When someone in the Kansas City area is arrested in connection with a violent crime, many people might tend to presume that the person in question is automatically guilty. After all, for an investigation to get to the point of an arrest, it must mean that law enforcement officials are certain the person they have targeted is guilty. Otherwise, an arrest would be pointless.
Of course, this is not always the case. Everyone who is charged criminally — even for serious crimes such as assault or murder — is entitled to plead not guilty and have a trial if they so desire. Clearly, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be of value to someone facing the serious consequences of a criminal charge.
Much of the public’s inclination to judge people for crimes they are alleged to have committed before a trial even starts frequently comes from media reporting of the case. One such incident that took place in June resulted in a recent arrest. A man was attacked with a blunt instrument in his home; at the time, he had a protection order against his wife, had filed for divorce and had asked her to move out.
The man’s wife was arrested last week on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder in the case. In addition, the woman’s daughter and two other people were charged with attempted murder. It remains to be seen how the case will play out; however, regardless of any media attention, the woman and the other defendants have a right to a trial if they so choose.
Source: The Kansas City Star, “Wife charged with attempted murder in Shawnee,” Tony Rizzo, Aug. 20, 2013