If you have been charged with robbery, it can be a stressful and frightening time. The criminal justice system can be a complex and intimidating one. This is why anyone facing criminal charges should consider retaining the services of a Hayes Valley San Francisco, California robbery lawyer to defend them against these charges.
One of the most common crimes that the legal team from the Hallinan Law Firm handle is robbery. Other common crimes we defend include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, and theft. Having a Hayes Valley San Francisco, CA robbery lawyer who is familiar with defending against these types of charges can be critical to whether or not a person is convicted. The following are some of the defenses that can be used in a property crime case. For more details about your particular case, call our office today.
The Accused Has an Alibi
One of the strongest defenses to robbery is that the person accused was not in the area where the crime was committed. If a person can prove they were somewhere else when the crime was committed, it is a significant defense and one the prosecutor would have a hard time proving “beyond a reasonable doubt.” There are a number of ways that a person can prove their alibi, such as cell phone records, witness testimony, credit card receipts, and video footage.
A prosecutor may present pieces of evidence that they say proves that the accused committed the crime. It is the job of the Hayes Valley San Francisco, CA robbery lawyer to poke holes in each piece of evidence that is presented to the jury. The attorney may be able to throw doubt on the credibility of the police investigation, maybe the searches were done illegally. As mentioned above, the prosecutor must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. All the robbery attorney has to do is show where that doubt in the prosecutor’s case exists.
The Accused Had Authorization to Enter the Property
Sometimes the defense to the crime may be proving that what the person has been accused of is a more serious charge than what they actually did. For example, the law says that a person has committed robbery if they entered a property without permission with the intent to commit a crime. The crime of theft, which is a less serious charge, is the taking of property from a place that the accused was allowed to be in (i.e. allowed to be in a retail store but committed an act of shoplifting). If the attorney can prove that the accused had permission to be in the location, the offense would be theft and not robbery.
Call a Robbery Lawyer in Hayes Valley San Francisco, CA Today
If you have been accused of a property crime, do not try to fight the charges on your own. A conviction could have a negative impact on your future, including your prospects for work, education, and even housing. Call the Hallinan Law Firm today to meet with a Hayes Valley San Francisco, CA robbery lawyer and find out how we can help protect your rights.