Felony charges are no laughing matter. A person charged with a felony could be facing serious penalties that include substantial jail time. Because of the potentially harsh sentencing that can come with a felony conviction, those facing felony charges should understand the options they have in this situation.
Recently, an elderly man was arrested in Gaithersburg and charged with a felony. Police believe he is the person responsible for two home burglaries in Montgomery County. Both occurred in February. For some reason, the 63-year-old man's name became connected to the burglaries. Now, he is facing two charges: felony theft and misdemeanor theft.
As of the latest news report, police officers in Gaithersburg were still investigating the details that connected the man to the crimes. They are also looking into whether this man could be connected to other theft crimes in the area.
When it comes to building a defense strategy for felony charges like the one this man is facing, answers can often lie in the details. As this news story told us, police are not even sure that their own information that linked this man to the crimes is correct. If police are unsure about their evidence, it can indicate that there are weaknesses in their case.
Fortunately, criminal defense attorneys know that a thorough investigation of the evidence against an individual can reveal holes in the prosecution's case. If their case is not solid, prosecutors will have a difficult time proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a person committed a crime. This can open up options for a defendant that may lead to a favorable outcome.
Source: The Gazette, "Gaithersburg police arrest home burglary suspect," Sylvia Carignan, May 9, 2013