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What Is Embezzlement?
Embezzlement is related to property theft. When someone is entrusted to manage or monitor another's money or property and steals all or part of that money or property for personal gain, a breach of trust has occurred. The key is that the defendant had legal access to another’s money or property, but not legal ownership .The taking of money or property for personal gain is considered stealing. When this is done by a person in a special position of trust, you have the crime of embezzlement.
Embezzlement Charges In Florida
In Orlando, and anywhere in Florida, punishment for embezzlement is tied to the amount of money or value of the property taken.
- Money or property valued at $100,000 or more; cargo from a shipper’s loading platform valued at $50,000 or more; or stolen because of and during a state of emergency declared by the Governor, can be charged with a first-degree felony. First-degree felonies can incur up to 30 years in prison and can include fines of up to $10,000.
- Money or property valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000; is cargo from a shipper’s loading platform valued at less than $50,000; is emergency medical equipment or law enforcement equipment valued at $300 or more; and defendants who coordinate with one or more other people for the purposes of embezzling money or property with a value of more than $3,000 can be charged with a second-degree felony. Second-degree felonies can incur up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Money or property valued at $300 or more, but less than $20,000; a will or other testamentary instrument; a firearm of any value; a commercially-farmed animal; a fire extinguisher; any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more pieces; any stop sign; any property valued at $100 or more, but less than $300 from a dwelling or surrounding property; can be charged with third-degree felony. Defendants convicted of a third or subsequent misdemeanor embezzlement crime are also guilty of a third-degree felony. Third-degree felonies can incur up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Money or property valued at $100 or more (but less than $300) can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. A defendant with one or two prior misdemeanor theft convictions will also be punished according to the penalties applicable to a first-degree misdemeanor (even if the current conviction would otherwise be a misdemeanor of the second-degree). First-degree misdemeanors can incur up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Embezzlement of property not specified above is considered a second-degree misdemeanor. Second-degree misdemeanors can incur up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Embezzlement - Possible Penalties
There are a number of penalties someone who has been charged with embezzlement in Florida may face. Among them:
- Prison time
- Community confinement
- Community service
- Home detention
- Supervised release
- Paying the cost of prosecution
In addition, an embezzlement conviction could impact future educational, housing, and employment opportunities.
Contact Our Central Florida Embezzlement Defense Attorneys In Orlando
It is important that you speak with a Central Florida Defense Attorney, if charged with embezzlement, before you make any statements to anyone. Our highly experienced Orlando embezzlement defense attorneys understand that much is at stake in these matters. We have helped thousands of clients in the past and would be honored to help you too. Contact our criminal defense lawyers for a consultation and to understand the options available to you. You may call us at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of this page and one of our highly experienced embezzlement defense lawyers will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.