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Property theft charges do not equal guilt

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Theft & Property Crimes |

Police have a duty to investigate crimes and bring their findings to prosecutors, who then have a duty to charge those accused, if there is enough evidence to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Often, a prosecutor’s tool of choice is overcharging the accused, or as the saying goes “throwing the book at” the accused. No matter what the police department’s or prosecutor’s press releases may claim, in our country and throughout Texas, you are innocent until proven guilty.

Pearland police serve warrants

A recent KHOU report details how quickly arrests can lead to charges. According to the report, police arrested, and prosecutors charged five individuals for alleged catalytic converter thefts.

No one wants their catalytic converter stolen, but no one needs their constitutional rights stolen either. Just because a person happens to be in the vicinity of stolen property, does not mean that person is guilty of theft. What makes that situation more complicated is that per the report, the police served warrants at three separate homes, and there were allegedly children at the homes.

Charges do not equate to guilt

Property theft should not happen to anyone in Galveston or Harris Counties, and neither should unwarranted or rash charges. You have a life to get back to, but you may be aware of the burden these charges can pose to your future and your present wellbeing.

Police and prosecutors have options when building their case and a limitless budget and an army of investigators and experts to use against you. However, you have options in defending yourself too. You do not have to answer questions in a police investigation. You do have the right to request a lawyer. While the police and prosecutors claim to seek justice for all, a criminal defense attorney will seek justice for you.