Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with embezzlement in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, you should immediately contact an experienced embezzlement attorney at The H Law Group to represent you. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to best defense you and ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome in your criminal case. You should not take embezzlement charges lightly as a conviction of embezzlement under California Penal Code Section 503 PC can result in imprisonment for a maximum of three years in county jail.

So, if you have been charged with this crime, you should immediately contact an experienced Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you out of jail. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.

Penalties for Those Convicted of Embezzlement in Los Angeles, California

In California, embezzlement crimes are filed as either petty theft embezzlement or grand theft embezzlement. Petty theft embezzlement is usually filed as a misdemeanor, whereas grand theft is a wobbler, meaning the prosecution has the discretion to file it as either misdemeanor grand theft embezzlement or felony grand theft embezzlement. Usually, petty theft embezzlement charges are brought when the value of the property at issue is $950 or less. Grand theft charges are brought when the value of the property embezzled exceeds $950.

Petty Theft Embezzlement Misdemeanor

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor offense
  • Up to six months in county jail
  • Payment of hefty court fees and fines
  • Placement on summary informal probation

Grand Theft Embezzlement Misdemeanor

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor offense
  • Up to 12 months in county jail
  • Payment of hefty court fees and fines
  • Placement on summary informal probation

Grand Theft Embezzlement Felony

  • Conviction of a felony offense
  • Up to three years in county jail
  • Payment of hefty court fees and fines
  • Placement on formal felony probation

Note: For the best possible outcome and to mitigate the potential consequences that you face, you should contact an experienced embezzlement defense attorney at The H Law Group to represent you and keep you from going to jail.

Proving that the Defendant is Guilty of Embezzlement Charges

For the prosecution to convict the defendant of embezzlement, it must prove a number of elements beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecution fails to prove even one element, it will not be able to convict the defendant of embezzlement.

The prosecution must prove the following elements:

  • The defendant had some type of trust relationship with the alleged victim
  • The victim entrusted the defendant with money or property, and
  • The defendant took the money or property
  • The defendant did so with the intent to permanently deprive the property owner of his property

Note: Embezzlement if often found throughout employer/employee relationships. The typical scenario involves an employer entrusting his employee with money or property, the employee accepts it with intent to permanently deprive the owner of it. For example, an employee is given access to his employer’s bank account to take care of some banking matters. The employee then uses the account info to steal and transfer money from his employer’s account to his own account. The employee can be charged with and convicted of embezzlement.

Defenses for Los Angeles Embezzlement Charges

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony embezzlement, there are a number of defenses that your attorney can make to defend. Please note that the following list of defenses is not exhaustive of all the defenses your attorney, but rather take it as a list of some of the defenses that your attorney may be able to use to defend you.

  • The defendant did not have the intent to permanently deprive the property owner of his property
  • The defendant did not fraudulently use the property
  • The defendant honestly and reasonably believed that he was the rightful owner of the embezzled property
  • The defendant is being falsely accused of embezzling property

Examples of Embezzlement Commonly Found in Los Angeles, CA

John is an employee at a restaurant. His employer gives him money to buy goods for the restaurant. John takes the money, takes half of it for himself, and buys goods with the other half. John can be charged with and convicted of embezzlement because he took money that was entrusted to him by his employer (trust relationship) and he took the money for his own good.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with embezzlement, you should promptly contact an experienced embezzlement defense attorney at The H Law Group to defend you and keep you from going to jail for a very long period of time. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

At the outset of every case, one of our attorneys will look over the facts of your case to determine whether a dismissal, if he finds that a dismissal is possible, he will communicate his findings to the prosecution. If the prosecution refuses to dismiss your case, we will do all that we can to negotiate the best possible plea deal for you. For the best results, schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.

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