Jacksonville is full of people who are rising professionals on their way to a successful career. However, for some, that goal of success at the end of the road is too far ahead, leaving some taking what they think is a temporary detour. Unfortunately, when that detour involves illegal conduct, the detour may become the final path. One in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure that one’s rights are protected and that one has hope of getting back on that path to one’s successful future.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Tammy Kelly Ramos was sentenced to three years in prison and twenty years of probation for schemes to defraud in excess of $50,000. Her sentence comes after Ramos wrote bad checks to herself and her businesses while working for a non-profit company for years. The checks were being used to support her strong drug habit. The Court is requiring Ramos to pay restitution of over $500,000 to the non-profit.
Jacksonville embezzlement crimes typically involve someone who for whatever reason, needed money, and used the tempting powers they had over money to get that money for themselves. Some embezzle to pay off gambling debts, others for shopping purposes; however, the biggest use of embezzled money at times is to pay for one’s drug addiction.
When someone has committed an embezzlement crime such as this for a drug use problem, one typically need look no further than to a person off the pathway to success, stumbling through life. In many instances, the accused is merely struggling to deal with one’s self and is using the drug as a crutch, making the act of embezzlement just another step towards an even bigger problem.
The act of embezzling is typically a series of events of theft kept in a pattern over a period of time, with small amounts taken here and there in order to not look suspicious. However, those small periods of time make one have a record of stealing multiple times. This trail makes one an easier target for the State to go after because there is more evidence showing repeated dishonesty towards the company one works for and a showing that one is not remorseful or willing to change.
In this particular case, Ramos was embezzling large amounts of money to support her $800 per week drug addiction. She was so addicted to the drug that she became desperate for money to buy her more. Many times, the State does not take into account the accused’s drug issues fueling the act and but for the drug addiction, the money would not have been embezzled.
Unfortunately for many, the State will see money stolen and a lot of evidence pointing toward the accused, thus forcing the accused to plea to a horrible deal. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville embezzlement defense attorney, one can ensure that one’s rights are protected and that one has the best defense and negotiation skills necessary to gain a more favorable outcome.
If one has an experienced attorney at one’s side, one can present one’s personal problems as a mitigating factor for the plea deal and sentencing phase of one’s case, and how that problem was the only reason for the misconduct. Furthermore, one’s attorney could take one’s willingness to cooperate with the court and plead with the court for a much more favorable sentence for the accused, making the accused able to have an easier turn around back into regular society.
One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional SourceJacksonville woman gets 3 years in prison for embezzling $530,000 from nonprofit, Charles Broward, The Florida Times Union