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Common Misconceptions of a New York Embezzlement Charge

It is a common misconception in a New York embezzlement charge that it is a white-collar crime that has no victims, and that insurance will take care of the damage. However, this is incredibly far from the truth.

If you have been charged with embezzlement in New York, it is important to avoid falling prey to believing any of the common misconceptions associated with the charge. Consult with an experienced New York theft attorney to begin building a defense as soon as possible.

Common Misconceptions

Further common misconceptions associated with a New York embezzlement charge are that no one has been hurt, that if the business has been operating and has not noticed that an individual has been stealing and skimming for the past few years, then the taking must not be an issue, and that it is a victimless crime. However, this is not the truth.

People affected by embezzlement crimes are sometimes seriously impacted. While the accused individual is locked up, their family may suffer. That person’s family’s rent may suffer, they may not be able to afford groceries, and other daily needs may not be able to get accomplished.

The biggest misconception about embezzlement is that small amounts of money cannot hurt a bank, hedge fund, physician, or other similar business. These businesses continue to operate after an individual has possibly embezzled money from them, however, they are still seriously affected by any sort of negative loss.

A person must build a defense so that they can fight any sort of allegation they are up against. An individual can fight it factually, and must build a case to challenge the charge to prepare to mitigate their conduct.

Human Element of the Crime

When they have been charged with a crime of embezzlement, an individual must contend with the human side of the crime.

For example, an individual may claim that their business is closing because of the impact that the crime had on them. They may detail how the crime impacted their family, their employees, how they cannot eat or sleep, how bills have gone unpaid, and all further complications.

When the DA hears from the individuals affected by the crime and they explain what happened, how they feel violated, and the impact of the embezzlement, such factors will impact the decision made by the court.

No matter if an individual stole ten thousand dollars or a million dollars, there will always be a human element involved in the crime. An individual must take this seriously when understanding the common misconceptions associated with a New York embezzlement charge, and understand the severity of the crime.

An individual must be ready to confront, explain away, or minimize this human element.

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