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What is embezzlement?

| Jun 15, 2021 | White Collar Crimes |

White collar crimes are serious criminal matters that can carry with them serious penalties and punishments. When facing allegations of embezzlement, fraud, and other white collar crimes, Indianapolis residents should take their legal matters seriously and seek legal counsel to better understand their rights and options under the law. This post will introduce readers to the white collar crime of embezzlement. As with all posts on this criminal defense legal blog, readers are reminded that no part of this post should be read as specific legal advice or guidance.

Elements of embezzlement

Embezzlement is a crime and therefore requires an individual to commit specific acts and hold specific intentions to be convicted of it. It is also a financial crime and involves the transfer of money or property between an alleged victim and an alleged embezzler. Embezzlement happens when a person rightfully or lawfully attains the money or property of another person. The recipient of the property must intend to take the property from its owner and intend to deprive them of it in the future. They must intend to keep the property from the owner forever.

Defenses to embezzlement charges

Addressing a charge of embezzlement often takes strategy and a clear understanding of criminal defense practices. Individuals can attack the claims an evidence offered by prosecutors who must prove the elements of the embezzlement charges that they file. Criminal defense attorneys can help their clients build counterarguments to those presented by prosecutors.

Other defenses, such as mistakes of fact and lawful possession may offer criminal defendants other options for addressing the embezzlement claims made against them. What readers should take from this post is that there are ways to address criminal charges and to protect individuals’ rights. The law firm of Kammen & Moudy is available to provide criminal defense services for Indianapolis residents charged with white collar crimes.