Not long ago, a 46-year-old man from Indianapolis came to the offices of Hessler Law PC, when he was charged with three counts of welfare fraud after he was overpaid approximately $15,000 in benefits. The man was understandably nervous because as level C felonies, these offenses exposed him to a possible 10-year prison sentence. Therefore, in hopes of avoiding such a lengthy sentence, the man wanted a veteran criminal defense lawyer and retained Sean Hessler in his time of need.
With a wealth of knowledge in how welfare fraud cases are handled, attorney Hessler began discussing the case with the prosecution. After negotiating on his client’s behalf, the prosecution agreed to allow the man to plead to a lesser included felony charge and serve three years of probation instead of jail time. In addition, attorney Hessler facilitated a condition that allowed the felony charge to be further reduced to a misdemeanor level infraction, once the overpaid benefits were repaid. Due to attorney Hessler’s adept representation, the client could rest assured that he wouldn’t spend any time behind bars and could move past this incident with minimal impact.
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