White collar crimes of any kind could have a detrimental effect on your future as a businessperson or any future line of work. One of the most common white color crimes that you could be accused of committing is embezzlement; defined in California Penal Code 503 as “the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted.”
Any business professional who has held a position of responsibility over assets or property of any kind could find themselves accused of embezzlement. In essence, embezzlement is a type of theft crime in that the offender is taking the property without permission, often without intent to return it. Penal Code 514 states that embezzlement is punishable in the manner prescribed for theft of the type of property in question; however, if the offense is against the United States, it is a felony, punishable by imprisonment.
Regardless of whether or not you are guilty of such a crime, it is imperative that you hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to ensure that your professional and public reputation remains undamaged and that your career is secure. The Law Offices of Sara D. Bratsch possess the legal expertise needed to navigate you through your ordeal. Please make the right choice to contact us for a free consultation, today!