When most people think of embezzlement, they think of something they’ve seen in the movies or a TV show that is handled by a crime syndicate. The truth is that most embezzlement charges are nothing like they are portrayed. So what are they7 like? Keep reading to learn the basics, and then contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 if you have been charged with this or another theft crime.
It is Easier Than You Think to Be Accused of Embezzlement
Despite the idea that embezzlement is a high-profile, white-collar crime that involves millions of dollars or extremely valuable property, the truth is that most cases are much less interesting. In fact, any person who takes cash or an item of value from their employer could be charged with embezzlement, whether they work at a desk in a gas station or for a multi-million-dollar bank.
The Potential Consequences of Being Charged with Embezzlement
This is a crime that, just by being accused, you could face serious consequences – whether you are ever convicted or not. If your clients, customers, or even friends and family hear about the accusation, they could lose faith in you. This could affect both your personal and professional life.
If your job requires that you hold a state-issued license, you could have it suspended or even revoked – once again, even if you are not convicted. If you are convicted, you will likely find it very difficult to get a job with that on your record. Of course, this is all without even considering the very serious criminal penalties you could face, including jail time and fines.
Potential Defense Options for Charge of Embezzlement
There are various defense options that might work for you, depending on the specifics of your case. First, we could work to show that you, in good faith, believed that you were permitted to use the money or property that you are accused of embezzling. We can show that you had no criminal intent or that you have been falsely accused entirely and were not at all involved.
It Does Not Generally Matter if You Pay the Money Back
One of the most common misconceptions people have about being accused of this particular crime is that if they simply pay back the money, then they will not be charged. This does not generally affect whether or not you will be charged, though it can be a negotiating factor in the event we need to fight for the best possible plea deal.
If you are ready to learn more about your legal options, or if you have been accused of this or another crime, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 for a free legal consultation.