Embezzlement is a serious white-collar crime. Embezzlement is the misappropriation of items with which a person has been entrusted. For example, embezzlement often occurs in the work setting. An accountant or other employee may “embezzle” funds from his or her company by misappropriating funds from petty cash and covering up his or her tracks. Contact a Philadelphia criminal attorney at The Zeiger Firm for a free consultation about your embezzlement case.
In general, to establish a case for embezzlement, the prosecution must establish four elements, each beyond a reasonable doubt:
- a fiduciary relationship between the defendant and the party who lost the property
- the property came into the defendant’s possession through that relationship
- the defendant fraudulently assumed ownership of the property
- the defendant intentionally misappropriated the property
Embezzlement has steep penalties. While specific penalties will depend on the value of the misappropriated property, penalties can include prison time, fines, probation and other punishments. In addition, a person can face serious reputation damage, jeopardizing his or her personal and professional future.
Contact An Embezzlement Lawyer at The Zeiger Firm
Given the seriousness of this crime, your attorney must build your strongest defense possible and do so as early as possible. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attorneys at The Zeiger Firm understand the many laws that apply to these cases, and we zealously will investigate and defend you against the charges. With aggressive investigation and lawyering, our attorneys will try to convince the authorities to drop and dismiss cases at their inception. When cases do go forward, our Philadephia criminal defense attorneys aggressively and zealously will defend you against these charges.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, have assembled teams of investigators and prosecutors who handle these cases. To fight these charges, you need defense attorneys who have handled these cases, and understand the nature of the charges and how to fight them.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attorney to defend you when arrested and charged with embezzlement, contact The Zeiger Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-546-0340 or send us an email via the form to the left.