Nebraska residents who have been charged with even one let alone multiple felony offenses might understandably be concerned about the penalties they might experience if they are eventually convicted of the crimes. There can be a wide range of criminal penalties that vary based in part on the exact crime charged as well as whether or not a person has had any prior offenses depending on the type of crime.
Certainly going to prison can have a major impact on a person's life and it may therefore be important for defendants to receive sentences that do not include required time behind bars. One man who has by most people's standards lived an upstanding life found himself facing the potential of going to prison after he was convicted of three separate felony offenses. However, a judge in the end sentenced him to pay $45,000 in fines and serve five years of probation.
The man was the named beneficiary for an elderly woman's and her late husband's estate but was convicted of essentially taking money from the estate before the woman died instead of waiting until after she had passed away. The judge did not order the man to serve time in part because he acknowledged the loving care that the defendant provided to the couple.
Being accused of any type of crime can be scary and it may help people in this situation to talk with a lawyer to learn about their defense options.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, "Former Husker announcer Patrick Combs sentenced to 5 years of probation, fined $45,000," Paul Hammel, May 16, 2018