Murfreesboro White Collar Crimes Attorneys Aggressively Safeguard Your Interests if Facing Embezzlement Charges
More than 40 years of combined experience helping the accused
Under Tennessee law, the penalties for embezzlement are severe. A conviction for embezzling even a modest sum, anything under $500, can result in fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail, and as the amount you are accused of taking increases, the mandatory punishment under state law increases significantly.
If you are facing embezzlement charges, the experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law, are ready to assist you today. We are committed to protecting your best interests and your future. We exhaustively investigate the charges against you, prepare a strong defense, and aggressively represent you at all stages of your case.
What is embezzlement?
Generally, embezzlement is considered to have occurred when a person entrusted with money, or other property belonging to someone else, somehow misappropriates it for their own use. People usually find the opportunity to embezzle funds in situations such as:
-Cashiers or other employees who accept cash payments from customers, such as waiters and waitresses, or even bank tellers.
-Accountants who wrongfully transfer funds between customer accounts, or into their own bogus accounts.
-Employees with the authorization to sign company checks who then write checks to themselves.
-Employees who conspire with one another, or with clients, to engage in transactions in a manner which diverts funds from the employer.
-Each of these examples involves an employee who has been given some type of authority by their employer, giving them some measure of responsibility for company cash and assets, and sometimes also providing the means of embezzlement, such as computer authorization allowing the falsification of records, or a key to a drawer containing blank company checks.
What are the penalties for embezzlement in Tennessee?
Tennessee law makes no distinction between embezzlement and any other type of property theft. Instead, theft is categorized under statute by the amount of money, or the value of the property, stolen and as that amount increases, so too does the seriousness of the charge and punishment upon conviction.
-Embezzlement under $500 is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in prison.
-$500-$1,000—a Class E felony, punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and one to six years in prison.
-$1,000-$10,000—a Class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and two to twelve years in prison.
-$10,000-$60,000—a Class C felony, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and three to fifteen years in prison
-Over $60,000—a Class B felony, punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and eight to fifteen years in prison.
-Tennessee law mandates harsh punishment for embezzlement. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials aggressively pursue suspected embezzlers.
Contact skilled Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys today and let us begin mounting an effective defense against embezzlement charges today
Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience facing state and federal prosecutors seeking to indict and arrest people for embezzlement. If you believe investigators are gathering evidence against you, don’t hesitate. Call the Murfreesboro offices of Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law today at 615-890-1982, or contact us online. The initial consultation is free and confidential.