One might assume that the actions most would classify as “criminal” in Hazlehurst are very well-defined. However, as is the case in almost any industry, there are grey areas when it comes to the law where confusion exists as to whether or not any statutes have actually been violated. There might be some who say that in such cases, law enforcement officials should err on the side of caution and arrest the alleged offenders, and then allow things to sort themselves out. Yet what about the rights of those accused in these cases?
While several types of fraud have been identified as being criminal, contractor fraud may be viewed as skirting along the aforementioned grey area. That at least is the claim being made by the state attorney in response to being asked about a recent case in Ocean Springs. A local contractor was recently arrested after it was alleged in at least two cases, he collected deposits to perform home repairs and additions, yet never actually completed the work.
One of the homeowners involved in this case claims that what the man did constitutes theft. Yet while this contractor’s actions certainly may show that he leaves much to be desired in the areas of reliability and professionalism (and the fact that he has additional cases pending against him might cause some to question his intentions), the law must applied in the ways that it is written to be, not the ways that people would like to be. In cases such as these, those facing scrutiny should argue to ensure that they are not being judged against standards that do not exists. Having an attorney at one’s may help in making such an argument.