Criminal charges for embezzlement between family members are more common than most people realize.
While most people think of corporate fraud or bookkeepers writing checks to themselves, families often have complicated financial relationships and legal obligations that can result in embezzlement accusations.
These relationships and contracts can can include:
- Husband, Wife or former Spouse, or any family member with joint investments or accounts
- Executor of a family estate, will, or trust
- Power of attorney for a parent or elderly relative
- Financial management responsibly for a disabled relative
and countless other possible scenarios.
Criminal Embezzlement Charges Among Family Members
An embezzlement charge in court is a criminal matter. But these cases may start as a simple contractual disagreement or misunderstanding that leads to a serious accusation of criminal theft of funds.
If you find yourself in this situation, you may need several lawyers with different kinds of expertise. You may need an Estate/Wills/Trusts probate lawyer to deal with the ins and outs of the contracts and requirements of your situation. And if you are in a dispute over these contracts, you may need a civil trial lawyer who can argue your position.
But if you are accused of a criminal embezzlement charge by a family member, you need an attorney experienced in criminal defense in these types of cases. The stakes are high in criminal cases. Most embezzlement charges are felony offenses, which can result in significant prison time if you are convicted and found guilty.
If you find yourself in this situation, please contact us for a consultation on a criminal embezzlement charge.