We're thankful for a hand on a couple of fronts. One, Attorney Shon Cook of Whitehall and her staff for being a sponsor of the work we do on the Muskegon Channel, Positively Muskegon and Channel 96 Muskegon and 2, the fact that they are willing to go above and beyond for us as well as our viewers when it come to their areas of expertise, the law! While things are certainly not what they were when we first came in to the times we are living in now, not everything is easy and no matter the circumstances, the average person doesn't have any idea of the in's and out's of the legal system and it takes highly qualified professionals like Shon and her staff to help.
Eric Stevens is an Attorney in Shon's office. Eric specializes in criminal defense for his clients. Yes, in the time of COVID, people are still dealing with the criminal justice system, and the criminal justice system is still working to keep offenders off the streets and the public safe. Those charged with a criminal offense still have rights. Misdemeanor or felony, our justice system is set up to presume innocence until proven guilty and from the time of an arrest until the process can begin, there are certain things anyone is guaranteed, and yes adaptation has had to come into play even in the criminal justice system.
Over the next few weeks, Eric is going to be joining us to explain some of the process and how they are working right now. We're going to begin this week with an overview of the current state of the criminal courts for both felony and misdemeanor cases. What defines a misdemeanor or felony? How are the process being fulfilled? What kind of things are we seeing when it comes to safety in jails? Bonds? There is a lot of information to cover over the next few weeks, so please, meet Eric and learn a little more. Here's the first conversation.