Being accused of a crime in Louisiana can be very unsettling. A young man who was hired to do some work for a family has been charged in connection with a burglary at the home. The 22-year-old did have a prior arrest for a burglary that took place a year ago. It is not known if a criminal defense attorney has been hired or assigned to the case.
The owner of the house where the man had been hired to do some work apparently noticed that a house key was missing. A short time after he noticed the key was missing a burglary took place at his home. Items stolen included firearms, valuable coins and a safe. There were reportedly no signs of forced entry.
Detectives claim that they can tie the accused to the robbery. The man, who is from Abita Springs, has been charged with the crime and is currently in jail. His bail has been set at $2,500. He had spent about a year in jail previously in connection with his prior arrest for robbery.
Anyone in Louisiana who stands accused of a crime is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. The burden of proof falls to the prosecution and must be supported by the evidence presented. Prior criminal activity is typically not relevant to accusations that a subsequent crime was committed. A person who finds him or herself accused of a crime could benefit from the counsel of a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can inform one of one's rights and help to ensure that those rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.