Identity Theft with Possession of Cocaine
The defendant was charged with a count of felony Identity Theft and a count of Possession of Cocaine. The charges were a result of an incident wherein law enforcement responded to a complaint that a hotel employee had made regarding the employee's suspicion that the defendant had stolen documents and credit cards, and was trying to make copies of them. Law enforcement responded and discovered the defendant, and another individual, in possession of records belonging to the alleged victim. A trace of cocaine was also found at the scene. The defendant pled guilty to misdemeanor Identity Theft and was sentenced to bench probation, and had to pay a fine.
My client was not the heavily culpable (aka responsible) party in this situation, the other person was. The other person was responsible for entering the alleged victim's home and taking the records/documents. Unfortunately, because my client had spoken to the police about the incident, there were statements that she had made that would have been problematic in front of a jury. After a thorough review of the discovery, multiple conversations with the DA, and the fact that my client had little to no criminal history, we were able to secure a straight misdemeanor resolution. My client was pleased to be able to avoid a felony and avoid severe consequences for this incident.
Jackson County, Oregon
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