Understanding Embezzlement Charges

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, which anyone can be accused of. When you've been accused of embezzlement, you need to call your Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

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.

Potential Penalties

The severity of the penalty is going to depend upon how much money is involved and a number of other factors in the act.

A criminal conviction for embezzlement comes with very harsh penalties that include prison time and harsh fines, restitution and probation. There are also the personal penalties or the "collateral damage" that can occur from a criminal conviction. For instance, finding a job can be very difficult. When a job is found, it may only have a low-earning potential. Another aspect is not being able to further your education or even find a place to live.

To get help fighting these serious accusations, call 612-915-0355 to speak with criminal defense attorney Bruce Rivers. You can also send Rivers Law Firm, P.A., an online message to schedule a free initial consultation.