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Understanding embezzlement

Many people may not be familiar with so-called white collar crimes, but just because they are not well-known does not mean that they should be taken lightly. White-collar crimes include charges such as embezzlement or fraud, and if you are charged with such a crime, it is highly recommended that you take action in your defense as quickly as possible. Being convicted of a white-collar crime can come with steep legal penalties, and it will almost certainly have a negative impact on your career.

Embezzlement may sound like a complicated term, but it is actually quite simple. It occurs when one person with responsibility over someone else's assets steals or misappropriates those assets in some way. This occurs most often in corporate settings, wherein employees steal large amounts of money from their employer. For example, if a bank teller, who is given possession of the bank's money, transfers that money from the bank into their own account, they are embezzling.

There are of course legal requirements for an embezzlement charge to hold up in court, and they are as follows:

  1. One party must rely on another party in some way.
  2. The defendant must have abused this reliance to acquire property.
  3. The defendant must have then claimed or assumed ownership of the property or granted ownership to a third party.
  4. The defendant must have done all of this intentionally.

As with any criminal charge, there are many factors that affect the case, and thus many options you can use in your defense. With legal assistance, you can build a strong defense case that may even see your case dismissed. Even if the case is not dismissed, you could still be acquitted in trial. To start building a defense against your legal charges, consider meeting with an attorney as soon as possible.

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