EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS)- An attorney representing Cindy Gamrat spoke to 6 News in an exclusive interview.
Friday, Attorney General Bill Schuette filed felony charges against former state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
Courser was charged with for four felonies, including one count of perjury, and three counts of misconduct in office. This includes sending a false email and asking staffers to forge his signature on proposed legislation.
The perjury charge holds up to 15 years in prison, and five years in prison per each misconduct charged.
Meanwhile, Cindy Gamrat faces two felony charges of misconduct in office, including lying to the House business office, those charges carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Attorney Josh Covert of the Nichols Law Firm in East Lansing, tells 6 News their team was surprised by the charges filed but the they’re ready to defend.
“We think the Attorney General’s office is underestimating Gamrat’s willingness to defend herself and fight these charges” Covert said.
Covert points out that just because charges are filed, doesn’t mean Gamrat will be convicted.
“Everyone has the right to defend themselves and for their case to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court, including someone in power like Ms. Gamrat.” Covert said.
According to Covert the next steps include arraignment and a preliminary hearing.
“Preliminary exam they will have to show there’s probable cause, that a crime was committed and probable cause that Ms. Gamrat committed the crime” Covert said.
The date of the preliminary exam has yet to be announced.
According to Covert the court case itself could take anywhere from a few months to three years to resolve.