A Montgomery County man has been charged with several criminal counts after he allegedly shattered a window to break into a home last month. The incident happened after midnight on a recent Sunday morning. A woman in the residence received a cut on her hand during the incident. Authorities reported that in addition to a theft crime, the defendant was charged with assault, public drunkenness, loitering and criminal mischief.
Theft crimes, such as burglary or possession of stolen property, can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of the property and the circumstances surrounding the offense. In either case, a criminal defense attorney can work with an accused person to possibly reduce the charges and, in some cases, have them dismissed.
A lawyer can review the police reports, find out the background and social history of the client and talk to other involved parties in the case. By obtaining as much information as possible about the alleged crime, the attorney will be better able to present his arguments to the court.
Aside from the possible consequences of jail or prison, court fees, probation, community service, counseling and other sanctions, a felony record can permanently and negatively impact a person's future in other ways. A person with a conviction could be barred from jury service, voting, possession of firearms and certain professions. Someone accused of a crime needs solid legal representation so that he or she doesn't have to fight the accusations of the court alone.
Source: Perkiomen Valley Patch, "Royersford Man Arrested for Trappe Burglary," Brittany Tressler, Oct. 21, 2012