Minnesota Embezzlement Defense Lawyer
Embezzlement is a form of theft that is associated with a person stealing from their place of business or stealing small amounts of money over time. A cashier taking small amounts of money from the cash register every day is an example of embezzlement and it is a very serious crime. It is a serious crime that requires an even more serious defense so that your rights, your reputation, and your future are protected.
Understanding Embezzlement Charges
When you’ve been accused of embezzlement, you need to call your Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You need not say anything to law enforcement until you have the guidance of your attorney. Your Miranda Rights state that anything you say can and will be used against you in court. It is important that you not say anything at all.
As for the charges, they are based upon the value of the property taken, the type of property, and who the victim is. Anything that is embezzled over the amount of $1,000 is charged as a felony and can be sentenced as such if convicted. If the money is taken from the government or a bank, that is also considered a felony. In addition, it is a felony if the stolen property is firearms. This could result in consequences in addition to fines, jail time, and restitution. Penalties will be based upon the discretion of the judge.
A criminal conviction for embezzlement comes with very harsh penalties that include prison time and harsh fines. There are also the personal penalties or the “collateral damage” that can occur with an embezzlement conviction. For instance, finding a job can be very difficult. When a job is found, it is one that has low earning potential. Another aspect is not being able to further your education or even find a place to live. Embezzlement is taken very seriously and such a conviction makes it difficult for there to be trust that it won’t happen again.
The penalties can include prison time, fines, restitution, probation, and much more. The severity of the penalty is going to depend upon how much money is involved and a number of other factors in the act.
Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused or charged of embezzlement, you need a solid defense to guide you every step of the way. You need someone who will be an advocate for you and help you have a brighter future. To find out more about how we can help you and schedule a free consultation, call us at 612-339-3939 or fill out our contact form and someone from our office will contact you.