When an individual or group commits a crime, often there are people associated with the criminal(s) who had no intention of being involved with the crime. In a robbery, it may be the driver who got talked into or threatened into going along with the robber’s plan. In drug cultivation or dealing cases, it may be a friend or family member who lived or worked where the drugs were being housed, but had no knowledge of their existence.
In these examples, an individual was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. He or she may have had no knowledge or involvement with the crimes directly, but was accidentally arrested or suspected of being a culprit. Sometimes, the true offender may even accuse an innocent friend or family member of helping him or her, with hopes of having his or her own charges reduced. Unfortunately these types of cases happen all too often and threaten to put innocent people in prison.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime that you did not commit, it is important to speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help to uncover evidence that shows that you were simply charged due to the power of association, not because you actually had any involvement with the crime. An experienced criminal lawyer will work to protect your rights and fight to uphold your innocence before the court.