Can you get arrested for a house robbery if the cops get your fingerprints in the house that got robbed?

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Can you get arrested for a house robbery if the cops get your fingerprints in the house that got robbed?

But the history behind it is that the person who they are listing as their prime suspect use to live at the house 2 years ago and visits the house a couple times a year for family functions. The cops also are saying that people saw a car with the description like the one the person who is being listed as the suspect owns. What should they do? Speak with a criminal law attorney? In Lackawanna, PA.

Asked on September 16, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

She should definitely speak with a criminal defense attorney if she is a person of interest in--or has been charged with--a crime.

The answer to your question is that circumstantial evidence, like fingerprints or  a witness identification of a car similar to the one the person owns, is easily sufficient to be charged with a crime; it could also potentially be enough for a conviction, if on the balance--and weighing any exculpatory evidence or explanations she offers at trial--a jury would consider it likely beyond a reasonable doubt that she committed the crime. This matter should therefore be taken very seriously, and consulting with a lawyer would be a good idea. She should also not say anything to the authorites until and unless she speaks with her attorney.


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