Falsely Accused of Embezzlement
The popular perception of so-called “white-collar” crimes like embezzlement holds that the penalties for these crimes are minor. That is a false and dangerous perception. An embezzlement conviction can result in substantial criminal penalties, including hefty fines, restitution, and many years in jail.
If you’ve been falsely accused of embezzlement, the Nevada criminal defense attorneys at Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law should be your first call. With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, our veteran lawyers understand what’s at stake in a situation like this. We take a team approach to all of our cases.
For us, it’s not about ego or the number of successful cases we have. It’s about getting the best results for our clients. To schedule your free case evaluation, call us or visit our contact page.
What Is Embezzlement Under Nevada Law?
Nevada law defines embezzlement as taking goods, money, or property “with the intent to steal it or to defraud the owner” by someone who’s been entrusted with it. Embezzlement is a form of theft. It occurs when someone steals from their employer or company, for example.
A simple example of embezzlement would be an employee using a company credit card to pay for personal items or expenses. The business entrusted that person with the company card for legitimate uses, but instead, they’ve used the card for personal gain.
How Do I Fight a False Accusation of Embezzlement?
To prove the crime of embezzlement, prosecutors must provide evidence that:
- A fiduciary relationship existed between the defendant and the person or business accusing them of embezzlement.
- The defendant obtained or stole the money, goods, or property through that fiduciary relationship.
- The defendant took ownership of the stolen goods or transferred ownership to another party.
- The defendant acted with the intent to commit a crime.
The need to prove intent is a crucial factor in many embezzlement cases, and many of the most common defenses against embezzlement focus on the intent angle.
Some of the most common defense strategies for embezzlement charges include:
- Showing that you acted under duress, meaning you seriously believed harm would come to you if you did not commit the crime.
- Showing that you did not act with the intent to commit the crime, or that you believed you were correctly following your employer’s instructions.
- Showing that you were mentally incapacitated and did not know that what you were doing was wrong. For example, you may have acted while under the influence of heavy medication.
- Showing that you were the victim of entrapment, meaning you were compelled to commit the crime due to the influence of law enforcement.
Do I Need an Embezzlement Lawyer?
Embezzlement is a misdemeanor crime if the value of the stolen property is below certain thresholds. At higher levels, the potential penalties for embezzlement include hefty fines and many years in prison.
With stakes that high, contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney is imperative when accused of embezzlement. If you’re charged with this crime, you need to start working on your defense strategy immediately. That means talking to a lawyer as soon as you can.
Get Help from Our Nevada Embezzlement Defense Lawyers
Don’t wait to act if you’re facing an embezzlement charge. Get in touch with our team today by calling us or visiting our contact page. We offer consultations that are free and completely confidential.