Being convicted of a serious crime like robbery or theft comes with often unimaginable and far reaching consequences. Such a decision—typically made quickly and on-the-fly—can mean the loss of freedom, family, money and reputation. Despite any evidence the prosecution team might have against those accused of theft and property crimes, defendants have the right to a fair trial.
The defense attorney's job is to carefully review any alleged evidence, look into the behavior of the police or investigators and determine a course to reduce or eliminate the charges. The recent indictment of two individuals who allegedly engaged in robbery and breaking into several cars provides a good example of the kind of charges in need of a strong defense.
After responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a gas station in Amesbury, Massachusetts, police discovered a male and a female asleep inside a car with several items that an Amesbury police Lt. says "obviously didn't belong to them." The couple allegedly fled after giving false names but police tracked them to an apartment in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, where the two had allegedly barricaded themselves inside.
Following an eight hour stand-off with Amesbury and Hampton Falls police officers, the couple surrendered to authorities and were taken into custody. This month the two were indicted on burglary charges as well as three counts of receiving stolen property and falsifying physical evidence. The male was also indicted on charges of possessing a dangerous weapon.
Reportedly, the two defendants have also been indicted for allegedly breaking into a neighbor's home in January as well as stealing items from Wal-Mart with the intent to "return" them for a cash refund.
Source: Seacoast Online, "Couple charged in Hampton Falls standoff indicted" Patrick Cronin, Jun. 13, 2014