Embezzlement is a unique theft crime that it is usually perpetrated by people in high standing or positions of trust. The primary difference between embezzlement and other theft crimes is that those who perpetrate embezzlement were initially given access to or entrusted with the property that was then stolen, making it a white-collar crime.
If you or a loved one is facing embezzlement charges, it is important that you do not attempt to face these charges without representation from an experienced white-collar crimes attorney. Representing those who are facing serious criminal charges is our primary focus at the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A., and we are passionate about fighting on behalf of those facing these charges. We have been recognized with numerous industry accolades, including an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine.
If you are facing embezzlement charges, do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A., at (407) 901-5852 for a free initial consultation.
Embezzlement charges are extremely serious, and you could face harsh penalties for a conviction, including jail time and large fines. Like other economic crimes, punishment for embezzlement charges depends in part on the amount unlawfully taken. Most embezzlement charges are felonies because of the amount taken and prosecuted by the US government. Long terms in prison can result from state or federal prosecution.
Under Florida law, if the property embezzled is valued at more than $300 but less than $20,000 it is a felony of the third degree punishable by up to five years in state prison. Embezzlement of over $20,000 but less than $100,000 is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Embezzlement of more than $100,000 is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Often, embezzlement cases involve more than one count and sentences of imprisonment can be quite harsh.
Federal authorities have numerous statutes that can be used in embezzlement cases. Wire and mail fraud are often used by prosecutors in embezzlement cases. Punishment in the federal system can be quite harsh. Each count of mail and wire fraud, such as sending a letter or email that is part of the scheme to embezzle funds, can constitute a separate crime punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Dealing with state and federal charges of embezzlement requires an attorney experienced in white-collar crime. If the case is brought in federal court it is also important that the attorney has experience in defending federal white-collar cases.
For experienced representation, contact the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. now!
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