Facing criminal charges can be confusing, anxiety-inducing, and even scary. In some cases, individuals may have committed the crime for which they have been charged, recognizing that they have made a serious mistake. In other situations, people are accused of crimes that they did not commit. An Oakland County, Michigan embezzlement defense lawyer can get started on your case today.
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According to Section 750.174 of the Michigan Penal Code, embezzlement is defined as a crime in which the following are true of the individual accused of the crime:
To put it another way, embezzlement occurs when a person who is entrusted with another party’s money or property steals (or attempts to steal) that money or property. Embezzlement is a lot like theft, but a key element to an embezzlement offense is that the defendant had access to another person’s property or money through a relationship of trust, but did not have ownership of that property or money. Then, when the defendant steals (or tries to steal) the money, the fact that there was a relationship of trust with the money or property can lead to an embezzlement charge instead of a theft offense.
If you or someone you know is facing charges of embezzlement, it is important to seek the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Oakland County or Macomb County, Michigan. Having experienced attorneys to help you navigate the legal system may be beneficial for the outcome of your case. At Michigan Defense Law, attorney Paul J. Tafelski and his team of embezzlement lawyers may be able to help.
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Depending upon the amount of money or property embezzled, a defendant can face either a misdemeanor or a felony conviction and resulting penalties, including the following:
In some cases, penalties can increase for previous embezzlement convictions and when embezzlement affects a nonprofit corporation or a charitable organization.
Being charged with embezzling funds does not automatically mean that you will be convicted. Complex situations, non-fraudulent financial transactions, and circumstantial evidence are all common in embezzlement cases. An employer may question an employee about fraudulent transactions. This is a common starting point for embezzlement investigations. In the hope of keeping their job, employees will often give incriminating statements. Before you make any statements, consult an experienced embezzlement attorney if your employer is investigating.
It may be possible to either avoid embezzlement charges entirely or to reach a plea deal to keep your conviction off your record. In these cases, paying restitution can be a big help. However, it is important to consult an attorney to make those arrangements to avoid being indicted and maximize your case’s potential benefits.