Being found guilty of a white collar crime like fraud, embezzlement, or tax evasion can be just as life-altering as a violent crime conviction. In addition to fines, restitution, forfeiture of property and prison time, it can severely limit your future employment possibilities. That’s why the Law Offices of Veronica T. Barton, with offices throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, is committed to building a strong defense for clients. You can rest assured that we will aggressively combat the charges brought against you and provide valuable advice throughout the process using the experience we’ve accumulated.

Accusations of fraud can be overwhelming, and you need an experienced criminal trial lawyer who understands all possible defenses against your charges, which might include:

  • Lack of fraudulent intent — If you made a statement that turned out to be incorrect, but didn’t intend for anyone to act on that statement.

  • Coercion or duress — You might argue you wouldn’t have committed the fraud without being pressured or threatened.

  • Identification of the wrong party—The prosecutor might have evidence that a fraud has been committed, but lack sufficient evidence that you are the one who committed the fraud.

We will search for every possible weakness in the prosecution’s case and explain your potential pathways toward a successful result.

To convict you of embezzlement, which is financial fraud involving the misuse of funds by the person in possession of them, the prosecutor must prove every element of the case against you, including:

  • Money or property was placed in your care

  • You were trusted by the employer

  • You fraudulently took the money or property for your own benefit

  • You intended to deprive the owner of its use

There are several defenses against embezzlement charges, such as believing you were authorized to do what you did. When you hire us, we will not only diligently examine all of the evidence against you, but we will also work with you to find additional evidence that can be used in your defense.

Though there are differences between federal and California laws, generally you can be charged for tax evasion if you intentionally provide false information to the tax authority, intending to avoid paying some amount of tax. In California, your defenses could include proving that you had a good faith belief your action was legal, or that you relied on professional advice. Regardless of your circumstances, you can rely on us to pursue the best possible outcome.