Embezzlement is one of the most common white collar crimes. It happens every single day in businesses around the country, and the culprits do eventually get caught. However, there are some individuals who may be falsely accused of embezzlement, and those who have been charged with a more severe form than what they may have actually committed.
Embezzlement involves using your superior position for financial gain. A person who commits embezzlement usually holds a position involving either money or property. Embezzlement charges depend upon the value of the money or the items that have been taken. Regardless of the severity of your charges, you can count on the Minneapolis embezzlement attorneys at Meshbesher & Associates to help you.
Handling Embezzlement Charges
If you've been charged with embezzlement, try not to panic. It can be difficult not to feel like your world is crashing all around you, but don't scream, shout, or make any type of scene since such actions could be used against you in court. You need to remain as calm as possible.
The second thing you need to do is stop yourself from saying anything that could incriminate you. This means remaining silent. You are told that you have the right to remain silent and it is best that you do exactly that. Even if you do not think you are incriminating yourself by explaining the situation, something you say could be misconstrued. You should have an attorney before you say anything, so that you can be advised and it can be confirmed that your rights are not being violated.
This brings about the third thing you should do: contacting a Minneapolis embezzlement attorney so that you can have someone by your side throughout the entire process. The sooner you make the phone call, the better.
If you’re convicted of embezzlement, the penalties can be anything from a simple misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine to a felony. If you’re convicted of embezzlement as a felony, the prison time can be extensive and so can the fines. They will vary based upon the severity of the crime. If the crime would be convicted as a gross misdemeanor, there is still up to one year in jail and $3,000 in fines.
One of the toughest consequences is that you may never be able to find a very high-paying job, as most employers do not hire individuals with criminal records. If they do, they likely won't hire someone who has been convicted of embezzlement, as it is theft. That is why it is in your interest to do everything you can to ensure that you have a strong defense for your case.
Count On Meshbesher & Associates
When you've been accused of embezzlement, you've been charged with a serious crime that could lead to prison time and fines. You need an attorney willing to stand up for you in court and work to have the charges dismissed or have them reduced so that you can move on with your life.
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