Handling money can be difficult, and one small mistake can lead to an accusation of fraud or embezzlement. Both crimes are often highly publicized white-collar infractions that can lead to heavy financial losses, loss of reputation, and other severe punishments. Additionally, accusations of fraud or embezzlement can ruin your reputation and make it difficult for you to find and keep work. Graham Donath and the attorneys at his law offices have years of experience dealing with fraud and embezzlement cases. We are willing and able to help defend you.
Fraud may or may not involve monetary transactions. It is simply wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial gain. There are several types of fraud, and it is impossible to list them all in detail here. Some common varieties include:
Unlike fraud, embezzlement usually involves actual monetary transaction. The definition of embezzlement is theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belonging to one’s employer. Embezzlement is usually associated with white-collar jobs but can occur in any field or business. Additionally, it does not apply only to large amounts of money. Any amount stolen or misappropriated can lead to criminal charges.
The Law Offices of Graham Donath can and will defend you if you face embezzlement accusations. For these charges to stick, the prosecution must prove:
Depending on your case, your attorney may be able to claim entrapment, insanity, or another defense. Any jury must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you did not have a fiduciary relationship with the other party or your actions were not intentional, guilt can become more difficult than usual to prove. Bring any relevant records to your consultation. Your attorney can use documents, photos, and other evidence to build a case, especially for an entrapment or other defense.
The penalties for fraud and embezzlement can be severe, so you need a trusted attorney to defend you. Let Graham Donath be that attorney. He serves clients in Orange and Riverside counties and is one of California’s top criminal attorneys. Our firm has successfully defended thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases. Contact us today for a consultation.