A client who was a contractor was accused of going into a woman’s dresser while working on her apartment and taking some money out of it. The actual charges were Larceny 5th degree (53a-125a), Breach of Peace (53a-181), and Simple Trespass (53a-110a).
The client was put on suspension by his/her employer until the matter was concluded.
There is a program for people who are in trouble with the law for the first time called Accelerated Rehabilitation (“AR”). This is a way for good folks who err to avoid having to tarnish their reputations by taking a guilty plea. But this client had already used AR, so that was no longer an option.
Instead, we focused instead on the nature of the allegations.
The complainant claimed that s/he has a webcam in the bedroom, and we spent some time trying to obtain that, but never were able to do so. If it actually existed, we the State could never provide it to us. This put the State’s Attorney in an uncomfortable position, because that was the basis of the accusations.
Having some patience on the videos (despite the client wanting to get back to work), allowed me to negotiate a favorable outcome of just one charge of a Simple Trespass, which is just an infraction and does not show up on a criminal background check.
This case took some patience and great deal of negotiating with the State’s Attorney. If you want someone who will go the distance for you, please reach out to me via my Contacts page.