Will internal Teamsters investigation lead to criminal charges?

Many people in Minneapolis may not have a problem with a company or organization doing their own internal investigations into individuals’ behaviors, but questions may be raised when that information is turned over to police for criminal prosecution. What may start as an investigation into the possibility of missing money can quickly turn into an accusation of a white-collar crime. But because company officials are not restricted to the evidence rules that limit what police officers can do, individuals’ privacy may be violated.

Sadly, even if employers violate an individual’s privacy to look into allegations of embezzlement or some other kind of white-collar crime, there is nothing that prevents police from using all the evidence collected by an employer. This is true even if the police would have been unable to collect the information themselves. So what does this mean? It means that even when an individual is accused of a crime by a boss or an employer it may be wise to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.

Two former members of the Teamsters Local 120 of Blaine could potentially face embezzlement charges if the Teamsters choose to turn the information it has collected over to police. The father and son pair were accused of taking money from a Teamsters-owned bar and for allegedly embezzling a finder’s fee in the construction of a new Teamsters union hall.

The information that is collected on the two men is automatically turned over to the federal departments of Justice and Labor, but it is unknown what, if any, action will be taken against the men.

Source: Star Tribune, “Teamsters panel urges penalties for two Local 120 figures,” Mike Hughlett, April 9, 2013

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.