Defense Against Allegations Of Wrongdoing

Employee theft is a significant criminal offense, one that Portland employers do not take lightly. If convicted of the charge, a person may be subject to a range of legal penalties, including the possibility of serving jail time.

Our team at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., knows that being charged with theft in the workplace is a very serious matter, which is why we provide clients with an aggressive defense against any allegations of theft they may face. This includes a thorough investigation into the facts and evidence involved in the case, interviewing any witnesses and exploring any mitigating factors.

Employee Theft Defined

While taking cash from an employer certainly falls into the category of employee theft, the definition is actually much broader. Employee theft or worker theft can include both tangible and non-tangible instances. The following are just a few examples of the type of workplace theft that can occur, some of which may result in severe ramifications:

  • Skimming of cash before it is recorded
  • Writing fraudulent checks
  • Embezzling (abuse of authority by taking company funds)
  • Providing unapproved discounts to friends and family
  • Creating fake accounts for billing purposes
  • Giving proprietary company knowledge to a new employer

Altering time cards so it appears that the employee was working when he or she was not can also be construed as theft.

Our attorneys know that theft is not just a legal issue. It can also affect your ability to maintain gainful employment, as well as tarnish your reputation among work colleagues new and old. These effects are bound to have a lasting impact, which is why securing dependable representation is so vital.

Explore Your Legal Options

At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., we can provide you with a range of options, which is essential when facing potentially damaging criminal charges. Discuss the details of your case with a lawyer by calling 1-888-311-2016. You can also use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.