During a time of a state of emergency in California, there may be situations that arise that are unexpected. For example, a family may ask someone to come check on their house — someone who may be unknown to neighbors or others connected to the home. Unfortunately, police believe that a woman’s presence in a home reportedly impacted by recent wildfires in the state was behaving criminally. She is likely planning her criminal defense following her arrest.

The incident that led to her arrest reportedly happened in the afternoon of a day in December. Reports indicate that police received a call about a potential burglary. The house was reportedly listed for sale, and a man who claims he is a real estate agent reported that there was someone in the home.

Police claim that a woman moved things from the home to the vehicle. She was arrested and suspected of drug-related crimes as well as burglary during a state of emergency. It is unclear how police determined any items in her vehicle were from the home or whether she had permission form the homeowner.

In order for a person to be convicted of a criminal charge, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt — a standard that is purposely set high to prevent wrongful convictions. To help the California woman as she navigates the criminal justice system, she may choose to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a professional can help her fully understand her rights through all stages of the process.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Woman accused of looting home affected by San Diego wildfire“, Morgan Cook, Dec. 11, 2017