Denver Embezzlement Lawyer
White Collar Crime Attorney Explains Embezzlement Charges
Embezzlement is a special type of theft crime that is normally charged in a white collar crime context. Essentially, it is a theft that is committed by a person who holds a position of trust. In this position, the person who commits embezzlement is not required to break and enter into a property and does not have to do anything extraordinary to obtain access to the stolen goods. Embezzlement normally involves theft of money, and it is typically committed by a person who is already in control of the funds in question. Whether it is a cashier, an accountant or an executive, the person handles money for another person or corporation and abuses the trust placed in him or her in order to obtain an ill-gotten gain.
Whether you are accused of stealing money from your employer in a single isolated event, or if you are charged with engaging in a long-term and large-scale embezzlement operation, it is crucial that you hire an experienced Denver criminal defense lawyer without delay.
A conviction on the charges you face will be punished according to the amount of funds you are accused of stealing:
- Less than $500 - Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and $1,000 in fines
- Between $500 and $999 - Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and $5,000 in fines
- Between $1,000 and $20,000 - Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 6 years in prison and $500,000 in fines
- $20,000 or more - Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 12 years in prison and $750,000 in fines
When determining the scope of the penalties you face, you must take into account that multiple offenses may be lumped together to increase the charge. If, for example, you are accused of making two or more thefts within 6 months, the total value of stolen funds will be considered, rather than the amount of money embezzled in each offense.
Defend Your Career against Embezzlement Charges
In addition to the criminal penalties, you would most likely also find that the fact of having a conviction on your criminal record makes it impossible to find suitable employment in the future. Prospective employers tend to be reluctant to hire someone who has previously been convicted of embezzlement. Fortunately, you can fight back against embezzlement charges by hiring an attorney from M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C.