A client is accused of working with a sibling to engage in cashing counterfeit checks in Meriden Superior Court. The charges were Larceny 3rd degree (53a-124) and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3rd degree (53a-124).
S/he had never been in trouble with the law before, and I wrote a memo to the State’s Attorney arguing that my client was not part of the conspiracy, but was being used by the sibling unknowingly.
Larceny 3 is a somewhat serious charge, as it means one is being accused of stealing something valued at over $2,000. It is a felony, which means that one can go to prison for over a year.
I was able to get the prosecutor to agree to allow my client to use the Accelerated Rehabilitation program (“AR”), which is a program for defendants who are coming before the law for the first time and are deemed not likely to commit another crime. But for a felony, obtaining AR is not a given.
My client always maintained his/her innocence, and the judge agreed that should my client ever take a lie-detector test and pass, he would agree to drop the charges, allowing my client to save the AR in case it was needed in the future.
This happened in 2023.
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