Criminal charges can have a ripple effect on the lives of the accused. They can damage the accused person's reputation, strain relationships with family members and friends and cause problems at work. Too often, everything a Maryland resident has worked for can be compromised by a single criminal accusation. Even worse, charges that are not immediately addressed can have long-term negative consequences, including the prospect of prison. Two Baltimore police officers may be experiencing just this after finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.
According to city prosecutors, the two officers were part of an alleged towing scheme dating back to at least 2008. They supposedly coordinated with a particular body repair shop so it would get repair and towing work instead of the city-authorized shop. The officers were allegedly paid by the shop owner. Prosecutors have charged the two with conspiracy and bribery, and they have been suspended from their jobs with pay. The investigation has led to charges against more than a dozen officers who were allegedly involvedin the scheme.
People in authority -- such as police officers and others who hold positions with some power in society -- can be more affected by criminal charges. However, like anyoneelse charged with a criminal offense, they have the right to defend themselves from the accusations. The need for a vigorous defense is even stronger when a person who has been charged has done nothing wrong.
Any Maryland resident in this kind of situation will need an aggressive and strategic criminal defense to assert the person'sinnocence. This type of criminal defense will carefully examine all evidence and witness accounts and determine whether the rights of the accused were violated.A defense should also determine whether errors in the investigation could merit having the charges dropped or downgraded.
Source: Wbaltv.com, "2 Baltimore police officers charged in towing scheme," Nov. 14, 2014