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Man arrested on theft, conspiracy charges in Cedar Rapids

A conviction on theft charges can have long-term consequences. Even after the sentence is served, the individual will have a criminal record that can make it very hard to find a job and sometimes even a place to live. Anyone facing felony theft charges in Iowa should strongly consider fighting the charges.

Recently, a Hiawatha man was arrested in Cedar Rapids on charges of theft and conspiracy to commit a felony. According to law enforcement authorities, someone burglarized a manufacturing business in October and stole a truck and some welding equipment. The total value of the stolen property was estimated at $60,000.

Investigators focused in on a 34-year-old man after the stolen property was found in a Cedar Rapids apartment. The suspect lived nearby, according to police. Investigators say the man "facilitated" the thefts, which suggests they believe others may have been involved.

Like anyone facing criminal charges, the man who was arrested does not have to prove his innocence. It is the state that has the burden of proving guilt, and prosecutors must do so beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the job of the criminal defense lawyer to demonstrate to the jury that reasonable doubt exists. This can be done by investigating the facts and searching for weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

At trial, the defense can question the credibility of prosecution witnesses, especially if they are testifying in exchange for a lighter sentence in their own cases. Through cross-examination, the defense can point out errors and inconsistencies in the witness's testimony.

No one should have to face serious criminal charges alone. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help the accused tell their side of the story and work for a dismissal of the charges.

Source: The Gazette, "Hiawatha man accused of orchestrating Cedar Rapids theft," Lee Hermiston, Nov. 3, 2015

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