Embezzlement is a white collar offense that involves theft from an employer. Theft from an employer could be in the form of:
• Misuse of an expense account
• Spending excessive amounts on business expenses
• Misdirecting an employer’s funds to an unauthorized account
• Paying personal expenses with company funds
• Making false entries to cover up improper disbursements
All forms of embezzlement in Texas are charged under the theft statute, reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and noted on public record.
Depending on the amount of funds or property embezzled, the punishment in felony cases in Texas state courts can range from two years deferred adjudication to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Judges may also order the re-payment of the funds embezzled, which could cause a lifelong financial burden in large embezzlement cases.
Punishment for certain embezzlement cases filed in federal court ranges from up to $100,000 for misdemeanors and up to $1,000,000 for certain felony cases. Sentencing can also include placement on probation or serving time in federal prison.
Charged with Embezzlement?
If you’ve been charged with embezzlement, yes, you will want a criminal defense attorney. Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime with potentially detrimental consequences, if not handled appropriately. An experienced Texas embezzlement attorney can make the difference in establishing your innocence, minimizing any penalties and fines, establishing a reasonable re-payment plan over a long period of time, and keeping you out of prison or jail.
Do not give any statements or signatures to law enforcement without first seeking counsel from a defense attorney. If you have not yet been charged, but suspect you may be under investigation, you should prepare yourself to defend yourself if allegations do come forward. Justin Sparks is a former prosecutor who is well prepared to work with white collar crime cases and well-versed in appropriate defenses.
Defenses Against Embezzlement Include:
You had permission to spend the funds
You were not the person who diverted the funds
You had no criminal intent when handling funds
There is a reasonable doubt as to the evidence against you
Need an Embezzlement Lawyer? Call Sparks Law Firm!
Not all theft cases are the same. An embezzlement case is extremely different than a case of someone stealing merchandise from a retail store. These cases frequently involve very detailed trails of evidence. An embezzlement lawyer needs to understand how to sort through the details, highlighting what is relevant and discrediting what is inaccurate. If you have been accused, contact Fort Worth embezzlement lawyer Justin Sparks for support. Call set up a free consultation on your case.
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.