When you’re accused of a white collar crime, it should be a very serious moment in your life. These charges could result in a conviction and sentence with potential jail time and heavy fines. Now is the best time to start working on a defense, because you want your attorney on board early.
When people are accused of corruption and other crimes, it’s essential that they protect their best interests. Take, for example, this case out of Cincinnati. The former Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard may now try to strike a plea deal after she was charged with public corruption.
The federal prosecutor on the case has said that the woman’s attorney asked for a delay so that they’d have a week longer to file pretrial motions. It’s believed that the councilwoman is in talks with the government to settle the charges.
Often, a plea deal does come with a guilty plea as well. However, in this instance, it’s believed that she will also be assisting the government with the case it’s pursuing, which may help her minimize the penalties she faces.
Dennard is accused of trading votes on development deals. It’s believed that she received $15,000 for doing so in 2019. She was arrested in Cincinnati in late February, and she resigned on March 2. Today, she faces charges including bribery, honest services wire fraud and attempted extortion. This all happened after the councilwoman allegedly spoke with an attorney at Frost Brown and asked for compensation. He went on to report the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cases like this are interesting because this smaller case may be part of a much larger investigation. If you are accused of any white collar crimes, it is in your best interests to build your defense and consider deals as they’re offered.