The recession and tough economic climate is not being held up as a valid ‘excuse’ for embezzlement charges in Florida. Tough prosecutors have started getting tougher on all types of white collar crime in the state.
Last week, a Fort Meyers man was arrested on embezzlement charges for amounts allegedly taken from several Rotary clubs as well as city campaign funds. Despite returning a large portion of the funds and the victims of the alleged crime stating that they would not press charges, the state has gone ahead and arrested the 61-year old man.
State prosecutors have said that the state will prosecute the charges to the full extent of the law, with no leeway for age or possible mitigating circumstances. This measure seems to reflect the consensus of many prosecutors across Florida who have promised to prosecute every case of fraud or embezzlement in the state.
If you are charged with a crime such as embezzlement you need to make sure that you have the right criminal attorney to represent you. It’s not enough to use a family lawyer or business lawyer and expect the law to go lightly on ‘white-collar’ crime anymore. It may be an idea to consult a criminal lawyer who specializes in fraud, embezzlement and conspiracy law before you have been arrested.
If you have any inkling that you’re under investigation, or may be arrested, you have to get yourself a criminal lawyer who understands the intricate law surrounding these sorts of cases. While financial crimes used to be handled on a case-by-case basis and there was a sense of leniency within the court system; those days are over.
All financial crimes, no matter the amount involved or the status of the individuals involved will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.