Man Arrested After Nightclub Shooting
A man was arrested shortly after fleeing a Sacramento nightclub with police in pursuit, according to a recent report. The Sacramento Police Department reports that officers heard gunshots near 15th and I Streets downtown early in the morning and saw the suspect, Jeremy Wade, 27, get into a car and flee the scene. He drove four blocks before crashing and tried to run from police before he was caught.
Two people experienced slight injuries as a result of the gunfire, but are expected to make full recoveries. Wade was positively identified by witnesses as the shooter and was booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail where he awaits charges. There is no word on whether he will be allowed bond or what amount his bail may be.
Identification of Suspects
When a crime occurs, there may not be a police officer standing by to witness it, so authorities rely on the testimony of witnesses to identify suspects. Unfortunately, this system can be very flawed because witnesses may be mistaken about identifications. In fact, it is very common to have two different witnesses identify two different people as suspects in a crime!
When more than one witness agrees that a person is the suspect, it is harder to argue against witness testimony, so police often try to get at least two people to agree on the suspect. However, this can lead to its own dangers. In some cases, people have been influenced to identify a person as a suspect by the testimony of their friends or family members.
In the final analysis, eyewitness testimony is not always reliable. It is very important, therefore, for a person who has been charged with a crime to have the support of a legal representative who will fight for his or her rights and dispute possibly erroneous eyewitness testimony.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged With a Crime?
As this story illustrates, one of the most damaging things you can do if the police suspect you of a crime is to flee. Flight in itself may be taken as a sign of guilt and may throw the police off the trail of another suspect. Therefore, it is better to deal with the police and to seek qualified criminal legal representation at the earliest possible opportunity.
If you have been charged with a crime, contact the attorneys at the Amerio Law Firm. We can help you fight for your rights no matter what your charges.