The state of Texas defines embezzlement as the taking of property that does not belong to an individual when that individual has access to certain accounts or funds. If you were charged with this conviction, it is important that you have one of our skilled and experienced Houston criminal defense attorneys on your side. Our legal team is here to help.
What punishments will I face after an embezzlement charge in Texas?
If you have been charged with embezzlement in Texas, you can expect to face serious penalties. But, it is important to note that the penalties you face heavily depend on the monetary value of what you allegedly stole. The penalties for embezzlement in Texas include the following:
- For property stolen that was worth less than $50: This is a Class C misdemeanor, warranting a potential $500 fine.
- For property stolen that was worth anywhere between $50-$500: This is a Class B misdemeanor, warranting a potential $2,000 fine, as well as a potential 180-day jail sentence.
- For property stolen that was worth anywhere between $500-$1,500: This is a Class A misdemeanor, warranting a potential $4,000 fine and a 1-year jail sentence.
- For property stolen that was worth more than $1,500: This is a felony crime, warranting a potential 180 days in prison to life, depending on the amount that you allegedly stole.
What are the most common defenses used for embezzlement charges?
If you are encountering the consequences of an embezzlement charge, it is imperative that you retain the services of a skilled Texas criminal defense attorney who can protect you against those charges. It is important to keep in mind that the defense our firm uses mainly relies upon the individual circumstances of your case, however, some of the more standard defenses our legal team may use include:
- That you reasonably assumed that you had implicit consent to take the property without asking.
- That you taking the property was a misinterpretation or due to a miscommunication. This sometimes occurs when individuals are in charge of managing the finances of an elderly person.
- That you did not recognize what you were doing was stealing, or illegal.
If you were charged with embezzlement and have questions or concerns, reach out to our firm today. We are ready to help you fight for your rights and your future. We are just one call away.
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