Embezzlement falls under the broader category of white-collar crimes. Embezzlement is generally defined as theft or misappropriation of funds by a person who was entrusted with those assets. It usually takes place in an employment context, where an employee is entrusted with handling funds, and then converts those funds for their own personal use.
In the State of Washington, the penalties for fraud will depend on the specific facts of the case, and on the value of embezzled funds involved. It could be charged as a misdemeanor, for amounts under $750, or as a felony. Misdemeanor convictions carry a possible penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine of up to $5,000. Felony embezzlement is penalized more severely, with jail time of up to 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $20,000.
In addition to these penalties, courts can impose restrictions such as payment of restitution, community service, and probation. An embezzlement charge will go on your criminal record, and becomes public information that can follow you for the rest of your life. By contacting an experienced local attorney early on, you will have be better chance at keeping a clean record.
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If you have been charged with the crime of embezzlement, or are currently being investigated for embezzlement, contact my office for a consultation. I will be able to provide you with a clear understanding of what your options are, and what strategies we can use in your defense. I have spent more than ten years representing clients in the courtroom for charges of embezzlement. You deserve a highly skilled trial lawyer with the knowledge and experience to fight for you.