You may share the same opinion of most in Fullerton in that the idea of your ever being accused of a crime as serious as theft may seem ludicrous to you. At face value, an allegation of theft seems fairly cut-and-dry: either you stole something or you did not. Yet ask many of those that have come to us here at The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman seeking assistance, and they will tell you that conduct that you consider to be completely innocent can often lead to criminal scrutiny.
For many years, eyewitness identification has been used as a source of evidence in criminal cases across the country. Whether through a physical lineup or using photographs, witnesses have been asked to pick the perpetrator out of a line of potential suspects. Yet, research shows that flaws in the eyewitness lineup process has led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of many people. According to the Innocence Project, 350 criminal cases have been overturned after DNA evidence proved the innocence of the convicted individual. Eyewitness misidentification was involved in 70% of those cases.
People are charged with assault for all sorts of reasons, whether they unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a bar fight or a former partner falsely accuses them of a violent attack. Regardless of the reason(s) why someone finds themselves in this position, it is important to remember that the consequences can be devastating. Even if someone is found innocent, their reputation may be damaged beyond repair and they may have to endure a considerable amount of stress.
If you are facing a drug possession charge in California, you may think prison time is unavoidable. The good news is that possession is now classified as a misdemeanor, which means the consequences are less severe than they would be if it was a felony. With the right defense, you may be able to avoid jail altogether.