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Michigan Sentencing Law

1. When an offender enters a guilty plea for possession of heroin, what sentence might a Michigan judge impose? Further case details:
-There was 17.2 grams of heroin seized.
-A guilty plea was entered
-The offender was cooperative.
-The offender has 1 prior misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to probation for 6 months with successful completion. This was 12 years prior to the current offense.
-He has failed several stints in treatment rehabilitation facilities for drug use.

2. The judge has asked the probation department to develop a presentence investigation report in addition to using the sentencing guidelines.
What is the purpose and functions of presentence reports? What is included in reports? Do you think they are valuable to the sentencing system?

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1. What sentence might a Michigan judge impose given these conditions:
-There was 17.2 grams of heroin seized.
-A guilty plea is entered
-The offender was cooperative.

The offender could be sentenced to up to 4 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both. The judge would most probably take into account the defendant's prior record when sentencing him, and give him approximately 2 or 3 years. The defendant's cooperation would be taken into account because the judge would accept his ability to take responsibility for his actions (All Legal ...

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This solution analyses the sentencing Law in Michigan for those charged with possession of heroin while discussing presentencing investigation reports, and their efficacy.