Strong criminal defense may help avoid similar outcomes

A woman in Louisiana who worked in an accounting department for an oil company was recently sentenced in federal court. A U.S. District Court judge accepted the woman's guilty plea on two counts of electronic wire fraud. The judge informed the woman she'd be spending the next several years in jail. While conviction is not the outcome any defendant hopes for, it also does not necessarily mean the end to one's criminal defense; in fact, if legal problems arise with regard to satisfying a criminal sentence, it is best to act alongside experienced guidance to try to resolve them.

In this woman's case, she worked for an oil field company for nearly 20 years. During that time, she worked as an accountant. At some point she became a chief financial officer.  In those capacities, the woman reportedly had access to the company's bank account.  

She entered a guilty plea to charges that she illegally transferred monies from that account to her own, private bank account. In addition to three years plus some months in jail, the court also ordered the 54-year-old to pay restitution to her employer. The woman must also pay back the money she pleaded guilty to stealing.

A strong criminal defense often helps Louisiana defendants avoid conviction or at least mitigate their circumstances by convincing the court to issue a sentence at the lighter end of the scale. A person may request legal representation at any stage of a federal investigation. In the case of a conviction, an attorney may also remain on hand to help address any legal problems that arise post-sentencing. 

Source: wbrz.com, "Louisiana woman gets three years for theft from employer", April 13, 2018

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