When a person is charged with a crime, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard is purposefully set high in order to prevent wrongful convictions. As a result, simply being in the area when a crime allegedly occurs is likely insufficient to meet this high standard. Unfortunately, two men in Missouri have recently been arrested after accusations of a robbery. They are now accused of possession of drugs in addition to charges related to the alleged robbery.
The incident reportedly occurred during the early morning hours of a day in May. According to reports, a 22-year-old woman contacted police, claiming that she had been robbed by three men. She says that one of the men grabbed her purse from her before all ran away.
Police claim that they found two men who matched the description given by the woman near the site of the alleged incident. While they claim that the men had money on them in the denominations the woman claimed were stolen from her, it is unclear if the woman's purse was recovered. The two men, a 19-year-old and 20-year-old, were arrested and face several charges as a result, including felony stealing and possession of a controlled substance. The third man allegedly involved remains at large.
If a crime did occur as the alleged victim claims, she deserves an investigation. However, justice is not served if two men are accused of crimes they did not commit. To help the fight the possession of drugs and other charges the men face, they may choose to seek help from an experienced defense attorney. The average person in Missouri may be unfamiliar with the criminal justice process, making the presence of a professional at their side in court beneficial.
Source: columbiatribune.com, "Police identify two men arrested in robbery near MU campus", May 10, 2017