Evidence in a Stamford Theft Cases
Evidence in a Stamford theft case should show or speak to the circumstances surrounding the defendant’s version of events such as records that may support what the defendant was doing at a particular time.
If the defendant states they were not in the area when this property was taken, his cell phone may show a phone call that will confirm that. Possibly a bank/ATM transaction, credit card transaction at a store.
An individual has an airtight alibi if any of these events occurred 100 miles away from where the property was supposedly taken at the same time as the crime. However, if the defendant had the items, a skilled theft attorney will need to prove that there was a rightful reason possessing that property.
Impact of Records on a Theft Case
An experienced defense attorney will obtain evidence to show what happened when it happened, and why certain things were done in a certain way. Records in the form of paper, video or audio to the extent they are available, along with any other witnesses that might have been there.
Bank records, phone records, and other electronic records speak volumes about what a defendant was doing at a particular time, and may be used to support the defendant’s statement.
Human recollection fades with time and people are always susceptible to bias and motives to either lie or mistake things. They are also prone to not remembering things or inaccurately perceiving things. Records are not prone to that and are most helpful to provide objective evidence of what was happening around a particular time.
Use of Legal Experts
It depends on the circumstances of the case in terms of what experts may be needed. An accountant may be useful in some cases if the claim is that somebody embezzled money from a person that they were helping prepare or do finances with.
An accountant may be able to tell from the transactions what was happening and why and help explain the defendant’s version of events, as to why they believed they were entitled to or allowed to do the things that they were doing.
Other experts that may be helpful can include bank employees (if it involves an issue with the bank), computer forensic experts (to search a computer system, phone, or other devices for useful information), and these experts will need to testify as to what they found and what it means.
Impact of Hiring an Expert
Some of the experts may be for the purpose of trying to mitigate defendants and some experts for the purposes of trying to defend the person from the charges, in other words, that the defendant did not commit the crime of larceny or theft.
The ones that would be geared towards helping mitigate the sentence might be mental health or substance abuse professionals or counselors that can help establish the underlying reason why the defendant might have been behaving in that particular way at that particular time.
They would also be able to establish and show a course of treatment in counseling to show that underlying issue is being addressed, which would go towards helping the defendant in the court’s eyes be more worthy of rehabilitation as opposed to punishment.
Computer forensics or people in the technical field may be able to help uncover some sort of electronic evidence in a Stamford theft case. They can also help prove the accused was not in the position or location to take the property at the time that of being accused of doing it.
Role of a Lawyer
Attorneys will look for evidence of taking the property, evidence of no intention to deprive the other person of the property permanently and evidence of the individual’s value of the property.
The types of evidence in a Stamford theft case that will be helpful to show those things tend to be things like video. If there are any surveillance cameras that would show that the defendant did not take the piece of property. That would be helpful.
There could be evidence of electronic communication between the defendant and the alleged victim that may show that the defendant had reason to believe that they were entitled to take the property or that at least created a misunderstanding. Contacting an attorney can help you begin this process as soon as possible.