Colorado Springs Embezzlement Lawyers
Owners of companies of all sizes place a lot of trust in their employees. Managers and owners expect workers to uphold a company's values and interact with customers in a positive manner. Some workers also have access to a company's finances.
If an individual does not handle that money properly, the authorities may charge that person with embezzlement. Embezzlement is a serious workplace crime that can have harsh penalties. Retaining a criminal defense attorney the minute you know you an investigation is underway is critical. Colorado Springs white collar crime lawyer Timothy Bussey of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. is knowledgeable about this area of the law, and he will work diligently to make sure the outcome of your situation is as positive as possible.
The definition of embezzlement is fairly specific. First, an individual must have legal access to funds in his or her line of work. Second, the money must not belong to the person; he or she has no legal claim to the money. Third, he or she must take the money with the intent of keeping it. In other words, the reason a person took the money was to defraud the rightful owner. Embezzlement can take many forms. A grocery store cashier who takes money from the register is embezzling as is a financial tycoon who creates an elaborate scheme and fails to handle investors' money as promised.
Embezzlement is always a crime, but some cases are more serious than others. For that reason, it is impossible to predict what a person's exact punishment will be. Referring to the example above, a grocery store clerk who took $20 a couple of times may simply lose his or her job and have a misdemeanor on his or her record. The financial tycoon, on the other hand, can receive a 150-year sentence and will almost certainly spend the rest of his or her life behind bars.
Whether your employer is currently investigating you for embezzlement or the authorities are already involved, you need a Colorado Springs embezzlement attorney to help you fight the charges. In some cases, a Colorado theft defense lawyer may be able to keep the case out of the courts by facilitating an agreement in which you simply pay back the money you took. Other cases are not so simple. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you develop the best possible defense strategy under the circumstances. Collecting documentation and finding out whether others had access to the money are usually steps in this process. Contact us at (719) 475-2555 to arrange a free initial consultation and find out more about your legal options.