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When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.



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Questions You May Have If You Are Accused of Embezzlement

by Lillian Wheeler

When an individual holds a position of trust in a business situation, they are expected to perform their jobs with integrity and honesty. Most people take this type of responsibility very seriously and would never betray the trust of their employer or their clients. However, innocent people can be accused of taking things illegally and find themselves in big trouble with the law. Being accused of such an act can be very frightening. If you'd like to learn more about things you can do if you find yourself in this situation, read on.

What is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a specific type of theft that involves stealing money entrusted to you by someone who does business with you, like an employer or a client. For example, a brokerage advisor may build up a relationship with a client and gain their trust only to skim some of the investment gains for their own use. That is a classic case of embezzlement, but there are more ways to embezzle money. Another common form of embezzlement involves taking advantage of the elderly, young, or incapacitated by using the victim's financial resources for private, personal gain and not for the benefit of the victim.

How Can Someone Be Accused of Embezzlement When They Didn’t Do It?

Financial crimes like embezzlement can be complex, and that means it can be difficult to prove that you are innocent of the charges. Misunderstandings, she-said/he-said situations, and personal relationship problems can turn into what appears to be a crime before you know it. For example, you might have used access to a bank account to reimburse yourself for something you previously purchased for a business. Some businesses make a habit of doing things this way and there certainly is no crime in it. However, what might have been a common practice can look very bad to those investigating such issues. 

When Should You Contact an Attorney?

Being accused of embezzlement can be devastating and even just the accusation can have long-term effects on a career. It's vital that anyone being accused of this type of crime have a paper trail of transactions to prove their innocence. Many lawyers that practice in this area of criminal law are well-versed in financial matters or have consultants to assist them in their investigation.

If you've been accused of embezzlement, you should immediately speak with a criminal defense lawyer who understands the ramifications and has the expertise to represent you effectively.