When former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with the attempted sexual assault of a hotel housekeeper by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the charges arose out of allegations that he forced the woman to perform oral sex on him in his luxury hotel room.
Most individuals understand that being charged with a crime can result in serious penalties. But what is almost equally as important to know is that penalties can be more severe if the charged individual has prior arrests or criminal convictions.
Nearly ten years ago, a Wisconsin man set out to get a new trial after he was convicted of sexual assault. He believed that he had new evidence that would prove that he did not commit the crime he was accused of.
Several posts back, we discussed how accusations of internet crimes such as underage pornography can impact an individual on a personal and professional level. The story revolved around a former Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority director. He had been the focus of an investigation after underage pornography was found on the computers in the Housing Authority offices.
As we've seen in a number of previous posts, facing any type of criminal charges can seriously affect the future of the individual being charged. The consequences can be even more severe when a person is charged with both state and federal crimes.
Two Wisconsin residents were arrested for possession with the intent to deliver drugs. They had been on their way to a festival with several others when their motor home was pulled over. Police reported that they could smell marijuana and brought in a police dog. As a result of the search, the officers found marijuana in the vehicle.
Federal investigators take allegations of white collar crimes very seriously. There are a number of different crimes that fall under the category of white collar crimes. One of the more well-known white collar crimes is fraud. Charges of fraud are very serious and can result in severe penalties if the accused is convicted of the crime.
When allegations of sexual assault are reported on college and university campuses, campus police are usually notified of the report. And when a student is accused of a sex crime, even the allegations can affect the student's reputation and future at the school.