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Theft Charges Thrown Out at Preliminary Hearing

by | Aug 29, 2013 | Uncategorized |

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client who was charged with employee theft from a small business in Berks County. Our client was charged with removing a small sum of money from a “petty cash” box inside the business. Our client was adamant that she didn’t steal any money from the business. She freely admitted that she did take money from the “petty cash” box, as that was a part of her job at the business. She claimed she took the money to exchange it for larger bills at the front register of the business.

At the hearing, Attorney McAllister cross-examined the owner of the small business, and got him to admit that our client was permitted to have access to the “petty cash” box, as well as remove money from it. Attorney McAllister argued that there simply wasn’t enough evidence that a criminal act was committed.

At the end of the hearing, the Judge took a short recess to analyze the arguments. After returning to the bench, the Judge dismissed all of the charges against our client.

Our client was very happy with the outcome of the case. She was originally facing having a misdemeanor record for the rest of her life. After the charges were dismissed, though, our client will have the opportunity to have have these charges expunged, and any trace or this unfortunate incident ever happening will be cleared from our client’s record.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Reading, PA, or Berks County, Pennsylvania, please contact us right away at 610-372-5128. One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss your case in more detail. And remember, the initial consultation is always free of charge in criminal and DUI matters.



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