When a person takes possession of an employer’s money or personal property and keeps it for themselves or uses it for their personal gain, they may be accused of embezzlement. When an individual has been suspected of embezzling money or other property, their employer may decide to file criminal charges against them. If an employee is charged with embezzlement, they will want to hire a Michigan criminal defense attorney who can protect their rights.
It is always a good idea to hire a criminal defense lawyer after being charged with a criminal offense as sometimes, the charges may have either been falsely filed or are more serious than the crime the employee actually committed. To ensure an individual understands their charges and the options they have (i.e. whether they can fight the charges or get them reduced to a lesser degree), they need to be represented by a lawyer who is going to put their interests first. Michigan defense attorney Stuart R. Shafer who is one legal professional is willing and able to do this.
What are the penalties for embezzlement?
If an individual is convicted of embezzlement, they could face a number of different penalties which are usually determined using the amount of money and/or property that was taken. For example, if a person took money or property that was valued below $200, they would be guilty of a misdemeanor which is punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine. Generally, the jail term for this crime cannot last more than 93 days and the fine will usually be up to $500 or three times the value of the money or property that was embezzled, whichever is greater [Source: Michigan Penal Code §750.174].
When Embezzled Property/Money is Valued Above $200
- If a person embezzles money or property that is $200 or more, but less than $1,000, they shall be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail and/or have to pay a fine of either up to $2,000 or three times the value of the money or property, whichever is greater.
- When the value of the money/property embezzled is $1,000 but less than $20,000, an individual could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and/or have to pay a fine of up to $10,000 or three times the value of the money/property taken, whichever is greater.
Accused of or charged with embezzlement in Michigan?
Whether an employee has been accused of embezzling money or property from their employer or has had criminal charges filed against them, they are going to want to contact the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C.for legal advice and guidance.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906