We’ve seen it all on the cop shows: that moment when a police officer or detective cuffs a suspect and “reads them their rights.” Even if you’ve never stepped foot in a courtroom or police station, you know these rights include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you’re thinking it seems a little late for the person to get the assistance of their attorney when they are already in handcuffs and under arrest, you are onto something (although anytime a suspect finally obtains an attorney is a good thing for that person’s interests).
One of the most common reasons that a person can end up going straight from the office conference room to the criminal courthouse is when a company suspects that person has engaged in embezzlement. The crime of embezzlement is essentially taking property that does not belong to you but which you have been granted custody over for your own use. Thus, company insiders such as CEOs, CFOs, managers, account representatives, and even secretaries can often find themselves at the wrong end of pointed questions from inside the company regarding use of company funds and property.
Tax season can be a stressful time of year, especially for independent contractors and business owners who are not W-2 employees, and are thus responsible for paying their own taxes. A high tax bill can deplete or even exceed the amount of cash on hand, and simply figuring out what exactly is owed and what deductions are allowable can be a headache unto itself. Both the IRS and the Oklahoma Tax Commission have strategies and protocols to detect underpayment and nonpayment of tax liability, and many individuals and businesses live in fear of a federal or state tax audit. And when the tax authorities do come calling, one question that often arises is whether a person who has failed to pay the appropriate taxes can be sentenced to jail.