Prince George's County prosecutors recently announced that a bench warrant had been issued for a 49-year-old Upper Marlboro woman. According to reports, the woman is being charged with two counts of theft, one count of second-degree assault and one count of obtaining money from a vulnerable adult. The accused runs an assisted living residence and is believed to have convinced residents to give her access to their financial accounts.
The woman's criminal defense strategy could likely center around an argument that the residents did in fact owe her the money. Apparently, she got the financial information and ATM cards by telling the residents that they owed her for services she had provided.
Obviously, it is advisable for everyone to put all financial transactions in writing. This prevents another party from arguing that certain actions were not authorized. But, we all make mistakes. Sometimes, another person can spin actions and accuse a person of a crime. In situations where a writing does not settle the matter, it is simply a matter of he said/she said.
Without proper legal defense, the accused could face criminal conviction, a prison term or large fines. Getting the right information about a criminal defense strategy can help the accused convey their side of the story. The right strategy will likely include a careful analysis of the state's evidence against the accused's alibi.
While we all make mistakes, those mistakes should never be manipulated to support a criminal conviction. However, in situations where it is one person's word against another's, that can happen.
Source: Kansas City Star, "Md. woman accused of stealing from seniors," July 16, 2013