When most people picture embezzlement, they imagine complex schemes to defraud large companies. However, these charges can be brought for anyone who steals something of value after being entrusted to protect or monitor that item. Depending on the financial value of the property taken, embezzlement can be charged as a misdemeanor crime or a serious felony offense punishable by years in prison.
No matter what level of charges you face, assistance from a Mesa embezzlement lawyer is critical to preserving your future prospects. A knowledgeable defense attorney at Grand Canyon Law can advise you of your legal options, counter the prosecution’s case, and work to achieve a positive resolution on your behalf.
Technically speaking, embezzlement is a type of theft under Arizona state law, meaning there is no state statute that defines embezzlement as a separate criminal offense. That said, embezzlement usually involves someone with authority to manage or access property who misuses their authority for their own benefit.
Because this definition is somewhat broad, embezzlement charges can be brought for a wide range of scenarios. This offense could describe a plot with multiple co-conspirators to skim money off a large company’s revenue, or it could be as simple as a single employee using a company credit card to make personal purchases. Regardless of the specific details, embezzlement is a serious criminal offense. Anyone accused of this crime should immediately retain a skilled embezzlement attorney in their area, such as the legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group.
The range of penalties for embezzlement are the same as those for any other theft conviction. Specifically, Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1802 establishes different levels of punishment based on the amount of financial value involved in an alleged act of theft.
Any act of embezzlement involving $1,000 or less of total value is a class 1 misdemeanor. As such, the maximum penalties upon conviction would be six months in jail, a $2,500 fine plus surcharges, and/or up to three years of probation.
Once the amount exceeds $1,000 in value, embezzlement becomes an increasingly severe felony offense:
Depending on the total financial value involved, the prison sentence for a felony embezzlement conviction can be up to 10 years, or more for prior offenses. It is crucial to work with an aggressive embezzlement lawyer at our firm to mitigate or avoid these severe penalties. You have a way of life worth protecting, so get the legal help you need to protect your rights and freedoms.
Embezzlement is categorized as a “white-collar” crime, sometimes giving the false impression that the consequences are less serious than other felonies since victims are generally not physically harmed. This is not true. Embezzlement convictions can have some of the stiffest penalties and highest jail and prison sentences in our system. Exercise your right to skilled legal representation and work with a Mesa embezzlement lawyer on your defense.
The legal team at Grand Canyon Law Group can clarify your legal options and set you on course for a positive case resolution. Call our office today to learn more and schedule a consultation.