In Indianapolis and across Indiana, when people are alleged to have committed a crime, it is not uncommon for them to face multiple allegations in different categories of offenses. When criminal charges are stacked up, they may face severe consequences with a wide range of penalties. These can be especially problematic for younger people who are just starting out in their adult life and would face significant obstacles to their future if they are convicted. A strong criminal defense is essential to combat any criminal accusation.
Four people ranging in age from 18 to 21 arrested for car theft and more
An alleged vehicle theft led to a police chase and four people being arrested for multiple crimes. Law enforcement was called in the mid-evening at around 6 p.m. after a car theft. The vehicle was spotted in a mall. The people in the vehicle fled and officers gave chase. Once they were stopped, they resisted arrest. Two, ages 20 and 21, are charged with resisting arrest, vehicle theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another person, 18, faces charges of resisting and theft. The fourth person, 20, was in possession of a firearm and has a previous violent felony on his record. He is charged with the vehicle theft, resisting and weapons charges.
Understanding the possible ramifications that come with criminal accusations
Theft, resisting law enforcement, drug possession and weapons possession can all result in vast problems in a person’s life. Jail time, fines and other penalties can be assessed. What people often fail to consider is how a criminal conviction can negatively impact their future even after the case is over. Their criminal record can hinder attempts to get certain jobs, be admitted to a school or to join the military. This is an issue for people who are in their late-teens and early-20s and have their future to think about. Crafting a viable plan to defend against the charges is key to avoiding the worst-case scenario and seeking a positive outcome.
Experienced legal professionals may help with a criminal defense
Before simply accepting the charges and waiting for the sentence, it is wise to have a qualified legal professional to assess the evidence and formulate a plan. There could be plea bargain available to reduce the charges. The evidence may have been accrued in violation of the person’s rights. Or there could be a path to an acquittal. The criminal justice system is complex and can lead to fear and worry. Kammen and Moudy can provide an experienced criminal defense from the start.