White Collar Crime

Redwood City White Collar Crimes Lawyer

Facing an embezzlement charge can be a daunting and life-altering experience. The accusation alone can severely impact your professional reputation, personal relationships, and future employment opportunities. Conviction or a guilty plea can mean significant prison time. Clients need a lawyer who understands these charges, knows how to investigate them, and knows how the legal system works. That’s the kind of attorney people can find at the Law Offices of Dean Johnson. 

The white-collar crimes lawyer in our Redwood City office has been fighting for his clients since 1998. He’s built a national reputation, including being welcomed onto national TV networks to discuss legal affairs. Furthermore, prior to becoming a defense lawyer, he worked as a prosecutor in white-collar crimes. He can use all that experience and knowledge on behalf of our clients today. 

Call (650) 832-9446 or contact us online. We serve people in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas.

The Difference Between Fraud and Embezzlement

While fraud and embezzlement involve allegations of deception for personal gain, understanding the distinction between these charges is necessary to develop an effective defense strategy. 

Fraud generally refers to a broader category of crimes that encompass any intentional deception made for financial gain. 

On the other hand, embezzlement specifically involves unlawfully taking money or property by someone to whom it was entrusted. Typically, this happens within corporate or employment settings.

This can seem like a minor distinction, but seemingly small issues can become very important in the legal field. Having a lawyer with experience in embezzlement cases can make a big difference for a defendant. 

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Strategies for Defending Against an Embezzlement Charge

Embezzlement cases are usually complex, and that means the right defense strategy can only be determined after we meet with our client, hear their side of the story, and conduct our own thorough investigation of the matter. However, there are some basic principles that tend to apply in most cases. 

Some common tactics used in embezzlement defense include the following:

  • A direct challenge to the evidence: This involves questioning the legitimacy, accuracy, and integrity of the financial records and transactions alleged to demonstrate embezzlement. We will look for any discrepancies, inconsistencies, or errors in the documentation.
  • A lack of criminal intent: The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to misappropriate funds or property. Demonstrating that any mismanagement of funds was due to negligence, error, or misunderstanding, can be a powerful defense.
  • Proper authorization: If defendants can provide evidence that they were operating under the belief that they had permission from the rightful owner or were using the funds within the scope of their employment duties, this could invalidate the embezzlement charges.
  • Entrapment: This is when a defendant was induced by someone (typically law enforcement) to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed. This strategy requires a careful and factual demonstration of coercion or manipulation by others.
  • Insufficient evidence: If the evidence is weak, circumstantial, or fails to directly link you to the embezzlement, pushing for a dismissal based on insufficient evidence could lead to a favorable outcome.
  • Returning the allegedly embezzled funds: This strategy should be approached with caution and legal counsel, as it may imply guilt but could also serve as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
  • Duress: Claiming duress involves proving that you embezzled funds under an immediate threat of harm to yourself or others. This defense asserts that the defendant's actions were not voluntary but were made under a genuine fear of injury or death.

Our office works with clients on cases that include not just embezzlement but tax evasion, RICO and racketeering allegations, counterfeiting, and more. 

Compassionate Counsel, Fearless Defense

Why Choose Law Offices of Dean Johnson?
  • Client-Centered Approach
    Your well-being is our top priority. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you, both inside and outside the courtroom.
  • Compassionate Advocacy
    We prioritize understanding and empathy, ensuring you feel heard and supported every step of the way.
  • Expertise You Can Rely On
    Backed by extensive legal knowledge and experience, we provide strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.
  • Trustworthy Guidance
    Building trust is at the core of what we do. You can count on us for honest advice and steadfast representation.

Industry Leading Assistance at Your Disposal

Mounting an effective defense in complex cases like these often depends on access to people with unique experience in reviewing documents and evidence. The Law Offices of Dean Johnson works with top-caliber investigators. Our network includes one person who served as a forensic consultant for the TV show CSI, another who was the former director of a crime lab, and a 30-year veteran of the police force. 

No attorney can ever promise an outcome. Our clients can be confident in working with a lawyer and a team that has a high level of experience and knowledge dealing with these cases. 

Get an experienced and aggressive legal defense by calling the white-collar crimes lawyer in our Redwood City office. We pride ourselves on our personalized attention to each client and our diligence and passion in defending their rights. 

Call (650) 832-9446 today. We provide virtual consultations for your convenience. 

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