Columbia, South Carolina police, are searching for individuals they claim are responsible for two ATM burglaries. In addition to the ATM money that was taken, the thieves allegedly stole lottery tickets, cigarettes, guns and other items from the convenience stores where the ATMs were located.
Property crimes and thefts like these are common crimes that can be punishable as a felony. Felonies carry strict penalties, including large fines and prison sentences. They can forever mark one's record, making it difficult later to get a job or credit. So when someone is charged with a felony such as burglary, a lot is at stake.
The foundation of a felony conviction is evidence. Without adequate evidence, a prosecutor is either going to fail to get a conviction or plead with the accused for a lesser penalty. A felony defense, therefore, must focus on the evidence.
In situations like Columbia's ATM case, the prosecution will will usually rely heavily on items such as surveillance footage, eyewitness accounts and forensic evidence like fingerprints. This type of evidence is open to challenges in court. Eyewitnesses may not have gotten a good enough look at a perpetrator, surveillance footage can be grainy and inconclusive, and fingerprint evidence can establish that someone was at a certain place but not necessarily at the time of the crime.
When crimes occur, victims and police seeking immediate justice can be quick to point the finger. Charges are often filed hastily with inadequate proof. A strong legal defense will force prosecutors to prove their charges beyond a reasonable doubt and ensure that only the guilty are punished.
Source: The State, "Columbia police seek ATM burglars," Tim Flach, April 16, 2012Tags: Theft and Property Crimes, criminal defenseComments: Leave a commentNo CommentsLeave a commentComment InformationNamePlease enter your name.E-mail AddressPlease enter a valid e-mail address.WebsiteCommentCategoriesCriminal DefenseDrunk DrivingMisdemeanorsTheft And Property CrimesWhite Collar CrimesArchivesJuly 2012June 2012May 2012April 2012March 2012February 2012January 2012December 2011November 2011October 2011September 2011August 2011Complete Archives Recent Posts West Florence High vandalism could carry serious penalties Florence County man faces felony DUI charges Two South Carolina men charged in separate burglaries Two arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder Popular Topicsarrestedconvictioncriminal allegationscriminal chargescriminal defenseCriminal defenseCriminal Defensedefensedrug arrestsdrug chargesDrunk drivingdrunk drivingDUIdui chargesfield sobriety testsmisdemeanormisdemeanorsSouth Carolinasouth carolinatheftBlogroll Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney Blog Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Blog Texas Drug Charge Attorney Blog
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