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Man Charged with One Count of Embezzlement Gets Plea Deal
A former spokesman for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District was charged with one count of felony embezzlement.
J.C., the 30-year-old defendant was formally charged with one count of felony embezzlement that could have landed him in a state prison for a maximum of three years. The defendant obtained legal representation from attorney Nic Cocis. His attorney was able to negotiate a highly favorable plea deal with the District Attorney where in exchange for pleading guilty, his client would get three years’ probation and 180 days in a work release program.
The defendant also agreed to repay the $4,909 that was withdrawn over a period extending from December 2010 to January of 2011, along with the associated court fees. What’s more, the Honorable Judge Kelly L. Hansen also told J.C. that his felony charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor after serving 18 months of his probation.
J.C.’s attorney, Nic Cocis said that his client would have the choice of either being placed on house arrest or working with the California Department of Transportation cleanup crew to serve the remaining 179 days of the work-release arrangement. His client also received credit for serving one day in jail after his arrest.
J.C. worked as a spokesman for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District until November of 2012 when he accepted a similar-type position working for Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, which is where he was working at the time of his arrest. Prior to becoming a spokesman for the school district, he worked as a reporter for The Californian newspaper.
Embezzlement is a common form of white collar crime, white collar crimes refer to crimes that are usually committed in the entrepreneurial setting and encompass various types of illegal activities including fraud, identify theft, forgery and counterfeiting. A number of people who commit white collar crimes either do so because they are under duress from a superior or a manager, and many of them were perfectly good, outstanding citizens before they became involved in an unlawful enterprise. These types of individuals may very well be your neighbor, your Uncle, or your golf partner, and most of them are not on drugs and have not committed any violent acts against others.
As in the case above, attorney Nic Cocis was successful in taking an average guy that made a mistake and dramatically changed his circumstances around for the better. J.C. faced up to three years in a state prison upon conviction, yet attorney Cocis was able to convince the prosecutor to agree to probation and 180 days in a work release program instead, so this was an extremely favorable outcome for his client, and it proves that hiring the right attorney can mean the difference between going to prison and staying at home where you belong.
Attorney Nic Cocis is the founder of Nic Cocis & Associates, a Lake Elsinore criminal defense law firm. The firm represents individuals facing criminal charges for a broad range of criminal offenses including: white collar crimes, drug crimes, DUI, sex offenses, violent crimes and everything in between. Nic Cocis is 100% dedicated to the field of criminal defense and he has been defending clients since 1999. He is a member of the California State Bar, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California. He firmly believes in defending his clients at all costs and helping them reach the best possible outcomes, regardless of their charges. To contact attorney Cocis, please call (951) 842-2347 or go online at http://www.951lakeelsinorecriminaldefenseattorney.com.