When facing a desperate financial situation, some individuals may make poor decisions. In the case of one Boulder man, his attempts to rectify his poor decision have resulted in an alternative sentence that will likely serve to benefit both him and his family.
Last fall, a 37-year-old Boulder man walked into a local Chase Bank branch. As he approached the bank teller’s window, he nervously slid the teller a note asking for money. The surprised teller looked at the man who then grabbed the note back and quickly left the bank.
Despite the fact that no actual crime occurred, police officers were called and began to search the area for the male suspect. Upon doing so, the 37-year-old walked up to a police officer and turned himself in. He admitted what he’d done was stupid, but that he had not been taking his medication and needed money to provide for his family.
The 37-year-old recently pled guilty to a criminal charge of attempted theft. The man had originally been charged with more severe criminal charges including attempted robbery and attempted theft, but his defense attorney was able to obtain a lesser charge.
The man was recently sentenced to a work-release program and a mandatory treatment program. The man’s defense attorney originally wanted the case to go to trial, believing the man could be cleared of all charges, but the 37-year-old did not want to go through a trial.
In this case, the man’s lesser sentence will likely provide the much-needed help he needs to gain important work skills as well as life coping skills. In these types of cases, a skilled criminal defender is often able to convince the courts and judge of the benefits of alternative sentences versus time behind bars.
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Source: Daily Camera, ”
Boulder man gets work release, probation in attempted bank robbery,” Mitchell Byars, March 20, 2013