In difficult financial times, some people find themselves doing things they might not do otherwise in order to make ends meet. Wouldn't you if it meant being able to provide for your family? However, sometimes the wrong choice can have serious consequences.
Three Anne Arundel County residents are facing charges after being arrested for stealing baby formula from grocery stores. On Sunday, the three individuals were pulled over by police for a traffic violation of some sort. After the officer spotted the baby formula in the car, he arrested all three individuals. Now, they are each facing charges of theft, theft scheme and conspiracy to commit theft.
Although selling stolen baby formula on the black market is not uncommon, police certainly do not take such incidents lightly. These individuals could be facing serious consequences if found guilty, including jail time and fines. While the threat of these life-changing penalties can be scary, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
Did police have reason to search a vehicle? Was the traffic stop that led to the arrests legal? Were the arrested individuals read their rights? These are just a few of the questions anyone facing criminal charges should ask when building a criminal defense. With the help of an attorney who knows where to look for holes in the prosecutor's case, a defendant can work to build a strong case against the charges. Understanding the law surrounding your particular case is one of the best ways to protect your freedom.
Source: Carroll County Times, "Three charged with theft of baby formula from Westminster stores," June 3, 2013