Two Oakland men, ages 18 and 19, have been charged in relation to a carjacking and multiple home invasion robberies after another Oakland resident complained that the 19-year-old man's Mercedes was parked in the path of a driveway, according to police. Police responding to the report in the 2100 block of East 25th Street believed the blue Mercedes to be the same vehicle used during the home invasions.
A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up firearms and plastic masks used in the robberies along with items apparently taken from the victims of the robberies. Both teenagers were detained on charges of carjacking, burglary and 11 counts of home invasion robbery. The 19-year-old was additionally charged with carrying a loaded firearm in public. Two 17-year-old boys were detained at the same time on gun charges, though neither was accused of participating in the robberies or carjacking.
When someone is accused of a felony charge, he or she may wish to retain legal counsel in an effort to avoid significant penalties in the case of a conviction, including a prison sentence and a criminal record. A felony conviction can also result in professional consequences since many employers are unwilling to hire convicted felons.
If the prosecution has a large amount of physical evidence, a criminal defense attorney could seek to arrange for a plea bargain if he or she was unable to find any legal issues with the search performed by law enforcement. If the defendant is young, such as in this case, the attorney might argue that the a lighter sentence is warranted, such as a probationary period, especially if the defendant did not have prior offenses.
Source: Contra Costa Times, "Oakland: Illegally parked Mercedes leads to home-invasion robbery charges", Harry Harris, June 30, 2014