Delaware Embezzlement Defense Lawyer
Embezzlement is a very serious, and very common, type of white-collar crime committed in Delaware. Embezzlement is a crime that involves misappropriation, misuse or abuse of company items, company property or company finances that someone has been entrusted with.
Often times a person holding an upper-level financial position such as Chief Financial Officer or Controller may abuse their positions and use company funds for personal use or personal financial gain. Employee theft and theft by bookkeepers are also very common types of embezzlement.
White collar crimes including embezzlement, fraud and money laundering carry severe legal consequences if convicted. These crimes may be tried in Federal Courts as well. Ultimately the penalty for embezzlement is determined by the value of the misappropriated property or funds.
If you have been charged with or accused of a white-collar crime including embezzlement you should speak to a skilled Delaware Defense Attorney immediately. Contact the Law Offices of Murray, Phillps & Gay at 302-855-9300. Email a Delaware Defense Attorney.
Keys to Establishing A Case For Embezzlement
In order to be convicted of embezzlement in a court of law, several things need to happen. First and foremost the prosecution needs to demonstrate a fiduciary relationship between the accused and the person, party or entity who lost the property or funds.
From there it must be proven that the property or monies came into the defendant’s possession via that fiduciary relationship. It must then be reiterated that the defendant fraudulently assumed ownership of the property and intentionally misused the property.
If you need help protecting yourself from a white-collar crime arrest or charge, you need to contact a lawyer right away. An experienced lawyer can help you after you have been arrested.
Common Signs Of Embezzlement
As it is not uncommon for employees to have full access to company property it can be very easy for them to embezzle that property. Very common signs of embezzlement, or employee theft, are inaccurate accounting records.
These records will usually have inexplicable gaps in the records. Missing petty cash, multiple or duplicate payments and unbalanced accounts payable and receivable are all also signs of possible embezzlement. Lastly, missing financial documents such as receipts may be indicative of this kind of white-collar crime.
The prosecution may focus heavily on items such as these if your case goes to trial. A qualified and tenacious Delaware Defense Lawyer can help you by devising a strategic defense in an attempt to protect your rights.
Contact A Delaware Defense Lawyer
Being charged with embezzlement, money laundering, misappropriation of funds or any other white collar crime can have severe lifelong consequences on your personal & professional life. If ultimately convicted your freedom, your rights, your financial status and your ability to remain gainfully employed are all compromised.
Contacting an experienced Delaware Defense Attorney to protect your rights and your reputation. The Law Offices of Murray, Phillps & Gay can help successfully steer you through the convoluted and complex legal system. Call our Sussex County office at 302-855-9300. You can also email the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay.