If you’re trying to find out how to beat a burglary charge, you’ve likely fallen on hard times. Although many would not like to admit it, there are countless Americans being buried by their financial requirements. Some of us have been lucky enough to do well while others are hindered by a variety of close calls and let downs, but when times get tough the tough get going. Unfortunately, it is not always to the best of places. When people are under a lot of stress, they can make decisions that are out of character to try and do what is best for themselves or their families.
There are plenty of cases in which the defendant is innocent, but there are numerous others in which he or she is guilty. Depending upon the circumstances, there may be numerous opportunities to expose flaws in a prosecutor’s case, allowing defendants to showcase facts that help convince a judge or jury of their innocence.
Whatever your situation is, I highly recommend that you seek out the services of a burglary defense attorney that you trust to help get you on the right track. Although the following information could come in handy down the road, trying to implement any of it should only be attempted by a skilled attorney that is licensed in your state.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Imagine you are on an island. There are only three people on the island and one of them is you. One day, the two other islanders come running up to you saying that the other stole his toothbrush. One says that the other stole it and kept it. The other says it was stolen from him, but that he took it back.
Who are you going to believe? Although one of them must be lying, they both have used the fact that one of them is currently in possession of that toothbrush as proof that they are telling the truth.
My point is that the truth may tell a hundred different stories and versions of a single event. It is the responsibility of the prosecution and the defense to use the truth to help prove their side of the story.
Many defendants make the mistake of lying to their attorney about what happened. Although they may think that this is in their best interest, more often than not they are wrong. This is because lies often provide opportunities for the prosecution to use the facts against you.
If reliable evidence proves that your story is false, even the smallest part of it, a judge or jury are far more likely to no longer believe anything that you have to say. In addition, your new image as a liar could drastically alter their perception of you as a good person. If either happen, it will be much more difficult for you to avoid a conviction.
Creating a Defense Strategy to Beat Your Burglary Charge
Once you tell your burglary defense attorney what happened, putting together a defense strategy should quickly follow. If you’ve selected a good one, they will have experience assisting several other people who have been in situations similar to your own, which will help substantially during this process. The following is an example from a real case that I recently won.
Frank called my office one day after he had been charged and arrested for residential burglary and attempted residential burglary, both of which are felonies in the state of California. Had he been convicted of these crimes, he would have probably served several years in prison and be ordered to pay a lot of money in fines.
When he told me his story he was very concerned. He said that two homes had been burglarized in Orange County, California that were within one mile from each other. He had been arrested at the second home with a bag that contained stolen items from the first home. When he was arrested, he admitted to his arresting officers that the contents of the bag were his.
Despite the amount of evidence against him, Frank and I developed a defense strategy to help show that he was innocent. We showcased the facts and helped convince the jury that he only confessed to owning the items because he wanted to keep his friend out of trouble.
In the end, Frank was found not guilty of both burglary charges and guilty of possessing stolen property. He was immediately released and granted probation for his offense.
Frank and I were successful because we used the facts to help prove Frank’s story. If your story is true, but the facts do not support it, you are going to have to consider other options.
Hire The Best
When your freedom is on the line, you shouldn’t have to settle for a second-rate attorney. Whether you’ve been caught with burglary tools or were found burglarizing, call (888) 250-2865 today to obtain a free confidential case evaluation from a Law Offices of Randy Collins lawyer. Our attorneys have years of experience helping defendants learn how to beat their burglary charge throughout Southern California and will do our best to assist you as well.