When a person is caught on the act of stealing, a police officer arrests him. However, an arrest does not mean an automatic conviction. A person has the right to call a theft lawyer for legal representation. A lawyer has extensive experience with the laws of the state where the charges have been filed. Legal experience will have a huge impact on the outcome of the case.
Last January, people lined up with jerry cans at fuel stations in Mexico. The public was upset with the way Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s new president was waging a battle against crime and corruption at the petrol pumps.
According to state oil company Pemex, the increasing theft of fuel has cost the government $3 billion last year. This is more than double the net quarter profit so that the government was forced to shut down the pipelines by the end of December and distribute fuel through trucks.
Thieves have launched a very damaging attack by draining 1.5 million gallons of gasoline by using a single illegal tap for more than 10 hours. Targeting the fuel theft was the first major political move by the president who was eager to fulfill his core promises. He has promised to tackle crime and corruption, reduce poverty and inequality and make the country’s resources work for all.
By tackling fuel theft, the new president has demonstrated action on all fronts at once. Criminal organizations collaborate with corrupt workers employed by Pemex to siphon off gasoline and diesel fuel from the pipelines, refineries and storage installations. Aside from the financial loses, efforts to resuscitate Pemex are impeded.
Investigators have discovered that the pipeline systems were full of illegal taps. Suspected thieves and collaborators were arrested. Bank accounts were frozen and properties were seized. However, many believe that the decrease in fuel thefts was only temporary.
When a person is charged with theft, it becomes important to hire the services of a theft lawyer to convince the court that there is insufficient evidence and the client is innocent of the crime. The lawyer can easily pinpoint weaknesses on the case that can be used to avoid a conviction.