If you have been charged with embezzlement, you should know it is a very serious and complex charge. When judges decide that someone has used their company to fund their lifestyle, they tend to punish harshly. The cases are complex, and a lot of documents, ledgers, and financial questions will be needed in order for a conviction to be made. You need a lawyer for this: otherwise, you may face some serious time or fines.
Most of the time, embezzlement involves an employee taking money from their employers or business partners. This can mean a lot of different things, but a few common examples include:
Most forms of commerce involve a business trusting someone to process transactions in an honest manner. Clients have to trust someone else to use money in a way they agree upon. Businesses have to trust that the employees in charge of finances use that money in the way they are supposed to. When this trust is broken, embezzlement occurs.
To convict someone of embezzlement, prosecutors must prove the following:
If a prosecutor is unable to prove each of these three factors beyond a reasonable doubt, a conviction is unlikely: this is why you want to have an experienced embezzlement lawyer on your side. A good lawyer can prove that you had permission to use the money, or that you are not the person responsible for the missing money. The goal of an embezzlement lawyer is to build a strong defense. There are a few different possible defenses, the most common being duress, incapacity, and lack of intent:
The Skinner Law Firm handles embezzlement cases throughout Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County. If you have been accused of embezzlement, call (610) 436-1410 or contact us here to discuss your case immediately.