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Defenses to embezzlement accusations in Kentucky

| Dec 20, 2019 | White Collar Criminal Defense

In general instances of theft, old English law required that trespass was necessary for a person to be found guilty. When it became possible for criminals to steal possessions through the use of computer systems and other strategies, this meant that a loophole in the law was created. To address this loophole, the crime of embezzlement was brought into law.

The crime of embezzlement occurs when a person is in the possession of another’s property unrightfully. When they have possession, they take advantage of their position and proceed to take the property for their own use. To find a person guilty of embezzlement, it must be shown that the accused had no intention of giving the property back.

How can I defend myself against an accusation of embezzlement?

To successfully defend yourself against an accusation of embezzlement, you should show that one of the elements necessary for an embezzlement charge to be brought about is not present.

For example, you may be able to show that the property in question was not, in fact, the property of another and that it belonged to you. If you can show that you are the rightful property owner, you will be able to avoid embezzlement charges. Alternatively, you could try to show that you did intend to return the property to its original owner, or that you never took the property for your own use.

If you are feeling fearful because you have been accused of embezzlement in Kentucky, you should act quickly so that you can start to build a compelling defense. By doing so, you may be able to successfully avoid charges.

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