Like most theft crimes, embezzlement requires the taking of something you do not own for personal gain. Stolen property in embezzlement can be nearly anything, but money is the most frequent target. Embezzlement’s penalties can vary greatly depending on the value of what was stolen, any aggravating factors, and any previous criminal history. In Virginia, they are based on the same rules that apply to larceny and are codified in Virginia Ann. Code § 18.2-95 &-96.
Penalties for embezzlement in Virginia can include:
What makes embezzlement different from other types of theft is that embezzlement occurs when you are trusted with legal access to the assets that are stolen, but not given actual ownership. A common example of this occurs in a professional setting, when an employer trusts an employee with money and the employee uses that money for personal expenses.
When you are facing accusations of embezzlement, it is not advised that you face the legal system and your prosecutors alone. Retaining the Fredericksburg criminal defense attorney from Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law can help you confidently face your charges. We aggressively approach each case and carefully consider all defense options—even if it means defending our clients in the courtroom.
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