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No conviction in theft case against Connecticut police officer

Anyone, even those involved with enforcing the law, can be accused of a crime. In May 2012, a Connecticut police officer lost his job after being accused of theft and tampering with evidence. According to reports, the officer was accused of stealing $110 out of a total $322 that was seized during a drug bust. According to the officer's lawyer, he maintained his innocence at all times during the past few years.

According to reports, all charges were dropped as of Jan. 31, 2014. That includes the charges for tampering with evidence, as well as a sixth-degree larceny charge. The prosecutor in the case stated that the larceny charge held a one-year statute of limitations. The warrant for the officer's arrest was signed two months after the statute ran out.

Regarding the tampering charges, the prosecutor stated that there was not enough evidence. She didn't believe the prosecution would prevail at trial, so she didn't seek one. The man's attorney stated that he was was happy with the result of the case, as he believes it was the proper outcome.

The outcome of a criminal case is dependent on much more than just launching a strong defense against accusations. Attorneys on both sides can take advantage of technical and legal issues to bring about desired results. Because of this, it's essential for anyone who is accused of a crime to have a detailed understanding of the law and how to approach the courts.

In the case of the police officer, allegations were made and he lost his job. An arrest was a different matter, however, and was not conducted in a timely manner. His case was also moved to another court. All of these things can play a part in the outcome of a case.

Source: The Hartford Courant, "Charges Dropped Against Former Suffield Officer" No author given, Feb. 07, 2014

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