Domestic assault and theft are two serious criminal charges that can happen to anyone. Still, you always have to remember that being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. Substantial evidence is needed in order to confirm your participation in the crime. Lack of evidence can largely benefit your case and even result in your acquittal.
Unfortunately, this was not the case for a Chicago man who was charged with domestic violence and armed robbery. He was accused of stabbing his mother on different areas of her body and subsequently stealing $101 from her. The son was found near the scene of the crime and had blood on his clothes.
Prosecutors asked for the bail to be set at $150,000, but the Illinois judge raised it to $750,000, likely owing to the nature of the crime and evidence already presented.
When facing serious criminal allegations, you need to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. Being charged with a crime should not end the world for you. It is important to build a strong criminal defense or decide whether you would be better served to attempt to negotiate a plea bargain.
However you and your counsel proceed, whether you challenge the charges in court or work out a plea deal, it is important to give your best effort to minimize the damage that this criminal charge can do to your life. Working with an attorney who understands criminal law in Illinois is imperative as you seek to understand your options and make the best decisions for your unique situation.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Prosecutors: Glenwood man stabbed, robbed mom,” Tina Sfondeles, March 8, 2014