An individual facing an allegation of committing a federal offense has a legal right to counter a prosecutor’s indictment. Under certain circumstances, however, a plea bargain may help in dismissing the charges or reducing the penalties. Changing a federal offense to a state-level misdemeanor offense generally results in a punishment based on Wisconsin’s laws. 

Depending on the evidence, the jury may find that there is not enough proof to convict an individual of the alleged wrongdoing. While it is up to the prosecutor to show a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and if he or she is unable to do so, the court may not convict. If pictures, video footage or eyewitness testimony cast some doubt regarding a defendant’s actions, he or she may have the ability to bargain with the court. 

Felony charges against mail carrier reduced 

Prosecutors filed federal charges against a former U.S. postal worker over allegations that she stole mail containing rebate cards intended for delivery on her route. She fought the allegations of taking cards purportedly worth more than $600 by denying that she was the individual in the surveillance pictures used for evidence. 

As reported by the FOX6 News Team, prosecutors dismissed twelve felony charges after she admitted to taking the cards from her mail route. She then pleaded no contest to several misdemeanor theft-related charges and received a sentence of 120 hours of community service and two years of probation. 

A federal felony conviction may come with a serious punishment including jail time. It may affect an individual’s ability to find employment, as revealed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. A misdemeanor conviction, however, generally results in a lesser sentence.