Police officers are expected to uphold the law in all circumstances. It can be quite a shock to hear of an officer accused of committing a crime. One Georgia police corporal is likely working with a criminal defense attorney after being accused of theft and violating her oath, among other charges.
Authorities said that the officer was in charge of collecting medications as part of the office's drug take-back program. The program is supposed to provide a means for people to relieve themselves of any unwanted or expired medications. After some time, another officer took over the position. The sheriff's office believes that the corporal did not turn in all of her keys and instead used them to steal medications.
According to the sheriff, a search of the corporal's home allegedly found a significant amount of pharmaceuticals. She was charged with violation of oath, fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and two counts of violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act. The corporal has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues. After being arrested and taken to jail, she paid a $20,000 bond to be released.
Such charges could lead to serious consequences should a conviction be obtained. Though a person may face criminal charges, they still have legal rights that must be protected. Experienced Georgia criminal defense attorneys can work toward protecting a person's rights as well as assisting clients in building a strong defense to present before the court. Additionally, an attorney could provide guidance and support through any related legal proceedings.
Source: wrbl.com, "MCSO: Corporal arrested, charged with stealing drugs from take-back program", Mikhaela Singleton, Oct. 6, 2017