Embezzlement

Embezzlement is the crime of misappropriating funds which have been entrusted to one in the course of his or her professional duties. If this money is redirected for one’s own benefit contrary to the intended purpose of the funds, embezzlement has occurred. Embezzlement can vary from being a Class A misdemeanor all the way up to first degree felony, with the variations being dependent upon on the amount of goods or money embezzled. Penalties for first degree felonies include up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

If you are being accused of embezzlement, there are many ways you can defend yourself, but you will need an attorney to help you prepare your case. The understanding embezzlement defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter offer the committed and vigorous legal representation that you need in this difficult time. Contact us at 214-845-7007 to set up a case consultation today.

Embezzlement Defenses

There are many different elements of an embezzlement case which the state must be able to establish. They must prove that funds were fraudulently appropriated for some personal use and that the embezzler had no intention of returning it. Because there are so many varying factors they have to prove beyond reasonable doubt, embezzlement cases are often difficult for the prosecution. At the same time, the numerous factors to consider allow for defense attorneys to plan robust defensive strategies. Some of the most used embezzlement defenses include:

  • The alleged embezzlement was an honest mistake
  • The accused embezzler did not intend to deprive the owner of their property
  • The accused embezzler with consent of the funds’ rightful owner

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Do not delay seeking legal counsel if you have been charged with embezzlement, whatever the degree. Contact the Dallas embezzlement defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.