Multiple criminal charges can have severe, long-lasting impacts for North Dakota defendants. However, many tend to view charges for white collar crimes as less serious than other allegations, such as burglary or drug violations. These types of crimes are still treated quite harshly in the legal world, and defendants should be certain that they fully understand the implications of such charges.
A 50-year-old former middle school principal is currently in police custody on a range of criminal charges. Police claim that he gained unauthorized access to an information system of a school district for which he formerly worked. He also allegedly kept a detailed journal that described how and why he accessed the system and other critical information.
After utilizing a search warrant, police searched the man’s electric devices. They claim they found the financial and personal information of many people employed by the district, as well as the information of some of their relatives. In his journal, he apparently wrote of significant financial troubles, which led him to access other people’s financial information. However, he is also accused of accessing the information of a woman with him his wife had butted heads with at work, as well as another woman with whom he’d had a relationship.
Charged with identity theft, stalking a detective and burglary, he is currently in police custody and expected to face additional charges soon. White collar crimes such as some of those he faces can have a profound impact on a person’s future, and a conviction can possibly preclude individuals from certain educational and employment opportunities. North Dakota defendants facing charges for crimes can usually minimize this impact by negotiating a plea deal, or fighting the charges to their fullest extent during trial court proceedings.