If someone accuses you of embezzlement, you may not even comprehend the meaning of the word. The first thing to know is you will need two things. First, you will need legal representation. Embezzlement is a serious crime and if you are convicted, the penalties are serious. The second thing you should know is that you will also need legal protection. Charges of embezzlement can start a snowball of other stressful, difficult matters that only an experienced attorney can help to mitigate.
Understanding Your Washington Embezzlement Charges
Embezzlement is when someone is entrusted with other's money or other valuables and that person uses those assets as their own. It is not uncommon for someone to take money or property to solve an acute personal matter that requires money. Their intention from the time they take the money is to repay it right away and to never do it again. Life gets in the way and soon, the “borrowed” money is forgotten and no one is the wiser. The person might be emboldened when no one accuses them, and eventually the one-time instance becomes a habit. Soon the one-time thing mushrooms into a high-dollar number and others begin to take notice. This is when Loss Prevention, the police, or other authorities may become involved and charges result. When charges are filed, an investigation has typically already occurred. Even in these circumstances, it is important for you to preserve your rights. The right attorney may offer options for you.
Depending on the value of the embezzled dollars or items, charges can be classified either as a gross misdemeanor or a felony. When you are working with a trusted attorney, your case strategy will likely be a multi-pronged approach. First, your attorney's goal is to keep you out of jail. While an experienced attorney cannot perform magic, he or she can take control of the matter. With a strong plan and hard work, your attorney can often help you avoid jail.
Another objective will be to do whatever is possible to keep all charges off your record. If it is not possible to keep the charges completely off your record, there are ways your attorney can keep the case clean, at best, by having the charges dismissed or at least reduced.
Your attorney's final priority shall be to negotiate the restitution or help you get the victim's money or valuables returned. The most successful plea deals may be able to keep the entire charge off your record.
Hiring Your Washington Attorney and Fighting Your Charges
Because embezzlement cases can involve a level of complexity and negotiation that require a high level of experience, hiring the right lawyer is critical. You will need someone who understands these charges, Washington law, and the court system. Call Karimi Law today for your free consultation.