Embezzlement is a crime that involves being in control of money or property that belongs to someone else and using it in a way that was not authorized by the owner. The usual context for this type of theft is the misappropriation of property that an employee is responsible for on behalf of an employer. These charges are very serious, and not just due to potential criminal penalties. Even an investigation into allegations of embezzlement can ruin professional reputations and careers.
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The Criminal Consequences of Embezzlement Charges
Embezzlement can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of embezzlement faces imprisonment, fines and restitution. The value of the property that was stolen determines the level of offense and the punishment.
-If the value of the property is less than $500, the charge is a misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
-If the value of the property is between $500 and $1,000, the embezzlement will be charged as a felony. The offense carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, plus restitution.
-If the value of the property is between $1,000 and $25,000, the charge is a felony that carries up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, plus restitution.
-If the value of the property embezzled is $25,000 or more, conviction can mean up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, plus restitution.
It Takes Many Good Deeds to Build a Reputation and Only One Criminal Case to Destroy It
The criminal penalties are daunting in themselves, but the consequences go beyond a temporary loss of your freedom or payment of fines. If you are convicted of a felony, you will be unable to carry a firearm, run for public office or vote. In addition, your professional reputation will be destroyed; nearly all employers will ask if you have been convicted of a crime, and what that crime was.
The bare accusation of embezzlement, even without a conviction, can have devastating personal and professional consequences. It can detrimentally affect your professional license, your reputation in the community and your family.
If you have been told that you are under investigation or will be under investigation by your employer or another party, now is the time to contact Taylor Ryan, to discuss your case. Our attorneys will assist you in mounting a strong defense, protecting your family as well as your reputation. Our trial experience speaks for itself, with more than 1,000 jury trials since 1985. We provide comprehensive, coordinated and effective criminal defense for our clients.
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