California firefighters, like others throughout the nation, are known for their courage and self-sacrifice. They are, however, just like everyone else in that they face temptations in life, and sometimes find themselves facing trouble with the law. This seems to be the case for one former San Francisco firefighter who will likely need a strong criminal defense after being charged with several felonies related to an alleged embezzlement.
The firefighter quit her job sometime in Oct. 2016. Before that, however, in addition to her normal duties at work, she represented her department by running a community charity drive for disadvantaged children for approximately 10 years. In December, checks made payable to the woman from the account were supposedly discovered, as well as ATM withdrawals believed to have been made by her. An investigation began after she had already resigned her position.
At some point, she was accused of stealing at least $25,000 from the organization's account. On a recent Monday, she was arrested and charged with two felonies. Just as anyone charged with a crime is able to do, the woman will have the opportunity to present a defense against the charges in court.
In serious situations like this one, it is common for the person accused to seek immediate assistance by requesting a meeting with a California criminal defense lawyer. Positive outcomes often hinge upon experienced and aggressive representation. Even in situations where a conviction is handed down, an attorney can often act on behalf of a client to obtain a lesser sentence than that which is allowed by law.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Former California Firefighter Charged in Toy-Drive Theft", March 22, 2017