White collar charges are far more common in Pennsylvania than one might believe. The consequences associated with a conviction for forgery can be extremely heavy. In fact, forgery charges that result in a criminal conviction can result in extensive jail time. However, individuals facing white collar charges have the right to defend themselves in a court of law. Obviously, this right is often best asserted with the aid of legal counsel for the construction of a strong defense.
The former treasurer for Civil Service Employees Association Local 185 purportedly admitted to embezzling more than $7,000 during his time in service to the union. He is quoted as saying that he forged checks, as well as cashed checks that were meant for deposit into the union checking account. Instead, he kept them for himself. He went on to state that his wife had lost her job and he had used the money to help support his family.
The 42-year-old man recently entered into a plea agreement that will likely prove a very wise decision. The plea agreement resulted in a reduction of charges from eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of grand larceny to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument alone. In essence, the plea agreement relieved the man of eight different felonious charges.
No matter what the reason, forgery is illegal in the eyes of the law. As such, those who have been accused of white collar charges often find themselves best served in seeking the aid of qualified legal representation. In Pennsylvania, a strong defense may be an accused individual's best hope of maintaining his or her freedom. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the case, all those accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty - and everyone has the right to defend him or herself in a court of law.
Source: Watertown Daily Times, "Charges reduced in union forgery case," W.T. Eckert, June 18, 2013