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Many people think that embezzlement involves large sums of money. However, people often face embezzlement charges for cases involving small amounts of money and property other than money. If you are facing charges, call The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller to speak with a Southern California embezzlement attorney. Our firm offers strong representation for clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges.
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Embezzlement in California
Embezzlement is described as fraudulently taking property that has been entrusted to you but belongs to another person, organization, or entity. People are often surprised to find they are facing charges when they borrowed money or property without the intention of keeping it. Under California law, this crime can either be classified as petty theft or grand theft, depending on the type of property and value.
Grand theft may be charged when the property:
- Has a value of more than $950
- Are firearms
- Is an automobile
Embezzlement is known as a wobbler, which means it can either be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the value of the property and the specific situation. While a felony is a much more serious charge, any criminal charge will leave you with a criminal record and impact your ability to gain future employment. You should contact a Southern California embezzlement lawyer as soon as possible to build a strong defense.
Legal Strategies for Embezzlement Charges
There are a few possible legal strategies that can be used to defend a client charged with embezzlement. Common legal defenses include false accusation, a lack of intent to commit a crime, and a belief that the defendant had a right to the property. Our Southern California embezzlement attorney will assess your situation and work with you to develop the best strategy for your defense.
If you need an attorney, call (626) 714-3112 for a free case evaluation.