You find yourself painted into a corner. Personal problems, financial problems and addictions have overcome you. Now, these issues along with the accompanying desperation spill over into your professional life. You have been a longtime trusted employee, but now make some choices that are not the best. As a result, your employer accuses you of embezzlement.
A criminal charge of embezzlement likely awaits you. You must understand the seriousness of this situation. Your personal life and professional life will take a hit. Besides that, you face incarceration, probation, steep fines and restitution. You need legal advice pronto.
When you understand that you are under suspicion of embezzlement, there are certain steps to take; namely, it is crucial to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. In addition, here are important steps to remember:
- If approached by an employer and accused of embezzlement, be careful what you say. Do not incriminate yourself. Remember, charges have yet to be filed. Seek advice from an attorney.
- Embezzlement can be a felony, depending on the amount of money missing. This is a serious charge that could lead to incarceration. Work with a skilled attorney who can try to get the charges reduced or dismissed and is willing to take your case to trial.
- Along with criminal charges, you likely face a civil lawsuit from your employer. The company wants to reimbursement for the missing money.
Desperation may have led you down this path. But with experienced legal help, you can get your life back on track.