What You Need to Know if You Have Been Accused of a Financial Crime in North Carolina

“You’re going to jail.”

That’s the threat you will hear from law enforcement officers if you have been arrested for a financial misdemeanor or felony offense in Wilmington. As with all threats, you should not necessarily take it at face value. If you are skillfully represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer in North Carolina, you have a reasonable chance of minimizing the effect this prosecution will have on your life.

What are “financial crimes?”

Financial crimes are nonviolent property offenses in which money—or, less often, other valuable property—that belongs to another is taken for one’s own use. Depending on the amount of money involved, these crimes may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Even though they are not violent crimes, North Carolina law considers financial crimes to be serious offenses and punishes them harshly.

Among the most common financial crimes are the following offenses:

  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery and counterfeiting
  • Larceny
  • Internet crimes involving financial transactions
  • Identity theft
  • Money laundering
  • Criminal tax evasion
  • Banking violations

You are strongly urged to consult a Wilmington criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of any of these financial crimes in New Hanover County. Do not delay; every day that passes may make it harder to develop an effective strategy for your criminal defense. 

Arguing in your defense in financial crime cases

It turns out that many instances of alleged financial crimes are basically misunderstandings, not criminal acts. Some examples:

  • Were you accused of making unauthorized purchases on a company credit card? You may not have been adequately informed about company guidelines for expenses. You attorney may be able to get the matter dismissed if you pay for the disputed purchases.
  • Has money been missing from the till at the retail store where you work, and are people pointing their fingers at you? It may be merely a matter of poor accounting and weak financial controls in the back office. Let your attorney investigate to see if lax business record-keeping is really to blame.
  • Is your business being investigated for business fraud? Don’t let another manager with a grudge put the blame on you.

The criminal defense lawyers at Speaks Law Firm have a long record of getting the best possible result for clients accused of financial crimes. When possible, we can clear up misunderstandings and get charges dismissed. We may be able to demonstrate that the police investigation violated your civil rights. We can negotiate with prosecutors to minimize the charges against you—and minimize the disruption to your life.

Don’t wait for an arrest

If you have reason to believe you are being investigated or about to be indicted for a financial crime, you should get legal help immediately. Even an ongoing investigation into missing funds at your workplace or charitable organization can easily turn into premature accusations, and it would be in your best interest to consult a trustworthy Wilmington defense attorney at the earliest possible opportunity.

Contact Speaks Law Firm toll-free at 877-593-4233. We’re waiting for your call.

R. Clarke Speaks
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