After three men allegedly assaulted and stole items from a Seattle taxi driver Dec. 13, authorities reported that one man was taken into custody. Police also claim that they recovered the allegedly stolen GPS unit and found two guns while taking the man into custody. They further claim that he later tried to dispose of a bag of methamphetamine on police property, and he is now reportedly being investigated for drug as well as robbery charges.
If these allegations are confirmed through police investigation, criminal charges may be filed. Individuals facing multiple charges like drug possession and robbery may face particularly harsh penalties if they are convicted, including fines, multiple jail or prison sentences, and a mark on their record that could inhibit future personal and occupational opportunities. In order to potentially mitigate the penalties of a conviction on such criminal charges, these individuals may require a strong defense.
A criminal defense attorney may evaluate an accused person's case to ensure that his or her rights were protected during the course of being taken into custody and any subsequent investigation and determine whether the evidence against the person is sound and was properly obtained. If the evidence is lacking or if it was illegally obtained, the attorney may be able to have the charges dismissed.
Alternatively, the attorney might seek to establish a plea deal with the prosecution if the evidence against the defendant is compelling. Through a plea bargain, an accused person may be able to reduce the charges he or she faces or soften the blow of some of their penalties. This approach can be particularly useful for individuals facing multiple serious charges since it might be possible to seek concurrent rather than consecutive sentences.
Source: Herland Net, "Seattle cabbie pistol-whipped, robbed", December 13, 2013