Last week on this blog, we discussed California work-at-home scams and how an individual may be accused of fraudulently acquiring funds from others with the promise of allowing them to work from home. These offenses and other white collar crimes can be heavily penalized. Society has little tolerance for those who try to steal the financial resources of others, so prosecutors often do everything they can to try to ensure a criminal defendant is convicted and subjected to the harshest penalties available under the law.
In California, there are many people who possess an entrepreneurial spirit. However, anyone who has started a business can attest to the difficulties of getting started, particularly when funds are low. These individuals may be tempted to try to secure funds from others to startup their business, or even offer their employees work from home opportunities. But, those considering doing this should be careful, as any misuse or mishandling of money may be seen as criminal and result in criminal prosecution.
Californians who find themselves handling money and financial transactions in their place of employment are held to an extremely high standard. For most, this does not become an issue, and they are able to carry out their job duties without any problems. For others, though, particularly those working with financially struggling institutions, their actions may be scrutinized more carefully. It is not uncommon in these instances for investigations to be launched and for individuals to be accused of committing financial crimes.
Last week's blog post discussed the limitations that are placed on search warrants when they are granted to law enforcement. This information is critical, as those who have been arrested and whose prosecution relies on evidence seized during that search may be able to use these limitation to bolster their defense. Doing so could allow an accused individual to avoid strict, life-altering penalties, and allow him or her to get back to his or her normal life with as little damage done as possible.