When a person is accused of a crime, there are probably many different thoughts running through their mind. One is often how these accusations could impact their personal and professional lives. Facing a felony charge could mean severe penalties. The defendant could endure costly fines and well as jail time. The legal process to determine their innocence is often life-altering, so it is important to establish a strong defense and develop a strategy to help reduce or drop the charges.
A couple from northern Virginia was recently arrested at a Maryland casino. According to the arrest report, the couple attempted to use doctored chips at a table at the casino. This occurred only a few weeks after a different couple attempted to get away with a similar fake-chip scheme.
Authorities believe that they used $1 chips from another casino in order to doctor them up to look like $100 chips at this Maryland casino. The couple was caught exchanging four fake $100 chips for the equivalent in $25 chips. They proceeded to play a hand, lose that hand and head to the cashier. Although they left the casino with trading in roughly 10 fake chips, the fakes were easily identified.
Following their apprehension, the couple admitted that they purchased counterfeit chips online. Moreover, authorities recovered nearly $115,000 in counterfeit chips that were floating in a nearby lake. Authorities presume the couple dumped them as an attempt to ditch them. The couple was arrested and charged with various crimes, including felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft.
When a person is charged with a felony, it is important that a proper investigation is conducted. This could help a defendant suppress evidence against them. In addition, if a defendant has a clean criminal record, they could use that to mitigate the charges against them.
There are various defense strategies that a criminal defendant could use in an attempt to reduce the charges they face. Whether it is providing evidence or making a plea bargain, defendants should understand they are entitled to a defense.
Source: The Washington Post, "Another Va. couple charged with passing fake chips at Maryland Live Casino," J. Freedom Du Lac, April 10, 2014