While many of us in Monmouth County think that a criminal defense attorney’s main responsibility is to get charges dropped and to prove a defendant’s innocence, but that is only part of his or her job. There are some cases where there is overwhelming evidence that the defendant has broken the law, so much so that the criminal defense attorney knows the chance of getting an acquittal are slim to none. That does not mean, however, that the attorney’s job is done, it just means that he or she can focus on protecting a defendant’s rights and making sure he or she has a fair trial.
After one out-of-state teenager was arrested and charged with 142 felonies, it is likely that his attorney will be focused more on his client’s rights and less on clearing his name. Just because the young man has been charged with theft and weapons charges does not mean that his rights should be compromised in any way.
The teen was picked up by police after he started posting pictures of him holding guns on his Instagram account. As someone with previous felony convictions, he was not allowed to have guns, but that did not stop him from posting them to his account. Moreover, he included pictures of cash and drugs. Once police started investigating, they discovered evidence that linked him to numerous thefts.
Was it wise to post pictures of contraband online? No, it wasn’t. Does that mean that the police should treat this 19-year-old differently than any other defendant? No, it doesn’t. We all make mistakes and we all have to pay the price for them, but the government must always respect our rights in the process.
Source: New York Daily News, “Florida man’s Instagram photos lead to 142 felony charges,” Victoria Taylor, Dec. 14, 2013