An LDS seminary teacher has been charged with several crimes after admittedly burglarizing a home for Lortab.
Brian Thacker entered a home on a Sunday afternoon and allegedly took Lortab from a medicine cabinet in the home. One of the home’s residents was upstairs at the time and looked out the window as he was leaving. At that point she recognized him and called police.
Thacker reportedly admitted to burglarizing the home and stealing the Lortab. He is currently on administrative leave from his job with the LDS Church and is in a drug rehab program. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Felony and Misdemeanors
In addition to being charged with burglary, a second degree felony, Thacker is also charged with two class B misdemeanors: theft and possession of a controlled substance. A second degree felony guilty verdict can earn a person anywhere from 1-15 years in prison, while a class B misdemeanor guilty verdict can result in a sentence of up to 6 months in jail or prison.
Always Talk to an Attorney First
The first mistake Thacker made (if it’s true) was burglarizing a home. His next mistake was to talk to police about a crime they believe he’d committed without consulting a Utah criminal defense attorney.
Law enforcement has their own agenda—it’s to charge someone with a crime. They’re not looking out for the best interests of the person they believe is guilty.
A Utah criminal defense attorney has his agenda, too. It’s to help defend his client to the best of his ability. If you’re being investigated for any crime, firmly refuse to answer questions until you talk to a lawyer. The only information you’re required by law to give to police is your identification. Other than that you are under no obligation to talk to police, particularly if they want you to incriminate yourself.
Always talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney before you discuss your situation with the police. Remember: you’re innocent unless proven guilty and you don’t need to help put yourself in jail.