Counterfeiting and embezzlement are crimes that will leave those convicted facing severe punishment including jail or prison time, substantial fines, and a permanent criminal record.  If you are found guilty of either of these crimes, it can absolutely devastate your life.  At The O'Connor Law Firm we fight vigorously on behalf of our clients, working to protect your freedom and legal rights.  In order to reach positive results it is essential to work with a highly qualified Kansas City criminal defense lawyer.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City Embezzlement & Counterfeiting Attorney

If you are subject to an arrest for a crime, there are several points you should know. You should always request that your Counterfeiting & Embezzlement attorney be present before you speak to the police, and that is your right. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. No matter what, always contact a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested. You need to know your rights and have an attorney present or providing advice during the initial stages of the event as well as during questioning or interrogation. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side. Even if you feel your case is not defend-able, an evaluation is critical because often times police, investigators and witnesses make mistakes that can be used to your advantage.
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What is counterfeiting?

To put it simply, it is manufacturing, creating, or duplicating "fake" money in order to gain from this false money.  Additionally, if you copy money or currency in an effort to pass it for the original article, it is a type of forgery considered counterfeiting.

The crime of embezzlement occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally withholds assets from a person or individuals when the accused has been entrusted with those assets.  Most embezzlement cases involve someone who in their employment capacity has access to significant financial resources.  For example, by intentionally or knowingly withholding funds from investors, a financial planner or adviser could be suspected of embezzling clients' funds and ultimately charged with this white collar crime.

Kansas City, Missouri Penalties for Embezzlement or Counterfeiting

Manufacturing counterfeit paper currency or printed reproductions (copying in order to pass it as original, genuine currency) will result in penalties that include up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000.

Penalties for embezzlement in Kansas City depend on factors including the value of the assets allegedly stolen.  The penalties include:

  • Up to $500 - A fine of $1,000 and/or maximum of one year in jail
  • Ÿ$500 to $25,000 - A fine of $5,000 and/or up to seven years in prison
  • $25,000 or more - A fine of up to $20,000 and/or maximum of 15 years in prison

Without the legal support and guidance of a dedicated Kansas City criminal defense attorney those accused of counterfeiting or embezzlement face severe and life-changing consequences.

Contact The O'Connor Law Firm Today

Whether you have been arrested or are under investigation, it is important to contact a skilled defense lawyer immediately.  Your legal rights must be protected from the very beginning, and a solid defense strategy put in place right away.  Could the charges be reduced, or even dismissed?  Will you be acquitted if your case goes to trial?  You have many questions; we have the answers and will provide guidance every step of the way.  Contact UsContact The O'Connor Law Firm now for a free consultation at 1-816-842-1111.

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Kansas City Embezzlement Attorney, Matt O'Connor

Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with crimes in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm.  Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.