Santa Barbara Embezzlement Attorney

What is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime which occurs when an individual entrusted to manage or monitor another party’s money or property steals all or part of that particular money or property for personal gain. Examples of embezzlement include writing checks from an employer’s funds or submitting false invoices to receive company funds.

Embezzlement Penalties in California

Embezzlement is punished based on the value or type of property stolen. Not only are you facing lengthy prison sentences and expensive fines, but your reputation can be permanently damaged, making it difficult to obtain employment or take advantage of life’s opportunities.

The following are the penalties for embezzlement in California:

  • Property worth less than $950 – Misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of six months
    • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Property worth more than $950 – Misdemeanor or Felony
    • Misdemeanor – Maximum jail sentence of one year
    • Felony – Maximum prison sentence of three years

If a defendant was convicted during the same criminal trial of two or more felonies involving embezzlement or fraud, or caused the combined loss of over $100,000 to another person, he or she is subject to a “white collar enhancement.” This adds up to five years of prison time in addition to the original sentence.

Retain Legal Services from Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of embezzlement, it’s imperative to seek legal representation from an experienced Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney. At Appel & Morse, we possess a comprehensive proficiency of the California legal system regarding white collar crimes to help you navigate through the complexities of your case.

Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation today.