It is one thing to be accused of theft crimes as an average Joe; it’s a whole new ball game when it involves an individual who serves in the United States Military. Recently, at Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we were able to help a client who was facing charges that could have had detrimental consequences not only to his wallet but also to his career and reputation. Our client was accused of theft charges for computer hardware, and while the consequences for theft can be severe, due to his military standing the punishment would have been far more severe.
Our client was a military doctor, and had he been convicted of theft in this case not only would he be facing the consequences of general theft charges, but he would also receive extreme punishments from the United States Military. This would include a dishonorable discharge from the military, and seeing that he was in the process of completing his medical residency at various Dayton medical centers, he would have also been required to pay back the U.S. Navy nearly $250,000 for his medical school tuition that they paid on his behalf.
As his criminal defense attorneys, we first fought to keep his case out of the military courts, and with an aggressive tactic we were able to bring the case to the Xenia Municipal Court instead. With extensive preparation and time dedicated, we were able to help our client and the court eventually dismissed the case entirely. While many individuals may not be accused of theft crimes while serving in the military, any criminal charges may have a great effect on your life and future. In the event that you are charged with any form of crime, contact our offices today for the Dayton criminal defense attorney you deserve.