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Massachusetts victim of addiction may face felony theft charges

Massachusetts takes theft very seriously, and the consequences of being convicted of a theft charge can affect many areas of one's life. Fines, probation and even jail time are just a few of the penalties associated with a felony theft charge. Whenever someone is charged with theft to any degree, it is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in court that the accused committed the crimes alleged.

A Norwood man was recently charged with several counts of criminal activity revolving around missing jewelry in an apartment complex. At his arraignment, he was charged with breaking and entering with felony intent, receiving over $250 in stolen property, and possession of a Class A substance. The substance was suspected to be heroin, though it is unclear if it has as yet confirmed through laboratory testing.

If the substance is found to be heroin, it may suggest a stronger underlying problem. Nevertheless, circumstances mandate that the man confront and answer the criminal allegations lodged against him. His continued liberty may well depend upon it.

As the accused man prepares his felony defense, he will need to focus on each element of each crime charged. Since the burden of proof is solely on the prosecution, the man's mere presence in court places the responsibility for achieving a conviction solely on the shoulders of the prosecutor. The accused man has the legal right to confront witnesses prepared to offer testimony against him in court, as well as to challenge the admissibility of any physical evidence offered in support of the Massachusetts charges.

Source: NorwoodPatch, "Norwood Man Arraigned on Charges of Larceny, Drug Possession," Kelly Glista, Oct. 24, 2012

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