Corporate Liability for Criminal Acts

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A corporation is an entity, something that exists only through its employees.  However, a corporation can be vicariously liable for criminal activity unless it is a limited liability corporation (LLC).  For example, a corporation can be criminally liable under these circumstances: 

How Can a Corporation Be Liable for Criminal Acts?

Obviously, a corporation cannot be imprisoned or punished like individuals.  However, there are ways to punish a corporation, such as: 

If a Corporation is Criminally Liable, are Individuals Punished as Well? 

When a corporation is criminally liable, the responsibility also falls on individuals.  The board of directors, officers, and other high-ranking officials will almost always be criminally liable as well (just look at the Enron fiasco). 

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

Laws governing corporate responsibility are different in every state.  Which state laws are applied depends on where the company was incorporated.  An experienced attorney can inform you of the local laws, your rights and defenses, and the best way to proceed in a criminal trial.  If you were a victim of a corporation's actions, contact an experienced attorney to get compensation for your loss. 

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Last Modified: 10-19-2012 11:17 AM PDT

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