About Embezzlement Charges
Columbus Embezzlement Defense Attorney
When facing embezzlement charges, you likely realize the seriousness of
your position. These offenses, depending upon the amount involved, carry
extremely severe penalties and can ruin your career forever. Embezzlement
is considered a "white collar crime" as there was no violence
involved and it took place in a business environment. In some cases, the
evidence against the accused individual is computer records. There are
strong defense possibilities if it can be proven that others had access
to the computer other than the client. It is crucial that you quickly
get experienced legal representation from a Columbus embezzlement defense
attorney if you have been charged with this crime, or are under investigation
in any embezzlement case.
CASE EXAMPLE: Our client, a CPA of a 15M corporation, allegedly misappropriated $250,000 over 5 years. He added monthly bonuses to his pay classified as "Other Income". There was no oversight on his job. After he quit, his successor discovered the accounting irregularities. The client was referred to Brad Koffel for representation. Over the next 8 months, Mr. Koffel negotiated an agreement with the company that resulted in a reduced restitution amount, a lump sum payment, and affordable monthly payments over 5 years in lieu of criminal charges being filed.
CASE EXAMPLE: Our client, a 48 year old woman, was indicted for stealing over $150,000 from her employer over a 4 year period. Her family retained Brad Koffel to defend her. Prior to this, the client had never been in any legal trouble. Unfortunately, any theft over $100,000 carries a prison term of 1-5 years.
Mr. Koffel negotiated a settlement with the State of Ohio wherein the client agreed to plead to theft of $82,000 which took her to a lower felony level that carries a presumption of a non-prison term. Separately, Mr. Koffel negotiated a civil settlement of an additional $25,000 payable over 3 years directly to the victim. The client was sentenced to 5 years of community control and no jail.
CASE EXAMPLE: Our client, a bookkeeper for a local church, used a church credit card for personal belongings over the span of several years. Upon discovery by the church, she was immediately terminated and charged criminally with multiple felony counts of theft. She hired Brad Koffel to represent her. Restitution was made in full and the client received a suspended sentence.
Embezzlement Defense Lawyer in Columbus
There are many cases in which individuals are charged with embezzlement due to an error in judgment or a serious personal situation. In most cases, the individual, if they committed the crime at all, fully intended to return the money. However, when these actions are discovered, the law comes down hard on the individual. If you are convicted of the charge, depending upon the amount involved, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony charge. In any embezzlement case, you want to know that you have a strong defense lawyer to assist you. At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, the legal team has over 21 years of experience in defending serious criminal charges in Ohio, and is prepared to fight on behalf of those clients who are facing charges of embezzlement.
When the amount that is alleged to have been embezzled is between $500 and $5,000, the charge will be a 5 th degree felony, with a possible 12 month jail sentence. Higher amounts raise the stakes radically, and amounts over $100,000 can result in up to 5 years in state prison. Felony charges are an extremely serious matter, and the damage to your life should not be underestimated. You will most likely lose any professional licenses, and will be dealing with serious problems in getting a job in the future, once you are released from state or federal prison. It is crucial that you act fast and contact the firm so that the defense strategy can be determined and immediately launched. Take action and move fast before it is too late.
Contact a Columbus Embezzlement Defense Attorney from Koffel Brininger Nesbitt (614) 675-4845.