A woman who was accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs and official misconduct was placed on leave without pay in 2014. The police officer is now trying to get her job back after being found not guilty of those charges. Throughout the long ordeal, this woman has maintained that she was innocent. She refused to entertain plea bargains and fought to prove that she wasn't guilty.
This case started in October 2014 when the woman was indicted on the previously stated charges in connection with the accusation that she was running a drug dealing operation out of her residence. The woman's attorney alleges that she is only facing charges because of retaliation over a lawsuit that was filed before the charges.
Another resident of the home, her child's father, is said to have stored the drugs in the home and ran his operation out of the home. Undercover detectives reportedly purchased drugs from the man eight times in October through December of 2013. Authorities claim that a subsequent search of the home netted paraphernalia and packaged crack cocaine.
Criminal charges related to this matter that were placed against that man and a 50-year-old woman are still pending.
This woman's case proves that innocent until proven guilty isn't necessarily the way it goes. This woman was unable to do her job and has to fight to get it back all because of charges placed against her.
Anyone who is facing criminal charges might face the same possibility. It is imperative to fight to prove your innocence if something similar happens to you.
Source: NJ.com, "Suspended cop found not guilty on drug charges, wants job back," Tom Haydon, NJ Advance Media, July 06, 2016