Embezzlement can be defined as the theft of money or property from an organization by someone with control over that money or property. If the amount taken is $10,000 or more (either in one theft or through multiple thefts over time), a defendant may be charged with aggravated theft in the first degree, a Class B felony that carries a potential 10-year prison sentence. While some cases involving alleged embezzlement are straightforward, others can involve complex factual and legal issues.
Moreover, sometimes embezzlement, theft, or fraud charges occur over substantial period of time and may mean that many different charges could be brought, which could implicate various aggravated sentencing provision. Defense of these types of cases sometimes means negotiating with fraud investigators and insurance companies over the amount of loss (to minimize sentencing options), challenging the charges brought with pretrial motions, and use of forensic accountants.
Aggressive defense and attention to detail can mean the difference in these types of cases. For example, a few years back I represented a former employee who was under investigation for embezzling over $150,000.00 from an employer. Through aggressive investigation, extensive pretrial motions, and negotiations, we were able to limit my client’s exposure to work release — my client was able to essentially remain in the community even though most people in these circumstances might expect at least a two years, or more, in prison.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, you are being investigated or you have reason to believe that an indictment is imminent, you should retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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I am Steven J. Sherlag, an attorney who has been defending people charged with theft, employee theft, complex fraud cases and other white collar crimes for more than 20 years. I prepare my cases thoroughly. I am aggressive in hearings and at trial. I am determined to obtain the best possible outcome in every case I handle.
When you choose me to defend you, I will undertake a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain a positive outcome for you. I will investigate all aspects of your case, develop an appropriate defense strategy, and vigorously defend your rights and freedom. When it can benefit your defense, I can retain the services of a forensic accountant, computer technology specialist or other experts. These professionals may be able to provide alternative explanations for certain transactions.
While my preference is always to seek a dismissal of charges, this is not possible in every case. Depending on circumstances, there may be a way to mitigate the potential penalties through restitution or other means. I will explain your options and recommend your best course of action. If you decide to go to trial, I will fight for your rights and freedom every step of the way.
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For a free consultation about an embezzlement or employee theft case in Oregon, contact Steven J. Sherlag, P.C.