In California, embezzlement is a serious crime, usually carried out by individuals who exploit what they know for their own illegal gain. The major difference between embezzlement and other types of theft is that the person accused of embezzlement actually has possession of the item in question legally or is in a position of trust, usually due to job requirements.


Four Common Kinds of Embezzlement

There are four types of embezzlement that people can be accused of including:

  • Credit card fraud
  • Falsifying records to conceal theft
  • Stealing minor amounts of money and/or property over a period of time
  • Theft of a significant amount of money all at once


Embezzlement Penalties

Under Penal Code 503, the seriousness of an embezzlement charge depends on how valuable the property was that was stolen and the defendant’s criminal record. Embezzlement can be charged as a misdemeanor, with punishment of up to one year in county jail or a felony, with a state prison sentencing range of 16 months, two years or three years. Embezzlement charges can also affect one’s personal life as accusations of embezzlement carry a stigma which can scare potential employers.


Potential Defenses in Embezzlement Cases

The moment a person is accused of or is being charged with embezzlement, they need to speak to an attorney who can begin building their defense. An experienced attorney will work their clients to get the best possible outcome, defending their rights and exploring all potential defenses based on the facts of each case, which may include mistake and/or lack of criminal intent. A good criminal attorney will carefully review the evidence and prepare a defense that gives you the best chance to beat the charges or negotiate a fair plea before trial, ensuring that all evidence was collected properly and that any searches did not circumvent your constitutional rights.

If you have been arrested for embezzlement and need the help of an experienced criminal lawyer, contact our office today for a free consultation.

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