If you have recently experienced a theft or robbery, you need to know your rights. You may be wondering how you should go about pressing charges against the perpetrator, or whether you should even press charges in the first place. On the flip side, you may be finding yourself on the receiving end of theft or robbery charges even though you don’t believe you did anything wrong. It is always a good idea to seek legal counsel right away in either situation so you can be sure that a legal professional is on hand to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your court case. Whether you have been charged with theft or robbery, or you are a theft or robbery victim, it is essential to know your rights so you are able to come through your ordeal and get back to your life as easily and quickly as possible.
Your Rights as a Theft or Robbery Victim
If you are the victim of a theft or robbery, it is your right to be provided with a secure waiting area that removes you from contact with the perpetrator of the crime, so you don’t have to be in the same waiting room as the individual who stole your property. Also, you have the right to receive protection from law enforcement officials against any verbal or physical threats of violence that the perpetrator may try to use on you as a means of intimidation. If you are not pleased with the outcome of your court case, you always have the right to file for an appeal.
Your Rights as a Theft or Robbery Plaintiff
If you have been charged with theft or robbery, it is your right to not admit to any wrongdoing or to make a confession. You may enter a not guilty plea and have the case go to trial, and your legal counsel has the right to submit any evidence proving your innocence to the court. If you did in fact commit the theft or robbery crime, you may be able to work out a plea bargain wherein you receive a reduced sentence or less severe penalty if you plead guilty. Your legal counsel can advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation.
If you find yourself facing theft or robbery charges, or if you are the victim of a theft or robbery crime, you are not alone. The expert Pasco, WA legal defense team of Rodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers will provide you with the guidance, advice and representation you need throughout the legal process. Let our firm help you to achieve the best possible outcome so you can put the incident behind you and move on as quickly as possible. Call our Pasco, WA law office today at 509-783-5551 to schedule your initial no-obligation consultation. We want to help you!