Banks Was Not Arrested, Says His Attorney

 In the May 23 newspaper, it was reported that Charles ‘Chuck’ Banks of Coldwater was arrested on felony marijuana charges and released on a criminal summons. His attorney,

Robert Ramshur, said his client was not arrested.

“The newspaper printed information that was given to us by Sheriff Dean Finch,” said General Manager Kim Combs. “We never question information given to us by arresting

agencies.”

Ramshur said that the information was incorrect.

“He was not arrested,” Ramhur stated. “Mr. Banks appeared voluntarily on a summons, much like one would for a traffic ticket. He was not arrested. Therefore, he was not required to post a bond.”

Ramshur said that as part of the court process, Banks was required to be booked, which included being fingerprinted and having a mug shot taken.

A person does not have to be arrested to be charged with a crime. The prosecutor can issue a criminal summons to appear in court for arraignment after determining there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. Banks’ preliminary hearing is slated for July 17.

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