Michael McInnis, 34 of Malden, was arrested for the second time in the past few weeks yesterday for another robbery, this time in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Boston Police, McInnis was arrested along with Crystle Sears, 22, after a witness reported them breaking into Liberty Tax Service at 2:50 a.m. Both McInnis and Sears were identified by witness(es) at the scene, and Sears was allegedly carrying a hammer and wood chisel.
Boston Police are charging McInnis with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony; Possession of Burglarious Instruments; Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250; and Disorderly Conduct. Sears was likewise charged with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony; Possession of Burglarious Instruments; and Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250.
You may remember that Michael McInnis was arrested last month in Malden, Massachusetts, after allegedly robbing a 7-11 of about $100. That robbery was widely reported because surveillance video captured a 75-yeard old elderly woman coming to the aid of the store clerk as he was being robbed.
According to Malden Police, Michael McInnis' extensive history of arrests are what led him to being easily identified from the surveillance video. It is reported that he has been criminally charged 13 times over the past 10 years in Malden District Court from criminal offenses ranging from Disturbing the Peace to Robbery. He also recently served 60 days in jail for traffic violations.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis Offers His Own Thoughts:
Of course everyone charged with a criminal offense wants a way to beat their case...but when you're caught on video and able to be identified by several witnesses, well, that just makes my job that much more difficult.
Although I have had clients who chose to go to trial and challenge very strong evidence against them, I have been successful in obtaining acquittals in those very difficult cases. In my experience in trying criminal cases, even when the evidence against the defendant might be overwhelmingly strong, I have found that juries still demand the prosecutor to prove their case 'beyond a reasonable doubt' and that they will acquit even with the presence of strong evidence.
Oftentimes, I will find reasonable doubt in my criminal cases through inconsistent witness accounts or testimony; questionable evidence; the police failing to properly gather or investigate evidence; or even in what might appear to be air-tight identification evidence. At the end of the day, it is the prosecutor, and only the prosecutor, who has the burden to prove its case...and sometimes, more often than you might think, that is not easily accomplished, even in those cases prosecutors sometimes refer to as 'slam-dunks.'
Ultimately, if you are charged with a crime and you think you might be 'dead in the water' and have no chance at beating your case...think again! Through diligent review, research, investigation and preparation, I have been very successful in obtaining acquittals at trial from the weakest of defenses.
If you have been charged with a crime, no matter what the evidence against you is, you should consult with an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer.
Boston Criminal Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 to review your case and explain your options and possible defenses. To schedule a Free Consultation with a criminal defense lawyer, e-mail Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis or call him directly at 617-325-9500.