Man with moneyThis is the first post in a series which will discuss defending against embezzlement charges in Little Rock, Arkansas. We have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many are unsure of what to expect after they have been arrested and/or charged. The goal of our next several posts is to provide information which is meant to assist you in selecting a criminal defense attorney. We cannot stress enough the fact that you should contact a lawyer immediately if you have a pending case against you.

We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will discuss include:

  • The differences between embezzlement and ordinary theft
  • Arkansas’ penalties for an embezzlement conviction
  • Search and seizure issues which often arise in such cases
  • Whether the police violated your Miranda rights when you made statements to them
  • Disputing the value of property taken in an embezzlement case

These are important topics for several reasons. First, understanding the differences between embezzlement and theft can help a white collar crime defendant understand why his or her case will be seen as a very serious matter. Second, when selecting counsel it is important to understand the potential ramifications of your situation. Third, many such cases can often be challenged on Fourth and Fifth Amendment violations. Finally, it is important to understand that the penalties for a conviction will depend on the value of the property involved.

When selecting counsel to assist you it is important that you choose someone who has experience in handling complex matters. Embezzlement cases, especially those involving higher dollar amounts, often involve complex situations in which the police may have violated your rights while retrieving data from your computer, from your cell phone, or from your personal files. Also, if the taken items were property, rather than money, expert witnesses may be necessary in order to establish the true value of the property; the higher the value then the higher the potential penalty. By retaining experienced counsel you can have a representative who has previously dealt with such situations.

Our Little Rock criminal defense lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience. Patrick Benca has taken many criminal cases to trial and has won multiple awards for his dedication to protecting the rights of the accused. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of the state.