Leetsdale authorities charged a duo with theft crimes and receiving stolen property after they took scrap metal valued between $857 and $1,000. Law enforcement also obtained pictures of the man allegedly selling the stolen goods.
After law enforcement personnel responded to a call about a burglary in progress, they found the pair on the business property. The man and woman were taken into custody. They confessed that they had been at the business for three days, but they did not think anyone was using the property. They added that they took the stolen property to a recycling business in another city.
Two people faces criminal charges after being accused of theft. The penalties they face may depend on if the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
A criminal defense lawyer represents his or her clients' best interests and defends them against their charges. In some cases, the prosecution may not have enough evidence to pursue charges against the accused. In other cases, an attorney works to make sure that the constitutional rights of clients were protected before and during the arrest. If the authorities overstepped their boundaries and infringed upon the rights of a suspect, evidence may not be admitted in court and clients sometimes go free.
Lawyers can discuss a case strategy with clients, review social and criminal history, and look at the current charges. The goal of a criminal defense attorney is to provide the best possible outcome for the client. Lawyers may accomplish this by attempting to negotiate reduced charges and penalties with the prosecution.
Source: Sewickley.patch.com, "Leetsdale Police Charge Two in Scrap Metal Thefts," Larissa Dudkiewicz, Jan. 7, 2013