When a robbery occurs, an investigation frequently begins with information garnered from witness accounts. The information collected can lead to arrests based on the information provided by a witness. This was the case in a recent incident in McKenzie County, Louisiana. According the Constitution of the United States, the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and have the right to a criminal defense.
Four men were arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wire. A person called police and reported the theft of the wire from a construction trailer that was located on the man’s property. The caller provided a description of the men and the truck that they allegedly drove off in after they had apparently stolen the copper wire.
McKenzie County Sherriff’s officers pulled over the suspected truck, and a search of the truck revealed copper wire worth about $1,000 as well as wire cutters. The men are facing charges of class C felony theft. They range in age from 26 to 53 years old. In an interview at the scene, the younger man identified two of the other men as the perpetrators of the crime.
Anyone facing criminal charges in Louisiana has the right to a criminal defense. A knowledgeable attorney will be familiar with all the rules of evidence and police procedure and can assist a client with understanding his or her rights under the law. One of the most important of these rights is that each of these suspects is presumed innocent until – and only until – proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.