When people are accused of committing a crime in Pennsylvania, they may
be scared about how to proceed in the criminal justice system. A defendant's
criminal defense can help him or her to strive for the most favorable
outcome in his or her case, considering the circumstances. Two people
-- a man and a woman -- recently pleaded guilty tocriminal charges involving a home invasion in which police said they played a role.
The incident allegedly involved a knife-point and gun robbery that was
sparked by the desire for money and drugs. Police said one of the two
involved in the robbery put a handgun to a man's head one night and
said that he would shoot the man if he happened to move. The two alleged
robbers then stole a game console, a pain reliever called hydrocodone
and video games.
According to police, the two people, said to be 22 and 30, pleaded guilty
to charges of conspiring to engage in armed robbery, along with other
charges. As part of their plea agreement, the prosecution plans to recommend
that the female be sentenced to five years in prison and the man be sentenced
to four years. Both of them recently stayed in jail rather than posting bail.
When a person faces serious criminal charges, he or she may decide to enter
a plea agreement with prosecutors, which may lead to charges that are
less serious. As a result, the person's sentence may end up being
lighter than what he or she would receive if found guilty in court. Otherwise,
the individual might decide to go straight to trial with the hope that
prosecutors will not be able to prove his or her charges beyond a reasonable
doubt. In either case, the person's criminal defense will make sure
that his or her legal rights are not violated during any step of the criminal
proceeding in Pennsylvania.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Pennsylvania pair face prison after pleading guilty in Belvidere home invasion case", Matthew Bultman, Dec. 19, 2014