The theft of a vehicle is a serious crime. Last week, New Jersey Police arrested and charged three men for allegedly stealing a semi-truck. Police say that the men stole the truck from the A C Fleet Trucking Co., and were spotted by an employee. The employee then said they called police and followed the truck.
Reports don't indicate whether the truck was hauling any cargo at the time, but police say they tried to stop the vehicle and the three men fled on foot. They were later arrested in a nearby cemetery.
The three men were charged with theft, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. One of them was also charged with eluding. These charges should be taken very seriously and they could result in jail time.
Added to the arrests was the fact that one of the top members of the state police force assisted in the arrest, which is unusual, leading to an increase in media coverage. This media coverage can hurt a person's reputation before they have the chance at a fair trial. Media coverage is also usually one sided in criminal matters, going only off of the police reports which are worded sometimes dramatically to try to secure a conviction.
Because a person's reputation can record can influence their potential future employment goals, it might be wise for someone who is facing criminal charges in New Jersey to consult a criminal defense attorney. They can help make sure the person's rights are preserved throughout the legal process.
Source: NJ.com, "N.J. State Police leader assists in suspect's arrest in Linden," Ryan Hutchins, Jan. 26, 2012