Why You Need An Embezzlement Defense Attorney

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Explore:  Embezzlement

The crime of embezzlement occurs when you steal something of value that you were entrusted to manage or safeguard. In many cases, embezzlement is a slow leak — money dribbles out of a cash register or bank account in small amounts so as to not raise suspicion.

If you are arrested for embezzlement, you need a skilled defense lawyer. If convicted, you face the following penalties:

  • Less than $1,000 — If you are convicted of embezzling money or property worth less than $1,000, you face a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • $1,000 to $7,499— Six months to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine
  • $7,500 to $149,999— Six to 18 months and a $5,000 fine
  • $150,000 to $749,999 — Nine to 36 months and a $10,000 fine
  • $750,000 to $1.49 million — Two to eight years and a $15,000 fine
  • $1.5 million or more — Three to 11 years and a $20,000 fine

With an embezzlement conviction on your record, you are unlikely to ever find work in the retail or financial industries.