Embezzlement Attorney in Lexington, South Carolina
Turn to the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC
Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, represents clients charged with breach of trust and embezzlement in South
Carolina State and Federal Courts. The main difference between embezzlement
or breach of trust compared to larceny is that these charges require that
the defendant have some level of access or trust to the money or property
converted. Embezzlement usually refers to the
white collar variety of the offense with participation alleged by an accountant, executive,
manager or someone else in a position with a high level of responsibility.
While under State law the elements are the same, breach of trust is usually
referred to when the alleged theft involves tangible property or the act
is committed by someone lower in the organization such as a cashier, bookkeeper,
or low level management.
In almost all instances charges begin by an investigation by local law
enforcement or the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Investigations
usually begin when a report is made by a manager or a co-worker. Cases
can also be investigated by Federal law enforcement including the FBI
or IRS. South Carolina's embezzlement law is codified in S.C. Code
This law provides up to ten years imprisonment for someone who converted
money or property that was entrusted to them. There are several different statutes involving Federal embezzlement offenses.
If the cases involves embezzlement of public funds, such as a private
organization that receives Federal money, the offense may be prosecuted
under 18 U.S.C. § 666. This charge will be prosecuted in Federal Court.
Facing embezzlement charges in Lexington? We can help!
If you have been placed under investigation for any embezzlement or breach
of trust offense it is important that you understand your rights. You
have a right to decline to be interviewed by your employer or law enforcement,
and you will not face any criminal penalties for failing to cooperate
with a polygraph examination. To discuss your pending embezzlement or
breach of trust charge or investigation,
contact a Lexington criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, at (888) 301-6004. Our
criminal defense office is located in Lexington, South Carolina, and we provide initial
appointments at no cost. Whether you are dealing with your charges in
Lexington, Columbia or another area within South Carolina, we can provide
you with the dedicated legal advocacy you are searching for!