My question involves criminal law for the state of: British Columbia, Canada (but any advice will be helpful and welcomed!)
I am writing a novel*and I'm looking for some suggestions from people who know the law (I know very little!). The novel is set in Vancouver, BC (Canada). The protagonist in the story is a partner in a firm that provides financial capital for commercial real estate, and he is facing indictment for embezzling money from his firm. I have a couple of issues that I need to work out with this character:*
1) How long can someone plausibly get away with this kind of activity before arousing suspicion and/or getting caught?
2) Is it plausible that someone could be facing these types of charges and still be able to remain within the community while awaiting indictment/trial?
3) What would be the official charge against someone engaging in this type of crime?
4) The protagonist will ultimately end up being convicted of the crime in this storyline and will go to jail. What I would like to know is how much jail time would he likely be facing?
5) What are some of the potential issues/problems with this storyline that I haven't foreseen?
I would be so grateful for any help, suggestions or ideas anyone could provide. I would be willing to attribute credit for such help when this novel is published. I really appreciate any advice anyone has to offer me. Thanks so much!