Los Angeles Misappropriation of Public Funds Defense Attorneys
Misappropriation of public funds is a white collar crime that is taken very seriously and carries some very severe penalties in a conviction. Given the nature of these crimes, which involve the use of public funds for personal expenses, the penalties can be extreme.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles, our criminal defense team often handles challenging cases and is known for our commitment, skill, and professionalism in and out of court. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Los Angeles white collar crime attorneys today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free initial consultation. If you are under investigation or facing charges for this crime, exercise your right to remain silent and contact our firm immediately.
When a public officer or another individual who was trusted with public funds is accused of the misuse of public funds, the consequences can be severe. This offense could be committed in a number of ways, including:
- You used public funds for yourself or someone else
- You used public funds for an unauthorized purpose
- You intentionally made a false account or erased an account
- You falsified, concealed, destroyed, or altered a public funds account
A public officer is any type of employee or an official of a local or state government agency, such as an accountant, an appointed or elected official, a lawyer, or any individual who has been entrusted with public money.
If you had control over public funds and facing accusations that any of the funds were used for personal living expenses or other unauthorized purchases, you are likely to be charged with the misappropriation of public funds. There are several elements to this offense, which include:
- You were an officer of a state or local government entity or responsible for the safekeeping, receipt, or transfer of public funds
- You used public funds for your own benefit or the benefit of another person, without authority
- You were aware that the law did not allow the appropriation of public funds, or you were criminally negligent in how the funds were used
The misappropriation of public funds is a crime that comes with harsh penalties if convicted. In felony cases, the penalties imposed could include up to 4 years in state prison fines up to $10,000. Moreover, as a result of your conviction, you will forever be restricted from holding public office in California –destroying your reputation and career.
One of the most effective legal defenses against crimes involving the misappropriation of public funds is to argue that you did not know your actions were criminally negligent. As part of your legal defense, we could argue that it was an honest mistake rather than deliberate. If the amount involved was relatively minimal, it may even be argued that the amount was not enough to justify filing criminal charges.
If you were charged with a crime involving the misappropriation of public funds, a conviction is a very serious, and life-altering situation. You will face fines, imprisonment, and other serious consequences. It is imperative that you consult with an experienced Los Angeles misappropriation of public funds lawyer as soon as you become aware that you are under investigation, or charges have been filed against you.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles, our criminal defense team seeks to pursue the best possible outcome on behalf of every client we serve. We will guide you, advise you, answer any questions you have, and when we take on a case, our goal is to build a strong legal defense and seek the best possible outcome, based on the facts. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.