Embezzlement & White Collar Crime Lawyer in Northern Virginia
Embezzlement and fraud are two common white-collar crimes. A white-collar crime is a financially-motivated nonviolent crime committed by employees of a company, usually involving some form of fraud. Even though these crimes don’t involve violence, they are still treated very seriously and can result in fines, jail time, job loss, loss of professional licenses and more.
If you’ve been charged with embezzlement or another white-collar crime, make sure you have an expert attorney by your side. The J. Madison legal team has experience handling cases of white-collar crime and can help defend your future.
What is Embezzlement?
Embezzlement is the act of an individual unlawfully taking money or valuable property from someone else while entrusted with said money or property, and is deemed a form of larceny (Virginia code 18.2-111). In the context of a company, an individual commits embezzlement if they take money or property from the company to benefit themselves or someone else. An example of embezzlement is an employee slowly withdrawing small amounts from the company account and transferring it into their personal account over a period of time in the hopes of avoiding suspicion.
Embezzlement & White-Collar Crime Penalties
No matter which crime an individual is charged with, they will likely face severe consequences if convicted. For embezzlement, if the amount of embezzled money and/or property is less than $200, this crime is considered a class 1 misdemeanor, with up to 12 months in jail, up to a $2,500 fine, and the requirement of restitution. If the amount embezzled is more than $200, the crime is considered a class U felony, with up to 20 years in prison, up to a $2,500 fine, and required restitution. Other white-collar crimes can have similar consequences.
Remember that the criminal punishments are likely not the only consequences of a criminal charge. An accused will also likely lose some of their good reputation and have difficulty finding jobs or receiving a security clearance in the future.
Defending Against an Embezzlement/White-Collar Crime Charge
Facing embezzlement or white-collar crime charges can be difficult court battles, so you should build the best defense possible. In cases of embezzlement, the prosecution must prove your intent to convert company or client property to your own use, and you may be able to work out a legal strategy to prevent them from proving this.
Madison PLC’s attorneys are well versed in embezzlement and white-collar crime laws and legal defense practices. Our attorneys will fight by your side to minimize the consequences you face.
J. Madison PLC: Fighting for You
J. Madison PLC is a law firm in Northern Virginia that provides both employment and criminal legal defense services. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and will make you their number one priority at every step of the way.
If you’ve been charged with embezzlement or another white-collar crime, make sure you have the best defense available. Contact J. Madison PLC today at (703) 910-5062.
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