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Embezzlement is a crime that involves the alleged misappropriation of goods or funds that have been entrusted to an individual. Something as small-scale as a cashier slipping a dollar bill from the till to cover a pack of gum could be charged as embezzlement, as could something as large-scale as siphoning thousands of dollars from a disabled relative’s trust for personal use. Anyone who is facing embezzlement charges, no matter how “big” or how “small” the amount of funds involved may be, is urged to speak to a defense attorney who specializes in handling embezzlement cases. Contact an embezzlement defense lawyer in Palos Verdes at Okabe and Haushalter to learn more about your rights under the law as a defendant.
Although the crime of embezzlement itself is outlined under California Penal Code Sections503 through 515, the crime is prosecuted as a form of theft. Theft is defined under California Penal Code Section 484, and any form of theft is further classified as either petit theft (where funds or goods involved in the alleged crime are valued at less than 950 dollars) or grand theft (where funds or goods are valued above 950 dollars).
Grand theft vs. petit theft embezzlement
If being charged as petit theft, the embezzlement is treated as either an infraction or as a misdemeanor, and it carries a penalty of less than a year in jail if convicted. If charged as grand theft, however, the embezzlement is a “wobbler” and may be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on circumstances unique to the alleged crime. If convicted, embezzlement charged as grand theft could yield hefty fines and a state prison sentence as penalties. Embezzlement that involves misappropriation of public funds may also preclude a convicted party of holding public office, either locally or in the state.
We understand that each case is unique, and our attorneys can help to tailor a strong defense for your one-of-a-kind case in court based on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. We can fight to get charges reduced via entering a plea agreement if appropriate, and may even be able to get the charges thrown out entirely.
If you are in need of an embezzlement defense lawyer in Palos Verdes, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can help. We have several offices throughout Los Angeles county staffed by adept defense attorneys eager to take on your case. Our team consists of some of the best defense attorneys in L.A., and we have a reputation for providing courtroom excellence. We will go to bat for you in court and fight the charges against you, working to reduce charges and minimize sentences, and we will keep you informed of your case’s progress every step of the way. Call or click now for a free case evaluation.