Being charged with a crime is no jewel. However, all is not lost simply because accusations have been made. While felony charges could indeed carry significant penalties -- for instance, jail time, probation, community service and fines -- a person who has been charged with a crime should never lose hope. This remains true for two young men from Charlotte who are facing several felony charges in connection with recent incidents that may or may not involve them.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested the two men, accusing them of having connections to three theft occurrences. The theft incidents allegedly occurred on April 20 and involved several automobiles. The young men, ages 20 and 22, have each been charged with one felony count of larceny of a firearm, three felony counts of breaking and entering, as well as several misdemeanors.
Authorities claim the two men stole from three separate vehicles. The vehicles were located in the 5600 block of Westpark Drive, 9000 block of Kimmel Lane and 6900 block of Northlake Mall Drive. Police say the handgun theft took place during the Westpark Drive incident.
Of necessity, it would do these two men well to sort through all the facts and evidence regarding the allegations against them. No one is guilty until he or she is proven to be, and prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt under North Carolina law. That is not an insignificant task.
Moreover, a close look at the circumstances of an arrest can reveal shoddy police work that leads to a reduction or dismissal of charges. With a solid, airtight criminal defense, the two men in this case may be able to contest the allegations with a view toward obtaining an outright dismissal or a reduction of the criminal allegations.
Source: The Charlotte Observer, "Two men charged in vehicle break-ins," Elisabeth Arriero, April 23, 2012