• Lakeland Official Pleads Not Guilty, Acknowledges Theft

A resourceful defense and a little out-of-the-box thinking can’t hurt.

Anita Hughes resigned as Lakeland’s deputy finance director in August 2011, saying in her written resignation letter, “Please note that I will co-operate any (way) I can.”   Formal charges came later.  She was indicted in March of 2012 on charges of felony theft and official misconduct.  Lakeland is claiming that she embezzled up to $60,000 during her last three years of her ten-year tenure there.

Her attorney says she is working with authorities to rectify the matter, saying that she will not deny doing something wrong, while pleading not guilty to the charges.   According to the attorney, she is working on paying the money back.

Every case is different, and cases can hinge on the smallest details.  When you are charged with a crime, your freedoms and rights need to be vigorously defended.  But there are numberless ways of finding, or creating, an approach to doing that.  In your case, make sure that you consult with an experienced attorney who can help you find that way.