People who facing criminal charges must often make a variety of different, difficult choices, including whether to fight the charges in court or accept a plea deal if offered. Unfortunately, some people in Missouri ultimately come to the difficult conclusion that there is sufficient evidence to convict them of the allegations against them, prompting them to plead guilty. In fact, a dentist in another state has recently avoided prison time following a guilty plea in a federal tax evasion case.
Reports indicate that the dentist admitted to diverting payments from his practice to personal bank accounts beginning in 2011. It is believed that as a result, he failed to pay taxes on $1.2 million in payments. The now 72-year-old man reportedly transferred the funds to investment accounts and other banks and used them for personal expenses.
Though prosecutors recommended 18 months in prison, he was able to avoid prison time. He was sentenced to three years of probation. He must also serve 280 hours of community service, pay a $75,000 fine and provide free dental services. The man has already paid over $900,000 in back taxes and penalties since pleading guilty.
Unfortunately, what some people may believe is a relatively innocuous action could have significant legal ramifications. Though in some cases tax evasion allegations stem from a simple oversight, many charged admit that there might be sufficient evidence to prove that they committed a crime. Because the criminal justice system can be complicated, many people in Missouri want an experienced attorney to examine the details of their cases and help them determine the most appropriate course of action for their individual circumstances.