Embezzlement, like most theft-related crimes, is considered a “crime of moral turpitude” in the state of California. But what does that mean? If you are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, then certain professional licenses and certifications may be denied or revoked, including contracting, nursing, or real estate licenses, to name a few.
One of the factors that makes embezzlement different from other types of theft is that it is also considered a white collar crime. That means embezzlement general takes place within the context of an individual’s employment. The employer-employee relationship has at its core a certain element of trust not necessarily found in other types of theft that take place between strangers.
In fact, embezzlement is not only considered a type of theft and a type of white collar crime. It may also be considered a type of fraud. The many umbrella categories under which this type of criminal charge can fall can introduce many complexities to your defense. Additionally, embezzlement is a charge that can be made at either the misdemeanor or the felony level in the state of California. If you are convicted, then your sentence may include the following elements:
Because embezzlement is a crime that most commonly takes place within the context of employment, having a conviction on your record can permanently impact your employability going forward. They are charges to take seriously. We are committed to providing a vigorous defense to our clients facing embezzlement charges.
Embezzlement charges are sometimes made based on inadequate or misleading evidence. Other times, accusations are made falsely. Or perhaps a one-time error in judgment leads to a charge that implies a long-term or strategic component that was simply not present.
The prosecution’s goal is not necessarily justice: it is a conviction. Your criminal defense attorney is the only person in the legal system who is placing your best interests first and foremost. Our goal is to develop a complete understanding of the context of your case in order to craft the most effective defense possible.
The longer you wait, the longer you are giving the prosecution to build the case against you. Contacting us as soon as you are charged enables us to construct a defense that is proactive rather than reactive. Don’t sit idly by while your future is at risk. Instead, contact us today for your free consultation.