When a person is accused of committing a serious offense, they will likely be charged with what is called a felony crime. A felony crime carries severe penalties including, but not limited to, jail time, fines, court fees, and more. When an individual is charged with several serious crimes, they might be charged with more than one felony which will only result in more penalties being imposed. As serious as a felony is, there is always the potential for the charge to be reduced or dismissed when an individual has a good Lansing, MI criminal defense attorney representing them.

A woman in Lansing, Michigan is facing three felony charges after she allegedly drove while intoxicated and struck two pedestrians. Both suffered injuries as a result of the accident and had to be transported to an area hospital. Cerise Ani Coats-Merchant, 22, was arrested and later released on a personal bond after she allegedly hit a 21-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man near the intersection of Starlight Lane and South Waverly Road. Police believe there were gunshots fired in the area where the accident occurred, some of which hit Coats-Merchant’s vehicle.

Police also say those who were at the scene did not want to discuss the shooting. The 22-year-old has been charged with driving while intoxicated causing serious injury and two counts of felonious assault. The source says she has a court date set for August 20th.


Were you or a relative charged with a felony crime in Ingham County, Michigan?


If you’ve been charged with a felony crime in Lansing or a neighboring city and are looking for a MI criminal defense attorney to fight your charges, the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. is here to help you. An experienced criminal defense attorney will not only help you understand your charges, but they can work with the prosecutor so that a fair plea agreement is reached which means your charges will likely be reduced. In the event you are innocent and do not wish to accept a plea agreement, a lawyer can then help prepare your case for trial.

If you haven’t spoken with an Ingham County, MI criminal defense lawyer regarding the charges that have been filed against you a family member, contact the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. now at 517-487-6603. Depending on the crime you have been charged with, a felony could result in a person having to serve a sentence of up to life in prison. If you are looking to get your charges dropped or reduced to a lesser degree, you need to contact the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. now.


You can reach the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. at:


1223 Turner Street, #333

Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: 517-487-6603

Website: www.stushafer.com

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