Though embezzlement is a nonviolent crime, it is still a serious form of criminal activity. As such, those facing such charges may have to withstand serious penalties if they receive a guilty verdict.
To decide the best course of action when facing these serious federal charges, it is important to understand the different aspects of the process. There are a few key parts to an embezzlement case.
Investigation and charges
An embezzlement investigation begins with one party suspecting another of illegally removing funds from a business. When the government gets involved in such cases, it begins by collecting as much evidence as possible, including financial records and witness statements. After completing the investigation process, the government determines the charges the evidence supports and brings them against the accused party.
Hearing and trial
During the hearing process, the prosecution details the charges brought against the defendant. The judge also learns more about the defendant to determine whether to keep her or him in custody or set bail terms for that party. In some cases, the government may provide a plea deal to the defendant to avoid trial, but the defendant must admit to the crime. During the trial, both parties spend time presenting their argument and questioning the assertions of the other party, or cross-examining. If the jury finds a party guilty, the judge then determines sentencing according to the severity of the offense and the requirements of the law.
Even if a court finds you guilty of embezzlement, that does not have to be the end of the story. It may be possible to seek an appeal. There are a few levels of appeals parties may seek, starting with the Circuit Court and reaching up to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
This is a brief overview of a few key constructs of an embezzlement case. If you or a loved one face such charges, it may be helpful to review the process in full, as well as the applicable laws regarding embezzlement, to determine the right path for you.