Just about everyone has had a bad day at work. Usually, this simply means that things didn't go according to plan or an interaction with a coworker or customer became confrontational. In most instances, those who experience one of these days can simply sleep it off and put it behind them. For some New Yorkers, though, a bad day at the office means being accused of criminal wrongdoing, something that can't, and shouldn't, be slept on. When this happens, an individual needs to take legal action to ensure he or she is protecting himself or herself as fully as possible.
One New York resident is in this position now after being taken into custody for alleged theft. According to reports, the man became the subject of an investigation after multiple reports of missing mail were received. Investigators claim the 45-year-old man intentionally took mail containing gift cards for his own personal use. The authorities claim that they have surveillance footage of the man removing items from undelivered mail after deviating from his postal route.
These allegations are quite serious. If convicted of the crimes which he is alleged to have committed, this man could wind up facing up to five years in prison. Additionally, a conviction could leave him facing up to $250,000 in fines. Such a felony conviction could utterly ruin his life by damaging his reputation and leaving him with a criminal record that may be difficult, if not impossible, to escape.
When so much is on the line, criminal defendants owe it to themselves to seek out the best criminal defense team they can find. A skilled attorney may be able to challenge what would otherwise be damaging evidence, thereby suppressing it or at least diminishing its impact on the case. To learn more about how to build a criminal defense with an eye on avoiding the harsh penalties that may await in the event of a conviction, accused individuals can reach out to an attorney of their choosing.