Portland Embezzlement Defense Attorney

Employee Theft Defense Lawyers Defending Clients Across Oregon

The embezzlement or misappropriation of funds is a grave allegation. These charges can lead to many serious consequences such as incarceration, probation and fines. These allegations can be devastating to your professional aspirations as well. If you have been charged with employee-related theft, you need an experienced, tenacious attorney on your side. The Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., defends individuals against the full range of white collar crimes at both the state and federal levels.

Often, embezzlement allegations arise out of multiple acts of theft from the same business or individual. Under Oregon law, anyone found to have stolen $10,000 or more in a single transaction, or over a number of transactions, can be found guilty of aggravated theft in the first degree. This is a Class B felony. Even lesser charges can bring on substantial penalties.

Our lawyers will work diligently to minimize the impact of these charges on your life. We will look at every possible defense and find any weaknesses in the government's evidence. Many times, the state's evidence is based on a "paper trail." If necessary, our law firm will work with independent experts to examine the validity of this evidence. If the case against you is strong, we will look for ways to negotiate a more favorable sentence. Paying restitution may mitigate some of the penalties associated with these crimes.

Embezzlement is different in a number of ways from many other crimes. Many people charged with this type of crime are professionals with no prior criminal history. Oregon's Sentencing Guidelines are based in part on criminal history. If your own criminal history is limited, that is a fact we may be able to use to your benefit. Additionally, and particularly early in a case, it may be possible to settle the matter between the client and the aggrieved party with a civil agreement that would bar any future prosecution. This mechanism is commonly referred to as a civil compromise.

Merely paying back any stolen money is not sufficient on its own. In fact, paying money back could backfire and be used as evidence of your own guilt if you are later prosecuted! If you are being investigated for embezzlement or employee related theft, it is imperative you get an experienced attorney on your side as early as possible.

Contact the Portland Embezzlement Defense Lawyers of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

Our lawyers and staff are dedicated to providing the highest possible level of legal representation and client service. We also offer reasonable, flexible fees. Call us toll free at 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation.