If you have been charged with embezzlement, either at the state or federal level, there are some things you need to know about your criminal defense. The prosecutor’s primary objective is to seek restitution for the victim, and not necessarily to throw you in jail. However, in order to fight your charges fully and to preserve your freedom and happiness, it is imperative you have the right legal assistance on your side.

“Robert Helfend is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I’ve ever worked with. He was so knowledgeable, and always made sure I understood everything every step of the way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants an understanding, caring, and truly helpful lawyer.”Pat, CA

As a Los Angeles embezzlement attorney with more than 20 years of experience, I understand that embezzlement, fraud and all other white collar crimes are serious charges. Many of my embezzlement clients tell me that they never intended to take things to the point of committing a crime. Many more tell me that they thought they were engaging in an honest activity, and weren’t aware of the law. Others, of course, are entrapped by federal investigators.

Regardless of the particular circumstances of your charges, I have the knowledge and experience to conduct an accurate assessment of the matter. I can determine what approach will be most advantageous at this point to negotiate with the prosecuting attorney or fight to the end in criminal court. When I am able to get involved early in the process, sometimes even before formal charges are filed against my client, I am often able to get better results. I may even be able to keep the matter out of court and off your record.

Penalties

You could be charged with grand theft if the amount you are accused of stealing is worth more than $950. In order to prove that you are guilty of embezzlement, a prosecutor must show: that you had a relationship of trust with the victim, that you were entrusted with money / property, or that you intended to deprive the victim of those funds or property by taking them as your own. Many different individuals can be accused of embezzlement: care-givers, retail workers, contractors, valet drivers, jewelers, tenants, etc.

If you are convicted of embezzlement, you could face some harsh consequences. You could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on your criminal record and the details of your case. If you are convicted of a grand theft embezzlement misdemeanor, you could spend one year in jail and be forced to pay $1,000. If, however, you are convicted of a felony embezzlement charge, you could spend up to 16 months in jail or even two to three years in prison, and have to pay $10,000.

If you are convicted of petty theft embezzlement, you could spend six months in jail and pay up to $1,000. If you did not embezzle more than $50, you might be able to get your charges dropped to an infraction- which would only result in a $250 fine. If you embezzled more than $950 over the course of a year, each act of embezzlement can be added up to charge you with grand theft. If you embezzled more than $65,000 this is an aggravated offense and you could face an additional year added to your prison sentence. If you embezzled against a dependent or a senior citizen, you could also face additional sentences.

Contact an embezzlement attorney for your defense

Embezzlement is a type of theft crime that is committed through misrepresentation or an entirely clandestine approach. It is committed by a person in a position of responsibility or trust, when he or she transfers or misappropriates funds for personal use. This is a nonviolent crime; years in prison and other harsh criminal penalties are therefore often not the right form of punishment. Restitution is usually the primary goal of the prosecuting attorney. For all of these reasons, you need to make sure that your rights and future freedoms are protected by a defense attorney who has the skills and know-how to do so. At my firm, you can count on aggressive, dedicated attention to your legal matters.

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