Attorney for Theft, Fraud, Forgery, and Embezzlement in Washington
Do not leave your future to chance. A conviction for theft, embezzlement, fraud, or forgery can ruin careers, limit future employment, and destroy reputations. In southwest Washington, there is hope for those accused of such crimes in Erin Bradley McAleer. Facing theft, embezzlement, fraud, or forgery charges in southwest Washington? Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact attorney Erin Bradley McAleer for an aggressive defense and free consultation.
Penalties for Theft and Embezzlement in Washington
Under Washington law, Theft is typically defined as exerting unauthorized control over the property or service of another person with the intent to deprive. The punishments vary depending on the level of the offense. Theft can be charged in three levels: Theft First Degree, Theft Second Degree, and Theft Third Degree. Charges of Theft of a Firearm bring additional penalties. Oftentimes, prosecutors will charge the offense higher than the evidence supports. Theft First Degree requires proof that the values of the property or services were over $5,000. Second Degree requires proof of valuation over $750. In court, there can be considerable debate over the value of the property. The value of the property is to be measured at the fair market value, which can be much higher. This is incorrect. Such items as computers, iPods, and appliances have high replacement values, but the law requires that the item’s value be based on the condition that the items were in at the time of the alleged theft. Erin Bradley McAleer often will consult with experts who can testify as to these values. In cases of employee theft, or embezzlement, investigations are often highly complicated and contain a high level of documentation and paper records. Before you speak to an investigator on such white collar cases, it is important to consult an attorney first.
Fraud, Forgery, ID Theft, Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks
It is the job of the defense lawyer to insist that the prosecution prove its case. Often times the police do not conduct handwriting analysis in white collar or bad check cases. Investigators often do not sufficiently document the evidence in such cases. At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we will thoroughly review your case to prepare for court. Such preparation can often lead to a favorable settlement or a better result at trial. Violations of constitutional rights can lead to evidence being thrown out of court, but these irregularities can only be discovered by a thorough defense. Often times the authorities will attempt to turn a business dispute into a criminal charge by taking one side over the other. Forgery and Fraud are serious charges, and an aggressive attorney is needed so you do not stand alone.
Would you like to discuss your case with me? I am available for free consultations on criminal cases. You won’t get a sales pitch, or any judgments made about what you have done or not done. You will simply receive my honest opinion and I will listen and answer your questions.
The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer will fight to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome in your court case. Call attorney Erin Bradley McAleer today at (360) 334-6277 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Washington Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer represents clients throughout Southwest Washington State, including in Clark County, Cowlitz County, and Skamania County and Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt, Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, North Bonneville, and Stevenson. Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer focuses on the areas of Criminal Defense, Traffic Infractions, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury, Firearm Rights Restoration, and Post-Conviction Relief (Vacating & Sealing Criminal Records).