On Friday, November 9th, 2012, police received at least eight calls from
residents of the Avalon apartments right off Route 3A in Cohasset, MA,
reporting that they had become of the victim of a vehicle break-in and
theft between the hours of midnight and 8am. In almost every case, the
victim's vehicle had been left unlocked. Victims reported the theft
of items including wallets, money, credit cards, electronic devices, GPS
devices, and more. Although police are continuing to investigate, Deputy
Police Chief William Quigley warned that these were crimes of opportunity
and strongly urged the public to keep their vehicles locked and alarms set.
While many breaking and entering, or theft, charges are considered to be
misdemeanors, there are certain circumstances that would warrant a felony
charge. For example, if the defendant broke into a building, or in this
case a vehicle, with the intent to commit a felony charge, he/she would
be facing charges for the breaking and entering, as well as the felony
offense. Theft of less than $250 worth of property is considered to be
a petty theft and is a misdemeanor in the state of Massachusetts. Theft
of property worth more than $250 is considered to be grand theft and is
a felony. Intent goes a long way in determining whether charges will be
classified as misdemeanors or felonies.
That is why it is extremely important if you or a loved one has been arrested
for theft, or any other criminal offense in Quincy, MA, you consult with
an experienced Quincy criminal defense lawyer from my firm right away.
Even if witnesses identify you as the perpetrator, or a camera apparently
recorded the crime in action, do not admit guilt or allow yourself to
be intimidated into giving a confession. When you contact my firm, I will
be able to review the circumstances of your arrest, evaluate the evidence
against you, answer any questions you may have, and advise you on how
to proceed. Even if you are simply under investigation, I urge you to
contact me as soon as possible so I can provide you with the effective
representation you deserve.
Contact a criminal defense attorney at
Flanagan & Associates
to schedule your confidential consultation today.