Nashville Embezzlement Defense Lawyer
In the paragraphs below, an experienced Tennessee embezzlement defense lawyer discusses embezzlement and what to do if you have been accused of this crime.
A Devastating Charge
For any form of business or commerce to take place, trust is crucial. As an employer, you want your employees to keep faith with you with regard to the company’s money or other assets and as an employee, you want your employer to know that you can be trusted. A charge of embezzlement turns this relationship of trust upside down. Not only can it ruin your reputation and your relationship with your employer or the owner of the property, it can expose you to criminal charges and severe penalties.
What Embezzlement Is
Essentially, embezzlement is a form of corporate theft in which a person who has been entrusted with the management of funds or property owned by someone else has diverted those funds to his or her own use. It is a combination of theft and betrayal of trust, as the owner of the property placed personal confidence in the manager to carry out his or her duties responsibly. Given that the accused is believed to have broken faith with the owner by committing such an act, the owner feels a sense, not only of financial loss, but of personal violation that a jury is very likely to share. Thus, a person accused of embezzlement is not someone upon whom a jury will be inclined to look kindly.
If You Are Accused
As someone who has been unjustly accused of embezzlement, your first priority is to seek qualified legal advice from a defense attorney experienced in white collar crimes. Once the attorney has agreed to take your case, he or she will examine the evidence carefully to determine whether or not embezzlement actually did take place and if there is any real foundation for the charges. Your lawyer will work with you to search for weaknesses or inconsistencies in the case against you. If grounds do exist, your attorney may work with your employer on settling the matter outside of the courts through restitution or other means. Failing all else, your attorney will attempt to reach a plea agreement with the prosecution. You should be aware, however, that it is not in your lawyer’s power to promise a favorable outcome, nor would a reputable attorney ever do so. If you approach an attorney and he or she makes such a promise, go somewhere else.
Call Your Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyer Now
If you have been accused of embezzling funds or other property, act immediately to protect yourself. Call Horst Law at (615) 403-2971 today and let us fight the battle by your side.