While most theft crimes involve the taking of property without permission, embezzlement involves property that is legally possessed and then taken without permission. Most instances of embezzlement occur in businesses, often where the most trusted employees face accusations. If you happen to be one of them, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn what you should know about the consequences of embezzlement in New York.
What happens if you sustain an embezzlement conviction in New York?
In the Empire State, the penalties for embezzlement will depend on the value of the money or property that you allegedly embezzled. The breakdown is as follows:
Class A misdemeanor petit larceny ($1,000 or less):
- Up to a year in jail
- 2 to 3 years on probation
- A fine of up to $1,000
Fourth degree larceny ($1,000 or more):
- One-third to 4 years in prison
Class D felony ($3,000 to $50,000):
- 2 to 7 years in prison
Grand larceny in the second degree ($50,000 to $1,000,000):
- 5 to 15 years in prison
Class B felony, Grand larceny in the first degree ($1,000,000 or more):
- Eight and one-third to 24 years in prison
How do prosecutors charge embezzlement in New York?
You should note that the law allows that the authorities may aggregate, i.e. add together, the value of separate thefts to create a higher total theft amount. So long as you allegedly committed the separate thefts pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct, prosecutors can lump the amounts together. If you allegedly deceived the victim on multiple occasions, prosecutors will add all the money together.
No matter the amount, you should reach out to Carl Spector, Esq. to discuss your next steps.
How can a New York criminal defense attorney help you?
Even though statutory law governs the penalties and consequences of theft charges, a qualified legal representative can tell you how strong the case against you appears to be, as well as how prosecutors and judges tend to handle cases like yours. As a result, you will be able to make informed decisions about how you would like to proceed. Regardless of the strength of the prosecutor’s evidence, they will still need to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You may have any number of mitigating or exculpatory circumstances that you can use. These charges are too serious to face on your own, so please give us a call today.
Contact our experienced Rockland County firm
Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.