California police are currently investigating what has been described as a grand theft case. Allegedly, nearly 20 people were involved in theft from Apple retailers. Only eight people have been arrested so far, and some of the accused are minors. Due to the large scale of the supposed theft ring, many of the accused may have a valid reason to present a solid criminal defense.
The people involved have been accused of stealing over a million dollars of merchandise combined, but law enforcement has not yet released details of what role they suspect each individual played. In situations where there are multiple defendants, there is a good chance some have been falsely accused or had limited involvement. Law enforcement claims to have spent many weeks looking into the situation before making any arrests.
Some of the people who stand accused are minors and may not be aware of what they have done to appear involved. Authorities say more arrests are likely as they gather evidence against the remaining suspects. So far, none of the suspects have been to court, and at this time, there is no indication that any are actually guilty.
When a person is accused of a crime in the state of California, he or she should be aware that the opportunity to present a criminal defense will exist. In many cases, it can be a good idea to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help remind a court that being accused of a crime is not an indication of guilt and that each defendant deserves a fair trial without the actions of others being held against him or her.