Holding a position in your community that makes you well known to the public often means that many members of the community will know you and the things that you do. Thus, if you are accused of a crime, this could be seriously detrimental to not only your personal reputation but also your professional one as well. On top of that, the criminal allegations could mean facing serious penalties and consequences, such as losing one’s job if the crime occurred in the course of his or her employment.

This is the situation faced by a police chief in Louisiana. According to recent reports, the police chief was arrested after he was accused of using a village credit care to purchase gas for his personal vehicle. This charge amounted to $60.

The 71-year-old police chief of French Settlement is facing felony counts of malfeasance in office, as well as for injuring public records. Reports indicate that additional charges might be possible, as investigators are looking through fuel charges. The police chief has been cooperative during investigation and he has surrendered himself to authorities. As of now, he has no plans to resign. His plan is to fight these allegations, claiming that they are based on a simple mistake.

Those facing white-collar crimes like these charges should understand the severity of the matter. This helps a defendant can a good perspective of the case, which helps with the development of a criminal defense strategy. Understanding your rights and defense options can help you initiate the strongest defense you have, assisting with the reduction or dismissal of some or all of the charges faced.