If you are being charged with a theft offense in Virginia, you need to understand your rights and how the state of Virginia views theft crimes. There is a difference between a misdemeanor theft offense and a felony theft crime. Although the difference between these two offenses is extremely low, there is a very high punishable difference.
Grand Laceny and Embezzlement
Theft is typically referred to as grand larceny, which also can include embezzlement. If you embezzle money less than $1000, Virginia considers this offense a misdemeanor. If you embezzle over $1000, then the embezzlement is considered a felony. The penalties, fines and prison time will depend upon the value of the stolen assets and the seriousness of the theft offense you are charged with.
Embezzlement may be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, fines up to $2,500, and in some cases restitution to pay back the victims.
In order for the prosecution to convict someone of embezzlement in Virginia, they must prove:
- That another person entrusted you with their property, and you were in lawful possession of their property*
- That you wrongfully disposed of the property for your own gain
*Property can refer to checks, money, note, bond, or anything of value.
Theft crimes in Virginia are taken seriously, and you should not try to handle your charges alone, even if you believe you are innocent. If you have been charged with embezzlement in Northern Virginia, you need to contact a skilled Virginia criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases. A lawyer will be able to investigate your case, talk to witnesses, provide you with your legal options and fight for your charges to be lessened.
Contact An Embezzlement Defense Attorney
Call the Wilson Law Firm today and speak with a northern Virginia criminal defense lawyer who will be able to provide you with defenses and strategies available in your case. Call (703) 361-6100 today.