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Woman faces allegations of stealing from people in her care

People in the Hudson Valley and throughout Upstate New York who are trusted in a job are expected to reward that trust by doing what they are required to do based on the terms of employment. It goes without saying that they are not expected to take things that do not belong to them. That includes money, property and assets. Those who are trusted to care for the elderly and disabled are often accused and charged for theft. While these allegations are serious, it does not automatically mean they are true. For people who make their living as caregivers, a criminal charge like this can not only result in long-term consequences, but it can negatively impact their job prospects. Having a lawyer is critical to a defense.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested for allegations that she stole from people she was caring for. The charges include the theft of thousands of dollars, jewelry and other items from a person she cared for. The person she was caring for was an ill adult. In addition, she is being investigated for other accusations of stealing from another person, an elderly individual. The woman faces charges for grand larceny in the third-degree and for crimes related to placing disabled or incompetent adults in danger. These are felony charges. The investigation is continuing.

Criminal charges and a criminal conviction can not only take away a person's freedom and cost them money in fines, but it can also hinder their future in myriad ways as they try to get a job, get into a school and more. Being accused of stealing can be worrisome. Whether the individual might have taken something that did not belong to them or is wrongfully accused, it is imperative to have a viable and strong defense against these charges to mitigate the penalties or gain an acquittal. For any case with charges of theft whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, a lawyer is vital.

A woman who was working as a caregiver for elderly and disabled people was arrested on felonies and other charges for stealing from them. While these are serious charges in every context, which does not imply that she is guilty and should accept the penalties for a conviction. A law firm that helps those who need criminal defense should be consulted with to deal with the case.

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