This time of year can be stressful, but during these trying times, it can be downright tumultuous. However, what one does not expect to face is criminal charges, especially if those charges are directed toward our children. Unfortunately, that is what one North Texas family is currently going through.
According to the Mesquite Police Department, the teen faces three aggravated robbery charges for allegedly robbing three convenience stores over the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, Nov. 26. Specifically, the young man is alleged to have robbed a convenience store on East Main Street at 4:53 P.M., another on North Galloway at 5:23 P.M. and then, finally, one at the 100 Block of U.S. Highway 80 at 5:36 P.M. The police further claim that they found the teen leaving the area of the final store and pursued him into Dallas, where they arrested him.
The young man and his family now face three counts of aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $160,000. And, as of the date of the reporting, he was still being held in custody.
What to do when accused
The old adage of, “silence is golden” remains true when one is arrested. Ask for an attorney immediately and often, and do not say anything. Anything that one says to a police officer can (and most certainly will) be used against them at any subsequent hearing and trial. Remember, while the arresting officers may attempt to ingratiate themselves, they are not the friends of the accused. They are part of a massive criminal justice system, whose on primary function is achieving convictions.
Most Beaumont, Texas, residents could not afford a $160,000, which is likely why the young man in this incident is still in custody. However, the bail amount, as with every part of a criminal case, can be aided by a criminal defense attorney. This is why it is so important to contact an attorney immediately after being charged or arrested.