When Quincy residents are arrested on criminal charges, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Those individuals facing criminal charges often feel like they have no say in what is happening. They may not even understand their rights in terms of criminal defense.
As a recent example, after a break-in at a bakery in a nearby town, local police sought assistance from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. Soon, state police working under the Attorney General got involved, and the investigation soon drew in police from six other communities, including Quincy. Officials became convinced that a criminal organization had been breaking into restaurants (including a fast-food restaurant in Quincy) and other businesses over a period from 2016 to 2017.
Recently, five suspects were arrested and accused of being part of a gang behind these multiple break-ins that allegedly landed them over $50,000 in stolen property. These individuals now face charges that include breaking and entering, larceny, possession of burglarious tools, and related charges. All have pleaded not guilty.
It’s not uncommon for multiple police departments and law enforcement agencies to gang up on a defendant or a group of defendants in an effort to land positive headlines. Especially when multiple law enforcement officials at high levels are involved, they may become too invested in the goal of landing a high-profile arrest at any cost, even at the cost of convicting people who may not be guilty of the charges.
This is why a defendant’s right to face the charges, to tell his side of the story, must not be overlooked when a far-reaching investigation targets him. A legal professional can help ensure that a defendant’s right to a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise are upheld in court.