facing nine different criminal charges related to various alleged drug crimes. The chief retired from her position in Hartford earlier this year.
Serious drug offenses
Of the nine different drug charges, eight of them are felony offenses. All of these charges relate to accusations that the former police chief was selling drugs. She is officially charged with embezzlement by a public official, misconduct in office, larceny in a building, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and more. She allegedly committed these offenses while she was still employed in her position as police chief.
Officials claim that the defendant used her position to extort others, as well as steal and sell drugs. The charges were filed against her after an investigation by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The Attorney General’s office is continuing the investigation into her alleged actions.
What is next?
This former Michigan police chief is facing charges of federal crimes, and if convicted, this will impact the rest of her life. She will benefit from having experienced guidance at every step of the criminal justice process. Regardless of the charges she is facing, she has the right to a presumption of innocence and to defend herself against any of the allegations brought by the prosecution.