I am not a MI lawyer, but I know of no state in which the victim's status as a veteran is a sentence enhancer. But you need to get yourself a lawyer immediately.
This post is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney client relationship with Mr. Cassara.
I am not aware of any state code that uses a person's military status as a sentence enhancer, but you need to contact a local attorney at your soonest opportunity. I would also caution you against publicly announcing information (even though this is "anonymous") which could otherwise be seen as admitting to guilt.
No, the fact that the victim is a veteran will not increase the charges or penalties. However, some judges may sentence more harshly because of that status or it could effect plea negotiations with the prosecutor. Regardless, you need a really good, experienced criminal defense attorney representing you.
I do nothing in my practice besides defend those accused of Assault and Domestic Assault crimes. The fact that she is a veteran is very, very unlikely to make any impact. The prosecutor will authorize whatever Assault charges they think they can prove, and they'll bee looking exclusively at the evidence and the standard jury instruction for whatever you are charged with. No part of that deals with veteran status. On my website (link attached), I've basically written about every topic under the sun concerning Assault cases.
- Brian J. Prain, Michigan Assault Criminal Defense Lawyer
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