You have worked with your employer for years. You worked up the ranks and eventually came to be a district manager. You’ve been very busy.

Recently, your employer has been unusually particular about your region’s finances. You’ve been asked to turn over multiple accounting documents and feel that there is something unusual going on. Should you be worried?

Any time an investigation is happening, you may want to consult with your attorney

Whether you’re under investigation by the police or your own human resources department, it can be a good idea to start discussing the situation with your attorney early on. If your employer finds alleged evidence of wrongdoing, like participating in embezzlement, then they may pursue legal action. If you can protect yourself from the start, you may be able to take steps to remove yourself as a person of interest in any kind of investigation that is ongoing.

One thing to remember about criminal defense is that it doesn’t have to start after you’re accused of a crime, arrested or charged. You can start looking into ways to defend yourself long before those things happen. If your employer were to call the police or bring in the authorities, it would be extremely helpful to have an attorney on your side who is already aware of the possibility of accusations or charges against you.

White collar crimes are considered to be serious, and you could face significant fines, time in prison or other penalties if you are accused and convicted. Our website has more on what to do if you’re being investigated or believe that you may be investigated soon.