Being accused of embezzlement does not only threatens a person’s reputation and career but also their freedom. Embezzlement occurs when someone who was legally given access to property intentionally uses that property in an unlawful way.
Attempting to Prove Embezzlement
Embezzlement can occur for different forms of property, including:
To convict a person for embezzlement, the prosecution must argue that the following occurred:
Embezzlement can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property that was stolen and who it was stolen from.
Theft under $500 not from a person is a misdemeanor. However, the theft reaches class 3 felony level if the theft is from a person and ranges from $500 to $10,000. It can result in two to five years prison. A theft under $500 can also be charged as a class 4 felony if the theft occurred in a school or place of worship, or if government property was stolen. A class 4 felony sentence carries three to six years prison.
Defending Against Embezzlement Allegations
If you are being charged with embezzlement, it is crucial to that you speak with a lawyer. An Arlington Heights theft defense lawyers can represent you in court and defend you against serious embezzlement allegations. Call Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, at 847-253-3400 to begin a free consultation.
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