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Why you really do need an attorney if you’re innocent

There is a misconception out there that if you are innocent, you don’t need a lawyer. And if you do hire an attorney, that means you are probably guilty. These two statements can’t be further from the truth. It’s almost like saying “If you go to a doctor when you are experiencing an ache, you probably have a serious illness.” This statement seems silly, doesn’t it? But if we think about it, it’s very similar to the statement about hiring an attorney. We reach out to a doctor for his or her medical expertise when we feel an ache because we do not want to self-diagnose our condition. In many cases, it turns out to be a non-issue but we often think “better safe than sorry.”

Were you accused of embezzlement?

Embezzlement falls under the category of white collar crime. White collar crimes are non-violent in nature, committed for financial gain, and they generally involve deceit. In addition to tax evasion, money laundering, securities fraud and general fraud, embezzlement is one of the most common white collar offenses that Ohio residents might face.

With embezzlement, the charges can really add up

Embezzlement sometimes seems like such an unthreatening offense. There is no holdup, break-in or armed robbery. There typically isn't even a weapon, beyond a computer and a spreadsheet. Unlike many theft crimes, this one often involves a woman who is an administrative assistant or an accountant. In many cases, the "crime" occurs weekly or monthly, sometimes stretching for years.

Big brother wants a better look?

People often worry about the concentration of power in a government agency. One of the most powerful government agencies in the U.S. is the FBI. The law enforcement agency has thousands of agents and a vast budget. It controls numerous large databases, which contain millions of records of those charged with crimes and those only under investigation.

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