Embezzlement, Conversion, Fail to Return Bailed Property

Embezzlement Defense Lawyer in Virginia Beach

EmbezzlementLawyerVirginiaBeachEmbezzlement is a variation of a larceny crime. In a charge of larceny, the central issue of the crime is the taking of property belonging to another person. In embezzlement charges, the property in question is given to the accused individual, but then they use or convert that property for their own benefit. In Virginia, embezzlement can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the item at issue, a felony charge is any amount in excess of $200.

Embezzlement charges usually involve employees and employers, or some other business relationship between the alleged victim and the accused. The most common incidents involve matters where an employee is accused of collecting money from a customer, and then does not register the transaction, or puts the money in their purse or pocket. In larger matters, company executives in charge of finances may be accused of diverting company funds to their private bank accounts, or employees may be charged with using company credit cards to pay for personal items or household bills.

Defending embezzlement cases can be rather simple (such as the cashier example above) or extremely complex (such as the corporate examples). Simple matters most often involve one or two incidents of small amounts which might be captured on a surveillance video. More complex matters can cover months or years of transactions involving several large amounts or many small ones.

If you have been charged or believe you will be charged with embezzlement, it is important to immediately contact a criminal defense attorney before you speak to anyone, including the police or your employer. Any statements made to the police or to your employer can be used against you in a criminal case. Most embezzlement charges and convictions result from the individual offering confessions and other conciliatory statements. People make mistakes, sometimes very stupid mistakes. Many cases can be resolved civilly with the employer through reasonably negotiations, rather than criminally with the risk of jail or prison time.

Contact our criminal defense team today to discuss you embezzlement case at no charge. (757) 422-4646. After the free consultation, you will have the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your future. Your calls are answered 24/7/365.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-111. Embezzlement deemed larceny; indictment.
§ 18.2-111.2. Failure to pay withheld child support; embezzlement.
§ 18.2-112. Embezzlement by officers, etc., of public or other funds; default in paying over funds evidence of guilt.
§ 18.2-112.1. Misuse of public assets; penalty.
§ 18.2-113. Fraudulent entries, etc., in accounts by officers or clerks of financial institutions, joint stock companies or corporations; penalty.
§ 18.2-114.1. When collection of money by commissioner, etc., larceny.
§ 18.2-115. Fraudulent conversion or removal of property subject to lien or title to which is in another.
§ 18.2-115.1. Unlawful sublease of a motor vehicle; penalty.
§ 18.2-116. Failure to pay for or return goods delivered for selection or approval.
§ 18.2-117. Failure of bailee to return animal, aircraft, vehicle or boat.
§ 18.2-118. Fraudulent conversion or removal of leased personal property.