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Queens councilman faces allegations of fraud, other crimes

Not all crimes in New York are violent crimes. White-collar crimes also take place, and will be aggressively prosecuted. That is why it is important for New Yorkers to establish a strong defense when accused of white-collar crimes such as identity theft, fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.

In New York, Queens Councilman Ruben Wills has been charged with grand larceny, fraud and falsifying records. However, he has proclaimed his is not guilty and plans on fighting these accusations. He also maintains that he will not resign from his position due to the charges against him. He claims he has the support of both the council and his district in these matters. He has had to turn in his passports, but has been released without bail.

This situation brings up a very good point -- that in the United States there is the presumption of innocence when it comes to criminal accusations. This is radically different than the notion that a person is presumed guilty of a crime and must prove their innocence. In the United States, the prosecution has the duty to prove a person's guilt, and many times they cannot do so. White-collar crimes can come with hefty penalties, including prison time, fines and a criminal record. That is why it is so important for the accused to wage a strong defense against such charges.

Despite this, facing a criminal trial can be daunting. Fortunately, there are criminal defense professionals available to those accused of a crime, so they do not have to face a courtroom alone. By developing a solid argument, the accused may be able to win their case and walk away free.

Source: New York Observer, "Ruben Wills: 'I am Presumed Innocent and That's What I'm Going With'," Ross Barkan, May 7, 2014

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