The commission of a property crime can be a very serious matter that can have a potentially lifelong negative impact on the life of the accused or convicted. Unfortunately, once someone is accused of committing a crime, there are often many aspects of these situations that work against the alleged criminal. One example is police reports, which often portray a very one-sided story.
No matter how small the amount of property impacted by these crimes, and even if they do not result in any physical injuries to another individual, the consequences can be severe. For example, a Texas man was recently sentenced on robbery charges. The 52-year-old man apparently stole nearly $2,000 from a teller at Wells Fargo. He was sentenced to over 13 years in federal prison for the incident.
According to reports, the man walked into the bank and handed a note to the teller. He then took the money. Later he was identified on video surveillance from the bank and he turned himself into authorities.
Penalties that include extended jail time such as this one does can tear a family apart. Unfortunately, prosecutors do not often have those considerations in mind and may be more interested in seeking severe consequences.
Fortunately, there are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Houston, Texas that will be an advocate for the accused and get them the best outcome that is as minimally punitive as possible. This may include something like a diversion program or one of another wide variety of options. Defense attorneys are very familiar with these other options and will do everything in their power to find and fight for any option that the defendant may have a chance of obtaining.
Source: news-journal.com, "Man sentenced for East Texas bank robbery," Feb. 27, 2013