Two local bounty hunters recently pled guilty for crimes relating to the apprehension of a suspect at a school. According to reports, the bounty hunters were hired by a bail bondsmen in Upper Marlboro to apprehend a suspect who failed to appear in court for a drug charge. The bounty hunters got into a chase with the suspect which ultimately led to Quince Orchard High School.
Once there, one of the bounty hunters pulled out and pointed what looked like a gun. School security notified police and authorities soon caught up with the bounty hunters. While the weapons in their possession were only a pellet gun and a taser, they were still technically guilty of an obvious crime. Still, given the unique circumstances surrounding the charges, the men's criminal defense was not so clear-cut.
After all, the prosecutors who charged the bounty hunters freely admitted that the men are an important part of the criminal justice system. Without their help, suspected criminals may never face the charges of which they are accused. Despite their value in helping authorities put criminals behind bars, prosecutors could not overlook the fact that these men raised a weapon in a school zone.
While this fact did seal their fate, it did not fully prevent them from raising other issues in a plea negotiation. The two men both received suspended sentences and probation. These penalties, though significant, were not near the maximum terms such a crime could have warranted.
Local defense attorneys know how to make this process work for others accused of crimes as well. Experienced attorneys can leverage every fact that runs against the culpability prosecutors are alleging. This can often make the difference between a favorable plea deal and a maximum sentence.
Source: Gazette.Net, "Bounty hunters plead guilty to bringing weapons to Quince Orchard High," Krista Brick, Aug. 30, 2013