Often on this blog we discuss the effect that a criminal conviction can have on a defendant's reputation. Many people find they have a harder time securing a good job or housing once they have a black mark on their record. This problem can be even worse for very young defendants and people convicted of multiple crimes.
A 19-year-old woman from Eagle, Wisconsin, a small town just west of the Milwaukee area, may soon find that her opportunities for success in life are diminished if she's convicted of the charges that have been filed against her. She's accused of not only embezzlement and identity theft, but heroin possession, as well.
The first accusations came from her employer, the owner of a die-cutting company in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Earlier this year he suspected that the woman had been stealing from the company, but he decided to give her a chance to pay the money back. She started by paying him $200. But upon realizing that she may have stolen several thousand dollars instead of more trivial sums, he changed his mind and called police in August. A resulting criminal complaint accuses her of stealing nearly $10,000 through debit transactions, forged checks and inflated timecards. She's been charged with theft from a business setting, theft and identity theft.
That wasn't the only trouble she faced over the summer. An argument with her boyfriend led him to call Waukesha police to report that she was on drugs. After police located the woman they said they found more than $300 worth of heroin in her car.
A conviction on any of these charges could spell big trouble for the young woman's future. Not only could she be sentenced up to 10 years in prison for the white collar crime charges alone, but the odds of overcoming her criminal history are stacked against her, especially considering her young age. She may have a better chance at success if she works with a criminal defense attorney who can act as her legal advocate and steer her back on the right track.
Source: Waukesha Patch, "Woman Charged With Embezzlement, Heroin Possession," Joe Petrie, Oct. 13, 2012
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