I recently favorably resolved a petit theft case with a most unusual fact pattern. I’m discussing it here to highlight how important it is for your criminal defense lawyer to investigate all the facts to get you the best possible result in your case.
The police report stated my client had gone to a beaches area bar, had some drinks and failed to pay for them. He was then issued a Notice to Appear for the crime of petit theft. Seems like a cut and dried case, right? Not so fast! Rather, as is often the case, the arrest narrative in this matter omitted several facts extremely helpful in defending my client against his charges.
My investigation of the matter revealed critical facts not contained in the Notice to Appear narrative. To begin with, the day of his arrest, my client was first contacted via text message by a friend who stated he would pay for drinks that night if my client would go out. My client happily accepted the offer in a reply text message. What initially looked like the beginning of a fun evening for my client ended with him needing a criminal defense lawyer. Continue reading