Our law firm has extensive experience protecting clients throughout California when they face serious criminal charges. When the stakes are particularly high, we are often referred to by other attorneys because we have a reputation for success in California at both the state and federal level. From our law office in San Diego, we represent clients in state and federal courts throughout Southern California and are particularly skilled in the area of white collar criminal defense including fraud & embezzlement cases.
Charges of fraud are generally brought against individuals and involve a financial element of deception. Corporate fraud can take many forms including forgery and altering financial records. Other types include:
The full weight of the government may be used against you if you face such charges. Investigators want to put an end to these crimes through any means necessary. With the increased use of the internet and on-line banking, these cases are becoming increasingly common. Law enforcement officers are at risk of falling behind in their investigations and watching billions of dollars exchange hands without taxation. In their zeal to crack down on fraud and appear "tough on crime" people facing allegations may find their rights violated and their lives the subject of painful scrutiny. Our law firm knows how to protect your rights and provide the legal shield you need against the government's onslaught.
Embezzlement occurs when a person misappropriates items that he/she has been entrusted with and fraudulently assumes the rights to those items. Depending on the value of the items, the punishment for embezzlement can be severe. A common example of embezzlement is employee theft from a business. In order to prove a criminal case for embezzlement, the following elements are necessary:
A fiduciary relationship existed between the defendant and the aggrieved party.
The defendant possessed the lost property by way of that relationship.
Ownership of the property was transferred or fraudulently assumed by the defendant.
The misappropriation of the property by the defendant was intentional.
Cases involving white-collar crimes of fraud and embezzlement are complicated and often document-intensive. That is why it is important to consider retaining a San Diego fraud attorney who is specifically skilled and experienced in these types of cases. To fight these allegations thoroughly, you need a fraud defense attorney who you can work with you closely over an extended period of time.
Having an attorney who is experienced in dealing with massive discovery cases relating to fraud and embezzlement is vital. A skilled defense lawyer will take the time to listen to you have and consider your valuable input on the case. Working collaboratively with the right attorney gives you the best opportunity to have your charges either reduced or dismissed.
We have represented numerous clients in large-scale fraud cases in both the state and federal courts. If you are facing charges of fraud or embezzlement, call the Law Offices of Michael S. Berg today for a free consultation at (619) 239-2186.