My little brothers' dealers' house was raided for a meth lab and I'm worried about him being arrested because his fingerprints are all over the dealers' house,and I'm afraid his prints could be on the lab stuff too.
That is a difficult question to answer. Normally fingerprints alone are not sufficient. All fingerprints show is that a certain person was present at some time. It does not show when they were present or necessarily what their involvement was. So, fingerprints on a window that was broken that was used to gain entry in a burglary for a non-property owner would be highly helpful and advantageous in proving that person committed the burglary. However, if it is just someone's prints on a desk or counter that its frequently used by numerous people, that would NOT be enough. Your little brother should set up a conference with a criminal defense attorney regardless.
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First things first -- don't post this sort of fact pattern on a public website as police agencies are combing such message boards for folks that give just a few too many details.
As Mr. Leroi said, fingerprints do nothing more than indicate that a human being was in some location -- they do not date the presence, they do not tell anyone what was going on when the prints were left, etc. Your brother has a problem. The "dealer" reference tells me your family knows of his substance abuse problems. Assuming you care for him, use the money you would spend ona criminal defense attorney (assuming he avoids prosecution this time around) and get him some help. If you don't, your next question will be "How much time is my brother looking at for a Possession with Intent to Distribute charge?"
I say that with all due respect -- and I wish you and your family nothing but the best.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
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