An embezzlement charge can end your career, marriage, longtime friendships and land you in jail. It can also leave you in deep debt for having to repay the funds you were accused of taking. It’s also likely that your personal and professional reputations will take some time to recover from the incident.
Whether it was financial troubles, poor judgment or misguided opportunity that led you down the path of embezzlement, it will take certain skill to resolve such a predicament. It’s important to realize that you do have legal options available to you that can help, but you must also understand that these options may not represent definitive solutions.
Duress and lack of criminal intent
A few key defenses may work when fighting an embezzlement charge. The list includes:
- Lack of evidence: Such situations can surface as some investigators and prosecutors may be too quick to jump to conclusions in securing a conviction.
- Actions were taken while you were under duress: Perhaps your life or the lives of loved ones were threatened if you did not pursue embezzlement. The situation, essentially, forced you to commit a crime.
- Issues related to entrapment: What if government agents set you up to take a criminal fall? These situations continue to happen.
- Incapacitation: Perhaps your overreliance on prescription drugs played a role and clouded your judgment at the time of the alleged crime.
- Lack of criminal intent: This is a possible defense in that when taking the money, you believed it belonged to you and that you did not commit a crime.
It is in your best interest to enlist a skilled legal ally who will do his or her best in representing you. The result could be a reduction in charges, dismissal or having your fate decided by a judge or courtroom jury. When your professional and personal futures are on the line, it’s important to understand all your options before moving forward.