Multiple charges are not uncommon. When police arrest a suspect, prosecutors will file charges against the accused for all crimes to which they are linked. As a result, it is not uncommon to seek five, ten, even twenty, charges in a single prosecution. A recent case, however, takes the cake.
Two Maryland men have been charged with 247 counts each after authorities connected them to 88 thefts and burglaries in vacation areas. One man was arrested in another state while the second was arrested in Maryland and extradited across borders. Meanwhile, the suspect's criminal defense will need to wade through the stack of allegations.
According to reports, the men targeted vacant vacation homes and stole various televisions and other electronics. Now, they are left to answer for just about every theft which has recently occurred in the area.
The numerous charges could potentially be compounded and result in a very long jail sentence. Prosecutors often employ this strategy to impose greater penalties. Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys, fortunately, know how to combat this strategy and lessen jail time.
These experts can enter into plea negotiations and get many of the charges dropped. No matter the circumstances, local criminal defense attorneys can use the facts to support a lesser award. In this case for example, the absence of violence could be relevant to a lesser award. In other cases, the absence of a criminal past could also be helpful to the accused.
Without the help of an experienced defense attorney, though, these factors could be ignored and fail to help the accused lessen their terms.
Source: Cape Gazette, "Maryland men charged in Sussex burglaries," February 3, 2014